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Weekly Report: November 5

by Blue Jackets Staff / Columbus Blue Jackets


Columbus Blue Jackets (8-3-2, 18 pts.; 2nd Place in Central Division)

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

Wed., Nov. 7at Chicago Blackhawks/United Center - 8:30 p.m.FSN Ohio/1460 The Fan, CD101.1 FM

Fri., Nov. 9    at Detroit Red Wings/Joe Louis Arena - 7:30 p.m. FSN Ohio/1460 The Fan, CD101.1 FM

Sat., Nov. 10at Nashville Predators/Sommet Center -8 p.m.    FSN Ohio/1460 The Fan, CD101.1 FM



Team                             (Record/Standing)                                             Player to Watch

Chicago Blackhawks(7-7-0, 14 pts./4th Place-T, Central Division)RW Patrick Kane - Leads all rookies with 5-12-17

Detroit Red Wings     (11-2-1, 23 pts./1st Place, Central Division)  LW Henrik Zetterberg - Leads NHL with 12-12-24

Nashville Predators   (7-7-0, 14 pts./4th Place-T, Central Division) C Jason Arnott - Leads club with 6-7-13





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LW Fredrik Modin (back spasms) is day-to-day… D Duvie Westcott (concussion) is day-to-day… RW Derek Dorsett (stress fracture leg; Sept. 25 – Injured Reserve) is expected to miss four to six weeks… Man Games Lost to Injury: 27.



*Jackets Boast Third-Best Record in the NHL: With an 8-3-2 mark and 18 points in 13 games, the Blue Jackets have the third-best record in the NHL, trailing only Ottawa (12-1-0, 24 pts.) and Detroit (11-2-1, 23 pts.) and just ahead of Carolina (8-3-3, 19 pts.)… Columbus’ 5-1-1 record at home ranks fifth in the NHL, while its 3-2-1 mark on the road is tied for ninth.

*Best Start in Franchise History Continues: Columbus’ 8-3-2 mark is the best start in franchise history… Prior to this season, the earliest the club registered its eighth win was 2002-03 in its 19th game… A 3-2 win over St. Louis on Nov. 20, 2002 gave the Jackets an 8-7-2-2 mark that year… The club was also 6-5-1-1 through 13 games that season… Last season, the club was 5-7-1 through 13 games and didn’t get win No. 8 until Dec. 5 (3-0 at Colorado) in its 26th game.

*NHL’s Best: The Blue Jackets continue to lead the NHL in goals-against average, allowing just 23 goals (21, plus two shootout goals) in 13 games for a 1.77 GAA… Columbus leads the NHL in penalty killing at 94.0 percent (63-of-67)… The club is tied for second in the NHL with three shorthanded goals (4 – Ottawa).

*Streaking: Columbus enters the week having captured a point in six-consecutive games (5-0-1) since a 4-1 loss vs. Vancouver on Oct. 21… The Jackets have outscored their opponents 20 to 8 over that span… The club has won three-straight on home ice and is 3-0-1 in its last four road games.

*Vs. This Week’s Opponents: Chicago – Columbus is 18-18-2 all-time vs. the Blackhawks, including 7-11-1 on the road… The Jackets earned a 7-4 win at United Center on Oct. 23, tying the club record for goals in game… Detroit – The Blue Jackets are 8-22-7 all-time vs. the Red Wings, including 4-12-2 on the road… Columbus is 3-4-2 in its last nine games at Joe Louis Arena… Nashville – Columbus is 11-23-3 all-time vs. the Predators, including 4-14-1 on the road… The club was winless a year ago (0-7-1) with its last win in the series coming on Apr. 3, 2006 at Nashville (3-1).



*Fresh off being named the NHL’s Second Star for the month of October (Detroit’s Henrik Zetterberg was 1st Star, Calgary’s Jarome Iginla was 3rd), G Pascal Leclaire made his November debut vs. St. Louis on Nov. 4 and stopped all 21 shots he faced to record his fifth shutout of the season in a 3-0 win… Leclaire has tied the franchise record for shutouts in a season (Marc Denis, 2002-03 and 2003-04) in just his ninth start of the season… He is currently 7-2-0 with a 1.12 goals-against average, .957 save percentage and five shutouts in nine games this season… He leads the NHL in GAA, save percentage and shutouts, while ranking second in wins (tied).

*LW Rick Nash continues to rank among NHL goals and points leaders with a team-high 10-6-16 in 13 games… He currently stands fourth in the NHL in goals and is tied for 14th in points… After being held without a point in three-straight games from Oct. 6-13, he has racked up 8-4-12 with points in seven of nine games.

*C Sergei Fedorov is riding a four-game point streak (1-3-4) and has points in five of his last six games (2-3-5) since enduring a six-game drought from Oct. 6-21… He currently ranks second on the club with three power play goals.

*G Fredrik Norrena is quietly having an outstanding second NHL season as he has posted a 1-1-2 record with a 2.41 GAA and .919 SV% in four games… He made a season-high 33 saves in a 2-1 SOL at Anaheim on Nov. 1… He and teammate Pascal Leclaire are the NHL’s top netminding duo so far this season, combining for a 1.59 GAA and .941 SV%.

*C Manny Malhotra has racked up 1-4-5 in his last four games after being held to 1-1-2 in his first nine outings.

*LW Jason Chimera has tallied 3-1-4 in his last four games to raise his season totals to 4-4-8 and +4 in 13 games.

*D Jan Hejda leads the club in plus/minus (+6) and hits (26).

*RW Nikolai Zherdev has tallied 3-6-9 with a +3 plus/minus rating in 13 games to rank second on the club in scoring.



Nov. 12 vs. Nashville – GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES NIGHT: The Blue Jackets welcome all government employees to Nationwide Arena for the Monday, November 12 game vs. the Predators. All local, state or federal government employees will receive $15 off select seats to that night’s game with a valid government employee ID.



The Coach’s Show with Ken Hitchcock airs on WBNS Sports Radio 1460 The Fan on Wednesdays from 3 to 4 p.m. with the Blue Jackets Head Coach and Blue Jackets play-by-play announcer on FSN Ohio Jeff Rimer.

Breakfast with the Blue Jackets Presented by Rise & Dine can be heard on the Blue Jackets Radio Network and AM flagship station Sports Radio 1460 The Fan on Sundays from 10 to 11 a.m. with hosts Mark Wyant and members of the Blue Jackets broadcast team. This week’s show will be broadcast live from the Rise & Dine in the Arena District located at 277 W. Nationwide Blvd.



Individual game and group tickets for Blue Jackets games at Nationwide Arena are on sale now at the Nationwide Arena Ticket Office, FSN Ohio Blue Line Team Stores at the Chiller Easton, Chiller Dublin, Chiller North and the Mall at Tuttle Crossing, all Ticketmaster Ticket Centers, by phone at (614) 431-3600 or via the internet at and

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.

*For information on season tickets or group tickets, call (614) 246-PUCK or (800) NHL-COLS.

The Columbus Blue Jackets Weekly Report is issued every Monday by the club's Communications Department. The weekly report and all team press releases are available on-line at the team's official web site,

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