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Blue Jackets Open 10th NHL Season with Pair of Games vs. San Jose in Stockholm, Sweden

by Blue Jackets Staff / Columbus Blue Jackets

THIS WEEK'S GAME SCHEDULE/BROADCASTS (Times ET)


Tue., Oct. 5 at Malmo Redhawks, Malmo Arena - 1 p.m. BlueJackets.com or NHL.com/No Radio (Exhibition Game)
Fri., Oct. 8 vs. SAN JOSE SHARKS, Ericsson Globe Arena - 3 p.m. VERSUS/1460
Sat., Oct. 9 at San Jose Sharks, Ericsson Globe Arena - 3 p.m. No Local TV/CD101

(FSO – FOX Sports Ohio; 97.1 – WBNS-FM 97.1 The Fan; 1460 – The Fan at 1460 AM; CD101 – CD101 at 102.5 FM)

BLUE JACKETS AT A GLANCE
Record:
4-4-0 (2-2-0 home, 2-2-0 road)… Leading Scorers: LW Kristian Huselius (1-6-7, 4 GP)… C Antoine Vermette (1-5-6, 4 GP)… LW Nikita Filatov (4-0-4, 5 GP)… Leading Goaltenders: Steve Mason (2-1-0, 2.88 GAA, .899 SV%, 4 GP)… Mathieu Garon (1-2-0, 3.65 GAA, .883 SV%, 4 GP).

OPPONENTS AT A GLANCE
SAN JOSE SHARKS –
Head Coach: Todd McLellan… Record: 51-20-11, 113 pts. (2009-10)… Leading Scorer: C Joe Thornton (20-69-89, 79 GP)… C Patrick Marleau (44-39-83, 82 GP)… Leading Goaltender: Antti Niemi (26-7-4, 2.25 GAA, .912 SV%, 7 SO in 39 GP with Chicago)… All-Time Series: Jackets are 11-21-4 including 10-6-2 at home and 1-15-2 at San Jose… Five of the last seven meetings have been decided by one goal… The Jackets went 1-2-1 vs. San Jose last year… 2010-11: Nov. 20 at San Jose… Feb. 9 at Columbus.

CLICK HERE FOR PRACTICE SCHEDULE, OCT. 5-11


TRANSACTIONS

Oct. 2 –
Assigned F Tomas Kubalik, F Maksim Mayorov, D Grant Clitsome, D Nick Holden, D John Moore and D David Savard to the Springfield Falcons (AHL)… Placed F Tom Sestito and F Ben Guite on waivers for the purpose of assigning them to Springfield (AHL)… Assigned F Ryan Johansen to the Portland Winterhawks (WHL)… Released F Dan Fritsche from his tryout contract… Sept. 29 – Assigned F Matt Calvert, F Chad Kolarik, D Steve Delisle, D Cody Goloubef, D Brent Regner, D Theo Ruth and G Darren Machesney to the Springfield Falcons (AHL)… Placed F Trevor Frischmon and D Jonathan Sigalet on waivers for assignment to Springfield (AHL)… Released F Oliver Gabriel from his tryout contract and returned him to the Portland Winterhawks (WHL).

OhioHEALTH INJURY REPORT
F Andrew Murray (lower body at Washington on Oct. 1) is out indefinitely…D Kris Russell (sprained knee, Sept. 19 in practice) is day-to-day… F Tomas Kana (hand injury) is out indefinitely.

LAST WEEK'S RESULTS
Sept. 28 –
at Columbus 3, Minnesota 2 (SO): Nikita Filatov scored a goal and added a shootout tally to lead the Blue Jackets, who overcame a 2-0 deficit. Filatov’s goal at 19:32 of the second period cut the Wild lead to 2-1 and Nick Holden scored midway through the third period to force overtime. David LeNeveu stopped 14-of-15 shots and two-of-three shootout attempts in relief of Mathieu Garon (14 saves-15 shots) to earn the win in net… Sept. 30 – Columbus 4, at Minnesota 2: The Jackets got 1-1-2 from Samuel Pahlsson and Ethan Moreau and 24 saves from Steve Mason en route to the win. Fedor Tyutin and Jakub Voracek added goals for Columbus, who held a slim 27 to 26 edge in shots on goal… Oct. 1 – at Washington 5, Columbus 3: Eric Fehr tallied 2-1-3 and Alex Ovechkin added 0-3-3 as the Capitals scored three times in the third period, including an empty netter, to earn the win. Kyle Wilson, Nikita Filatov and former Caps captain Chris Clark scored goals for the Jackets, who were outshot 38 to 26 in the game… Oct. 2 – Columbus 4, Atlanta 3: Nikita Filatov tallied two goals, including the game-winner at 15:07 of the third period, to lead the Jackets to the come-from-behind win at Nationwide Arena. Kristian Huselius and Antoine Vermette added 1-1-2 and Rick Nash collected a pair of assists for Columbus, which overcame 1-0, 2-1 and 3-2 deficits. Steve Mason made 29 saves to earn the win in net.

BLUE JACKETS ON OPENING NIGHT
\Columbus has posted a 4-3-2 mark in its previous nine season-openers, scoring 24 goals and allowing 22 in those games… Seven of the games have been decided by one goal or less (3-3 tie vs. St. Louis in 2001) with three decided in overtime… The club is 2-1-2 when opening the season at Nationwide Arena… The Jackets have gone 3-0-1 in their last three season debuts… LW Rick Nash is the lone Blue Jacket to register a multi-goal game in a home opener as he scored two goals in a 4-0 win over Anaheim on Oct. 5, 2007… Former G Marc Denis made 25 saves to record the club’s first shutout in a home opener in a 5-0 win over the NY Rangers on Oct. 11, 2003… All-Time Season Opening Results: Oct. 7, 2000: Chicago 5, at Columbus 3; Oct. 4, 2001: at Columbus 3, St. Louis 3 (OT); Oct. 10, 2002: at Columbus 2, Chicago 1; Oct. 9, 2003: at Atlanta 2, Columbus 1; Oct. 5, 2005: at Washington 3, Columbus 2; Oct. 6, 2006: Vancouver 3, at Columbus 2 (OT); Oct. 5, 2007: at Columbus 4, Anaheim 0… Oct. 10, 2008: Columbus 5, at Dallas 4 (OT)… Oct. 3, 2009: at Columbus 2, Minnesota 1.

TEAM NEWS & NOTES
The Blue Jackets got off to the best start in franchise history in 2009-10, posting a 12-6-2 mark in the first 20 games… This week's games in Stockholm are the first "neutral" site games in Blue Jackets history… Columbus is the designated home team for Friday's game vs. the Sharks… The Jackets are 34-53-10 all-time in October, but have gone 17-14-2 in the month over the past three seasons… Columbus went 10-7-5 in back-to-back games in 2009-10, including a 6-3-2 mark in first games and 4-4-3 in second games.

ARNIEL SET FOR HEAD COACHING DEBUT
Scott Arniel was named the fifth head coach in Blue Jackets history on June 8 and will be making his NHL head coaching debut Friday vs. San Jose. Here is a look at how the Jackets' previous head coaches fared in their first games with the club – Dave King (5-3 loss vs. Chicago on Oct. 7, 2000); Doug MacLean (2-1 win at Minnesota on Jan. 8, 2003); Gerard Gallant (2-0 win at Tampa Bay on Jan. 2, 2004); Ken Hitchcock (3-2 loss at Philadelphia on Nov. 24, 2006).

PLAYER NOTES
LW Chris Clark is one point shy of 200 and two goals shy of 100 in his NHL career (98-101-199, 554 games)… D Mike Commodore is two points shy of 100 in his NHL career (21-77-98, 434 games)… LW/RW Rick Nash is five assists shy of 200 in his NHL career (227-195-422, 517 games)… LW R.J. Umberger is two goals shy of 100 in his NHL career (98-119-217, 392 games).

OFFICIAL VIEWING PARTY FOR JACKETS-SHARKS AT ROOSTERS ON FRIDAY
Fans are invited to celebrate the start of the team's 10th season by gathering for a viewing party at Roosters (3370 Olentangy River Rd. in Columbus) to watch the Jackets and Sharks live from Stockholm on Friday, Oct. 8 at 3 p.m. ET. The FOX Sports Ohio-Blue Jackets broadcast team of Jeff Rimer and Bill Davidge will be on hand to offer pre-, post- and in-game analysis. Fans may also register to win assorted prizes including official 2010 Compuware NHL Premiere™ and NHL Face-Off™ merchandise, team autographed merchandise and tickets to the home opener. Other special Blue Jackets personalities, including in-arena host Mike Todd and members of the Pepsi Power Patrol, will also be on hand.

OPENING NIGHT IS FRIDAY, OCT. 15 VS. DEFENDING CHAMPION BLACKHAWKS
The Blue Jackets host the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks on Friday, October 15 in the club's 10th home opener. The game is the first "Alumni Night" of the club's 10th Anniversary Season courtesy of Tim Hortons and features an appearance by former Jacket Bruce Gardiner, who scored the first goal in team history on Oct. 7, 2000 vs. Chicago. In addition, all fans in attendance will receive a 10th season Opening Night T-shirt, as well as a 2010-11 schedule poster. Tickets are on sale now at Nationwide Arena, the FOX Sports Ohio Blue Line store at The Mall at Tuttle Crossing, the Chiller Ice Rinks, Ticketmaster Ticket Centers, online at www.BlueJackets.com and Ticketmaster.com or by phone at (800) 745-3000.

UPCOMING PROMOTIONS
Friday, Oct. 15 vs. Chicago - TIM HORTONS JACKETS PACK (every Friday home game) – Fans receive a game ticket, $10 food/beverage voucher, Blue Jackets hat, CBJ-Tim Hortons travel mug with voucher for a free coffee fill-up at participating Tim Hortons locations and Timbits 10-count snack pack. Prices start at $30 (upper bowl) and $60 (lower bowl)… HAT TRICK COMBO (every Saturday home game except Dec. 4) – Get a lower bowl ticket, a pre-game buffet and a post-game drink in the Coors Light Ice Cold Pub for just $50 per person, which is a savings of $28.


JACKETS TV TO PROVIDE DAILY REPORTS FROM SWEDEN

This Week on Jackets TV at BlueJackets.com

Monday –
On the Road Report from Stockholm.
Tuesday –
Behind the Bench with Scott Arniel; Game Day Preview vs. Malmo; Complete Post-game coverage.
* Game at Malmo to be streamed live on NHL.com at 1 p.m. ET.
Wednesday –
On the Road Report from Stockholm.
Thursday –
Jeff Rimer "One on One" with Kristian Huselius; Jackets "10-Year Trivia Challenge".
Friday
Game Day Preview vs. San Jose; Complete Post-game coverage.
Saturday –
Game Day Preview vs. San Jose; Complete Post-game coverage.


PODCASTS ON BLUEJACKETS.COM

"CBJ BROADCASTER ROUNDTABLE"
is a panel discussion of all things Blue Jackets and the NHL by the club's broadcasters and special guests. This year's podcast debuts on Monday, October 4…. "NHL INSIDER" hosted by Jeff Rimer, takes a look at the latest news about the team and the NHL and is available each Wednesday... "DRIVE TO THE NET" is a live roundtable discussion that lets fans interact with team radio broadcasters George Matthews, Bob McElligott and Mark Wyant during the second intermission of each radio game broadcast. Fans can submit their comments and opinions by e-mailing them to www.radioactive@BlueJackets.com or via Twitter at www.Twitter.com/CBJRadio... "BLUE JACKETS REPLAY" is a game night recap featuring highlights and post-game commentary from team players and Head Coach Scott Arniel. All Blue Jackets podcasts are available at www.BlueJackets.com.

WBNS-TV TO AIR SPECIAL CELEBRATING 10 YEARS OF BLUE JACKETS HOCKEY THURSDAY NIGHT
WBNS-10TV will take a look back at a decade of Blue Jackets hockey when "Blue Jackets: 10 Years of Hockey in Columbus" airs on Thursday, October 7, at 7:30 p.m. ET. The show features interviews with current and former Blue Jackets players and coaches, examines the impact the organization has had on Ohio's capital city, the growth of hockey in Central Ohio and a look ahead to the upcoming 10th season in 2010-11. The show will be hosted by 10TV Sports' Dom Tiberi.

BLUE JACKETS ON FOX SPORTS OHIO
Blue Jackets hockey returns to FOX Sports Ohio in 2010-11 with 75 live telecasts, including 67 in high definition. Coverage begins on Friday, October 15 vs. the Chicago Blackhawks. Game night coverage includes the BLUE JACKETS LIVE pre-game (begins 30 minutes prior to the start of each game) and post-game shows… BLUE JACKETS SLAP SHOTS is new in 2010 and airs weekly on FOX Sports Ohio beginning on Wednesday, October 13 at 6 p.m.

BLUE JACKETS ON THE RADIO
Blue Jackets Sunday Morning Skate can be heard on the Wheeling Island Hotel & Casino Blue Jackets Radio Network and Sports Radio 97.1 The Fan on Sundays from 10 to 11 a.m. with hosts Bob McElligott and Mark Wyant… The Coach's Show with Scott Arniel will air on WBNS Sports Radio 97.1 The Fan on Wednesdays from 6 to 7 p.m. beginning on October 13.

STAY CONNECTED WITH THE JACKETS
Fans can follow the Blue Jackets online, watch game highlights, press conferences and exclusive behind-the-scenes video content on Jackets TV at BlueJackets.com. Fans can also get up-to-the-minute news and stories by following the Blue Jackets on Twitter at www.twitter.com/BlueJacketsNHL. “Like” the club’s official Facebook ® page and get the latest club news and promotions, videos, photos, updates and interact with other fans at www.facebook.com/OfficialColumbusBlueJackets.

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 (800) 745-3000 or online at www.BlueJackets.com and www.Ticketmaster.comSeason & Group Tickets: For information on season tickets, six-game, 10-game and 20-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… White Castle Rush CBJ student tickets: Student tickets are available for $15 (upper bowl) and $25 (lower bowl) at the box office beginning one hour prior to all home preseason games or online beginning at 12 p.m. on game days at www.BlueJackets.com.

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