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Blue Jackets Host Canucks, Wild and Predators This Week
Columbus brings 5-1-0 mark in last six at Nationwide Arena into this week's acti

by Staff Writer / Columbus Blue Jackets
COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS (17-30-2, 36 pts./4th Central Division)


Tue., Jan. 24 vs. Vancouver Canucks, Nationwide Arena 7 p.m.
Fri., Jan. 27 vs. Minnesota Wild, Nationwide Arena 7 p.m.
Sat., Jan. 28 vs. Nashville Predators, Nationwide Arena 7 p.m.
FSN-Fox Sports Net, WBNS-AM (1460), WWCD-FM (101.1); Times are Eastern

THIS WEEK'S PRACTICE SCHEDULE: Blue Jackets practices typically last 60 to 90 minutes with media availability following. The schedule for Jan. 24-30 (Tue.-Mon.) is as follows: Tue. – 10:30 a.m. (Nationwide Arena)… Wed. – 11 a.m. (Dispatch Ice Haus)… Thu. – 10:30 a.m. (Dispatch Ice Haus)… Fri. – 10:30 a.m. (Nationwide Arena)… Sat. – 10:30 a.m. (Nationwide Arena)… Sun. – No Practice Scheduled… Mon. – 10:30 (Nationwide Arena). Practice times are local and subject to change. Only practices at the Dispatch Ice Haus are open to the public.

ROSTER REPORT: Jan. 23 – Assigned C Mark Hartigan to Syracuse Crunch (AHL)… Jan. 18 – Placed RW Mike Rupp on Injured Reserve… Activated D Adam Foote off Injured Reserve… Recalled C Mark Hartigan from Syracuse (AHL)… Jan. 17 – Activated C Gilbert Brule off Injured Reserve and assigned him to the Vancouver Giants (Western Hockey League).

INJURY REPORT: D Luke Richardson (fractured jaw, Dec. 21 vs. Dallas) is out indefinitely… C Manny Malhotra (shoulder injury, Dec. 8 vs. NY Islanders) is expected to return to the lineup this week… C Mike Rupp (broken foot, Jan. 16 vs. NY Rangers) is expected to miss four to six weeks.

THIS WEEK'S OPPONENTS: Vancouver Canucks – 28-15-5, 61 pts. (1st-T, Northwest Division)… Second of four meetings this season… Jackets are 4-10-3 in the all-time series, including 2-4-2 at home… Vancouver won first meeting this season, 5-3, at home on Nov. 4… Head Coach: Marc Crawford… Players to Watch – LW Markus Naslund (23-29-52, 9 PPG in 48 games)… RW Todd Bertuzzi (16-30-46, 3 GWG in 48 games)… G Alexander Auld (20-11-3, 2.71 GAA, .908 SV% in 36 games)… Minnesota Wild – 23-21-4, 50 pts. (5th, Northwest Division)… Fourth of four meetings this season… Columbus is 9-7-2 in the all-time series, including 6-1-1 at home… Jackets are 2-1-0 this season, including 2-1 SO win at home on Oct. 28… Head Coach: Jacques Lemaire… Players to Watch – C Brian Rolston (20-28-48, 4 GWG in 48 games)… RW Marian Gaborik (15-16-31, 6 GWG in 31 games)… G Manny Fernandez (18-7-3, 2.02 GAA, .929 SV%, 1 SO in 30 games)… Nashville Predators – 29-12-6, 64 pts. (2nd, Central Division)… Sixth of eight meetings this season… Columbus is 9-15-2 in the all-time series, including 6-6-1 at home… Jackets are 1-4-0 this season, including 1-2-0 at home… Head Coach: Barry Trotz… Players to Watch – LW Paul Kariya (16-30-46 in 47 games)… RW Steve Sullivan (23-20-43, 11 PPG in 43 games)… G Tomas Vokoun (23-9-5, 2.65 GAA, .915 SV%, 1 SO in 35 games).

WEEK IN REVIEW: Jan. 16 – at Blue Jackets 4, NY Rangers 3: Marc Denis made 33 saves and Rick Nash scored the game-winner at 13:22 of the third period to lead Columbus to its fourth win in five games vs. the Rangers at Nationwide Arena. New York took a 1-0 lead on the first of two goals by Marcel Hossa before the Jackets responded with goals by Jason Chimera, David Vyborny and Jody Shelley to take a 3-1 lead. Jason Ward's goal made it 3-2 after one period and Hossa's second tied the game at 6:56 of the third, setting the stage for Nash's heroics. Kevin Weekes made 28 saves in goal for the Rangers, who held a slim 36 to 32 edge in shots… Jan. 18 – Detroit 4, at Blue Jackets 0: Chris Osgood made 26 saves and Tomas Holmstrom scored a pair of power play goals to lead the Western Conference leading Red Wings to the win. After a scoreless first period, Detroit struck twice in the second and twice in the third against Pascal Leclaire, who made 37 saves for Columbus. Detroit went 2-of-7 on the power play, while holding the Jackets scoreless on seven attempts. Mark Mowers and Mathieu Schneider were the other Detroit goal scorers…Jan. 20 – at Blue Jackets 4, St. Louis 3 SO: Jan Hrdina's goal at 6:50 of the third period tied the game and Rick Nash scored in the shootout to lift Columbus to the win. After St. Louis's Dean McAmmond and Columbus' Nikolai Zherdev traded goals in the first period, the teams combined for three shorthanded goals in the second. Former Jacket Mike Sillinger and Dennis Wideman scored for the Blues and David Vyborny for Columbus as the visitors took a 3-2 lead into the third. The game belonged to Marc Denis from there as the Blue Jackets' netminder stopped all 26 shots he faced to finish with 41 and was 3-of-3 in his first career shootout… Jan. 21 – at Nashville 7, Blue Jackets 2: Nashville broke open a tight game in the third period, outscoring Columbus 4-1 in the final 20 minutes to earn the win. Leading 3-1 in the third, Nashville's Tomas Vokoun (27 saves) stopped Trevor Letowski on a penalty shot :28 into the period to preserve the lead. Letowski (shorthanded) and Bryan Berard (power play) scored the Columbus goals, while Scott Hartnell and Paul Kariya each notched two goals to lead the Predators. Pascal Leclaire made 41 saves in net for Columbus, which was outshot 48 to 29 in the game, including 21 to 10 in the third period.

SERGEI FEDOROV POSTER GIVEAWAY FOR ALL FANS ON TUESDAY; FREE CBJ HATS COURTESY OF HUNTINGTON ON SATURDAY: All fans attending Tuesday's game vs. Vancouver will receive a Sergei Fedorov poster as part of the UDF/Homemade Brand Ice Cream Poster Series Giveaway. Tuesday's Fedorov poster giveaway is the first of three such nights. The others are: Mar. 19 vs. Anaheim – Rick Nash and Apr. 13 vs. St. Louis – Adam Foote. On Saturday, all fans in attendance will receive a free Blue Jackets hat courtesy of Huntington Bank.

JACKETS NIGHT OUT WITH THE BLITZ ON TUESDAY, REGULAR GUY NIGHT SET FOR FRIDAY: Jackets Night Out presented by 99.7 The Blitz is set for Tuesday as fans can purchase a $49 package that includes: two tickets to that night's game vs. Vancouver, two orders of nachos and two beers (must be 21-years-old or older with valid state I.D. to redeem coupons). Friday marks the second Regular Guy Night of the season as fans can purchase one ticket, a "Regular Guy" t-shirt and a trip through the "Regular Guy" wings buffet for just $23. For information on both night, or to order tickets, visit or call (614) 246-PUCK.

FIRST ANNUAL CAREER FAIR SET FOR FRIDAY: The Blue Jackets are hosting their first annual Career Fair at Nationwide Arena on Friday, Jan. 27, from 1-4 p.m. Meet with representatives from the Blue Jackets, Columbus Destroyers, Syracuse Crunch, SMG, Sportservice, Columbus Crew, Cleveland Indians, Ohio State University Dept. of Recreational Sports, Columbus Clippers, Cleveland Cavaliers, Dayton Bombers, Nationwide Insurance, TeamWork Online, J.P. Morgan Chase, Greater Columbus Sports Commission, Ohio University Division of Sports Administration, Mandalay Baseball Properties, Devry University, Talis Sport & Event Marketing, Chillicothe Paints, Mahoning Valley Scrappers, U.S. Trotting Association/Hoof Beats Magazine, YMCA of Central Ohio, Franklin University and many more (attending organizations are subject to change). Admission to the Career Fair is included in the cost of a ticket to that night's Blue Jackets-Minnesota Wild game. Tickets must be purchased prior to the day of the event and cost $25. Additional tickets maybe purchased for friends and family at the price of $25.

TREVOR LETOWSKI BOOK JACKETS READING APPEARANCE SET FOR WEDNESDAY: RW Trevor Letowski will be reading to young fans at the Whetstone branch of the Columbus Municipal Library, located at 3909 N. High St., on Wednesday from 7 to 8 p.m. The appearance is part of the Blue Jackets Book Jackets Reading Program, which is designed to promote literacy and reward students in grades K-8 who reach specific reading goals.

JACKETS PLAYERS TO VISIT FOUR OHIOHEALTH HOSPITALS ON WEDNESDAY: Several Blue Jackets players will be visiting patients at four Columbus-area OhioHealth hospitals on Wednesday afternoon in support of the NHL's Hockey Fights Cancer initiative. Players will be visiting patients at Doctors Hospital, Riverside Methodist Hospital, Grant Medical Center and Grady Memorial Hospital from 3 to 4 p.m.

JACKETS ON THE RADIO: The Doug MacLean Show airs on WBNS Sports Radio 1460 The Fan on Wednesdays from 3 -4 p.m. with the Blue Jackets President and General Manager and WBNS Radio's Bruce Hooley. Between the Pipes with the Blue Jackets can also be heard on the Blue Jackets Radio Network and 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.

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