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Blue Jackets Play Final Two Games Before All-Star Break at Edmonton and Calgary

by Blue Jackets Staff / Columbus Blue Jackets

THIS WEEK'S GAME SCHEDULE (Times ET)


Tue., Jan. 20 at Edmonton Oilers, Rexall Place - 9 p.m. FSO HD/CD101
Wed., Jan. 21 at Calgary Flames, Pengrowth Saddledome - 10 p.m. FSO/1460, CD101
Sat., Jan. 24 Honda/NHL Superskills, All-Star Weekend - 7 p.m. VERSUS
Sun., Jan. 25 NHL All-Star Game, Bell Centre, Montreal - 6 p.m. VERSUS


FSO – FOX Sports Ohio; 1460 – WBNS-AM 1460 The Fan; CD101 – CD101.1 FM

 

BLUE JACKETS AT A GLANCE
Record: 22-19-4, 48 pts./3rd Central Division… Streak: Won last game… Home: 13-7-1, lost last game… Road: 9-12-3, won two-straight… Last Week's Results: 2-1-0… Jan. 13 – at Columbus 4, Colorado 3; Jan. 16 – New Jersey 2, at Columbus 1; Jan. 18 – Columbus 6, at Vancouver 5 (SO).

 

OPPONENTS AT A GLANCE
EDMONTON OILERS (23-19-3, 49 pts./3rd Northwest Division):
Head Coach: Craig MacTavish… The Oilers have gone 6-3-0 in January with wins in two-straight… Edmonton is two-games above .500 at home (10-8-3) and on the road (13-11-0)… Club is led by RW Ales Hemsky (12-25-37, 35 games), D Sheldon Souray (12-19-31, 44 games; 7th among NHL defensemen) and C Shawn Horcoff (11-20-31, 45 games)… G Dwayne Roloson is 14-9-3 with a 2.72 GAA, .914 SV% and one SO... The Blue Jackets are 7-17-6 all-time vs. the Oilers, including 3-9-2 on the road… Columbus scored the game’s final three goals in the third period to earn a 5-4 win at home on Nov. 5… Edmonton won 7-2 at Nationwide Arena on Nov. 18 despite being outshot by the Blue Jackets 39 to 19.

CALGARY FLAMES (27-14-4, 58 pts./1st Northwest Division): Head Coach Mike Keenan… The Flames went 11-1-3 from Dec. 10 to Jan. 15 before losing its last two games in regulation… Calgary owns at 16-5-3 home record and has outscored its opponents 87 to 67 at the Pengrowth Saddledome… Club is led by All-Star RW Jarome Iginla (18-33-51, 45 games; tied for 9th in NHL), LW Mike Cammalleri (20-22-42 and 9 PPG, 44 games) and C Daymond Langkow (16-31-37, 45 games)… G Miikka Kiprusoff is 27-12-3 with a 2.80 GAA, .903 SV% and three SO… The Blue Jackets are 16-12-1 all-time vs. Calgary, including a 5-9-0 mark on the road… Columbus has gone 2-2-0 vs. Calgary in each of the past three seasons… The Jackets earned a 3-1 win at home on Nov. 8 in the first meeting this season.

 

SCHEDULE, JAN. 20-26 (times subject to change)
Tuesday, Jan. 20       Rexall Place, Edmonton - 11:30 a.m. MT
Wednesday, Jan. 21 Pengrowth Saddledome, Calgary - 11:30 a.m. MT
Thursday, Jan. 22      No Practice – All-Star Break
Friday, Jan. 23            No Practice – All-Star Break
Saturday, Jan. 24       No Practice – All-Star Break
Sunday, Jan. 25         No Practice – All-Star Break
Monday, Jan. 26         Dispatch Ice Haus - 2:01 p.m. ET

 


OhioHealth INJURY REPORT

LW Jason Chimera (Injured Reserve, Dec. 18) is expected to miss at least one week… C Derick Brassard (dislocated shoulder, Dec. 18) will miss the rest of the season… D Rostislav Klesla (lower body injury; Injured Reserve, Jan. 5) is expected to miss at least one week… C Jiri Novotny (Injured Reserve, Jan. 6) will miss at least one week… G Pascal Leclaire (Injured Reserve, Jan. 8) will miss at least one week… Man Games Lost to Injury: 145.

 

PLAYER NOTES
NASH RETURNS AND SHOWS ALL-STAR FORM:
All-Star LW Rick Nash returned to the lineup at Vancouver on Jan. 18 after missing four games due to injury and tallied 1-2-3 and scored in the shootout to lift Columbus to a 6-5 win. Nash has racked up 5-12-17 in his last 11 games, including 3-10-13 in his past seven, to raise his season totals to a team-leading 18-24-42 in 41 games. He will make his fourth-consecutive appearance at the All-Star Game in Montreal on Sunday and has tallied 5-2-7 in his previous three appearances. Last season, he collected the 15th hat trick in the game's history and set an ASG record for fastest goal at the start of the game when he scored just :12 into the contest.

 

MALHOTRA MATCHES CAREER-BEST POINTS STREAK: C Manny Malhotra scored his sixth goal of the season at Vancouver on Jan. 18 to extend his point-scoring streak to five games. He has collected 2-4-6 during the streak, which ties the longest of his career (0-5-5 from Oct. 9-21, 2005). He has tallied 3-6-9 and is +4 his past 10 games. He has raised his season totals to 6-9-15 and +7 in 40 games and also ranks fifth in the NHL in face-off percentage (58.8 percent).

 

HUSELIUS HEATS UP: LW Kristian Huselius pushed his point streak to three games with a pair of assists at Vancouver on Jan. 18, which marked his third multi-point game in the past six outings. Prior to tallying 0-1-1 vs. New Jersey on Jan. 16, he had a season-high 1-2-3 vs. Colorado on Jan. 13. He has notched 4-7-11 in his last 12 games and ranks second on the club in goals (tied), assists and points with 13-18-31 in 42 games.

 

MISCELLANEOUS: C Jason Williams was acquired via trade from Atlanta on Jan. 14 and made his Blue Jackets debut vs. New Jersey two nights later, becoming the 14th player to make his CBJ debut this season. In his second game with the club, he scored a power play goal and added a goal in the shootout at Vancouver on Jan. 18... C Michael Peca scored the game-winning goal vs. Colorado on Jan. 13 and added an assist at Vancouver on Jan. 18 to give him 2-4-6 his past nine games… D Kris Russell collected his eighth assist of the season in his 29th game at Vancouver on Jan. 18 and has matched his total in 67 games during his rookie campaign a year ago. He has collected 2-7-9 his past 19 games… LW Raffi Torres scored his second goal of the season at Vancouver on Jan. 18 in his second game back after missing the previous 19 games due to injury… The Blue Jackets claimed G Wade Dubielewicz off waivers from the New York Islanders on Jan. 17. He is 16-13-2 with a 2.55 GAA and .920 SV% in 37 career NHL games. Last season, he went 9-9-1 with a 2.70 GAA and .919 SV% in a career-high 20 games with the Islanders. He began this season with Kazan Ak-Bars of the Russian Kontinental Hockey League.

 

TEAM NOTES
JACKETS KEEPS RACKING UP WINS, MAKING UP GROUND IN CONFERENCE STANDINGS:
Since being swept on a three-game California road trip from Dec. 4-7, the Blue Jackets have gone 11-6-1 overall and 8-3-0 in their last 11 outings. Those three losses – at San Jose, Los Angeles and Anaheim – were part of a 0-6-1 streak on the road from Nov. 28 to Dec. 20. Since then, the Blue Jackets have gone 5-2-0 in their last seven road games. Columbus enters the week with a 22-19-4 record and 48 points, which puts them in ninth place in the Western Conference. The club trails eighth place Edmonton by one point, seventh place Vancouver by two points and fifth place Anaheim and Phoenix by three points. The Jackets have two games in hand on the Canucks, Ducks and Coyotes.

 

OFFENSIVE PRODUCTION ON THE RISE: Columbus has scored 26 goals in its past eight games (3.25 per game) after scoring 15 in its previous eight contests (1.88 per game). The club has scored three or more goals in four of the last five games. While the Blue Jackets continue to rank 30th in the NHL on the power play at 11.3 percent (22-of-195), the unit has shown steady improvement of late. The club has converted seven of its last 43 attempts (16.3 percent) in 11 games since Dec. 27.

 

MISCELLANEOUS: Columbus is 7-2-1 vs. Eastern Conference opponents this season and had its seven-game winning streak snapped in a 2-1 loss vs. New Jersey on Jan. 16. The club's next game vs. an East opponent is Jan. 30 vs. Ottawa… The Blue Jackets are 5-4-0 in games decided in overtime/shootouts this season, including 3-3 in shootouts. The club is 48-45-33 all-time, including 19-19 in shootouts… The 6-5 shootout win at Vancouver on Jan. 18 raised the Blue Jackets' record to 9-2-1 vs. Northwest Division teams this season… Columbus is 5-3-0 in January and is looking to post a winning record in three consecutive months for the first time in franchise history. Following a 4-6-0 mark in October, the club went 6-4-3 in November and 7-6-1 in December.

 

UPCOMING PROMOTIONS
JAN. 27 VS. DETROIT:
"Columbus Zoo & Aquarium Night with Jack Hanna" – Fans can celebrate Jack Hanna's 30th anniversary at The Columbus Zoo as he will be honored during the game and participate in numerous in-game activities. In addition, fans can get an up close look at some of the zoo's animals on the arena concourse throughout the night. The Zoo Night ticket package is $30 and includes an upper bowl ticket, limited edition Jack Hanna "30th Anniversary" t-shirt and a ticket to the Zoo (limited to the first 500 tickets purchased)... "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… All You Can Eat Pack This package includes one ticket in the AAA Sky Terrace and an All You Can Eat Buffet for just $39… Giant Eagle Advantage Card Night – Fans who present their Giant Eagle Advantage Card at the Nationwide Arena Ticket Office will receive $10 off select seats to that night's game.

JAN. 30 VS. OTTAWA: Dispatch/Mix 97.1 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.

JAN. 31 VS. DALLAS: "Dollar Hot Dog Night presented by Sugardale" – Enjoy the popular $1 hot dogs courtesy of Sugardale when the Jackets host the Stars.

 

FOURTH ANNUAL CAREER FAIR SET FOR FRIDAY, JAN. 30
The Blue Jackets are hosting their Fourth Annual Career Fair at Nationwide Arena on Friday, January 30 from 1 to 4 p.m. Among the companies participating are: The Columbus Dispatch, Cleveland Cavaliers, Columbus Crew, Western Southern Financial Group Masters and Women's Open, Columbus Blue Jackets, Cardinal Health, Franklin University, U.S. Trotting Association, Teleperformance, Ohio University, G&J Pepsi Company, Discover Financial Services, Indiana Pacers, Indiana Fever, Pacer International, Talis Sports & Event Marketing, Direct Selling Academy Inc., Westerville City School District, Dale Carnegie, Abercrombie & Fitch, Chamberlain College of Nursing, Ohio State Athletics, Keller Graduate School of Management, Verizon Wireless, CheckFree(Fiserv), Columbus Clippers, Teamwork Online and iforce Staffing. Admission is $25 and includes a ticket to that night’s Blue Jackets-Ottawa Senators game. To register, visit www.BlueJackets.com.


PLAYERS IN THE COMMUNITY

BLACK TIE. BLUE JACKETS. STYLE SHOW SET FOR WEDNESDAY, JAN. 28:
Blue Jackets players and their wives/girlfriends along with pediatric cancer heroes from Nationwide Children's Hospital will be outfitted by Saks Fifth Avenue as they model the latest fashions in a charity style show at the Hilton Columbus/Polaris on Wednesday, January 28. Proceeds from the Black Tie. Blue Jackets. Style Show presented by Kelly BMW will benefit the Columbus Blue Jackets Foundation's local Hats For Heroes program and related pediatric cancer research initiatives including Flashes of Hope. The night begins at 6 p.m. with a pre-show wine tasting hosted by Heidelberg Distributing Company. The style show is set for 7 p.m., followed by dinner featuring entertainment and an exclusive auction. For more information, visit www.bluejacketsfoundation.org or call (614) 246-3707.

HOCKEY FEST SET FOR SUNDAY, FEB. 8: Blue Jackets players and their wives will host the Fourth Annual Hockey Fest presented by Univar, to benefit the Columbus Blue Jackets Foundation on Sunday, February 8 from 12 to 7 p.m. at Nationwide Arena. Hockey Fest offers fans a unique opportunity to personally interact with their favorite Blue Jackets players and personalities in a casual setting. Advance general admission tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for youth (both are $20 at the door) and children under age two are admitted free. In addition, adult and youth-priced VIP packages are also available. General admission tickets and VIP packages are on sale now at the Nationwide Arena Ticket Office, FOX Sports Ohio Blue Line store at The Mall at Tuttle Crossing, Chiller Ice Rinks and through Ticketmaster by phone at (800) 745-3000 or online at www.ticketmaster.com. Tickets and advance game cards will also be sold at all Blue Jackets home games at the Foundation table located near section 110. Further ticket and event details may be found at www.BlueJacketsFoundation.org.

JACKETS, PARTNERS OFFER CHANCE TO SEE THE TEAM PLAY ON THE ROAD
FOX SPORTS OHIO FLORIDA FLY AWAY
offers fans watching Blue Jackets telecasts on FOX Sports Ohio the chance to win a trip to Florida. One lucky fan and a guest will receive round trip airfare, a four-night stay at the Swan and Dolphin Resort at Disney, two theme park tickets, a rental car, $400 spending money and two tickets to see the Blue Jackets play the Tampa Bay Lightning at the St. Pete Times Forum on March 24. Fans who tune into Blue Jackets hockey on FOX Sports Ohio through February 10 will be given a password to enter the contest at FloridaFlyAway.com. The winner will be announced during the February 13 telecast of the Blue Jackets-Red Wings game.

MOLSON SENDING LUCKY FANS TO JACKETS GAME AT TORONTO: The Blue Jackets and Molson are teaming up to give fans a chance to win a trip to Toronto to see the Jackets play the Maple Leafs at Air Canada Centre on Thursday, February 19. Two grand prize winners will enjoy a package that includes round-trip airfare for two from Columbus to Toronto; overnight accommodations at the Blue Jackets team hotel; and a pair of tickets including a VIP experience at the game. Fans may register to win now through Thursday, February 5 at select retail locations.

TEST DRIVE A TOYOTA, GET BLUE JACKETS TICKETS
The Columbus Blue Jackets and the Central Ohio Toyota Dealers are teaming up for a special promotion in which prospective car customers that test drive a Toyota vehicle at participating dealerships will receive a voucher redeemable for a pair of tickets to an upcoming home game. The offer runs through the month of January. Vouchers for January and February game tickets are redeemable at the Nationwide Arena Ticket Office while supplies last. The promotion is part of a three-year corporate partnership between the Blue Jackets and the Central Ohio Toyota Dealers that is highlighted by the naming rights to the Toyota Tower inside Nationwide Arena and also includes prominent signage around the upper level fascia inside the arena bowl and a pair of dasherboard advertisements.

 

BLUE JACKETS ON THE RADIO
The Coach's Show with Ken Hitchcock airs on WBNS Sports Radio 1460 The Fan 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 Blue Jackets Radio Network and AM 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.

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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