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Blue Jackets Open Preseason with Four Games, Including Hosting Capitals, Penguins

by Blue Jackets Staff / Columbus Blue Jackets

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


Tue., Sept. 21 at Atlanta Thrashers, Philips Arena - 7 p.m. No TV/1460
Wed., Sept. 22 vs. WASHINGTON CAPITALS, Nationwide Arena - 7 p.m. No TV/1460
Fri., Sept. 24 vs. PITTSBURGH PENGUINS, Nationwide Arena - 7 p.m. No TV/1460
Sat., Sept. 25 at Pittsburgh Penguins, CONSOL Energy Center - 7 p.m. No 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)


OPPONENTS AT A GLANCE

ATLANTA THRASHERS –
Head Coach: Craig Ramsey… Leading Scorer: RW Nik Antropov (24-43-67, 76 games)… Leading Goaltender: Johan Hedberg (21-16-6, 2.62 GAA, .915 SV%, 3 SO, 47 games)… All-Time Series: Jackets are 7-5-0, including 3-3-0 on the road… CBJ has won four-straight in regular season since 5-2 road loss on Dec. 9, 2005… 2010-11: Oct. 2 at Columbus (preseason)… Nov. 4 at Atlanta.

WASHINGTON CAPITALS – Head Coach: Bruce Boudreau… Leading Scorer: LW Alex Ovechkin (50-59-109, 72 games)… Leading Goaltender: Jose Theodore (30-7-7, 2.81 GAA, .911 SV%, 1 SO, 47 games)… All-Time Series: Jackets are 4-5-3, including 2-3-2 at home… CBJ is 3-1-1 in last five meetings… 2010-11: Friday, Oct. 1 at Washington (preseason)… Mar. 31 at Washington.

PITTSBURGH PENGUINS – Head Coach: Dan Bylsma… Leading Scorer: C Sidney Crosby (51-58-109, 81 games)… Leading Goaltender: Marc-Andre Fleury (37-21-6, 2.65 GAA, .905 SV%, 1 SO, 67 games)… All-Time Series: Jackets are 4-4-3, including 3-0-3 at home… Last two games were 4-3 shootouts with each team winning once… 2010-11: Dec. 4 at Columbus… Feb. 8 at Pittsburgh.


CLICK TO VIEW THE PRACTICE SCHEDULE, SEPT. 21-27 (practices held at Nationwide Arena or Ice Haus; Open to public)


TRANSACTIONS/OhioHealth INJURY REPORT
The Blue Jackets signed G Steve Mason to a two-year contract extension through the 2012-13 season on Sept. 20… D Kris Russell (sprained knee, Sept. 19 in practice) is expected to be sidelined two to four weeks.

OWNERS TOURNAMENT RESULTS
Team Crane defeated Team McConnell, 3-2, in the championship game of the Blue Jackets Second Annual Owner’s Tournament on Sunday. Jakub Voracek, Kyle Wilson and Chris Francis scored goals and Mathieu Garon outdueled Steve Mason to pick up the win in net for Team Crane. Dan Fritsche and Anton Stralman were the Team McConnell goal scorers. In the consolation game, Team Pizzuti beat Team Wolfe, 5-4 in a shootout, to take third place. Michael Ratchuk scored a pair of goals and Maksim Mayorov tallied the shootout winner for Team Pizzuti, while Kyle Neuber tallied twice for Team Wolfe. The tournament opened with a pair of 4-3 shootout games as Team Crane (Voracek, 1-1-2) topped Team Pizzuti (Derick Brassard, 1-1-2) and Team McConnell (Nikita Filatov, goal and SO winner) beat Team Wolfe (Samuel Pahlsson, 1-1-2).


PRESEASON TICKET PROMOTIONS

A minimum of 250 HUNTINGTON GREEN SEATS tickets are available for just $10 at the Nationwide Arena Box Office two hours prior to every home game… RUSH CBJ PRESENTED BY WHITE CASTLE: 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… Saturday, Oct. 2 vs. Atlanta – DISPATCH FAMILY VALUE PACK: This ticket package features an upper bowl ticket, Sugardale hot dog, Pepsi, popcorn, UDF ice cream cone coupon and Ice Haus skate pass for $25 per person, which is a savings of 50 percent.


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.

"HOCKEY: IT'S IN YOUR BLOOD" DRIVE SET FOR SEPT. 29
Fans can join the Blue Jackets, OhioHealth and the American Red Cross in supporting local patients in need by giving blood when the club hosts the annual "Hockey: It's in Your Blood" Drive at Nationwide Arena on Wednesday, Sept. 29, from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. All donors will receive two Blue Jackets game tickets, an exclusive ticket offer to "It's In Your Blood" Night when the Jackets host the Anaheim Ducks on Oct. 20 and a goodie bag from OhioHealth. So, get in the game to help save lives! To schedule your appointment to donate blood, call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE today or visit RedCrossBlood.org.


BLUE JACKETS ON THE RADIO

Blue Jackets 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 97.1The Fan on Wednesdays from 6 to 7 p.m. beginning on October 13.


THIS WEEK ON JACKETS TV AT BLUEJACKETS.COM

Monday – Training Camp Report
Tuesday – Behind the Bench with Scott Arniel; Game Day Preview – Blue Jackets at Thrashers
Wednesday – Game Day Preview – Capitals at Blue Jackets; Post- Game coverage, including Arniel Press Conference
Thursday – Jeff Rimer "One on One" with CBJ prospect and former Bowling Green defenseman
Jonathan Sigalet
Friday Game Day Preview – Penguins at Blue Jackets; Post- Game coverage, including Arniel Press Conference
Saturday – Game Day Preview – Blue Jackets at Penguins
Miscellaneous – Visit Jackets TV at Blue Jackets.com for additional features, including behind the scenes looks at the first day of training camp, the Blue Jackets Foundation Golf Classic, players delivering season tickets to fans and more.


PODCASTS ON BLUEJACKETS.COM

"DRIVE TO THE NET" is a live, topic-based roundtable discussion that lets fans interact with Blue Jackets 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.rdioactive@BlueJackets.com or via Twitter at www.Twitter.com/CBJRadio.

"BLUE JACKETS REPLAY" is a game night recap featuring game highlights and post-game audio clips from team players and Head Coach Scott Arniel. All Blue Jackets podcasts are available at www.BlueJackets.com.


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.com… Season & 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… Rush CBJ presented by White Castle: 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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