COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets will make their Stanley Cup Playoffs debut against the defending champion Detroit Red Wings, the club and National Hockey League announced tonight. The Blue Jackets, who finished the regular season with a 41-31-10 record (92 pts.), are the seventh seed in the Western Conference, while the Red Wings won the Central Division with a 51-21-10 record (112 pts.) and are seeded second.
The best-of-seven series will begin on Thursday night at 7 p.m. at Detroit's Joe Louis Arena with Game Two scheduled for Saturday at 6 p.m. The Blue Jackets will play their first home playoff game at Nationwide Arena on Tuesday, April 21, at 7 p.m. Game Four will be played on Thursday, April 23, at 7 p.m. The complete series schedule follows:
WESTERN CONFERENCE QUARTERFINALS SERIES
|Game ||Day |
|Date ||Location ||Time (ET) |
|Game 1 ||Thursday ||April 16 ||at Detroit ||7 p.m. |
|Game 2 ||Saturday ||April 18 ||at Detroit ||6 p.m. |
|Game 3 |
|Tuesday ||April 21 ||at Columbus ||7 p.m. |
|Game 4 ||Thursday ||April 23 ||at Columbus ||7 p.m. |
|Game 5 ||Saturday ||April 25 ||at Detroit ||7 p.m. |
|Game 6 ||Monday ||April 27 ||at Columbus ||TBA |
|Game 7 ||Wednesday ||April 29 ||at Detroit ||TBA |
Bold – home games
* – if necessary
The Blue Jackets and Red Wings split their season series in 2008-09 with each team winning three games, including one Columbus win in overtime. The Red Wings outscored the Blue Jackets 18 to 17 in the six games and held a 208 to 138 edge in shots on goal. Here is a look at the game-by-game results of the season series between Columbus and Detroit:
2008-09 SEASON SERIES – COLUMBUS VS. DETROIT
|Date ||Result ||Note |
|November 28 ||at Detroit 5, Columbus 3 || |
Marian Hossa's second goal at 18:00 of the 3rd period was the winner
|Jan. 6 ||at Detroit 3, Columbus 0 ||Ty Conklin made 23 saves to record the shutout |
|Jan. 27 ||at Columbus 3, Detroit 2 (OT) ||Rick Nash scored all three goals, including the winner at 3:27 of overtime |
|Feb. 13 ||at Columbus 3, Detroit 2 ||Steve Mason made 32 saves, Jason Williams netted the 3rd period winner |
|Mar. 7 ||Columbus 8, at Detroit 2 ||Rick Nash registered the NHL's first unassisted hat trick since 1948 |
|Mar. 15 ||Detroit 4, at Columbus 0 ||Chris Osgood made 23 saves and the Jackets were outshot 30 to 23 |
Columbus was led by left wing Rick Nash (6-0-6, six games), defenseman Fedor Tyutin (2-2-4, six games) and left wing R.J. Umberger (2-2-4, six games), while goaltender Steve Mason was 3-2-0 with a 2.38 goals-against average and .930 save percentage in five games. Detroit was led by center Pavel Datsyuk (1-7-8, five games), left wing Henrik Zetterberg (3-3-6, six games) and right wing Marian Hossa (5-0-5, five games), while goaltender Chris Osgood was 2-2-1 with a 3.37 goals-against average, .855 save percentage and one shutout in five games.
Columbus has posted a 14-29-8 record vs. Detroit in the all-time series between the two teams since the 2000-01 season. The Blue Jackets have gone 9-12-1 in the series since the start of the 2006-07 campaign after posting a 5-17-7 mark from 2000-06. The Jackets are 8-12-6 all-time at Nationwide Arena and 6-17-2 at Joe Louis Arena.
All Blue Jackets Stanley Cup Playoffs games will be broadcast live on the Wheeling Island Hotel Casino Blue Jackets Radio Network and flagship stations WBNS-AM, Sports Radio 1460 The Fan and WWCD-FM, CD101. The FOX Sports Ohio television broadcast schedule will be released prior to the start of the series.
Tickets for all Blue Jackets first round home playoff games at Nationwide Arena are on sale now at the Nationwide Arena Ticket Office, all Ticketmaster Ticket Centers, the FOX Sports Ohio Blue Line at The Mall at Tuttle Crossing, online at BlueJackets.com and www.ticketmaster.com, or by phone at (800) 745-3000. For each home playoff game in the first round, 250 HUNTINGTON GREEN SEATS priced at $20 will go on sale two hours prior to game time and 200 RUSH CBJ PRESENTED BY RAISING CANE'S student tickets priced at $30 will go on sale one hour prior to game time at the Nationwide Arena Ticket Office.
Season tickets for 2009-10 starting at $18 per game, as well as 10- and 20-game packages are on sale now. For information, call (800) NHL-COLS or visit BlueJackets.com.