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Weekly Report: Feb. 12

by Staff Writer / Columbus Blue Jackets

THIS WEEK'S GAME SCHEDULE

Columbus Blue Jackets (22-29-5, 49 pts./5th Place – Central Division)

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

Wed., Feb. 14 ST. LOUIS BLUES/NATIONWIDE ARENA - 7 p.m. (FSN Ohio/WBNS-AM1460 The Fan, CD101.1 FM)

Fri., Feb. 16 SAN JOSE SHARKS/NATIONWIDE ARENA - 7 p.m. (FSN Ohio/WBNS-AM1460 The Fan, CD101.1 FM

Sun., Feb. 18 MONTREAL CANADIENS/NATIONWIDE ARENA - 6 p.m. (FSN Ohio/WBNS-AM1460 The Fan, CD101.1 FM

 

OPPONENTS AT A GLANCE

Team (Record/Standing) Player to Watch

St. Louis Blues (22-25-9, 53 pts./3rd, Central Div.) RW Bill Guerin (3-time All-Star, U.S. Olympian has 22-18-40 in 55 GP)

San Jose Sharks (35-19-1, 71 pts./2nd, Pacific Div.) C Joe Thornton (3-time All-Star; 2006 Hart & Art Ross Trophy winner)

Montreal Canadiens (29-22-6, 64 pts./3rd, Northeast Div.) D Sheldon Souray (Leads NHL defensemen in goals, second in points)

 

PRACTICE SCHEDULE

Tue., Feb. 13 Dispatch Ice Haus 10:30 a.m. ET

Wed., Feb. 14 Nationwide Arena 10:30 a.m. ET

Thu., Feb. 15 Nationwide Arena 11 a.m. ET

Fri., Feb. 16 Nationwide Arena 10:30 a.m. ET

Sat., Feb. 17 Dispatch Ice Haus 11 a.m. ET

Sun., Feb. 18 Nationwide Arena 10:30 a.m. ET

Mon., Feb. 19 Nationwide Arena 11 a.m. ET

*tentative

Practices in the Dispatch Ice Haus are open to the public.

 

LAST WEEK'S RESULTS

Game (Result) Storylines

Feb. 6 vs. Phoenix (L, 3-0) Norrena has 24 saves; seven different Coyotes register a point including Shane Doan’s 18th goal

Feb. 8 vs. Calgary (W, 2-1) Vyborny and Modin score 47 seconds apart in the third to overcome 1-0 deficit

Feb. 11 vs. Chicago (L, 5-4) Smolinski, Havlat and Bondra tally 1-1-2 as 'Hawks build 3-0 lead; Hainsey tallies 1-1-2 for CBJ

 

ROSTER REPORT

RECENT TRANSACTIONS: Feb. 11 - Recalled C Zenon Konopka from Syracuse Crunch (AHL)… Feb. 9 - Activated G Pascal Leclaire off Injured Reserve… Assigned C Zenon Konopka to Syracuse Crunch (AHL)… Assigned G Ty Conklin to Syracuse Crunch (AHL).

 

OhioHealth INJURY REPORT: D Duvie Westcott (concussion, Jan. 6 at San Jose) is out indefinitely… Man Games Lost to Injury - 163.

 

TEAM NOTES

Columbus is in the midst of a season-high six-game home stand, which began on Tuesday vs. Phoenix and concludes on Feb. 18 vs. Montreal. The Blue Jackets have gone 10-5-1 at home under Head Coach Ken Hitchcock, including wins vs. Detroit, Buffalo and Minnesota.

The Blue Jackets have converted 20.5 percent of their power play chances at home (35-of-170), which ranks 10th in the NHL. The club ranks 13th in the league in penalty killing at home, stopping 85 percent of its opponent power plays (119-of-140).

Columbus is 3-1-0 vs. Northeast Division opponents and rounds out its schedule against the division vs. Montreal on Sunday.

The Blue Jackets surpassed the 4 million mark in regular season attendance when they hosted Phoenix at Nationwide Arena on Feb. 6. In 233 home games, the club has played before 4,033,483 fans, which is an average of 17,311 (95.5 percent of 18,136 capacity).

 

PLAYER NOTES

D Bryan Berard, who made his season debut at Edmonton on Jan. 31, tallied his first points of the season with 0-2-2 vs. Chicago on Feb. 11 to record his 300th career NHL points (71-229-300 in 559 games).

D Ron Hainsey added to his best season as a professional player with two more points. He had a power-play goal and an assist Sunday against Chicago, his sixth goal and 18th assist of the season. He has tallied 6-18-24 in 54 games in 2006-07.

RW David Vyborny scored three points last week, 2-1-3 while playing in his 450th career game vs. Calgary on Thursday, all with the Blue Jackets. He also moved into a tie with LW Rick Nash for the franchise lead in goals with 103.

LW Fredrik Modin is four goals shy of the 200th goal of his NHL career. He scored his 13th goal of the season vs. Calgary on Thursday and now stands with 196-191-387 in 715 games played.

C Sergei Fedorov is five points shy of 1,100 and just recently played his 1,100 NHL career game vs. Phoenix on Tuesday (457-638-1,095 in 1,102 games).

 

UPCOMING PROMOTIONS/IN THE COMMUNITY

Wednesday, Feb. 14 vs. St. Louis - SPORTS TALK SERIES KICKS OFF WITH OLYMPIC SKATER EMILY HUGHES: The first of two Sports Talk Series Presented by This Week Newspapers is scheduled for Wednesday and features Olympic figure skater Emily Hughes. In addition to a question & answer session from 5 to 6 p.m., Hughes will perform a special skating demonstration and sign autographs for one hour prior to the game. Sports Talk ticket packages are available at www.bluejackets.com. The next Sports Talk Series event will feature OSU basketball great and CBS analyst Clark Kellogg on Thursday, February 22 when the Jackets host the Edmonton Oilers.

Friday, Feb. 16 vs. San Jose - QFM96 PARTY ZONE: The Blue Jackets celebrate the 30th birthday of QFM96 (WLVQ-Radio) when they take on the Sharks. The Party Zone pack includes a game ticket, Blue Jackets mini replica helmet and a beer (for fans 21 and over) for just $30.

Sunday, Feb. 25 vs. Nashville - DISPATCH/MIX 97.1 FAMILY NIGHT: The Dispatch/Mix 97.1 Family Night package includes four tickets, four Sugardale hot dogs, four Pepsis, four popcorns, four UDF Ice Cream cone coupons, and four skate passes to the Dispatch Ice Haus for just $88.

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.

 

TICKET INFORMATION

Individual game and group tickets for Blue Jackets games at Nationwide Arena are on sale now at the Nationwide Arena Ticket Office, the Chiller Easton, the Chiller Dublin and Chiller North, 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 or group tickets, call (614) 246-PUCK or (800) NHL-COLS.

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.

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