THIS WEEK'S GAME SCHEDULE
Columbus Blue Jackets (32-40-7, 71 pts./4th Place – Central Division)
Date Opponent/Arena - Time(ET) (Television/Radio Information)
Tue., Apr. 3 at Detroit Red Wings/Joe Louis Arena - 7:30 p.m. (FSN Ohio/WBNS-AM1460 The Fan, CD101.1 FM)
Thu., Apr. 5 DALLAS STARS/NATIONWIDE ARENA - 7 p.m. (FSN Ohio/WBNS-AM1460 The Fan, CD101.1 FM
Sun., Apr. 1 ANAHEIM DUCKS/NATIONWIDE ARENA - 7 p.m. (FSN Ohio/WBNS-AM1460 The Fan, CD101.1 FM
OPPONENTS AT A GLANCE
Team (Record/Standing) Player to Watch
Detroit Red Wings (48-19-12, 108 pts./1st, Central Div.) C Pavel Datsyuk (Leads club in scoring with 27-57-84 in 76 GP)
Dallas Stars (48-24-6, 102 pts./2nd, Pacific Div.) C Mike Modano (Top American goal scorer in NHL history with 506)
Anaheim Ducks (47-20-12, 106 pts./1st, Pacific Div.) RW Teemu Selanne (All-Star leads club with 45-46-91, 10 GWG in 79 GP)
Tue., Apr. 3 Joe Louis Arena, Detroit - 11:30 a.m. ET
Wed., Apr. 4 Nationwide Arena - 12 p.m. ET
Thu., Apr. 5 Nationwide Arena - 10:30 a.m. ET
Fri., Apr. 6 Nationwide Arena - 12 p.m. ET
Sat., Apr. 7 Nationwide Arena - 10:30 a.m. ET
Practices in the Dispatch Ice Haus are open to the public.
LAST WEEK'S RESULTS
Game (Result) Storylines
Mar. 27 at St. Louis (4-1, W) Modin scores two goals and Hainsey adds 1-1-2 as Jackets win their fourth-straight game.
Mar. 29 vs. Anaheim (2-5, L) Ducks score three PP goals, including two by Pronger, add empty net goal for first season series win.
Mar. 30 at Chicago (1-3, L) Lalime (30 saves) outduels former Hawk Boucher (22 saves) in net; Chimera scores lone Jackets goal. Apr. 1 vs. Detroit (1-4, L) Hasek makes 31 saves and Holmstrom scores two goals as Wings win despite being outshot 32-25.
RECENT TRANSACTIONS: Apr. 1 – Added G Dan LaCosta to the roster on emergency recall from the Syracuse Crunch (AHL)… Mar. 30 – Added LW Joakim Lindstrom to the roster on emergency recall from the Syracuse Crunch (AHL)… Mar. 28 – Assigned D Derrick Walser to the Syracuse Crunch (AHL)… Mar. 27 – Signed LW Tom Sestito to a three-year entry level contract.
OhioHealth INJURY REPORT: D Ole-Kristian Tollefsen (hip, Apr. 1 vs. Detroit) is out indefinitely… G Brian Boucher (shoulder, Mar. 31 practice) is out indefinitely… LW Jody Shelley (facial injury, Mar. 29 vs. Anaheim is out indefinitely)… D Bryan Berard (back) is out indefinitely… D Adam Foote (ankle, Mar. 2 at Dallas) is out indefinitely… D Duvie Westcott (concussion, Jan. 6 at San Jose) is out indefinitely… C Dan Fritsche (wrist laceration, Feb. 25 vs. Nashville) is out indefinitely… G Pascal Leclaire (knee) will miss the rest of the season… Man Games Lost to Injury - 267.
*Since suffering a 2-1 loss at Calgary on Dec. 1 that dropped the club's record to 6-16-2, the Blue Jackets have posted a record of 26-24-5. During that span, Columbus has gone 13-11-2 at Nationwide Arena and posted a 13-13-3 mark on the road. The Jackets have set a franchise record for road wins with 15 despite beginning the season 2-9-0 away from home.
*The Jackets posted an 8-6-0 record in March, which is the most wins in the month in club history (7-7-1 in 2005-06). The eight wins was one shy of the season record set in December when the club went 9-5-2.
*The Jackets enter the final week of the season with games against three of the top teams in the Western Conference, having had success against each in 2006-07. Columbus is 3-4-0 vs. Detroit, 2-1-0 vs. Dallas and 2-1-0 vs. Anaheim. All four wins vs. the Stars and Ducks have come on the road, while two of the three wins vs. the Red Wings have come at home.
*Columbus has amassed 267 man games missed due to injury this season, which is 22 shy of the franchise high 289 games missed in 2005-06. The Jackets currently have eight players sidelined due to injury, projecting to a season-ending total of 291.
*RW David Vyborny needs four assists to tie the franchise single season record of 52 set by Ray Whitney in 2002-03. Vyborny has tallied a team-leading 16-48-64 in 79 games and is two points shy of setting a new career high. If he hits the 66-point mark, the 2006-07 season will be the fifth in a row in which he has raised his point totals (13-18-31, 75 GP in 2001-02; 20-26-46, 79 GP in 2002-03; 22-31-53, 82 GP in 2003-04; 22-43-65, 80 GP in 2005-06).
*LW Rick Nash leads the Blue Jackets with 25 goals. He needs five goals in the final three games to become the first player in team history to register three consecutive 30-goal seasons (41 in 2003-04, 31 in 2005-06).
*G Fredrik Norrena enters the final week of the season having posted a 23-21-3 record with a 2.79 goals-against average and .904 save percentage in 52 games. His 23 wins are the second-most in club history. The record is held by Marc Denis (who was traded to Tampa Bay for Norrena and LW Fredrik Modin in June 2006) who went 27-41-8 in 77 games in 2002-03. Norrena has a chance to become the first goaltender in Blue Jackets history to post a winning record.
*D Ron Hainsey tallied 1-1-2 at St. Louis on Mar. 27 and has 9-24-33 in 77 games this season. His 33 points are the second-most in a season by a Blue Jackets defenseman (Jaroslav Spacek, 9-36-45, 81 games in 2002-03).
*D Anders Eriksson leads the club in plus/minus rating at +11, which would trail only Ron Hainsey (+13, 2005-06) and David Vyborny (+12, 2002-03) for the best in club history.
UPCOMING PROMOTIONS/IN THE COMMUNITY
CBJ FOUNDATION GRANTS TO BE AWARDED THIS WEEK: The Columbus Blue Jackets Foundation will announce its grant recipients and scholarship winners during Thursday's game against the Dallas Stars. Coming into the 2006-07 season, the Foundation has awarded nearly $1 million to local community organization since its inception in 2000. The Foundation's four main pillars of giving are: pediatric cancer, education, children's health and safety, and youth & amateur hockey.
Thursday, Apr. 5 vs. Dallas - COLLEGE NIGHT PRESENTED BY CD101: The CD101 College Night package includes a game ticket, exclusive College Night t-shirt, one Chipotle burrito buck and free admission to a post-game party at the Frog, Bear & Wild Boar Bar (21 & over only) for $25.
Saturday, Apr. 7 vs. Anaheim – FANtastic FANale: All fans in attendance will receive a 2006-07 Blue Jackets team photo poster and be eligible to win the jerseys off their backs immediately after the final regular season game of the season. For information on all promotions, log on to www.BlueJackets.com or call (614) 246-PUCK.
BLUE JACKETS ON THE RADIO
The Doug MacLean Show airs on WBNS Sports Radio 1460 The Fan on Wednesdays from 3-4 p.m. with the Blue Jackets President and General Manager, FSN Ohio's Jeff Rimer and 1460 The Fan's Bruce Hooley.
Between the Pipes with the Blue Jackets can be heard on the Blue Jackets Radio Network and flagship station Sports Radio 1460 the Fan on Sundays from 10-11 a.m. with hosts Mark Wyant and members of the Blue Jackets broadcast team.
Individual game and group tickets for Blue Jackets games at Nationwide Arena are on sale now at the Nationwide Arena Ticket Office, The Blueline Team Stores at the Chiller Ice Rinks 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.
For information on season tickets, call (800)NHL-COLS or for group tickets, call (614) 246-PUCK. Deposits are now being accepted for season tickets for the 2007-08 season.
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.