COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Columbus Blue Jackets fans don’t have to wait until Opening Night to enjoy Blue Jackets hockey. As the team gears up for what will be an exciting 2013-14 season, FOX Sports Ohio is helping fans get ready too by featuring special Blue Jackets programming throughout the month of September in a “Countdown to Face Off.”
In the “Countdown to Face Off,” FOX Sports Ohio will feature Blue Jackets Classic Rewinds, a Blue Jackets Draft Special, and Blue Jackets Slap Shots: Season Preview. A complete listing of the “Countdown to Face Off” premiere schedule is below.
Ohio’s leading regional sports network will telecast four Blue Jackets Classic Rewinds. Hosted by Dave Maetzold, this series premieres Monday, Sept. 2 at 7pm with the game from April 27, 2013. Jack Johnson scored the go-ahead goal with 4:48 left, and the Blue Jackets capped a stunning turnaround to their 2013 season with a comeback 3-1 victory over the Nashville Predators.
The second Blue Jackets Classic Rewind will air Wednesday, Sept. 11 at 7pm and features the game vs. the Colorado Avalanche from April 15, 2013. R.J. Umberger scored the tying goal late in the final period, and Nick Foligno scored at 4:31 of overtime to get the 4-3 win.
· The third game, airing Wednesday, Sept. 25 at 7pm, will be the game from March 31, 2013. Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 29 of 30 shots and Mark Letestu scored the game-winner in overtime to lead the Jackets to a 2-1 win over the Anaheim Ducks.
· The final Blue Jackets Classic Rewind will air Monday, Sept. 30 at 8pm, featuring the game from March 9, 2013 vs. the Detroit Red Wings. In this 3-0 shutout win, the Jackets clinched their first season series win over the Red Wings in franchise history, and Sergei Bobrovsky made 29 saves to secure his first career NHL shutout in his 99th start.
FOX Sports Ohio further prepares for the start of the Jackets’ season with the Blue Jackets Draft Special, premiering Saturday, Sept. 7 at 8pm. Hosted by Dave Maetzold, this 30-minute show is a behind-the-scenes look at the Blue Jackets 2013 draft. The network traveled to the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey to bring Jackets fans unprecedented access to everything leading up to and including this historic day. With three first-round picks, the Jackets continued to build on the success of last year with an eye on the future of the franchise. This program will replay several times throughout the month of September. Check local listings.
FOX Sports Ohio rounds out its “Countdown to Face Off” programming with Blue Jackets Slap Shots: Season Preview. This half-hour special takes a look at the team’s off-season player moves and preparation as well as discusses expectations for the upcoming season. Blue Jackets Slap Shots: Season Preview debuts Wednesday, Sept. 25 at 6:30pm and replays throughout the rest of the month.
Blue Jackets fans can also get ready for the season with preseason coverage on FOXSportsOhio.com. Dan Kamal and Rick Gethin will provide updates from Training Camp, and Alison Lukan and the Dark Blue Jacket blog will offer the fan perspective with regular features and posts.