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Blue Jackets Host Avalanche, Red Wings before Visiting Hurricanes on Saturday

by Blue Jackets Staff / Columbus Blue Jackets

THIS WEEK'S GAME SCHEDULE (Times ET)


Tue., Feb. 10 vs. COLORADO AVALANCHE, Nationwide Arena - 7 p.m. FSO/CD101
Fri., Feb. 13 vs. DETROIT RED WINGS, Nationwide Arena - 7 p.m. FSO HD/1460, CD101
Sat., Feb. 14 at Carolina Hurricanes, RBC Center - 7 p.m. FSO HD/CD101
FSO – FOX Sports Ohio; 1460 – WBNS-AM 1460 The Fan; CD101 – CD101.1 FM

 


BLUE JACKETS AT A GLANCE
Record: 25-23-5, 55 pts./3rd Central Division… Streak: Won last game… Home: 16-9-1, won last game… Road: 9-14-4, 0-2-1 in last three… Last Week’s Results: 1-2-0… Feb. 3 – St. Louis 4, at Columbus 2; Feb. 6 – at Pittsburgh 4, Columbus 1… Feb. 7 – at Columbus 3, San Jose 2 (OT).

 


OPPONENTS AT A GLANCE

COLORADO AVALANCHE (25-27-1, 51 pts./5th Northwest Division): Head Coach Tony Granato… The Avs have gone 3-7-0 in their last 10 games and had a two-game winning streak snapped in a 4-1 loss at St. Louis on Saturday… Colorado ranks 20th in the NHL in scoring (2.62/tied with the Blue Jackets) and are 25th in goals-against average (3.06)… Colorado is led by LW Ryan Smyth (16-26-42, 53 games), RW Milan Hejduk (20-20-40, 53 games) and LW Wojtek Wolski (11-20-31, 52 games)… G Peter Budaj is 16-21-1 with a 2.95 GAA and .898 SV% and one shutout in 40 games… The Blue Jackets are 7-22-2 all-time vs. the Avalanche, including 4-10-1 at home… The Jackets have won five of the last seven meetings, including all three this season - 4-2 on Oct. 30 and 6-1 on Jan. 2 at the Pepsi Center and 4-3 on Jan. 13 at home.

DETROIT RED WINGS (35-11-7, 77 pts./1st Central Division): Head Coach: Mike Babcock… Defending Stanley Cup champions are NHL's highest-scoring team (3.64 goals per game)… Detroit also boasts the NHL's top power play at 27.6 percent… Club is led by C Pavel Datsyuk (22-43-65, 52 games), RW Marian Hossa (30-25-55, 53 games) and C Henrik Zetterberg (18-28-46, 48 games)… G Ty Conklin is 18-7-1 with a 2.32 GAA, .917 SV% and six shutouts in 27 games… Jackets are 12-28-8 all-time vs. the Red Wings, including 7-11-6 at home… Columbus has gone 7-11-1 vs. Detroit the past two-plus seasons after posting a 5-17-7 mark from 2000-06… Detroit won the first two meetings this season at Joe Louis Arena – 5-3 on Nov. 28 and 3-0 on Jan. 6 before Columbus earned a 3-2 overtime win at home on Jan. 27.

CAROLINA HURRICANES (27-22-5, 59 pts./2nd Southeast Division: Head Coach Paul Maurice… The Canes have gone 6-2-0 in their last eight games… Carolina has gone 13-12-4 on the road this season… Club is led by former Blue Jacket LW Ray Whitney (17-27-44, 54 games), C Eric Staal (23-16-39 and 10 PPG, 54 games) and RW Tuomo Ruutu (16-16-32, 51 games)… G Cam Ward is 21-16-3 with a 2.53 GAA, .912 SV% and three shutouts in 41 games… The Blue Jackets are 3-6-0 in the all-time series, including 1-4-0 on the road… The Jackets won the last meeting, 4-1, at home on Dec. 29, 2007… Columbus' lone win at Carolina was a 3-0 decision on Mar. 2, 2004.


SCHEDULE, Feb. 10-16 (times subject to change)
Tuesday, Feb. 10 Nationwide Arena - 10:30 a.m. ET
Wednesday, Feb. 11 Dispatch Ice Haus - 12 p.m. ET
Thursday, Feb. 12 Dispatch Ice Haus - 10:30 a.m. ET
Friday, Feb. 13 Nationwide Arena - 10:30 a.m. ET
Saturday, Feb. 14 RBC Center - 11:30 a.m. ET
Sunday, Feb. 15 Dispatch Ice Haus - 11 a.m. ET (tentative)
Monday, Feb. 16 Dispatch Ice Haus - 10:30 a.m. ET


OhioHealth INJURY REPORT
C Derick Brassard (dislocated shoulder, Dec. 18) will miss the rest of the season… C Jiri Novotny (Injured Reserve, Jan. 6) will miss at least one week… G Pascal Leclaire (Injured Reserve, Jan. 8; ankle surgery, Jan. 23) will miss 10 to 12 weeks… G Steve Mason (Injured Reserve, Feb. 7; mononucleosis) is day-to-day… Man Games Lost to Injury: 201.


PLAYER NOTES
LaCOSTA EARNS FIRST NHL WIN IN FIRST NHL START: Rookie G Dan LaCosta made the first start of his NHL career vs. San Jose on Feb. 7 and made 28 saves, including four in overtime, to lead the Blue Jackets to a 3-2 win over the Western Conference-leading Sharks. LaCosta, who was Columbus’ fourth pick, 93rd overall, in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft, was added to the roster on emergency recall the day before. He had previously appeared in two games (one this season and one in 2007-08, stopping 22-of-24 shots in relief appearances.

BACKMAN'S SECOND GOAL OF THE SEASON COMES AT JUST THE RIGHT TIME: D Christian Backman scored the game-winning goal at 1:33 of overtime to give Columbus a 3-2 win over San Jose on Feb. 7, snapping the club's first three-game losing streak since Dec. 4-7. The goal was Backman's first since Oct. 14 at San Jose. It was the second game-winning goal of his career. The other came on Mar. 13, 2006 when he scored in overtime to give St. Louis a 3-2 win over the Blue Jackets. He was also +3 vs. the Sharks, matching his season-high (Oct. 30 at Colorado).

TYUTIN HAVING CAREER YEAR OFFENSIVELY: D Fedor Tyutin has tallied 4-4-8 in his last 13 games, including a career-high three-game goal scoring streak with 3-1-4 from Jan. 31 to Feb. 6, to raise his season point totals to 7-17-24. He leads all Blue Jackets defensemen in scoring, has set a career high for goals and is one point shy of matching his best point total. He notched 6-19-25 in 77 games with the New York Rangers in 2005-06. In addition, he leads all Blue Jackets in ice time, averaging 23:25 per game.

MISCELLANEOUS: LW Kristian Huselius collected the 200th assist of his NHL career vs. San Jose on Feb. 7 giving him 146-200-346 in 522 career games… LW Rick Nash has tallied 8-11-19 in his last 15 games, collecting points in 10 of those contests… C Jason Williams scored his 10th goal of the season vs. San Jose on Feb. 7 and has now tallied 3-3-6 in 10 games as a Blue Jacket… D Christian Backman’s game-winning goal vs. San Jose on Feb. 7 was the first overtime goal scored by a Blue Jackets defenseman since Mar. 11, 2006 (Bryan Berard vs. Edmonton).


TEAM NOTES

WHERE THEY STAND: Since Dec. 11, the Blue Jackets have gone 14-10-2… Columbus enters the week with a 25-23-5 record and 55 points in 53 games played, which puts them in 10th place in the Western Conference standings. The Jackets trail fifth place Dallas (59 pts, 52 games) and sixth place Anaheim (59 pts., 56 games) by four points; seventh place Minnesota (57 pts., 52 games) by two points; and eighth place Vancouver (56 pts., 52 games) and ninth place Edmonton (56 pts., 53 games) by one point.

JACKETS HOPE HISTORY REPEATS ITSELF AFTER SNAPPING SKID: The Blue Jackets snapped a three-game losing streak with a 3-2 overtime win over San Jose on Feb. 7. The skid marked the third time this season the club has lost three games in a row in regulation. On each of the previous two occasions, the club responded very well. After dropping three-straight Oct. 24-27, the club earned points in six-straight games going 4-0-2 from Oct. 30-Nov. 15. When the Jackets lost three consecutive games Dec. 4-7, they responded by winning seven of their next 11 contests, posting a 7-3-1 mark in those games.

ATTENDANCE ON THE RISE AT NATIONWIDE ARENA: Since Dec. 27, the Blue Jackets have averaged 16,808 fans at nine home games at Nationwide Arena, including three crowds in excess of 18,000 and two sellout crowds of 18,144 or better… Through 26 home games this season, the Jackets have attracted 388,434 fans for an average of 14,940… Through the first 26 home games in 2007-08, the club had attracted 356,856 fans (14,274 average).

MISCELLANEOUS: Last Saturday's win over the Sharks was the 50th overtime win in franchise history as the club is now 50-46-33 in games decided in overtime or a shootout… This season, the Blue Jackets are 4-1 in games decided in overtime – Wins: Oct. 10 at Dallas (5-4), Dec. 17 vs. San Jose (2-1), Jan. 27 vs. Detroit (3-2) and Feb. 7 vs. San Jose (3-2); Loss: Nov. 3 at NY Islanders (4-3).


UPCOMING PROMOTIONS

FEB. 10 VS. COLORADO: "Alive! Jackets Night Out" – All fans ages 21 and older receive one ticket, one Donatos Pizza and one beer for one low price. Upper Bowl packages are $30 per ticket, while Lower Bowl packages are $50 per ticket… "Chipotle/CD101 Hot Zone" – This package includes one ticket in section 101 and a coupon for a free burrito courtesy of Chipotle for just $30… "Rush CBJ Student Tickets presented by Raising Cane's" – High School and College students can get Blue Jackets tickets for student prices one hour before games at the Nationwide Arena Ticket Office! Upper bowl seats are just $15, lower bowl seats are just $25.

NASCAR ELEMENTS HIGHLIGHT NATIONWIDE NIGHT FRIDAY VS. DETROIT: The latest Nationwide Night will be held on Friday, February 13 when the Jackets host the Detroit Red Wings. The first 15,000 fans in attendance will receive a free Blue Jackets lunch cooler courtesy of Nationwide. A select number of fans who receive coolers containing a Blue Jackets player autograph will participate in an on-ice contest for a chance to win a trip to the Kentucky Motor Speedway to attend an upcoming NASCAR Nationwide Series race. In addition, fans can test their driving skills in the Nationwide Series Race Simulator on the main concourse prior to the game and check out the Nationwide Show Car throughout the evening.

FEB. 16 VS. DALLAS: Dispatch Family Night – The package includes four tickets, four Sugardale hot dogs, four small Pepsi products, four popcorns and four coupons for Wendy's Frostys, UDF ice cream cones and Dispatch Ice Haus skating passes. Prices start as low as $25 per person… "Rush CBJ Student Tickets" High School and College students can get Blue Jackets tickets for student prices one hour before games at the Nationwide Arena Ticket Office! Upper bowl seats are just $15, lower bowl seats are just $25… "Dollar Hot Dog Night presented by Sugardale" – Enjoy the popular $1 hot dogs courtesy of Sugardale.

JACKETS, VERIZON WIRELESS INTRODUCE THREE GAME PLUS PLAN: The Blue Jackets are offering fans an opportunity to guarantee their seats to some of the best games of the season and receive garage parking with the Three Game PLUS Plan, presented by Verizon Wireless. The plan includes two tickets to three games and one parking pass for each game in the Neil Avenue parking garage for $150 (upper bowl seats) or $330 (lower bowl seats). Fans can select from the offers two plans. Plan 1 includes – Mar. 15 vs. Detroit, Mar. 29 vs. St. Louis and Apr. 11 vs. Minnesota. Plan 2 includes – Mar. 10 vs. Boston, Mar. 26 vs. Calgary and Apr. 5 vs. Chicago. The plan is on sale now online at www.BlueJackets.com, via phone by calling (800) NHL-COLS or at the Nationwide Arena Ticket Office.

THIS WEEKEND IS "HOCKEY WEEKEND ACROSS AMERICA": The Blue Jackets, Chiller Ice Rinks and USA Hockey are celebrating "Hockey Weekend Across America" this weekend. Friday is USA Hockey's Wear Your Jersey Day in which all players and fans are encouraged to wear their jerseys to school or work and then to that night's game between the Blue Jackets and Detroit Red Wings. On Saturday, the Chiller Ice Rinks will be conducting Free Beginner Clinics for kids ages 6-12 who are not currently registered in classes or members of a local hockey association. The clinics will be held at the following times at the respective Chiller locations – 9 to 10:45 a.m. (Easton, 3600 Chiller Lane), 10 to 10:45 a.m. (Dublin, 7001 Dublin Park Dr.) and 12:15 to 1 p.m. (North, 8144 Highfield Dr. in Lewis Center). In addition, all Chiller Ice Rinks will be working with local youth associations and hosting Bring a Friend to the Rink Day that day as guests will be able to attend public skating sessions at a reduced cost. The Varsity Division of The Blue Jackets Cup Tournament featuring area high school teams will be held at the Dispatch Ice Haus and the Chiller Ice Rinks this weekend. For information on all activities at The Chillers, www.thechiller.com. Also, the Columbus Ice Hockey Club, which is an official Hockey Is For Everyone program, will send five teams to represent Columbus at the Hockey in the Hood Tournament being held in Detroit this weekend. The tournament will feature teams from 11 different cities.

 


PLAYERS IN THE COMMUNITY
Wednesday, Feb. 11 – "Anheuser Busch Celebrity Bartending Appearance": Blue Jackets players Rick Nash, Derek Dorsett and Kris Russell will serve as celebrity bartenders on Wednesday from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the R Bar, located in the Arena District at 413 N. Front St. The tips collected by the players will be donated to the Columbus Blue Jackets Foundation.


PROMOTIONS & CONTESTS
SUNSHINE VACATIONS "PLAYER FOR THE DAY" CONTEST UNDERWAY: Sunshine Vacations is giving one lucky fan the chance to be a Blue Jacket with the "Player for a Day" online contest. The grand prize winner will sign a one-day contract with a member of the team's front office on Tuesday, March 31 prior to the Blue Jackets game against the Nashville Predators. Upon "signing," the winner will receive a personalized jersey, a $500 signing bonus and four tickets to watch the game in the front line seats between the team benches. The complete game day experience also includes the opportunity to watch the Blue Jackets morning skate and the chance to be on the home team's bench during pre-game warm-ups. Player for a Day registration runs now through March 24 on www.BlueJackets.com.

 

BLUE JACKETS ON THE RADIO
The Coach's Show with Ken Hitchcock airs on WBNS Sports Radio 97.1 The Fan and AM1460 on Wednesdays from 3 to 4 p.m. with the Blue Jackets Head Coach, FOX Sports Ohio's Jeff Rimer and WBNS Radio's Bruce Hooley… Breakfast with the Blue Jackets can be heard on the Wheeling Island Hotel Casino Radio Network, including flagship station Sports Radio 97.1 The Fan and AM1460 on Sundays from 10 to 11 a.m. with hosts Mark Wyant and members of the Blue Jackets broadcast team.

 

TICKET INFORMATION
SINGLE GAME: Tickets are on sale now at the Nationwide Arena Ticket Office, FOX Sports 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 online at www.BlueJackets.com and www.ticketmaster.com... SEASON & GROUP TICKETS: For information on season tickets, six-game and 10-game plans, and 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.

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