Columbus Blue Jackets (2-1-1, 5 pts./1st Place-Tied in Central Division)
Fri., Oct. 20 vs. TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS
at Nationwide Arena at 7 p.m. on FSN Ohio/WBNS-AM 1460 the Fan, CD101.1 FM
Sat., Oct. 21 at Pittsburgh Penguins at Mellon Arena at 7:30 p.m. FSN Ohio/WBNS-AM 1460 the Fan, CD101.1 FM
OPPONENTS AT A GLANCE
Toronto Maple Leafs (3-1-2, 8 pts./2nd Place, Northeast Division): C Mats Sundin, RW Darcy Tucker
Pittsburgh Penguins (2-2-0, 4 pts./2nd Place, Atlantic Division): C Sidney Crosby, G Marc-Andre Fleury
PRACTICE SCHEDULE (Oct. 17-23)
Tue., Oct. 17 (Nationwide Arena)10:30 a.m.
Wed., Oct. 18 (Nationwide Arena) 10:30 a.m.
Thu., Oct. 19 (Nationwide Arena) 10:30 a.m.
Fri., Oct. 20 (Nationwide Arena) 10 a.m.
Sat, Oct. 21 (Mellon Arena)11:30 a.m.
Sun., Oct. 22 (Nationwide Arena) 12 p.m.
Mon., Oct. 23 (Nationwide Arena) 10 a.m.
Practices last 60-90 minutes with media availability following.
Practices in the Dispatch Ice Haus are open to the public.
LAST WEEK’S RESULTS
Oct. 9 vs. Phoenix: W, 5-1, Zherdev scores two goals in season debut; Nash adds 2-1-3 to lead Jackets
Oct. 14 at Minnesota: L, 0-5,Fernandez makes 24 saves, Rolston scores twice as Wild win fifth-straight
RECENT TRANSACTIONS: Oct. 11 – Placed C/RW Dan Fritsche (shoulder injury) on Injured Reserve.
OhioHealth INJURY REPORT: C Sergei Fedorov (shoulder injury, Sept. 19 vs. Buffalo) is expected to miss four to six weeks from the date of injury… D Bryan Berard (back) is out indefinitely… C/RW Dan Fritsche (shoulder injury, Oct. 9 vs. Phoenix) is out indefinitely.
CBJ TEAM NOTES
The Blue Jackets host the Toronto Maple Leafs at Nationwide Arena for just the second time in club history on Friday. In the only other meeting between the teams in Columbus, the Blue Jackets earned a 4-3 overtime win on Mar. 30, 2003.
Columbus is off to a 2-1-1 start and with a win on Friday vs. Toronto the club would have seven points in their first five games for the first time in club history.
After playing three games in four nights from Oct. 6-9 to open the season, the Blue Jackets are in the midst of a span of one game in 10 days. This weekend’s back-to-back contests vs. Toronto and Pittsburgh begins a stretch where the club plays three in four nights, concluding with a game Monday, October 23 vs. San Jose.
Columbus has converted 8-of-28 power play attempts (28.6 pct./2nd-T in the NHL) through four games compared to 2005-06 when the club was 8-of-82 (9.8 pct.) during the entire month of October. Seven different players have scored on the power play with LW Rick Nash the lone player with two tallies with the man advantage.
CBJ PLAYER NOTES
RW David Vyborny will play in his 400th career NHL game on Friday vs. Toronto. He is the first player in club history to play in 400 games as a Blue Jacket. He is the club’s all-time scoring leader with 91-142-233 in 399 games.
C Sergei Fedorov, who has missed the club’s first four games due to a shoulder injury suffered during the preseason, could make his season debut this weekend.
RW Nikolai Zherdev scored two goals vs. Phoenix on Oct. 9 in his season debut with the club.
G Fredrik Norrena made his NHL debut at Minnesota on Oct. 14 and stopped 11-of-12 shots in 26 minutes of action in relief of Pascal Leclaire.
RW Anson Carter scored his first goal as a Blue Jacket vs. Phoenix on Oct. 9.
D Duvie Westcott tallied a career-high 1-2-3 vs. Phoenix on Oct. 9 to give him 2-3-5 in four games, which is tied for second among NHL defensemen in points. In 2005-06, he didn’t register his fifth point until his 24th game.
D Bryan Berard is two points shy of 300 in his NHL career (71-227-298 in 554 games).
RW Anson Carter is eight goals shy of 200 and six points shy of 400 in his NHL career (192-202-394 in 614 games).
D Adam Foote is four assists shy of 200 in his NHL career (61-196-257 in 868 games).
RW David Vyborny is one game shy of 400 in his NHL career.
UPCOMING PROMOTIONS/IN THE COMMUNITY
Tuesday, Oct. 17 – The team is kicking off its annual Blue Jackets Book Jackets Program, in conjunction with The Columbus Dispatch Newspapers In Education initiative and the Columbus Metropolitan Libraries on Tuesday. Blue Jackets players Manny Malhotra (Columbus Academy, 2 p.m.), Anders Eriksson (Genoa Middle School, 1:30 p.m.), Aaron Johnson (Avalon Elementary, 2 p.m.) and Jason Chimera (Grandview Heights Intermediate, 2 p.m.) will be visiting a Columbus-area school to launch the program, which promotes literacy and rewards students in grades K-8 who meet specific reading goals. Last year, students who participated in the program logged more than four million minutes read.
Monday, Oct. 23 vs. San Jose – It's Time To Beat Breast Cancer! The Blue Jackets and OhioHealth are teaming up to fight Breast Cancer when the Jackets take on the Sharks. For $28, fans will receive a game ticket and a Blue Jackets pink hat to show support for Breast Cancer Awareness. In addition, $5 from each package purchased will benefit the OhioHealth Foundation Breast Cancer Fund.
Friday, Oct. 27 vs. Los Angeles – Hockey Night In Columbus: Join hockey participants from throughout Ohio for the first annual Hockey Night in Columbus on Friday, October 27th. This celebration of youth and amateur hockey will involve in-game promotions, recognition of youth and amateur organizations, and more. For more information, call (614) 246-PUCK. The game is also another Dispatch/Mix 97.1 Family Night featuring: 4 tickets, 4 hot dogs, 4 Pepsis, 4 popcorns, 4 UDF ice cream cone coupons, and 4 Dispatch Ice Haus skate passes for just $88. For information on all promotions, log on to www.BlueJackets.com or call (614) 246-PUCK.
BLUE JACKETS ON THE RADIO
The Doug MacLean Show airs on WBNS Sports Radio 1460 The Fan on Wednesdays from 3 to 4 p.m. with the Blue Jackets President and General Manager, FSN Ohio’s Jeff Rimer and 1460 the Fan’s Bruce Hooley.
Between the Pipes with the Blue Jackets can be heard on the Blue Jackets Radio Network and flagship station Sports Radio 1460 the Fan on Sundays from 10 to 11 a.m. with hosts Mark Wyant and members of the Blue Jackets broadcast team.
Individual game and group tickets for Blue Jackets games at Nationwide Arena are on sale now at the Nationwide Arena Ticket Office, the Chiller Easton, the Chiller Dublin and Chiller North, all Ticketmaster Ticket Centers, by phone at (614) 431-3600 or via the internet at www.BlueJackets.com and www.ticketmaster.com.
For information on season tickets or group tickets, call (614) 246-PUCK or (800) NHL-COLS.
Huntington Green Seats: A minimum of 250 tickets are available for just $10 at the Nationwide Arena Box Office two hours prior to every home game.