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Weekly Report: Feb. 5

by Staff Writer / Columbus Blue Jackets

THIS WEEK'S GAME SCHEDULE

Columbus Blue Jackets (21-27-5, 47 pts./4th Place – Central Division)

 

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

Tue., Feb. 6 PHOENIX COYOTES/NATIONWIDE ARENA - 7 p.m. (FSN Ohio/WBNS-AM1460 The Fan, CD101.1 FM)

Thu., Feb. 8 CALGARY FLAMES/NATIONWIDE ARENA - 7 p.m. (FSN Ohio/WBNS-AM1460 The Fan, CD101.1 FM)

Sun., Feb. 11 CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS/NATIONWIDE ARENA - 3:30 p.m. (NBC/WBNS-AM1460 The Fan, CD101.1 FM)

 

OPPONENTS AT A GLANCE Team (Record/Standing) Player to Watch

Phoenix Coyotes (24-27-2, 50 pts./4th, Pacific Div.) C Yanic Perreault (2007 All-Star has tallied 18-13-31 in 41 GP)

Calgary Flames (29-17-6, 64 pts./1st, Northwest Div.) RW Jarome Iginla (Former MVP and 4-time All-Star has 24-34-58)

Chicago Blackhawks (19-26-7, 45 pts./5th, Central Div.) RW Martin Havlat (2007 All-Star leads club with 17-19-36 in 30 GP)

 

PRACTICE SCHEDULE

Tue., Feb. 6 Nationwide Arena 10:30 a.m. ET

Wed., Feb. 7 Dispatch Ice Haus Noon ET

Thu., Feb. 8 Nationwide Arena 10:30 a.m. ET

Fri., Feb. 9 Dispatch Ice Haus 11 a.m. ET

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

Sun., Feb. 11 No Practice Scheduled

Mon., Feb. 12 Dispatch Ice Haus 11 a.m. ET

*tentative

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

 

LAST WEEK’S RESULTS Game (Result) Storylines Jan. 30 at Vancouver (SOW, 3-2) Conklin has 35 saves; Zherdev scores SO winner after regulation goals by Carter and Fritsche Jan. 31 at Edmonton (L, 2-5) Raffi Torres scores 2 goals to lead Oilers, who twice responded after Jackets cut leads to one goal Feb. 2 at Calgary (L, 2-6) Flames jump out to 4-0 lead and score four power play goals en route to the win

 

ROSTER REPORT

RECENT TRANSACTIONS: Feb. 3 - Assigned G Tomas Popperle to Syracuse Crunch (AHL)… Jan. 31 - Activated D Bryan Berard off Injured Reserve… Jan. 28 - Added G Tomas Popperle to the roster on emergency recall from Syracuse Crunch (AHL)… Jan. 27 - Recalled C Zenon Konopka from Syracuse Crunch (AHL).

 

OhioHealth INJURY REPORT: RW Nikolai Zherdev (illness) is day-to-day… G Fredrik Norrena (groin injury, Jan. 27 vs. Minnesota) is day-to-day… G Pascal Leclaire (arthroscopic knee surgery, Dec. 26) is expected to miss approximately six weeks… D Duvie Westcott (upper body, Jan. 6 at San Jose) is out indefinitely… Man Games Lost to Injury - 161.

TEAM NOTES

Columbus opens a season-high six-game homestand on Tuesday vs. Phoenix, which concludes on Feb. 18 vs. Montreal. The Blue Jackets have gone 9-3-1 at home under Head Coach Ken Hitchcock, including wins in their last three games vs. Detroit, Buffalo and Minnesota.

 

The Blue Jackets have converted 21.0 percent of their power play chances at home (33-of-157), which ranks 10th in the NHL. The club ranks 13th in the league in penalty killing at home, stopping 85.0 percent of its opponent power plays (108-of-127).

 

The Blue Jackets expect to surpass the 4 million mark in regular season attendance on Tuesday night when they host the Phoenix Coyotes at Nationwide Arena. In 230 regular season home games, the club has attracted 3,987,165 fans (17,336 average) while playing to nearly 96 percent of capacity (18,136).

 

PLAYER NOTES

D Bryan Berard, who has missed the entire season and not played in a game since Jan. 27, 2006, returned to the lineup at Edmonton on Jan. 31. He fired off two shots and was even in 21:53 of ice time vs. the Oilers and recorded three shots and an even plus/minus rating in 27:07 at Calgary two nights later.

 

RW Dan Fritsche is riding a career-best six-game point scoring streak (4-2-6), heading into this week’s action. He has tallied 10-10-20 in his last 29 games to raise his season totals to 12-13-25 in 49 games.

 

D Rostislav Klesla played in the 300th game of his NHL and Blue Jackets career at Vancouver on Jan. 30. He is the fourth player in franchise history to play in 300 games with the club, joining current teammates David Vyborny and Jody Shelley and former Blue Jacket Tyler Wright.

 

RW Anson Carter scored the 200th goal of his NHL career against his former Canucks teammates at Vancouver on Jan. 30. He has now registered 200-217-417 in 656 games.

 

C Sergei Fedorov is six points shy of 1,100 and one game shy of 1,100 for his NHL career (457-637-1,094 in 1,099 games).

 

UPCOMING PROMOTIONS/IN THE COMMUNITY

Thursday, Feb. 8 vs. Calgary – JACKETS NIGHT OUT: It's time to get your friends together for a Jackets Night Out on Thursday, Feb. 8! You'll get two tickets, two Donatos pizzas and two beers for just $50.

Friday, Feb. 9 – HOCKEY FEST CARNIVAL 2007: Tickets for Hockey Fest 2007, presented by the players and their wives, are on sale now. $10 General Admission tickets and $200 VIP tickets are on sale during Blue Jackets home games, available online at www.ticketmaster.com, at The Blueline, The Blueline at The Chiller Ice Rinks, and at Nationwide Arena box offices.

Sunday, Feb. 11 vs. Chicago – MEET THE TEAM AUTOGRAPH SESSION PRESENTED BY NATIONWIDE: All fans will have the opportunity to receive autographs from members of the Blue Jackets team following the game at locations throughout the Nationwide Arena concourse. In addition the first 10,000 fans in attendance will receive a Blue Jackets hockey card team pack presented by Upper Deck. The set includes Rick Nash, Pascal Leclaire, Adam Foote, Fredrik Modin, and Gilbert Brule. An additional 6th card of Sergei Fedorov will be available at The Blueline when fans purchase a pack of Upper Deck trading cards.

Sunday, Feb. 11 vs. Chicago – 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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