(NOTE: NHL Trading Deadline is Tuesday, February 27 at 3 p.m. ET)
THIS WEEK'S GAME SCHEDULE
Columbus Blue Jackets (24-32-7, 55 pts./4th Place – Central Division)
Date Opponent/Arena - Time (ET) (Television/Radio Information)
Tue., Feb. 27 at Colorado Avalanche/Pepsi Center - 9 p.m. (FSN Ohio/WBNS-AM1460 The Fan, CD101.1 FM)
Fri., Mar. 2 at Dallas Stars/American Airlines Center - 8:30 p.m. (FSN Ohio/WBNS-AM1460 The Fan, CD101.1 FM)
Sat., Mar. 3 at Phoenix Coyotes/Jobing.com Arena - 9 p.m. (FSN Ohio/WBNS-AM1460 The Fan, CD101.1 FM)
OPPONENTS AT A GLANCE
Team (Record/Standing) Player to Watch
Colorado Avalanche (29-29-5, 63 pts./5th, Northwest Div.) C Joe Sakic (Perennial All-Star among NHL leaders with 27-48-75)
Dallas Stars (37-21-3, 77 pts./3rd, Pacific Div.) D Philippe Boucher (All-Star has 27-24-41 in 44 games)
Phoenix Coyotes (26-32-3, 55 pts./4th, Pacific Div.) RW Shane Doan (Captain leads club with 20-17-37, 6 GWG in 52 games)
Tue., Feb. 27 Pepsi Center (DEN) - 11:30 a.m. MT
Wed., Feb. 28 StarsCenter (Farmer's Branch) - 12 p.m. CT
Thu., Mar. 1 StarsCenter (Farmer's Branch) - 10:30 a.m. CT
Fri., Mar. 2 American Airlines Arena (DAL) - 11:30 a.m. CT
Sat., Mar. 3 TBA (Phoenix)
Sun., Mar. 4 No Practice Scheduled
Mon., Mar. 5 Dispatch Ice Haus - 10:30 a.m. ET
Practices in the Dispatch Ice Haus are open to the public.
LAST WEEK'S RESULTS
Game (Result) - Storylines
Feb. 20 at St. Louis (SOL, 4-5) - Nash scores with :14 left to force OT; Stempniak scores SO winner in game with five lead changes
Feb. 22 vs. Edmonton (L, 0-4) - Dwayne Roloson makes 28 saves and Shawn Horcoff scores two goals to lead Oilers attack
Feb. 24 at NY Rangers (W, 3-2) - Jackets trail 2-0 5:11 into game; Norrena makes 40 saves and Fedorov, Chimera and Nash score
Feb. 25 vs. Nashville (SOL, 3-4) - Shelley, Hainsey score in the 3rd to erase 3-1 deficit; Preds win in SO despite being outshot 34-25
RECENT TRANSACTIONS: Feb. 26 – Recalled C Geoff Platt from Syracuse Crunch (AHL)… Feb. 25 – Assigned C Geoff Platt to Syracuse Crunch (AHL)… Recalled D Marc Methot
from Syracuse Crunch (AHL)… Feb. 24 – Recalled C Geoff Platt from Syracuse Crunch (AHL)… Feb. 23 – Traded RW Anson Carter to the Carolina Hurricanes in exchange for a fifth round pick in the 2008 Entry Draft… Feb. 22 – Placed G Pascal Leclaire on Injured Reserve… Recalled G Ty Conklin and RW Curtis Glencross from Syracuse Crunch (AHL).
OhioHealth INJURY REPORT: D Duvie Westcott (concussion, Jan. 6 at San Jose) is out indefinitely… G Pascal Leclaire (knee) is out indefinitely… C Dan Fritsche (wrist laceration, Feb. 25 vs. Nashville) is day-to-day… D Ole-Kristian Tollefsen (elbow, Feb. 24 at NY Rangers) is out indefinitely… Man Games Lost to Injury - 179.
-The Blue Jackets play three road games this week – Tuesday at Colorado, Friday at Dallas and Saturday at Phoenix – two wins shy of the club record for road wins in a season (12). Earlier this season, the club earned its first-ever road wins vs. the Avalanche (3-0 on Dec. 5) and Stars (3-1 on Dec. 12). Columbus is 2-0-1 at Colorado, Dallas and Phoenix this season.
-This week's three-straight road games begin a stretch that has Columbus playing seven-of-nine away from home.
-Columbus scored two shorthanded goals (Jason Chimera, Rick Nash
) in a game for the first time in franchise history in a 3-2 win at the NY Rangers on Feb. 24.
-Of the 22 players on Columbus roster at the beginning of the week, 12 were born in the 1980s, including seven born since 1984.
-Six of Columbus last nine games have been decided by one goal (2-2-2) with a 4-2 loss (including empty net goal) vs. St. Louis on Feb. 14, 3-0 win over San Jose on Feb. 16 and 4-0 loss vs. Edmonton on Feb. 22 the exceptions.
-The Jackets have gone 8-8-2 since a 0-3-1 stretch from Jan. 6-13.
-Columbus has played 17 of its 21 sets of back-to-back games this season and has a combined record of 15-16-3 in those games, including a 5-1-1 mark in the last seven. The club is 9-7-1 in the first game (three-straight wins) and 6-9-1 in the second (2-1-1 in the last four). The Jackets' 18th set of back-to-backs is this Friday and Saturday at Dallas and Phoenix.
Head Coach Ken Hitchcock coached in his 800th career regular season game Sunday vs. Nashville (427-268-105).
C Sergei Fedorov tallied 1-1-2 at NY Rangers on Feb. 24 to record the 1,100th point of his NHL career (459-641-1,100 in 1,109 games).
LW Fredrik Modin is two goals shy of 200 in his NHL career (198-194-392 in 722 games). He has 3-3-6 in his last nine games.
LW Jody Shelley scored his first goal of the season vs. Nashville on Feb. 25, while D Marc Methot
made his NHL debut in the same game. Methot was Columbus seventh pick, 168th overall, in the 2003 Entry Draft.
With 8-20-28 in 61 games, D Ron Hainsey is five points shy of passing Bryan Berard (12-20-32 in 44 games, 2005-06) for the second-most points in a season by a Blue Jackets defenseman. Jaroslav Spacek holds the record with 9-36-45 in 81 games during the 2002-03 season.
UPCOMING PROMOTIONS/IN THE COMMUNITY
Wednesday, Mar. 7 vs. Los Angeles – 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… COLUMBUS ZOO NIGHT: The Blue Jackets present Columbus Zoo and Aquarium Night Wednesday Mar. 7 when the Jackets take on the Los Angeles Kings at 7 p.m. The night will feature Jack Hanna animal displays on the concourse, prize giveaways, and more. The doors open at 6 p.m.
For information on all promotions, log on to 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.