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CBJ Weekly Report: Feb. 16

by BlueJackets.com Staff / Columbus Blue Jackets

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


Tuesday, Feb. 17 at Philadelphia Flyers, Wells Fargo Center, 7 p.m. – FOX Sports Ohio/Sports Radio 97.1 The Fan

Thursday, Feb. 19 at Pittsburgh Penguins, CONSOL Energy Center, 7 p.m. – FOX Sports Ohio/Sports Radio 97.1 The Fan

Saturday, Feb. 21 at Montreal Canadiens, Bell Centre, 7 p.m. – FOX Sports Ohio/Sports Radio 97.1 The Fan

Sunday, Feb. 22 at New York Rangers, Madison Square Garden, 7:30 p.m. – FOX Sports Ohio/Sports Radio 97.1 The Fan

PRACTICE SCHEDULE, FEB. 17 - 23
Tuesday, Feb. 17: 11:30 a.m. ET – Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia

Wednesday, Feb. 18: 2:30 p.m. ET – CONSOL Energy Center, Pittsburgh

Thursday, Feb. 19: 11:30 a.m. ET – CONSOL Energy Center, Pittsburgh

Friday, Feb. 20: 12:15 p.m. ET – Bell Sports Complex, Montreal

Saturday, Feb. 21: 11:30 a.m. ET – Bell Centre, Montreal

Sunday, Feb. 22: No Practice Scheduled

Monday, Feb. 23: No Practice Scheduled

BLUE JACKETS AT A GLANCE

Record: 24-27-3 (51 pts.) – 6th/Metropolitan Division… Home: 12-14-2 (26 pts.)… Road: 12-13-1 (25 pts.)

Leading Scorers: LW Nick Foligno (22-30-52, 53 GP)… C Ryan Johansen (20-30-50, 54 GP)… LW Scott Hartnell (13-23-36, 49 GP)

Goaltenders: Sergei Bobrovsky (16-15-2, 2.85 GAA, .913 SV%, 1 SO, 33 GP)… Curtis McElhinney (8-9-1, 2.84 GAA, .913 SV%, 22 GP)

Last Week’s Results: 1-2-0… Feb. 9 – Los Angeles 4, at CBJ 3... Feb. 13 – at CBJ 4, Philadelphia 3 (OT)… Feb. 14 – at NY Islanders 6, CBJ 3

PHILADELPHIA FLYERS – Record: 24-22-10 (58 pts.) – 5th/Metropolitan Division… Home: 15-7-4 (34 pts.)… Road: 9-15-6 (24 pts.)

Head Coach: Craig Berube… Players to Watch: RW Jakub Voracek… C Claude Giroux… D Mark Streit

All-Time: CBJ, 8-8-3 (2-6-1, road)… Columbus is 6-2-0 vs. Flyers since start of 2013-14 season… This Season: Fifth of five meetings… Nov. 14 – CBJ 4, at Philadelphia 3… Nov. 22 – at Philadelphia 4, CBJ 2… Dec. 9 – at CBJ 3, Philadelphia 2 (OT)… Feb. 13 – at CBJ 4, Philadelphia 3 (OT)

THIS WEEK'S OPPONENTS
PITTSBURGH PENGUINS – Record: 32-15-9 (73 pts.) – 2nd/Metropolitan Division… Home: 18-8-3 (39 pts.)… Road: 14-7-6 (34 pts.)

Head Coach: Mike Johnston… Players to Watch: C Sidney Crosby… C Evgeni Malkin… G Marc-Andre Fleury

All-Time: CBJ, 6-11-3 (2-7-0, road)… The Jackets’ 4-3 shootout win in December snapped a six-game losing streak (0-6-0) vs. Pittsburgh… The Pens defeated the Jackets in a six-game first round series in the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs… This Season: Second of four meetings… Dec. 13 – at CBJ 4, Pittsburgh 3 (SO)… Mar. 1 at Pittsburgh… Apr. 4 at Columbus.

MONTREAL CANADIENS – Record: 36-15-4 (76 pts.) – 1st/Atlantic Division… Home: 20-7-3 (43 pts.)… Road: 16-8-1 (33 pts.)

Head Coach: Michel Therrien… Players to Watch: LW Max Pacioretty… D P.K. Subban… G Carey Price

All-Time: CBJ, 7-6-2 (5-3-1, road)… Jackets are 5-3-1 vs. Montreal since the start of 2007-08 season, including 2-1-0 in the last three meetings at Bell Centre… This Season: Second of three meetings… Jan. 14 – Montreal 3, at CBJ 2… Feb. 26 at Columbus.

NEW YORK RANGERS – Record: 33-16-5 (71 pts.) – 3rd/Metropolitan Division… Home: 17-7-4 (38 pts.)… Road: 16-9-1 (33 pts.)

Head Coach: Alain Vigneault… Players to Watch: LW Rick Nash… RW Martin St. Louis… G Henrik Lundqvist

All-Time: CBJ, 9-7-2 (3-2-2, road)… Blue Jackets have won last two games at Madison Square Garden since Dec. 12, 2013… This Season: Third of four meetings… Oct. 11 – at CBJ 5, NY Rangers 2… Jan. 16 – NY Rangers 2, at CBJ 1… Apr. 6 at NY Rangers

OhioHEALTH INJURY REPORT
· D Dalton Prout (upper body, Feb. 7) is day-to-day… INJURED RESERVE: RW Brian Gibbons (knee, IR on Dec. 19) is expected to miss two to three weeks… LW Boone Jenner (back stress fracture, IR on Dec. 20) is expected to miss one to two months…  Bobrovsky (groin, IR retroactive to Jan. 21) is expected to miss four to six weeks… LW Jeremy Morin (upper body, IR on Jan. 28) is out indefinitely… D Ryan Murray (high ankle sprain, IR on Feb. 9) is expected to miss four to six weeks… INJURED NON-ROSTER LIST: RW Nathan Horton (back, out indefinitely)… Man Games Lost to Injury: 346

NEWS & NOTES
· Columbus has posted an 18-12-1 record since the beginning of December, including a 9-6-1 mark at home and 9-6-0 on the road.

· The Blue Jackets began a stretch of 12 consecutive games against the Eastern Conference, including nine games against the Metropolitan Division, this past Friday. The Jackets play Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, New Jersey and Montreal twice over that span.

· The Blue Jackets have recorded 21 goals (4.2 average) in the last five games, scoring at least three goals in each game, with 20 of those goals coming at even-strength.

· Trailing 3-1 in the third period, Columbus beat Philadelphia 4-3 in overtime on Feb. 13 to earn its second win of the season (Oct. 23 at San Jose) and first at Nationwide Arena since Dec. 10, 2013 when trailing by multiple goals.

· The Jackets are 7-3 in overtime/shootouts this season, including 7-1 in their last eight extra sessions.

· Columbus boasts the sixth-best power play in the NHL at 22.1 pct. (38-of-172), which would top the club record of 19.3 pct. (54-of-280/10th in NHL) set last season.

· The Blue Jackets have racked up 346 man games lost to injury through 54 games, which is the second-highest total in franchise history, and are on pace to finish the season with 525. The club record is 411 set in 2011-12.

PLAYER NOTES
· Hartnell, who is currently tied for the longest active streak in the NHL with a personal season-best six-game point streak (3-5-8), became the 297th player in NHL history to play in his 1,000th NHL game on Feb. 9 vs. Los Angeles.

· McElhinney is 7-3-0 with a .925 save percentage and a 2.42 goals against average in his last 10 starts since Dec. 27, 2014.

· Foligno ranks third-T in the NHL in shooting percentage (19.0), 13th in goals and 15th-T in points with 22-30-52 and has 4-3-7 during a five-game point streak. It’s the third time he’s had points in at least five straight games this season, also recording an eight-game point streak (Dec. 27-Jan. 14) and six-game point streak Oct. 9-13.

· Johansen, who ranks 23rd-T in the NHL in goals and 20th-T in points with 20-30-50 in 54 games, has scored 11 of his goals in the last 20 games.

· RW Cam Atkinson, who leads the team with five game-winning goals, has 5-3-8 in the last nine games, including goals in each of the last two contests.

· C Brandon Dubinsky recorded the 300th point of his NHL career (104-196-300 in 526 games) with a goal on Feb. 14 at NY Islanders and has 2-3-5 in the last five games.

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