THIS WEEK’S GAME SCHEDULE
Columbus Blue Jackets (28-37-7, 63 pts./4th-T Place - Central Division)
Date Opponent/Arena - Time(ET) (Television/Radio Information)
Tue., Mar. 20 CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS, NATIONWIDE ARENA - 7 p.m. (FSN Ohio/WBNS-AM1460 The Fan, CD101.1 FM)
Thu. Mar. 22 at Detroit Red Wings/Joe Louis Arena 7:30 p.m. (FSN Ohio/WBNS-AM1460 The Fan, CD101.1 FM)
Sun., Mar. 25 ST. LOUIS BLUES/NATIONWIDE ARENA - 6 p.m. (*FSN Ohio/WBNS-AM1460 The Fan, CD101.1 FM)
(*NOTE: Game was originally scheduled for 12:30 p.m.)
OPPONENTS AT A GLANCE
Team (Record/Standing) Player to Watch
Chicago Blackhawks (27-35-9, 63 pts./4th-T, Central Div.) RW Martin Havlat (Leads club with 24-29-53, +15 in 48 GP)
Detroit Red Wings (45-18-9, 99 pts./2nd, Central Div.) D Nicklas Lidstrom (4-time Norris Trophy winner has 13-47-60 in 72 GP)
St. Louis Blues (30-29-12, 72 pts./3rd, Central Div.) C Doug Weight (4-time All-Star leads club with 11-39-50 in 71 GP)
Tue., Mar. 20 Nationwide Arena - 10:30 a.m. ET
Wed., Mar. 21 Dispatch Ice Haus - 11:30 a.m. ET
Thu., Mar. 22 Joe Louis Arena, Detroit - 11:30 a.m. ET
Fri., Mar. 23 Dispatch Ice Haus - 11 a.m. ET
Sat., Mar. 24 Dispatch Ice Haus - 11 a.m. ET
Sun., Mar. 25 Nationwide Arena - 10:30 a.m. ET
Mon., Mar. 26 Nationwide Arena - 11 a.m. ET
Practices in the Dispatch Ice Haus are open to the public.
LAST WEEK'S RESULTS
Game (Result) Storylines
Mar. 14 at Anaheim (5-4, W) Zherdev scores twice in regulation, Vyborny tallies SO winner as Jackets sweep Ducks in Anaheim.
Mar. 16 at San Jose (0-3, L) Toskala makes 35 saves to out duel Norrena (21-of-23); Sharks win despite being outshot 35 to 24.
Mar. 17 at Los Angeles (3-5, L) Kings score three times on first seven shots, lead 4-0 before holding on; Platt leads CBJ with 2-1-3.
RECENT TRANSACTIONS: Mar. 19 – Signed Holy Cross D Jon Landry to a two-year standard entry level contract… Mar. 16 – Assigned D Derrick Walser to the Syracuse Crunch (AHL)… Mar. 12 – Recalled D Derrick Walser to the Syracuse Crunch (AHL).
OhioHealth INJURY REPORT: D Rostislav Klesla (hip, Mar. 17 at Los Angeles) is expected to miss seven to 10 days… 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 - 221.
-The Blue Jackets enter this week's three-game California road trip having gone 4-4-0 in their last eight road games and have broken the club record for road wins with 13, set Mar. 14 at Anaheim.
-In its final 10 games, Columbus will face Chicago (2x), Detroit (3x), St. Louis (2x), Anaheim (2x) and Dallas (1x). So far this season, the club is 11-8-3 vs. those teams.
-The Blue Jackets' current roster includes 10 players who were selected by the club in the Entry Draft – Nikolai Zherdev (1st rd., 2003), Gilbert Brule (1st, 2005), Alexandre Picard (1st, 2004), Aaron Johnson (3rd, 2001), Marc Methot (6th, 2003), Ole-Kristian Tollefsen (2nd, 2002), Rick Nash (1st, 2002), Rostislav Klesla (1st, 2000), Pascal Leclaire-IR (1st, 2001) and Dan Fritsche-IR (2nd, 2003).
-Since Dec. 2, the Blue Jackets have posted a 22-21-5 record, including an 11-9-2 mark at home and 11-12-3 mark on the road.
-LW Fredrik Modin scored the 200th goal of his NHL career at Anaheim on Mar. 14 and is three points shy of 400 in his NHL career (200-197-397 in 731 games).
-LW Rick Nash recorded the 200th point of his NHL career when he tallied 1-1-2 at Los Angeles on Mar. 17 (112-88-200 in 273 games). He has 9-9-18 and is +4 in his last 18. He leads the club in goals with 23 and has set a career high with 27 assists in 65 games. His 50 points are seven shy of matching his career high of 41-16-57 set in 2003-04.
-C Geoff Platt recorded the first multi-goal game of his career with 2-1-3 at Los Angeles on Mar. 17. All three of his career goals have come vs. the Kings. In his last seven games, he has collected 3-3-6 with a +6 plus/minus rating.
-RW Nikolai Zherdev has recorded two multi-point games in his last three outings. He scored two goals at Anaheim on Mar. 14 to record his first multi-goal game since his season debut vs. Phoenix on Oct. 9 and collected a career-high three assists at Los Angeles on Mar. 17.
UPCOMING PROMOTIONS/IN THE COMMUNITY
Eight Blue Jackets will be using special pink sticks in TPS Hockey's 2nd Annual Tribute to Hockey Moms during the pre-game warm-up prior to Tuesday's game vs. the Chicago Blackhawks. The Blue Jackets who are among other NHL players participating include – Rick Nash, Sergei Fedorov, Gilbert Brule, Manny Malhotra, Jason Chimera, Jody Shelley, Aaron Johnson and Anders Eriksson. Last year's initiative raised over $150,000 for breast cancer research.
Tuesday, Mar. 20 vs. Chicago – JACKETS NIGHT OUT: The Jackets Night Out package includes two tickets, two Donatos pizzas and two beers for just $50.
Sunday, Mar. 25 vs. St. Louis – 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… ULTIMATE HOCKEY PACKAGE: The Ultimate Hockey Pack includes a ticket to the Ohio Junior Blue Jackets vs. Cedar Rapids RoughRiders game at 12:30 p.m. and a ticket to the Columbus Blue Jackets vs. St. Louis Blues game at 6 p.m. as well as a Blue Jackets hat all for just $30.
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 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.