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CBJ Weekly Report: Apr. 6

by BlueJackets.com Staff / Columbus Blue Jackets

THIS WEEK’S GAME/BROADCAST SCHEDULE (Times ET)


Monday, Apr. 6 at New York Rangers, Madison Square Garden, 7 p.m. – FOX Sports Ohio/Sports Radio 97.1 The Fan

Wednesday, Apr. 8 vs. TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS, Nationwide Arena, 7:30 p.m. – FOX Sports Ohio/Sports Radio 97.1 The Fan

Friday, Apr. 10 vs. BUFFALO SABRES, Nationwide Arena, 7 p.m. – FOX Sports Ohio/Sports Radio 97.1 The Fan

Saturday, Apr. 11 at New York Islanders, Nassau Coliseum, 7 p.m. – FOX Sports Ohio/Sports Radio 97.1 The Fan

PRACTICE SCHEDULE, APR. 7 – APR. 12 (subject to change)
Tuesday, Apr. 7: 11:30 a.m. ET – Nationwide Arena

Wednesday, Apr. 8: 10 a.m. ET – Nationwide Arena

Thursday, Apr. 9: 11 a.m. ET – Nationwide Arena

Friday, Apr. 10: 10 a.m. ET – Nationwide Arena

Saturday, Apr. 11: 11:30 a.m. ET – Nassau Coliseum

Sunday, Apr. 12: 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. ET – Nationwide Arena (Player and Coach Media Availability)

BLUE JACKETS AT A GLANCE
Record: 39-35-4 (82 pts.) – 5th/Metropolitan Division… Home: 17-20-2 (36 pts.)… Road: 22-15-2 (46 pts.)

Leading Scorers: LW Nick Foligno (30-40-70, 75 GP)… C Ryan Johansen (26-43-69, 78 GP)… LW Scott Hartnell (26-30-56, 73 GP)

Goalies: Sergei Bobrovsky (28-17-2, 2.73 GAA, .916 SV%, 1 SO, 48 GP)… Curtis McElhinney (11-14-2, 2.84 GAA, .913 SV%, 31 GP)

Last Week’s Results: 3-0-0… Mar. 31 – at CBJ 3, New Jersey 2 (OT)… Apr. 2 – at CBJ 4, NY Islanders 3 (SO)… Apr. 4 – at CBJ 5, Pittsburgh 3.

NEW YORK RANGERS – Record: 50-21-7 (107 pts.) – 1st/Metropolitan Division… Home: 24-10-5 (53 pts.)… Road: 26-11-2 (54 pts.)

Head Coach: Alain Vigneault… Players to Watch: LW Rick Nash… C Derek Stepan… G Henrik Lundqvist

All-Time: CBJ, 9-7-3 (3-2-3, road)… The Jackets are 2-0-2 in last four games at Madison Square Garden since Feb. 19, 2012… This Season: Fourth of four meetings… Oct. 11 – at CBJ 5, NY Rangers 2… Jan. 16 – NY Rangers 2, at CBJ 1… Feb. 22 – at NY Rangers 4, CBJ 3 (SO).

TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS – Record: 30-43-7 (67 pts.) – 7th/Atlantic Division… Home: 22-17-1 (45 pts.)… Road: 8-26-6 (22 pts.)

Interim Head Coach: Peter Horachek… Players to Watch: RW Phil Kessel… LW James Van Riemsdyk… C Tyler Bozak

All-Time: CBJ, 6-8-1 (2-4-0, home)… The Blue Jackets won all three meetings in 2013-14… Visiting team is 7-2-0 in last nine meetings… This Season: Third of three meetings… Oct. 31 – Toronto 4, at CBJ 1… Jan. 9 – at Toronto 5, CBJ 2.

BUFFALO SABRES – Record: 22-49-8 (52 pts.) – 8th/Atlantic Division… Home: 13-21-5 (31 pts.)… Road: 9-28-3 (21 pts.)

Head Coach: Ted Nolan… Players to Watch: C Tyler Ennis… C Zemgus Girgensons… LW Matt Moulson

All-Time: CBJ, 11-7-1 (4-3-1, home)… Columbus is 8-5-0 vs. Buffalo since start of 2006-07 season, including 4-2-0 in the last six meetings… This Season: Third of three meetings… Oct. 9 – CBJ 3, at Buffalo 1… Feb. 24 – Buffalo 4, at CBJ 2.

NEW YORK ISLANDERS – Record: 46-27-6 (98 pts.) – 3rd/Metropolitan Division… Home: 25-14-1 (51 pts.)… Road: 21-13-5 (47 pts.)

Head Coach: Jack Capuano… Players to Watch: C John Tavares… C Ryan Strome… G Jaroslav Halak

All-Time: CBJ, 13-4-4 (4-3-2, road)… Blue Jackets are 6-3-0 in the last nine meetings, including 2-2-2 in last six at Nassau Coliseum… This Season: Fourth of four meetings… Jan. 10 – NY Islanders 5, at CBJ 2… Feb. 14 – at NY Islanders 6, CBJ 3… Apr. 2 – at CBJ 4, NY Islanders 3 (SO).

OhioHEALTH INJURY REPORT
· RW David Clarkson (torn oblique muscle, Mar. 3) is expected to miss four to six weeks… D Ryan Murray (lower body) is day-to-day… LW Rene Bourque (stress fracture in back) is out for remainder of season… INJURED RESERVE: RW Jack Skille (shoulder, IR on Feb. 25) is out for remainder of season… Man Games Lost to Injury: 494

NEWS & NOTES
· The Jackets set a club record with nine consecutive wins since Mar. 18, the longest win streak in the NHL in 2014-15, surpassing the previous record of eight straight wins set Jan. 6-23, 2014. Boston (12) and Anaheim (10) posted double digit win streaks in 2013-14.

· The Blue Jackets have posted a record of 33-20-2 since December 1 and are 13-4-0 since March 1, including a 12-1-0 mark in their last 13 outings. They boast the best record in the NHL over the last 10 contests (9-1-0) and the second best record since the beginning of March (Ottawa - 13-3-3; 26 pts.). The Jackets are 46-16-6 in March and Aprils since 2013.

· Columbus finished 11-4-0 in March, setting a single-month club record with 11 victories and posting the second most points in a single month (10-2-4; 24 pts. in 2012-13) in club history.

· The Jackets are riding a club record eight-game road win streak since Mar. 6 (previous record of six straight wins set Jan. 19-Feb. 18, 2011) and are 10-2-1 in their last 13 and 22-15-2 on the road this season. The 22 road wins in a season is the most in franchise history, surpassing the 21 posted in 2013-14 (21-17-3).

· The Blue Jackets have overcome a deficit in 11 of their last 12 victories and set a franchise record by overcoming a deficit in eight-straight wins over nine games from Mar. 10-27. The lone win in which they did not trail was Mar. 28 at St. Louis.

· The Jackets have posted three hat tricks in the last six games as Scott Hartnell (Mar. 24 vs. Anaheim), Cam Atkinson (Mar. 27 at Chicago) and Nick Foligno (Apr. 4 vs. Pittsburgh) recorded the 24th, 25th and 26th hat tricks in club history. The three hat tricks are tied for the most in a single season, one short of the franchise record set in 2011-12.

· The Blue Jackets enter the week ranked fifth in the NHL on the power play at 21.7 percent (51-of-235) and has converted 10-of-33 opportunities (30.3 percent) over the past 13 games. The club record is 19.3 percent (54-of-280) set in 2013-14.

· Columbus is 13-4 in games decided in overtime, including an 8-2 mark in shootouts. The 13 victories is one from tying the franchise mark while the eight shootout wins tied the single season club mark (both from 2005-06 season). The club has gone 47-38 in overtime games since the 2010-11 season and is 13-4 in shootouts over the past two campaigns.

· The Blue Jackets have racked up a franchise record and NHL-leading 494 man games lost to injury through 78 games, surpassing the 411 man games lost in 2011-12. They are on pace to finish the season with 519.

COACH/PLAYER NOTES
· Head coach Todd Richards earned the 200th victory of his NHL head coaching career Apr. 2 vs. the NY Islanders (201-176-136) and is one win (124-105-20) from tying Ken Hitchcock (125-123-36) for the most victories in club history.

· G Sergei Bobrovsky has won his last eight straight starts with a 2.31 goals-against average and .931 save percentage, one win short of tying a personal/franchise best originally set Nov. 29, 2013 – Jan. 23, 2014. He earned a personal/franchise single-month record of 10 wins in March, finishing 10-2-0 with a .927 save percentage and 2.41 goals against average in 13 games.

· LW Nick Foligno, who recorded his first career hat trick Apr. 4 vs. Pittsburgh, earned the NHL’s Third Star of the Week for the week ending Apr. 5 after posting 4-1-5 in three games. He has picked up 7-8-15 in his last 16 outings to raise his season totals to 30-40-70 in 75 games, becoming the fourth player in Blue Jackets history to record 30 goals and third to post 70 points in a single season.

· C Brandon Dubinsky, who notched his third career three-assist game Mar. 4 vs. Pittsburgh, has 8-9-17 in the last 17 games.

· D Jack Johnson posted a personal regular season-best three-game goal streak from Mar. 28-Apr. 2. He also recorded a three-game goal streak in the 2014 NHL playoffs (Apr. 16-21).

· Rookie RW Marko Dano has tallied 3-8-11 in his last 11 games, including three multi-point contests.

· C Artem Anisimov has recorded 2-8-10 in his last 13 games.

· LW Scott Hartnell finished tied for the league lead (Alex Ovechkin) in goals during the month of March with 11-4-15 in 15 games, posted the most goals in club history in a single month (Rick Nash; 10 goals in 2008-09).

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