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Columbus Blue Jackets Weekly Report: Feb. 25

by Blue Jackets Staff / Columbus Blue Jackets

THIS WEEK'S GAME SCHEDULE

Columbus Blue Jackets (29-26-9, 67 pts.; 3rd Place in Central Division)

Date                  Opponent/Arena - Time(ET)                                        Television/Radio Information

Wed., Feb. 27 SAN JOSE SHARKS/Nationwide Arena - 7 p.m.       FSN Ohio/1460 The Fan, CD101.1 FM

Fri. Feb. 29      at Vancouver Canucks/General Motors Place - 10 p.m. FSN Ohio/1460 The Fan, CD101.1 FM

Sun., Mar. 2     at Edmonton Oilers/Rexall Place - 8 p.m.                  FSN Ohio/1460 The Fan, CD101.1 FM

 

OPPONENTS AT A GLANCE

Team                           (Record/Standing)                                                     Player to Watch

San Jose Sharks      (33-21-8, 74 pts./3rd Place, Pacific Division)        C Joe Thornton - Tied for 9th in NHL with 17-54-71

Vancouver Canucks (32-22-8, 72 pts./3rd Place, Northwest Division) G Roberto Luongo - 28-18-7, 2.19, .923, 6 SO

Edmonton Oilers      (28-30-5, 61 pts./5th Place, Northwest Division)  LW Dustin Penner - Leads club in goals with 18-18-36)

 

THIS WEEK'S PRACTICE SCHEDULE - CLICK HERE

*Practice times subject to change and practices in the Dispatch Ice Haus are open to the public.

 

ROSTER REPORT

RECENT TRANSACTIONS: No transactions last week.

OhioHealth INJURY REPORT: No Injuries… Man Games Lost to Injury: 171

 

NHL NOTE

**The trade deadline for the 2007-08 season is Tuesday, February 26, at 3 p.m. ET.**

 

TEAM NOTES

Blue Jackets in the Western Conference Standings: With 67 points in 64 games, Columbus stands in third place in the Central Division and 11th in the Western Conference. The Jackets trail Vancouver and Nashville (tied for seventh place) by five points, sixth place Minnesota by six points and fifth place San Jose by seven points in the conference standings.

Jackets Continue Strong Road Play; Look to Halt Home Skid: The Blue Jackets posted a 3-2-0 record on their recent five-game road trip, which matched the longest of the season. Columbus played five-straight road games from Jan. 17-24 and posted a 3-2-0 record in games vs. Phoenix, Dallas (twice), Colorado and Chicago. Since beginning the season with a 6-12-2 road record, Columbus has gone 7-5-1 since Jan. 17, including a 6-3-1 mark in its last 10 away from home. The Jackets will try to halt a season-high five-game winless streak at home (0-3-2) on Wednesday vs. San Jose before heading back on the road for three-straight games at Vancouver, Edmonton and Calgary from Feb. 29-Mar. 4.

Vs. This Week's Opponents: San Jose – Columbus is 8-16-3 all-time vs. the Sharks, including a 7-5-1 mark at home… The Jackets are 1-1-1 vs. the Sharks this season, including a 2-1 win at home on Oct. 27… The Jackets are 4-1-0 in the last five games in the series played at Nationwide Arena… Vancouver – Columbus is 8-15-4 all-time vs. the Canucks, including 3-9-1 on the road… The Jackets won the last meeting, 3-2, at home on Jan. 15 after the Canucks won the first two games this season (4-1 at Columbus on Oct. 21 and 2-0 at Vancouver on Nov. 29)… Edmonton – Columbus is 6-16-4 all-time vs. the Oilers, including 3-9-1 on the road… The home team has won both meetings this season – Edmonton, 3-1, on Nov. 26 and Columbus, 4-2, on Dec. 31 behind Rick Nash’s second career hat trick.

 

PLAYER NOTES

Leclaire Enjoys Happy Homecoming; Garners NHL-Best Ninth Shutout: Making his first NHL start in his hometown, G Pascal Leclaire made 31 saves to earn his ninth shutout of the season in a 3-0 win at Montreal on Feb. 23. The shutout was the second in his last 10 starts. He continues to rank among the NHL's top goaltenders with a 22-13-4 record, 2.12 goals-against average (3rd in NHL), .924 save percentage (2nd in NHL) and nine shutouts (1st in NHL). He is one shutout shy of doubling the previous club record of five (Marc Denis, 2002-03 and 2003-04).

Miscellaneous Notes: All-Star LW Rick Nash has tallied 7-3-10 in his last 10 games with goals in six of those contests to raise his season totals to 33-20-53, including 10 PPG, 5 GWG and 4 SHG… C Michael Peca has tallied 2-13-15 in his last 23 games, including 0-7-7 in his last seven outings… LW Fredrik Modin has notched 3-2-5 in six games since returning to the lineup on Feb. 13… C Manny Malhotra tallied 1-1-2 at Montreal on Feb. 23 to snap a 26-game goal scoring drought.

 

UPCOMING PROMOTIONS

TUESDAY, FEB. 26: Hats For Heroes Night at bd's mongolian barbeque restaurants The Columbus Blue Jackets Foundation, the Fraternal Order of Police Capital City Lodge #9 and Columbus-area bd's mongolian barbeque restaurants will host Hats For Heroes Night on Tuesday, Feb. 26. Fans are invited to join Pascal Leclaire (Arena District), Jared Boll (Dublin) and Dan Fritsche (Easton) along with the team's broadcasters and arena personalities for dinner at the their respective bd's mongolian barbeque locations from 6:30-7:30 p.m. In addition to meeting fans and signing autographs, players will be joined by local "heroes," young children battling pediatric cancer and life-threatening illnesses, and their families. At each restaurant, Hats For Heroes merchandise and $1 paper hats will be on sale with all proceeds benefiting the pediatric oncology unit at Nationwide Children's Hospital and other organizations dedicated to the fight against pediatric cancer. All tips earned that night will be donated to Hats For Heroes.

FEB. 27 VS. SAN JOSE:  Willie O'Ree Night Fans can celebrate the 50th anniversary of hockey legend Willie O'Ree becoming the first African American to play in the NHL. O'Ree, who made history on Jan. 18, 1958, when he suited up for the Boston Bruins in a game against Montreal, will be on hand when the Jackets host the Sharks at Nationwide Arena… Jackets Night Out – Package includes two tickets, two beers and two Donatos pizzas for just $55 (fans 21 years of age and older)… All You Can Night – Package includes and upper level ticket and all you can eat food for just $35.

 

BLUE JACKETS ON THE RADIO

The Coach's Show with Ken Hitchcock airs on WBNS Sports Radio 1460 The Fan on Wednesdays from 3 to 4 p.m. with the Blue Jackets Head Coach and Blue Jackets play-by-play announcer on FSN Ohio Jeff Rimer.

Breakfast with the Blue Jackets Presented by Rise & Dine can be heard on the Blue Jackets Radio Network and flagship station Sports Radio 1460 The Fan Sundays from 10 to 11 a.m. with hosts Mark Wyant and members of the CBJ broadcast team. The show will be broadcast live from the Rise & Dine in the Arena District located at 277 W. Nationwide Blvd.

 

TICKET INFORMATION

Individual game and group tickets for Blue Jackets games at Nationwide Arena are on sale now at the Nationwide Arena Ticket Office, FSN Ohio Blue Line Team Stores at the Chiller Easton, Chiller Dublin, Chiller North and the Mall at Tuttle Crossing, all Ticketmaster Ticket Centers, by phone at (614) 431-3600 or via the internet at www.BlueJackets.com and www.ticketmaster.com.

Huntington Green Seats: A minimum of 250 tickets are available for just $10 at the Nationwide Arena Box Office two hours prior to every home game.

*For information on season tickets or group tickets, call (614) 246-PUCK or (800) NHL-COLS.

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