After beginning the 2009-10 season with eight of its first 13 games on the road, Columbus (7-5-1) is now amid a stretch of five of six games at Nationwide Arena.The Blue Jackets ______(beat or lost to)______ the San Jose Sharks Wednesday. They travel to Atlanta (6-4-1) Thursday, and finish the weekend back home against the Carolina Hurricanes (2-8-3) Saturday night.Columbus began the second month of the season with a 5-4 overtime victory at Washington Sunday. Blue Jackets forward Raffi Torres scored his second goal in the third period with 23 seconds remaining and sent the game into overtime.R.J. Umberger, former Ohio State men’s hockey player, claimed the victory for Columbus with his second goal of the game 1:45 into extra play.The win against the Capitals snapped a three-game losing streak for Columbus. The Blue Jackets currently sit in second place in the central division of the Western Conference after one month of play, but know there is still room for improvement.“I think it was good for us to get a win and find a way to get it done,” Umberger said. “I think we need to know as a team that is not our best hockey. We need to play better in the third period, but we are going to take the momentum from the win.”The Jackets come into the week with a 3-1-1 record at home and are 29-9-3 at Nationwide Arena since Nov. 29, 2008.“This home stretch is big for us,” forward Jakub Voracek said. “Getting eight to nine points during these six games as a team is something we are looking to do and that would be great.”Scouting the Thrashers, HurricanesColumbus knows how to beat the East.The Blue Jackets play two of their three games this week against Atlanta and Carolina of the Eastern Conference’s Southeast Division. Columbus is 1-0-1 against the East this season after going 13-3-2 vs. the conference last season. The record against the East was the best record of any Western Conference team in the NHL.“I don’t think there’s a difference between the Eastern or Western conference,” Voracek said. “It’s just another game in the NHL where we are trying to win it.”Looking forward to Atlanta, the Thrashers have struggled at home with a 1-3-0 record this year. The Jackets will have to be careful on special teams against Atlanta. The Thrashers will be missing All-Star Ilya Kovalchuk who is out with an injury.“We have to play our best game,” Voracek said. “If everybody plays 100 percent and plays smart, we think we can beat them.”The Blue Jackets will need to put Carolina away early. A close third period could be exactly what Carolina needs right now. The Canes have dropped nine-straight games (0-6-3) heading into this week and rank 29th in the NHL in goals scored (2.15 per game) and goals allowed (3.85 per game).Columbus earned a 5-1 win at Carolina Feb. 14, 2009 in the only meeting last season.“We just have to play them hard like we do every other team,” Voracek said. “It doesn’t matter how many games they’ve lost, its going to be a tough game.”Offensive improvementIt’s easy to see the improvement the Jackets have made since last year. The team is the highest-scoring team in the Central Division.Columbus ranks 11th in the NHL on the power play at 22.8 percent (13-of-57). Last year, the team was 30th in the league on the power play and didn’t score its 13th power play goal until its 128th power play opportunity of the season in game No. 27 Dec. 7 at Anaheim. “We are shooting the puck more and we are getting our first shots on net, which makes the other team scramble,” Umberger said. “We are winning more face offs in the zone and keeping the puck in there. Basically, it comes down to execution.”The team entered the week ranked ninth in the NHL in scoring, averaging 3.23 goals per game.Nash continues to lead teamBlue Jackets captain Rick Nash has not slowed down offensively at all this season. He scored two goals against Pittsburgh Oct. 30 and added three points vs. Washington.The 25-year-old ranks fourth in the NHL in points, sixth (tied) in goals and seventh (tied) in assists, while also tying for the league lead with two shorthanded goals.Look for Nash to have no letdown this week either, as he continues to take this young team to the next level at home this week.
Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTrinidad and Tobago, May 30th 2017: The baton is now on its way to Grenada having made its first stop in the Caribbean, Trinidad and Tobago. Arriving on Sunday evening, the baton made its way to the Capital city of Port of Spain Monday where First Lady Reema Carmona, wife of President Anthony Carmona, ran the first leg of the Queen’s Baton Relay in Trinidad, after she was handed the baton by Port of Spain Mayor Joel Martinez.On Tuesday morning, the Queen’s Baton relay went across to Tobago’s Pigeon Point Heritage Park where school children and parents got a chance to view the Baton first hand. The Queen’s Baton relay is similar to the Olympic Torch Relay. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Pigeon Point, Tobago.Tuesday May 30th, the Australian High Commissioner to Trinidad and Tobago, Commonwealth Games Federation Regional Vice President for the Caribbean Fortuna Belrose, the Queen’s Baton Relay (QBR) delegation and the Trinidad and Tobago Commonwealth Games Association. Photo Courtesy TTOC #MagneticMediaNews#QueensBatonRelay#GoldCoastGames2018#CommonwealthGames2018
Set-top vendor Pace has struck deals with three Indian operators.Delhi Distribution Company (DDC), Faction Digital and New Delhi and Kozhikode Cablecommunicators (KCL), Calicut have selected the company, to support their moves to digital services.Pace is deploying its pre-integrated solution that incorporates the Tungsten device software and Titanium Conditional Access System (CAS) as standard on standard definition or high definition set-top boxes. The Indian version of the solution includes a Pace India-developed user interface created specifically for local consumer browsing preferences in terms of colour and design, including a button on the box that can operate all functions if the remote control is missing or out of action.India is currently in the first phase of a government-mandated transition to digital TV services, with full switchover required in 2015.Shane McCarthy, president of Pace International, said: “Pace aims to offer operators as many options as possible. The cost and time pressures for Indian operators are huge, and working with multiple partners to develop, integrate and deliver their service platform is not a realistic option. We have developed our pre-integrated solution to make operators’ lives easier by giving them the option of a single source for their software, hardware and CAS. It provides DDC, Faction and KCL with a straightforward and cost-effective way of moving their subscribers to digital, while maintaining the high quality that customers have come to expect from Pace. This not only delivers up-front but also keeps customers’ longer-term costs down.”Pace will be exhibiting at IBC on Stand 1.B19