Blue Jackets Weekly Report: October 19-25
Columbus takes a 5-1-0 record into this week's games at Calgary, Edmonton, Anaheim and Los Angeles
THIS WEEK'S GAME SCHEDULE/BROADCASTS (Times ET)
|Date||Opponent||Time (ET)||Broadcast Info|
|Tuesday, Oct. 20||at Calgary||9:30 p.m.||FSO/1460/CD101|
|Thursday, Oct. 22||at Edmonton||9:30 p.m.||FSO HD/1460/CD101|
|Saturday, Oct. 24||at Anaheim||10 p.m.||FSO HD/1460/CD101|
|Sunday, Oct. 25||at Los Angeles||9 p.m.||FSO/1460/CD101|
|Columbus Blue Jackets' Derick Brassard, right, and Los Angeles Kings' Michal Handzus, of Slovakia, fight for a loose puck during the second period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, Oct. 17, 2009, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)|
BLUE JACKETS AT A GLANCE
Record: 5-1-0, 10 pts. (Central Division: 2nd place; Western Conference: 5th place)… Streak: 3-0-0… Home: 3-0-0, 6 pts.… Road: 2-1-0, 4 pts.… Last Week’s Results: 2-0-0… Oct. 13 – at COLUMBUS 2, Calgary 1… Oct. 17 – at COLUMBUS 4, Los Angeles 1.
OPPONENTS AT A GLANCE
CALGARY FLAMES: Record: 5-2-1, 11 pts. (Northwest Division: 2nd place)… Head Coach: Brent Sutter… The Flames rank second in the NHL on the power play at 34.8 percent (8-of-23)… Players to Watch: LW Rene Bourque (leads club with 4-5-9, 2 PPG in eight games)… D Dion Phaneuf (has 4-3-7, 2 PPG in eight games)… G Miikka Kiprusoff (5-1-1, 3.26 GAA, .902 SV% in seven games)… Jackets vs. Flames: 18-13-2 (13-3-1 at home, 5-10-1 on the road)… The home team has won 12 of the past 14 meetings in the series, including seven in a row since a 3-1 Calgary win at Nationwide Arena on Dec. 18, 2007… The Jackets posted a 2-1 win at Nationwide Arena on Oct. 13 with all three goal scorers tallying against their old clubs – former Flames Anton Stralman and Kristian Huselius for Columbus and former Jacket Curtis Glencross for Calgary.
EDMONTON OILERS: Record: 4-2-1, 9 pts. (Northwest Division: 3rd place)… Head Coach: Pat Quinn… The Oilers have scored 28 goals in seven games (4.00 per game, which is tied for first in the NHL)… Players to Watch: RW Dustin Penner (leads club with 5-4-9 in seven games)… C Gilbert Brule (former Jacket has 4-3-7 in seven games)… G Nikolai Khabibulin (3-2-1, 3.11 GAA, .896 SV% in six games)… Jackets vs. Oilers: 8-18-6 (4-8-4 at home, 4-10-2 on the road)… Columbus is 3-3-2 in the past eight games vs. Edmonton… Teams split four games last year with each winning once at home and once on the road.
ANAHEIM DUCKS: Record: 3-3-1, 7 pts. (Pacific Division: 5th place)… Head Coach: Randy Carlyle… The Ducks are 1-2-0 and have been outscored 11 to 4 in three home games… Players to Watch: RW Corey Perry (leads club with 4-3-7 in seven games)… RW Teemu Selanne (has 4-0-4, 2 PPG in seven games)… G Jonas Hiller (3-2-0, 2.67 GAA, .921 SV% in five games)… Jackets vs. Ducks: 14-14-4 (8-7-1 at home, 6-7-3 on the road)… Anaheim has outscored Columbus 86 to 80 in 32 all-time meetings… The Jackets are 3-7-3 in their last 13 games vs. the Ducks, including 1-4-2 in the last seven outings.
LOS ANGELES KINGS: Record: 4-4-0, 8 pts. (Pacific Division: 4th place)… Head Coach: Terry Murray… The Kings have dropped three-straight games after a 4-1-0 start… Players to Watch: C Anze Kopitar (has 4-8-12 in eight games)… LW Ryan Smyth (has 5-5-10, 3 PPG in eight games)… G Jonathan Quick (4-3-0, 3.15 GAA, .891 SV% in seven games)… Jackets vs. Kings: 17-14-2 (11-5-1 at home, 6-9-1 on the road)… The two teams split four games last season with each team winning once at home and once on the road… The Jackets won the final two meetings of 2008-09, 2-0 at Los Angeles on Dec. 29, 2008 and 5-4 at home on Mar. 3, 2009 and the first meeting this season, 4-1 at home on Oct. 17.
|Columbus Blue Jackets' Kristian Huselius, left, of Sweden, and Los Angeles Kings' Matt Greene fight for a loose puck during the first period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, Oct. 17, 2009, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)|
OhioHealth INJURY REPORT
D Jan Hejda (Oct. 13 vs. Calgary; Injured Reserve on Oct. 16 retroactive to Oct. 13) is expected to miss four to six weeks… LW Fredrik Modin (Sept. 18 at Minnesota; Injured Reserve on Sept. 29) is expected to miss four to six weeks… D Mike Commodore (Injured Reserve on Oct. 3 retroactive to Sept. 19) is day-to-day.
Oct. 17 – Signed D Kris Russell to a three-year contract extension… Oct. 16 – Placed D Jan Hejda on Injured Reserve retroactive to Oct. 13.
BLUE JACKETS START SEASON 5-1-0 FOR THE FIRST TIME IN CLUB HISTORY
The Blue Jackets have posted a 5-1-0 record in their first six games, marking the best start in franchise history… The club’s previous best record after six games was 3-2-1 in 2007-08… Columbus has outscored the opposition 18 (3.00 goals per game) to 12 (2.00 goals-against per game, fourth in NHL) in six games… The most wins in October in club history is seven set in 2007-08 (7-3-1).
SPECIAL TEAMS HAVE BEEN JUST THAT EARLY ON
The Blue Jackets have scored a power play goal in five of their first six games, converting 5-of-21 opportunities (23.8 percent, 12th in the NHL)… Columbus leads the NHL in penalty killing at 95.8 percent, successfully killing off 23-of-24 opponent power plays… Since allowing a power play goal on opening night vs. Minnesota, the Jackets have killed off the last 21 opponent power play attempts they’ve faced. Columbus is tied for the NHL lead with two shorthanded goals (Rick Nash, R.J. Umberger) and has scored more shorthanded goals than the club has allowed power play goals.
TEAM NEWS & NOTES
Since being shut out on opening night, RW Rick Nash has collected a point in his last five games and is tied for ninth in the NHL in scoring with 3-7-10 in six games… He registered multi-point games in four-straight games before being “held” to one goal vs. Los Angeles on Oct. 17… He is now three goals shy of 200 in his NHL career (197-168-365 in 447 games)… 2008-09 Calder Trophy winner G Steve Mason is 4-1-0 with a 2.35 GAA and .925 SV% in five games this season… He is 2-0-0 with a 1.00 GAA and .961 save percentage in his last two starts since surrendering five goals on 20 shots at San Jose on Oct. 8… LW Raffi Torres is tied for second in the NHL with three power play goals… He scored the game-winning goal on Oct. 17 vs. Los Angeles as Columbus improved to 13-1-0 in games he scores over the past two seasons… C Samuel Pahlsson registered his first point as a Blue Jacket with an assist, won eight-of-15 face offs taken and was +2 vs. Los Angeles on Oct. 17.