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CBJ Weekly Report: Feb. 23

by Staff / Columbus Blue Jackets


Tuesday, Feb. 24 vs. BUFFALO SABRES, Nationwide Arena, 7 p.m. – FOX Sports Ohio/Sports Radio 97.1 The Fan

Thursday, Feb. 26 vs. MONTREAL CANADIENS, Nationwide Arena, 7 p.m. – FOX Sports Ohio/CD 102.5 FM

Saturday, Feb. 28 vs. NEW JERSEY DEVILS, Nationwide Arena, 5 p.m. – FOX Sports Ohio/Sports Radio 97.1 The Fan

Sunday, Mar. 1 at Pittsburgh Penguins, CONSOL Energy Center, 5 p.m. – FOX Sports Ohio/CD 102.5 FM

Tuesday, Feb. 24: 10 a.m. ET – Nationwide Arena

Wednesday, Feb. 25: 11 a.m. ET – Nationwide Arena

Thursday, Feb. 26: 10 a.m. ET – Nationwide Arena

Friday, Feb. 27: 11 a.m. ET – OhioHealth Ice Haus

Saturday, Feb. 28: 9:30 a.m. ET – Nationwide Arena

Sunday, Mar. 1: 10:30 a.m. ET – CONSOL Energy Center, Pittsburgh

Monday, Mar. 2: No Practice Scheduled

Record: 26-28-4 (56 pts.) – 7th/Metropolitan Division… Home: 12-14-2 (26 pts.)… Road: 14-14-2 (30 pts.)

Leading Scorers: LW Nick Foligno (23-32-55, 56 GP)… C Ryan Johansen (21-31-52, 58 GP)… LW Scott Hartnell (14-25-39, 53 GP)

Goaltenders: Sergei Bobrovsky (16-15-2, 2.85 GAA, .913 SV%, 1 SO, 33 GP)… Curtis McElhinney (10-10-2, 2.69 GAA, .918 SV%, 26 GP)

Last Week’s Results: 2-1-1… Feb. 17 – CBJ 5, at Philadelphia 2... Feb. 19 – CBJ 2, at Pittsburgh 1… Feb. 21 – at Montreal 3, CBJ 1… Feb. 22 – at NY Rangers 4, CBJ 3 (SO).

BUFFALO SABRES – Record: 17-38-5 (39 pts.) – 8th/Atlantic Division… Home: 11-18-3 (25 pts.)… Road: 6-20-2 (14 pts.)

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

All-Time: CBJ, 11-6-1 (4-2-1, home)… Columbus is 8-4-0 vs. Buffalo since start of 2006-07 season, including 4-1-0 in the last five meetings… This Season: Second of three meetings… Oct. 9 – CBJ 3, at Buffalo 1… Apr. 10 at Columbus.

MONTREAL CANADIENS – Record: 38-16-5 (81 pts.) – 1st/Atlantic Division… Home: 21-7-4 (46 pts.)… Road: 17-9-1 (35 pts.)

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

All-Time: CBJ, 7-7-2 (2-3-1, home)… Jackets are 5-4-1 vs. Montreal since the start of 2007-08 season, including 2-1-1 in the last four meetings at Nationwide Arena… This Season: Third of three meetings… Jan. 14 – Montreal 3, at CBJ 2… Feb. 21 – at Montreal 3, CBJ 1.

NEW JERSEY DEVILS – Record: 24-26-9 (57 pts.) – 6th/Metropolitan Division… Home: 14-8-7 (35 pts.)… Road: 10-18-2 (22 pts.)

Coaches: Scott Stevens & Adam Oates… Players to Watch: C Adam Henrique… RW Jaromir Jagr… G Cory Schneider

All-Time: CBJ, 6-9-2 (5-4-0, home)… Home team has won five of the last six meetings since 2011-12… This Season: Second of three meetings… Nov. 1 – at New Jersey 3, CBJ 2… Mar. 31 at Columbus.

PITTSBURGH PENGUINS – Record: 34-17-9 (77 pts.) – 3rd/Metropolitan Division… Home: 19-10-3 (41 pts.)… Road: 15-7-6 (36 pts.)

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

All-Time: CBJ, 7-11-3 (3-7-0, road)… The Jackets have won two-straight vs. Penguins for the second time in club history (Mar. 11-Dec. 31, 2002)… The Pens defeated the Jackets in a six-game first round series in the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs… This Season: Third of four meetings… Dec. 13 – at CBJ 4, Pittsburgh 3 (SO)… Feb. 19 – CBJ 2, at Pittsburgh 1… Apr. 4 at Columbus.

· D Dalton Prout (upper body, Feb. 7) is day-to-day… INJURED RESERVE: LW Boone Jenner (back stress fracture, IR on Dec. 20) is expected to miss one to two months… G Sergei 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: 371

· Columbus has posted a 20-13-2 record since the beginning of December, including a 9-6-1 mark at home and 11-7-1 on the road.

· The Blue Jackets are in the middle of a stretch of 12-straight games against the Eastern Conference (3-2-1 since Feb. 13), including nine games against the Metropolitan Division. The Jackets play Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, New Jersey and Montreal twice over that span.

· The Blue Jackets have scored 32 goals (3.6 average) in the last nine games, notching at least three goals in seven of those games and tallying 29 times at even-strength.

· The Jackets are 7-4 in overtime/shootouts this season, including 7-2 in their last nine extra sessions.

· Columbus has killed off 21 of the last 23 penalties (91.3%) dating back to the third period of the Feb. 6 game vs. St. Louis (eight games).

· The Jackets boast the sixth-best power play in the NHL at 21.2 pct. (39-of-184), which would top the club record of 19.3 pct. (54-of-280/10th in NHL) set last season.

· Columbus tied a franchise record by erasing a three-goal deficit to record a point in an overtime/shootout loss in a 4-3 shootout loss at the NY Rangers on Feb. 22. It marked the third time in franchise history the club erased a three-goal deficit in an OT/SOL.

· The Blue Jackets have racked up 371 man games lost to injury through 58 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.

· G Curtis McElhinney is 9-4-1 with a 2.29 goals against average and .930 save percentage and in his last 14 starts since Dec. 27 and 5-2-1 with a 2.11 goals against average and .937 save percentage in eight starts since Feb. 6.

· LW Nick Foligno, who has 5-5-10 in his last eight games, ranks fourth in the NHL in shooting percentage (18.3), 15th-T in goals and 15th-T in points with a team-leading 23-32-55 in 56 outings. His 32 assists are tied for a career-high (2011-12 with Ottawa).

· C Ryan Johansen, who ranks 23rd-T in the NHL in goals and 20th-T in points with 21-31-52 in 58 games, has scored 12 of his goals in the last 24 games.

· LW Scott Hartnell tied his career high, originally set Dec. 21, 2013-Jan. 7, 2014, with an eight-game point streak (4-7-11) Feb. 3-19.

· C Artem Anisimov recorded his first multi-point game of the season on Feb. 22 at the NY Rangers and has 2-5-7 in 12 games since returning from a torn tricep on Jan. 29.

· D David Savard has posted career-highs in goals, assists, points and penalty minutes with 9-13-22 and 42 penalty minutes in 58 games. His nine goals are tied for third-most among defensemen in a single season in franchise history.

· C Brandon Dubinsky set a career-high with a four-game goal streak Feb. 13-19 and has 4-4-8 in the last nine games.

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