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CBJ Weekly Report: Mar. 23

by BlueJackets.com Staff / Columbus Blue Jackets

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


Tuesday, Mar. 24 vs. ANAHEIM DUCKS, Nationwide Arena, 7 p.m. – FOX Sports Ohio/Sports Radio 97.1 The Fan

Friday, Mar. 27 at Chicago Blackhawks, United Center, 8:30 p.m. – FOX Sports Ohio/Sports Radio 97.1 The Fan

Saturday, Mar. 28 at St. Louis Blues, Scottrade Center, 8 p.m. – FOX Sports Ohio/Sports Radio 97.1 The Fan

PRACTICE SCHEDULE, MAR. 24 – 30 (subject to change)
Tuesday, Mar. 24: 10 a.m. ET – Nationwide Arena

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

Thursday, Mar. 26: 10:30 a.m. ET – Nationwide Arena

Friday, Mar. 27: 11:30 a.m. CT – United Center, Chicago

Saturday, Mar. 28: 11:30 a.m. CT – Scottrade Center, St. Louis

Sunday, Mar. 29: No Practice Scheduled

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

BLUE JACKETS AT A GLANCE
Record: 33-35-4 (70 pts.) – 7th/Metropolitan Division… Home: 13-20-2 (28 pts.)… Road: 20-15-2 (42 pts.)

Leading Scorers: LW Nick Foligno (25-38-63, 69 GP)… C Ryan Johansen (23-38-61, 72 GP)… LW Scott Hartnell (22-28-50, 67 GP)

Goaltenders: Sergei Bobrovsky (22-17-2, 2.77 GAA, .915 SV%, 1 SO, 42 GP)… Curtis McElhinney (11-14-2, 2.84 GAA, .913 SV%, 31 GP)

Last Week’s Results: 3-0-0… Mar. 18 – CBJ 4, at Edmonton 3 (SO)… Mar. 19 – CBJ 6, at Vancouver 2… Mar. 21 – at CBJ 3, Calgary 2 (OT).

ANAHEIM DUCKS – Record: 46-21-7 (99 pts.) – 1st/Pacific Division… Home: 25-10-3 (53 pts.)… Road: 21-11-4 (46 pts.)

Head Coach: Bruce Boudreau… Players to Watch: C Ryan Getzlaf… RW Corey Perry… G Frederik Anderson

All-Time: CBJ, 24-22-4 (12-11-1, home)… The teams have rotated victories in the last eight games at Nationwide Arena since the beginning of the 2009-10 season (Anaheim won 4-3 on Oct. 27, 2013, most recent)… This Season: Second of two meetings… Oct. 24 – at Anaheim 4, CBJ 1.

CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS – Record: 43-22-6 (92 pts.) – 3rd/Central Division… Home: 22-9-5 (49 pts.)… Road: 21-13-1 (43 pts.)

Head Coach: Joel Quenneville… Players to Watch: C Jonathan Toews… D Duncan Keith… RW Marian Hossa

All-Time: CBJ, 29-37-10 (13-20-4, road)… The Jackets snapped a 13-game losing streak (0-10-3) vs. the ‘Hawks with 3-2 shootout win on Dec. 20... The previous victory was a 4-3 win at Chicago on Feb. 18, 2011… This Season: Second of two meetings… Dec. 20 – at CBJ 3, Chicago 2 (SO).

ST. LOUIS BLUES – Record: 45-21-7 (97 pts.) – 1st/Central Division… Home: 24-9-2 (50 pts.)… Road: 21-12-5 (47 pts.)

Head Coach: Ken Hitchcock… Players to Watch: RW Vladimir Tarasenko… LW Alexander Steen… G Brian Elliott

All-Time: CBJ, 27-35-12 (9-22-7, road)… Home teams are 5-0-1 in the last six contests and 8-3-1 in the last 12 in the series… Columbus’ last win in St. Louis was Mar. 31, 2012 (0-3-0)… This Season: Second of two meetings… Feb. 6 – at CBJ 7, St. Louis 1.

OhioHEALTH INJURY REPORT
• RW David Clarkson (torn oblique muscle, Mar. 3) is expected to miss four to six weeks… C Brandon Dubinsky (upper body) is day-to-day… D Ryan Murray (lower body) is day-to-day… C Alex Wennberg (hand) is day-to-day… INJURED RESERVE: 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: 463

NEWS & NOTES
• The Blue Jackets have posted a record of 27-20-2 since December 1, including a 7-2-0 mark in their last nine outings.

• The Jackets have tied the club record with six consecutive road wins since Mar. 6 (previous record set Jan. 19-Feb. 18, 2011) to improve to 8-2-1 in their last 10 and 20-15-2 on the road this season. The club record for road wins in a season is 21 in 2013-14 (21-17-3).

• The Blue Jackets have tied a franchise record by overcoming a deficit in six-straight wins over seven games since Mar. 10. The club originally set the record over a six-game period from Mar. 24-Apr. 3, 2006.

• Columbus enters the week ranked fifth in the NHL on the power play at 21.8 percent (48-of-220) and has converted 7-of-18 opportunities (38.9 percent) over the past seven games. The club record is 19.3 percent (54-of-280) set in 2013-14.

• The Blue Jackets are 11-4 in games decided in overtime, including a 7-2 mark in shootouts. The club has gone 45-38 in overtime games since the 2010-11 season and is 12-4 in shootouts over the past two campaigns.

• The Jackets, who close out their 2014-15 Western Conference schedule with three games this week, have gone 13-12-0 vs. the West this season, including a 9-5-0 mark in their last 14.

• The Blue Jackets have racked up a franchise record and NHL-leading 463 man games lost to injury through 72 games, surpassing the 411 man games lost in 2011-12. They are on pace to finish the season with 527.

PLAYER NOTES
• G Sergei Bobrovsky, who has recorded 30 or more saves in four of his last five games, is 6-1-0 with a 2.36 goals-against average and .929 save percentage in his last seven starts.

• LW Rene Bourque has posted 4-0-4 in eight games with Columbus since being acquired on Mar. 2 from Anaheim, including 3-0-3 with 12 shots in the last two contests.

• D Fedor Tyutin (38-143-181) tied Nikolai Zherdev (76-105-181) for fourth place on the Blue Jackets’ all-time points list with an assist on Mar. 21 at Calgary.

• C Ryan Johansen, who is riding a four-game point streak (1-3-4), has won 71 percent of his face-offs (85-of-120) over the last five games.

• Rookie RW Marko Dano has tallied 6-6-12 in his last 16 games, including the first two-goal, three-point game of his NHL career Mar. 19 at Vancouver.

• C Artem Anisimov has recorded 2-4-6 in his last seven games, including points in two-straight (1-1-2).

• C Alexander Wennberg has posted 1-6-7 in his last nine contests.

• C/LW Boone Jenner, who missed the previous 40 games due to injury, had one shot, one hit and won 61 percent of his face-offs (11-of-18) in 16:30 of ice time in his return to the lineup on Mar. 21 at Calgary.

• LW Jeremy Morin, who missed 25 games with an upper body injury, finished with two shots and three hits on 11:15 of ice time in his return to the lineup on Mar. 21 at Calgary.

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