THIS WEEK’S GAME/BROADCAST SCHEDULE (Times ET)
Mon., Mar. 3 at Toronto Maple Leafs, Air Canada Centre, 7 p.m. – FOX Sports Ohio HD/ Sports Radio 97.1 The Fan
Tues., Mar. 4 vs. DALLAS STARS, NATIONWIDE ARENA, 7 p.m. – FOX Sports Ohio HD/Sports Radio 97.1 The Fan
Thurs., Mar. 6 at Chicago Blackhawks, United Center, 8 p.m. – FOX Sports Ohio HD/ Sports Radio 97.1 The Fan
Sat., Mar. 8 at Nashville Predators, Bridgestone Arena, 8 p.m. – FOX Sports Ohio HD/ Sports Radio 97.1 The Fan
PRACTICE SCHEDULE, Mar. 4-10
Tuesday, Mar. 4: 10 a.m. – Nationwide Arena
Wednesday, Mar. 5: No Practice Scheduled
Thursday, Mar. 6: 11:30 a.m. CT – United Center, Chicago, IL
Friday, Mar. 7: 1:30 p.m. CT – Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, TN
Saturday, Mar. 8: 11:30 a.m. CT - Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, TN
Sunday, Mar. 9: 2:15 p.m. CT - Dr. Pepper StarCenter, Farmers Branch, TX
Monday, Mar. 10: 11:30 a.m. CT – American Airlines Center, Dallas, TX
BLUE JACKETS AT A GLANCE
Record: 30-25-5 (65 pts.) – 5th/Metropolitan Division… Home: 17-11-2 (36 pts.), Road: 13-14-3 (29 pts.).
Leading Scorers: C Ryan Johansen (24-23-47 in 60 GP)… C Brandon Dubinsky (12-25-37 in 54 GP)… D James Wisniewski (5-31-36 in 54 GP)… RW Cam Atkinson (18-15-33 in 60 GP)… LW Nick Foligno (16-17-33 in 54 GP).
Goaltender Stats: Sergei Bobrovsky (21-15-3, 2.58 GAA, .915 SV%, 2 SO in 39 GP)… Curtis McElhinney (8-9-1, 2.80 GAA, .908 SV%, 2 SO in 22 GP).
OPPONENTS AT A GLANCE
TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS – Record: 32-22-8 (72 pts.) – 4th/Atlantic Division… Home: 21-10-1 (43 pts.)… Road: 11-12-7 (29 pts.) Head Coach: Randy Carlyle… Players to Watch: RW Phil Kessel, D Dion Phaneuf, LW James Van Riemsdyk All-Time: CBJ, 5-6-1 (3-3-1 on the road)… The Jackets have won four of their last six meetings with the Leafs dating back to Feb. 19, 2009… This season: Final of three meetings… Columbus earned a 5-2 home win over Toronto on Oct. 25 and captured a 6-0 victory at Air Canada Centre on Nov. 25.
DALLAS STARS – Record: 28-22-10 (66 pts.) – 5th/Central Division… Home: 15-10-6 (36 pts.)… Road: 13-12-4 (30 pts.) Head Coach: Lindy Ruff… Players to Watch: C Tyler Seguin, G Kari Lehtonen, C Jamie Benn All-Time: CBJ, 16-25-6 (8-12-4 at home)… The Jackets are 3-1-1 in their last five games against the Stars dating back to Dec. 29, 2011… This season: First of two meetings… Next game: Mar. 10 at Dallas.
CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS – Record: 36-12-14 (86 pts.) – 2nd/Central Division… Home: 19-4-7 (45 pts.)… Road: 17-8-7 (41 pts.) Head Coach: Joel Quenneville… Players to Watch: RW Patrick Kane, C Jonathan Toews, LW Patrick Sharp All-Time: CBJ, 28-35-10 (13-19-4 on the road)… Columbus’ last win against Chicago was on Feb. 18, 2011 at United Center… The Jackets earned points in their final two meetings of 2012-13 with the Blackhawks, a 4-3 OTL on Mar. 1, 2013 and a 2-1 SOL on Mar. 14, 2013… This season: First of two meetings… Next game: Apr. 4 at Columbus.
NASHVILLE PREDATORS – Record: 26-25-10 (62 pts.) – 7th/Central Division… Home: 15-13-4 (34 pts.)… Road: 11-12-6 (28 pts.) Head Coach: Barry Trotz… Players to Watch: C Mike Fisher, D Shea Weber, C David Legwand All-Time: 23-41-11 (7-25-6 on the road)… The Jackets went 4-1-0 against the Predators in 2012-13, winning two of their three games at Bridgestone Arena… This season: Second of two meetings… Nashville earned a 4-0 win at Nationwide Arena on Nov. 27.
OhioHEALTH INJURY REPORT
- RW Jared Boll (torn ankle tendon; had surgery on Dec. 16, was expected to miss 3-4 months)… D Fedor Tyutin (ankle; out 2-3 weeks). Total Man Games Lost to Injury/Illness in 2013-14: 246
- The Blue Jackets are 12-5-1 in their last 18 games, 7-5-1 in their last 13 road games and 8-2-0 in their last 10 home games.
- Columbus currently ranks third in the NHL in hits (1,822), 10th in 5-on-5 goal ratio (1.07/1) and 10th in team faceoff pct. (51.4).
- The Blue Jackets rank seventh in the NHL in goals-per-game (2.90) and are on pace to score a franchise-record 238 goals this season (220, 2008-09).
- Columbus has recorded only 308 giveaways this season which is the second-lowest total in the league (St. Louis, 260).
- G Sergei Bobrovsky is 13-4-1 with a 2.26 goals-against-average and .927 save-percentage in his last 18 starts.
- LW Nick Foligno currently ranks fourth in the NHL in shooting pct. (18.6) and is T-11th in game-winning goals (5).
- D James Wisniewski currently ranks eighth among NHL defensemen in points-per-game (0.68) and is tied for sixth among all league blueliners in power play points (20).
- LW Boone Jenner leads all rookie NHL forwards in hits (143) and ranks ninth in plus/minus with a rating of +7.
COLUMBUS DISPATCH HOLDING ‘CASH ON ICE $10,000 SWEEPSTAKES’
The Columbus Dispatch is holding a ‘Cash on Ice $10,000 Sweepstakes’ whereby fans can enter to win prizes including VIP game experiences, tickets, autographed merchandise and the chance to win $10,000 in cash during an intermission contest on April 8. Entry can be obtained by either subscribing to The Dispatch during the promotional period or by entering at Dispatch.com/WinCBJ.
CBJ SOCIAL MEDIA WATCH PARTY AT BUFFALO WILD WINGS IN CANAL WINCHESTER TONIGHT
The Blue Jackets Social Media team will visit the Canal Winchester Buffalo Wild Wings (6340 Prentiss School St.) on Monday, March 3, as Columbus battles Toronto at 7:00 p.m. Mike Todd and the CBJ promo team will be on hand and fans can win autographed items and take part in the Buffalo Wild Wings Player Card Series promotion. Monday’s player card is forward Nick Foligno.
WALGREENS 60 SECOND COUNTDOWN
Fans can visit their local Walgreens store or text ‘WALGREENS’ to 90561 to enter the Walgreens 60-Second Countdown. One contestant will be randomly selected for each remaining home game this season. The winner receives four tickets to a game and will walk away with $1,000 if a Blue Jackets player scores a goal in the last 60 seconds of the 2nd period.
TIM HORTONS COFFEE WITH THE COACH
Blue Jackets fans are now able to enter to win the opportunity to enjoy coffee and donuts with Head Coach Todd Richards at the Tim Hortons location at Nationwide Arena on Monday, March 17. More information on this promotion can be obtained by visiting BlueJackets.com/CoffeewithCoach.
COLD STONE CREAMERY STINGER CREATION
Cold Stone Creamery locations in Central Ohio recently launched the Stinger Creation: sweet cream ice cream with strawberries, blueberries and white chocolate chips. Fans in attendance during select upcoming Blue Jackets home games have the chance to win a free Like It™ size Stinger Creation coupon during Cold Stone timeout features.
PAPA JOHN’S “COOKIES FOR KIDS” PROGRAM
Papa John’s recently launched the “Cookies for Kids” program in which they will donate $1 for every Mega-Sized Chocolate Chip Cookie sold in central Ohio stores through April 6. Proceeds will benefit the Columbus Blue Jackets Foundation’s fight against pediatric cancer. No promotion code or coupon is required. To place an order, visit www.papajohns.com.
CURRENT & UPCOMING PROMOTIONS
- Nationwide Insurance VIP Sweepstakes – Nationwide Insurance is awarding a lucky sweepstakes winner with a special VIP Game Experience that includes four game tickets in the Nationwide Insurance Fan Lounge, a $50 food/beverage voucher, a jersey, puck, player photo, the chance to watch warm-ups from the team bench and a ride the Nationwide Zamboni during intermission. Fans can enter at www.BlueJackets.com/NationwideVIP with winners selected for the following games – Mar. 21 vs. NY Rangers and Apr. 4 vs. Chicago.
- Blue Jackets Fantasy Challenge – The Blue Jackets are offering fans the chance to go behind the bench and make the calls the head coach makes through the Blue Jackets Fantasy Challenge. Fans can visit BlueJackets.com at the link below to register, pick their lineup and Join the Battle! Over 40 prizes will be awarded throughout the season including autographed pucks and jerseys, game tickets and a suite night! To play, click HERE.