COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets are making their Stanley Cup Playoffs debut in 2009 and FOX Sports Ohio will provide live coverage of the best-of-seven Western Conference Quarterfinals series between the Blue Jackets and the defending Stanley Cup champion Detroit Red Wings, the club and network announced April 14. The seventh-seeded Blue Jackets will take on the second-seeded Red Wings in a series featuring two Central Division rivals. A schedule of HD telecasts, as well as channel information for coverage throughout the FOX Sports Ohio region and on Direct TV and Dish Network will be released soon.
FS Ohio Main and Alternate Channels
Coverage on FOX Sports Ohio begins Thursday at 7 p.m. when the Jackets visit Detroit's Joe Louis Arena for Game One. Game Two is scheduled for Saturday at 6 p.m., while the Jackets will host the Red Wings in the first Stanley Cup Playoffs game ever held in the state of Ohio on Tuesday, April 21, at 7 p.m. from Nationwide Arena. Game Four will be played on Thursday, April 23, at 7 p.m. The complete series schedule is as 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 |
FOX Sports Ohio coverage of Blue Jackets hockey features Jeff Rimer calling the play-by-play action, former NHL All-Star Danny Gare providing color analysis and Jim Day reporting from ice level. Live coverage begins 30 minutes prior to each game with the Blue Jackets Live pre-game show, hosted by Day, Bill Davidge and Jeff Hogan.
Tickets for all Blue Jackets first round home Stanley Cup Playoffs 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 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.