Columbus Blue Jackets (6-3-1, 13 pts.; 2nd Place in Central Division)
Date Opponent/Arena Time (ET) Television/Radio Information
Wed., Oct. 31 at Los Angeles Kings/STAPLES Center - 10:30 p.m. FSN Ohio HD/1460 The Fan, CD101.1 FM
Thu., Nov. 1 at Anaheim Ducks/Honda Center - 10 p.m. FSN Ohio HD/1460 The Fan, CD101.1 FM
Sun., Nov. 4 ST. LOUIS BLUES/Nationwide Arena - 5 p.m. FSN Ohio/1460 The Fan, CD101.1 FM
OPPONENTS AT A GLANCE
Team Record/Standing Players to Watch
Los Angeles Kings(6-6-0, 12 pts./2nd Place, Pacific Division)LW Mike Cammalleri, C Anze Kopitar
Anaheim Ducks (4-7-2, 10 pts./4th Place, Pacific Division) D Chris Pronger, RW Corey Perry
St. Louis Blues (6-3-0, 12 pts./3rd Place, Central Division) LW Paul Kariya, LW Keith Tkachuk
THIS WEEK’S PRACTICE SCHEDULE - CLICK HERE
Practices in the Dispatch Ice Haus are open to the public.
OhioHealth INJURY REPORT:
LW Fredrik Modin (groin) 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: 20.
*Record Start: With a 6-3-1 record in their first 10 games, the Blue Jackets are off to the best start in franchise history… The club's previous best record through 10 outings was 4-5-1 in 2002-03… Last season, the Jackets recorded their sixth win on Nov. 25 in their 22nd game.
*NHL’s Best: The Blue Jackets are tied for the NHL lead in goals-against average, allowing just 20 goals (19, plus one shootout goal) in 10 games for a 1.90 GAA (tied with Ottawa Senators)… Columbus boasts the top penalty killing unit in the league at 94.1 percent (48-of-51)… The club is tied for second in the NHL with two shorthanded goals (3 – Anaheim)... Both of Columbus' shorthanded goals have been scored by defensemen – Adam Foote and Ole-Kristian Tollefsen.
*Streaking: Columbus enters the week having won four of its last five games and riding a three-game winning streak… They have outscored their opponents 12 to 5 in those three wins… The Jackets have scored a power play goal in each of the last six games and in eight-of-10 this season… The club's penalty killers have successfully killed off 18-consecutive opponent power plays dating back to Ryan Kesler’s first period goal in the Vancouver game on Oct. 21… Three players are riding significant games played streaks – LW Jason Chimera (171 since Oct. 9, 2005), RW David Vyborny (139 since Dec. 26, 2005) and C Manny Malhotra (125 since Jan. 24, 2006).
*Vs. This Week's Opponents: Los Angeles – Columbus is 11-12-1 all-time vs. the Kings, including 3-8-1 on the road… The Jackets are 9-6-1 since the beginning of the 2002-03 season… Anaheim – The Blue Jackets are 13-10-2 all-time vs. Anaheim, including 5-5-2 on the road… The Jackets have won the last three games played at Anaheim since a 4-3 loss on Oct. 14, 2005… St. Louis – Columbus is 15-14-9 all-time vs. the Blues, including a 9-5-5 mark at home… The Jackets have gone 10-3-4 since 2005-06, including a 3-0 win at Nationwide Arena on Oct. 25.
*G Pascal Leclaire is 5-2-0 with a 1.29 goals-against average, .949 save percentage and four shutouts in seven games this season… He leads the NHL in GAA and shutouts, while ranking second in save percentage and tying for fourth in wins… He is one shutout shy of matching the club record of five set by Marc Denis in 2002-03 and 2003-04.
*LW Rick Nash continues to rank among NHL goals and points leaders with a team-high 8-5-13 in 10 games… He enters the week tied for fifth in goals and 13th in points and also ranks second in power play points (8), fourth in power play goals (4) and 11th in shots on goal (42). He had a five-game goal scoring streak snapped on Oct. 27 vs. San Jose.
*C Jiri Novotny is riding a three-game point scoring streak (3-2-5) and currently ranks second on the club in goals and points with 4-4-8 in 10 games… He ranks second in the NHL in shooting percentage at 36.4 percent (four goals, 11 shots).
*RW Dan Fritsche has tallied 1-2-3 in his last three games after being shutout in his first six outings this season.
*C Manny Malhotra registered his second multi-point game of the season with 0-2-2 on Oct. 27 vs. San Jose.
*D Jan Hejda leads the club in plus/minus (+3-tied) and hits (19) and is second in blocked shots (11).
*C Sergei Fedorov has scored goals in two of the past three games, including the game-winner on Oct. 27 vs. San Jose.
*Rookie RW Jared Boll scored his first career game-winning goal on Oct. 25 vs. St. Louis.
Nov. 4 vs. St. Louis – HOCKEY NIGHT IN COLUMBUS: Fans are encouraged to come out and support all levels of hockey in Central Ohio when the Blue Jackets host the Blues. All youth players are encouraged to wear their jerseys to the game in celebration of hockey in the capital city… To purchase a special Hockey Night in Columbus ticket package that includes a post-game autograph session with Blue Jackets players – scheduled to appear: Jared Boll, Kris Russell, Jan Hejda, Gilbert Brule, Duvie Westcott and Fredrik Norrena – fans can call (614) 246-3937. The game is also a Dispatch/97.1 Family Night as families of four or more will receive tickets, Sugardale hot dogs, Pepsi products, popcorn, UDF Ice Cream coupons and Dispatch Ice Haus skate passes for just $23 per person.
BLUE JACKETS ON THE RADIO
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 www.BlueJackets.com and www.ticketmaster.com.
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.