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CBJ Weekly Report: Mar. 2

by BlueJackets.com Staff / Columbus Blue Jackets

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


Tuesday, Mar. 3 vs. WASHINGTON CAPITALS, Nationwide Arena, 7 p.m. – FOX Sports Ohio/Sports Radio 97.1 The Fan

Friday, Mar. 6 at New Jersey Devils, Prudential Center, 7 p.m. – FOX Sports Ohio/Sports Radio 97.1 The Fan

Saturday, Mar. 7 vs. COLORADO AVALANCHE, Nationwide Arena, 7 p.m. – FOX Sports Ohio/Sports Radio 97.1 The Fan

PRACTICE SCHEDULE, FEB. 24 – MAR. 2
Tuesday, Mar. 3: 10 a.m. ET – Nationwide Arena

Wednesday, Mar. 4: 11 a.m. ET – Nationwide Arena

Thursday, Mar. 5: 10:30 a.m. ET – Nationwide Arena

Friday, Mar. 6: 11:30 a.m. ET – Prudential Center, Newark

Saturday, Mar. 7: 10:00 a.m. ET – Nationwide Arena

Sunday, Mar. 8: No Practice Scheduled

Monday, Mar. 9: 10:30 a.m. ET – Nationwide Arena

BLUE JACKETS AT A GLANCE
Record: 26-32-4 (56 pts.) – 7th/Metropolitan Division… Home: 12-17-2 (26 pts.)… Road: 14-15-2 (30 pts.)

Leading Scorers: LW Nick Foligno (24-32-56, 60 GP)… C Ryan Johansen (22-33-55, 62 GP)… LW Scott Hartnell (14-26-40, 57 GP)

Goaltenders: Sergei Bobrovsky (16-15-2, 2.85 GAA, .913 SV%, 1 SO, 33 GP)… Curtis McElhinney (10-13-2, 2.77 GAA, .914 SV%, 29 GP)

Last Week’s Results: 0-4-0… Feb. 24 – Buffalo 4, at CBJ 2... Feb. 26 – Montreal 5, at CBJ 2… Feb. 28 – New Jersey 2, at CBJ 0… Mar. 1 – at Pittsburgh 5, CBJ 3.

WASHINGTON CAPITALS – Record: 34-20-10 (78 pts.) – 4th/Metropolitan Division… Home: 18-8-5 (41 pts.)… Road: 16-12-5 (37 pts.)

Head Coach: Barry Trotz… Players to Watch: LW Alex Ovechkin… C Nicklas Backstrom… G Braden Holtby

All-Time: CBJ, 8-8-6 (5-4-3, home)… CBJ is 3-0-1 vs. the Caps at Nationwide Arena since Jan. 17, 2014… Home team has won seven of the last 10 games (7-2-1) after road team won four of the previous five… This Season: Fifth of five meetings… Nov. 11 – at Washington 4, CBJ 2… Dec. 11 – CBJ 3, at Washington 2 OT… Dec. 18 – Washington 5, at CBJ 4 (OT)… Jan. 27 – at CBJ 4, Washington 3.

NEW JERSEY DEVILS – Record: 26-27-10 (62 pts.) – 6th/Metropolitan Division… Home: 15-9-8 (38 pts.)… Road: 11-18-2 (24 pts.)

Coaches: Lou Lamoriello/Scott Stevens/Adam Oates… Players to Watch: C Adam Henrique… LW Patrik Elias… G Cory Schneider

All-Time: CBJ, 6-10-2 (5-5-0, home)… Home team has won five of the last seven meetings (5-1-1) since 2011-12… This Season: Third of four meetings… Nov. 1 – at New Jersey 3, CBJ 2… Feb. 28 – New Jersey 2, at CBJ 0… Mar. 31 at Columbus.

COLORADO AVALANCHE – Record: 27-25-11 (65 pts.) – 6th/Central Division… Home: 16-13-3 (35 pts.)… Road: 11-12-8 (30 pts.)

Head Coach: Patrick Roy… Players to Watch: RW Jarome Iginla… LW Gabriel Landeskog… C Matt Duchene

All-Time: CBJ, 14-31-5 (7-14-3, home)… CBJ are 12-11-3 vs. the Avs since 2007, including a 6-3-3 mark in the last 12 meetings… This Season: Second of two meetings… Jan. 4 – CBJ 4, at Colorado 3.

OhioHEALTH INJURY REPORT

• D Kevin Connauton (lower body, Feb. 24) is day-to-day… C Brandon Dubinsky (concussion, Feb. 26) is out indefinitely… INJURED RESERVE: LW Boone Jenner (back stress fracture, IR on Dec. 20) is expected to miss one to two months… 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… RW Jack Skille (shoulder, IR on Feb. 25) is out for remainder of season… LW Matt Calvert (concussion, IR on Feb. 27) is out indefinitely… Man Games Lost to Injury: 399

NEWS & NOTES
• The Blue Jackets complete a stretch of 12-straight games against the Eastern Conference Friday against the New Jersey Devils. The stretch included nine games against the Metropolitan Division and two games each against Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, New Jersey and Montreal.

• Columbus has scored 39 goals (3.0 average) in the last 13 games, notching at least three goals in eight of those games and tallying 34 times at even-strength.

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

• Columbus ranks fourth in the NHL with 1,953 hits, averaging 31.5 per game. They have recorded 30 or more in nine of the last 14 contests (31.9 average).

• The Jackets boast the eighth-best power play in the NHL at 20.4 pct. (40-of-196), which would top the club record of 19.3 pct. (54-of-280/10th in NHL) set last season.

• Fourteen players have made their Blue Jackets debut this season with five (Josh Anderson, Marko Dano, Anton Forsberg, Kerby Rychel and Alex Wennberg) making their NHL debuts.

• The Blue Jackets have racked up 399 man games lost to injury through 62 games, which is the second-highest total in franchise history, and are on pace to finish the season with 528. The club record is 411 set in 2011-12.

PLAYER NOTES
• LW Nick Foligno, who has 6-5-11 in his last 12 games, ranks ninth in the NHL in shooting percentage (17.8), 15th-T in goals and 18th in points with a team-leading 24-32-56 in 60 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 19th-T in points with 22-33-55 in 62 games, is tied for eighth in the NHL with his first two career shorthanded goals this season. He has won 56.25% of his face-offs (90-of-160) while winning at least 50% of his draws in seven of the last nine games.

• RW David Clarkson registered two shots, four hits and two takeaways on 16:13 of ice time in his Blue Jackets debut on Feb. 28 vs. New Jersey after being acquired from Toronto in exchange for RW Nathan Horton on Feb. 26.

• LW Scott Hartnell, who has 14-26-40 in 57 games, is 24th-T in the NHL with 19 first assists.

• Rookie C Marko Dano has 2-2-4 in the last six games.

• D Jack Johnson, who has 0-5-5 in the last eight home games, sits third on Columbus with 4-13-17 in 30 home contests.

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