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CBJ Weekly Report: Mar. 9

by BlueJackets.com Staff / Columbus Blue Jackets

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


Tuesday, Mar. 10 at Carolina Hurricanes, PNC Arena, 7 p.m. – FOX Sports Ohio/Sports Radio 97.1 The Fan

Thursday, Mar. 12 at Detroit Red Wings, Joe Louis Arena, 7:30 p.m. – FOX Sports Ohio/CD 102.5 FM

Friday, Mar. 13 vs. EDMONTON OILERS, Nationwide Arena, 7 p.m. – FOX Sports Ohio/Sports Radio 97.1 The Fan

Sunday, Mar. 15 vs. CAROLINA HURRICANES, Nationwide Arena, 5 p.m. – FOX Sports Ohio/Sports Radio 97.1 The Fan

PRACTICE SCHEDULE, MAR. 10 – 16 (subject to change)
Tuesday, Mar. 10: 11:30 a.m. ET – PNC Arena, Raleigh

Wednesday, Mar. 11: 1 p.m. ET – Joe Louis Arena, Detroit

Thursday, Mar. 12: 11:30 a.m. ET – Joe Louis Arena, Detroit

Friday, Mar. 13: 10:00 a.m. ET – Nationwide Arena

Saturday, Mar. 14: No Practice Scheduled

Sunday, Mar. 15: 9:30 a.m. ET – Nationwide Arena

Monday, Mar. 16: 10:30 a.m. ET – OhioHealth Ice Haus

BLUE JACKETS AT A GLANCE
Record: 27-34-4 (58 pts.) – 7th/Metropolitan Division… Home: 12-19-2 (26 pts.)… Road: 15-15-2 (32 pts.)

Leading Scorers: LW Nick Foligno (24-34-58, 63 GP)… C Ryan Johansen (22-34-56, 65 GP)… LW Scott Hartnell (16-27-43, 60 GP)

Goaltenders: Sergei Bobrovsky (17-16-2, 2.84 GAA, .913 SV%, 1 SO, 36 GP)… Curtis McElhinney (10-14-2, 2.85 GAA, .912 SV%, 30 GP)

Last Week’s Results: 1-2-0… Mar. 3 – Washington 5, at CBJ 3… Mar. 6 – CBJ 3, at New Jersey 2… Colorado 4, at CBJ 0.

CAROLINA HURRICANES – Record: 25-32-7 (57 pts.) – 8th/Metropolitan Division… Home: 15-12-3 (33 pts.)… Road: 10-20-4 (24 pts.)

Head Coach: Bill Peters… Players to Watch: C Eric Staal… D Justin Faulk… C Elias Lindholm

All-Time: CBJ, 10-9-1 (5-5-1, road)… Blue Jackets are 8-3-1 in the last 12 meetings, including a 2-1-1 mark in the last four games in Carolina… This Season: Third and fourth of four meetings… Nov. 4 – Carolina 4, at CBJ 2… Nov. 7 – at Carolina 3, CBJ 2 (OT).

DETROIT RED WINGS – Record: 36-17-11 (83 pts.) – 3rd/Atlantic Division… Home: 18-6-7 (43 pts.)… Road: 18-11-4 (40 pts.)

Coaches: Mike Babcock… Players to Watch: C Pavel Datsyuk… LW Henrik Zetterberg… LW Tomas Tatar

All-Time: CBJ, 26-41-12 (10-24-4, road)… CBJ have gone 8-2-1 in the last 11 meetings… This Season: Third of three meetings… Nov. 16 – Detroit 5, at CBJ 0… Dec. 16 – CBJ 1, at Detroit 0 (SO).

EDMONTON OILERS – Record: 18-37-11 (47 pts.) – 7th/Pacific Division… Home: 10-22-2 (22 pts.)… Road: 8-17-9 (25 pts.)

Interim Head Coach: Todd Nelson… Players to Watch: RW Jordan Eberle… C Ryan Nugent-Hopkins… D Justin Schultz

All-Time: CBJ, 16-27-6 (11-10-4, home)… Home team is 14-3-0 since 2009-10 season with Columbus 7-2-0 in nine home games against Edmonton over that span… This Season: First of two meetings… Mar. 18 at Edmonton.

OhioHEALTH INJURY REPORT
•D Kevin Connauton (lower body, Feb. 24) is day-to-day… RW David Clarkson (torn oblique muscle, Mar. 3) is expected to miss four to six weeks… 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: 420

NEWS & NOTES
•Sixteen players have made their Blue Jackets debut this season with three (David Clarkson, Justin Faulk and Rene Bourque) making their debuts in the last five games. It’s the second-highest number of debuts in the last six seasons (23 in 2011-12). Five players (Josh Anderson, Marko Dano, Anton Forsberg, Kerby Rychel and Alex Wennberg) have made their NHL debuts this season.

•The Blue Jackets play six of their next seven games against Western Conference teams beginning with their game against Edmonton on Friday.

•Columbus has scored 39 of its 45 goals (86.7%) at even-strength in the last 16 games. Fifteen skaters, led by LW Nick Foligno’s six goals, have scored an even-strength goal over that span.

•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 2,028 hits, averaging 31.2 per game.

•The Jackets boast the eighth-best power play in the NHL at 20.3 pct. (41-of-202), 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 a franchise record and NHL-leading 420 man games lost to injury through 65 games, surpassing the 411 man games lost in 2011-12. They are on pace to finish the season with 530.

PLAYER NOTES
•LW Nick Foligno, who has 6-7-13 in his last 15 games, ranks 15th in the NHL in shooting percentage (16.4), 17th-T in goals and 18th-T in points with a team-leading 24-34-58 in 63 outings. He set a new career high with his 33rd assist Mar. 3 at New Jersey, surpassing the 32 he recorded in 2011-12 with Ottawa.

•C Ryan Johansen, who ranks 27th-T in the NHL in goals and 22nd-T in points with 22-34-56 in 65 games, has won 56.7% of his face-offs (122-of-216) while winning at least 50% of his draws in nine of the last 12 games.

•D Justin Faulk, acquired in a trade from Minnesota on Mar. 2, made his Blue Jackets debut Mar. 3 vs. Washington and recorded his first two points in a Blue Jackets uniform with a goal and an assist Mar. 6 at New Jersey.

•LW Scott Hartnell, who has 16-27-43 in 60 games, is 24th-T in the NHL with 20 first assists.

•LW Rene Bourque, acquired from Anaheim on Mar. 2, finished with four shots, a hit and a blocked shot on 14:21 of ice time in his Columbus debut Mar. 7 vs. Colorado.

•C Brandon Dubinsky, who has 6-4-10 in his last 10 games, recorded his seventh multi-point game with a goal and an assist Mar. 6 at New Jersey. Columbus is 22-0-2 all-time when Dubinsky registers a multi-point game, including 7-0-0 this season.

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