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Blue Jackets Play Five Games in Seven Nights to Wrap Up Preseason Schedule

by Blue Jackets Staff / Columbus Blue Jackets

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


Mon., Sept. 21 MINNESOTA WILD, Nationwide Arena - 7 p.m.               No TV/1460, CD101
Tue., Sept. 22  BOSTON BRUINS, Nationwide Arena - 7 p.m.                No TV/1460, CD101
Thu., Sept. 24  PITTSBURGH PENGUINS, Nationwide Arena - 7 p.m. No TV/1460, CD101
Sat., Sept. 26   at Boston Bruins, TD Garden - 7 p.m.                               No TV/1460, CD101
Sun., Sept. 27  NASHVILLE PREDATORS, Nationwide Arena - 5 p.m. No TV/1460, CD101

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


BLUE JACKETS AT A GLANCE
Record: 0-2-1, 1 pt.… Streak: 0-2-1, lost two-straight… Home: 0-0-0… Road: 0-2-1… Last Week's Results: 0-2-1… Sept. 15 – at Pittsburgh 5, Columbus 4 (OT)… Sept. 18 – at Minnesota 2, Columbus 0… Sept. 19 – at Nashville 3, Columbus 2.

OPPONENTS AT A GLANCE
MINNESOTA WILD:
Head Coach Todd Richards (first season)… Went 40-33-9 (89 pts.) last season and finished in ninth place in the Western Conference… Leading scorer Mikko Koivu (20-47-67, 79 games) returns as does Vezina Trophy finalist Niklas Backstrom (37-24-8, 2.33 GAA, .923 SV%, eight shutouts in 71 games)… Columbus was 1-2-1 vs. Minnesota last year… Wild beat the Blue Jackets 2-0 at Xcel Energy Center on Sept. 18.

BOSTON BRUINS: Head Coach Claude Julien… Went 53-19-10 (116 pts.) in 2008-09, winning the Northeast Division and finishing with the second-best record in the NHL (San Jose: 53-18-11, 117 pts.)… Led by C Marc Savard (25-63-88, +25 in 82 games), Norris Trophy winner D Zdeno Chara (19-31-50, +23, 11 PPG in 80 games) and Vezina Trophy winner G Tim Thomas (36-11-7, 2.10 GAA, .933 SV%, five SO in 54 games)… Blue Jackets won lone meeting in 2008-09, 2-0, at home on Mar. 10… Teams meet once in the regular season this year on Jan. 21 at Boston.

PITTSBURGH PENGUINS: Head Coach Dan Bylsma… Defending Stanley Cup champions… Went 45-28-9 (99 pts.) and finished second to New Jersey in Atlantic Division in 2008-09… Evgeni Malkin (35-78-113, 82 games) and Sidney Crosby (33-70-103, 77 games) finished first and third in the NHL in scoring… Teams split two games last season with Pittsburgh winning 4-1 at home on Feb. 6 and Columbus earning a 4-3 shootout win at home on Mar. 12… Pittsburgh earned a 5-4 overtime win over the Jackets at home on Sept. 15.

NASHVILLE PREDATORS: Head Coach Barry Trotz… Went 40-34-8 (88 pts.) in 2008-09 and were the only Central Division team not to make the playoffs… Led by C Jason Arnott (33-24-57, 65 games) and D Shea Weber (23-30-53, 81 games; tied for second among NHL defensemen in goals)… Jackets went 3-2-1 vs. Nashville last season after going 1-13-2 the previous two seasons… Nashville beat Columbus 3-2 at home on Sept. 19.

PRACTICE SCHEDULE, SEPT. 15-21
Tuesday 10 a.m. – Nationwide Arena
Wednesday 10:30 a.m. – Dispatch Ice Haus
Thursday 10 a.m. – Nationwide Arena
Friday 10:30 a.m. – Dispatch Ice Haus
Saturday 10 a.m. – Nationwide Arena
Sunday No practice
Monday - TBD

OhioHealth INJURY REPORT
LW Jason Chimera (Sept. 18 at Minnesota) is day-to-day… LW Fredrik Modin (Sept. 18 at Minnesota) is expected to miss four to six weeks… LW Tom Sestito (Sept. 19 at Nashville) will be sidelined indefinitely.

ROSTER REPORT
Sept. 15 – Assigned F Chris Higgins, Brock McBride and Tyler Murovich and D Cam Brodie, Tim Filangieri and Kevin Roeder to Syracuse (AHL); returned the following players to their junior clubs: F Tomas Kubalik (Victoriaville, QMJHL), D Steven Delisle (Gatineau, QMJHL) and David Savard (Moncton, QMJHL); and released F Matt Caria, Andrew Clark and Cass Mappin, D Paul Bezzo and Spencer McAvoy and G Jamie Tucker… Sept. 17 – Released G Andrew Loverock and F Tim Miller… Sept. 20 – Assigned F Trevor Frischmon and Pascal Pelletier and D Brett Regner and Andrey Plekhanov to Syracuse (AHL); returned F Darren Archibald (Barrie, OHL) and Scott Tanski (Brampton, OHL) to their junior clubs; and released F Jon Mirasty, Kevin Harvey, Daniel Steiner, Jared Aulin, Ian Duval and defenseman Dylan Reese.

NEWS & NOTES
G Mathieu Garon has appeared in two preseason games and is 0-0-0 with a 0.76 goals-against average and .976 save percentage in 79 minutes. He stopped all 21 shots he faced in two periods against his former Pittsburgh teammates on Sept. 15 and turned aside 20-of-21 shots in two periods at Nashville on Sept. 19, leaving both games with the Blue Jackets ahead… LW Maksim Mayorov scored two goals at Pittsburgh on Sept. 15… Also registering multi-point totals so far in the preseason are C Andrew Murray (1-1-2, +3 in two games), 2009 first round pick D John Moore (0-2-2, -1 in two games) and D Mathieu Roy (0-2-2, +3 in two games)… RW Jakub Voracek, C Antoine Vermette and LW Alexandre Picard have also scored goals for Columbus.

BLUE JACKETS PRESEASON SHOW ON FOX SPORTS OHIO TO DEBUT WEDNESDAY
Fans will get a preview of the upcoming season when "Blue Jackets Live: Season Preview" debuts on FOX Sports Ohio this Wednesday, September 23, at 10 p.m. The show features interviews with Blue Jackets general manager Scott Howson, head coach Ken Hitchcock, team captain Rick Nash and Calder Trophy-winning goaltender Steve Mason. In addition to Wednesday night's debut, the show will also air at the following dates and times: Thursday, September 24 - 10 p.m; Monday, September 28 - 8:30 p.m.; Tuesday, September 29 - 6 p.m.; Wednesday September 30 - 10 p.m.; and Friday, October 2 - 10 p.m.

"HOCKEY: IT'S IN YOUR BLOOD” DRIVE SET FOR WEDNESDAY – BEAT THE PREDATORS!
Fans can join the Blue Jackets and OhioHealth 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. 23, from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. All donors will receive two Blue Jackets game tickets, have a chance to win a ride on the Zamboni during a game at Nationwide Arena and receive a voucher for a special ticket offer to Red Cross Night when the Jackets host the Calgary Flames on Oct. 13.

^In addition, the Nashville Predators are hosting their own blood drive and have issued a challenge to see which team’s fans can give the most blood. So, get in the game to help save lives! To schedule your appointment to donate blood, call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE today, or visit BloodSavesLives.org.


PRESEASON TICKET PROMOTIONS
Rush CBJ presented by EasyCOLUMBUS: College 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… Monday, Sept. 21 vs. Minnesota (7 p.m.) and Sunday, Sept. 27 vs. Nashville (5 p.m.) – Dispatch Family Value Pack Night: $25 per person package includes a ticket, Pepsi drink, Sugardale hot dog, popcorn and Dispatch Ice Haus skating pass… Tuesday, Sept. 22 vs. Boston (7 p.m.) – All You Can Eat Night in the AAA Sky Terrace: $39 per person package includes a ticket and all-you-can-eat buffet of hot dogs, popcorn soda and more… Thursday, Sept. 24 vs. Pittsburgh (7 p.m.) – Guys Night Out Pack: $60 package includes two tickets, two beers (21-and-over) and two Skyline Cheese Coney Dogs.

BLUE JACKETS, PEPSI OFFERING FANS FREE TICKETS
Through Sunday, September 27, Columbus-area shoppers who purchase four 12-packs of Pepsi or Diet Pepsi (regular or caffeine free) in a single transaction at Central Ohio Giant Eagle or other participating grocery and convenience stores can receive two tickets to selected home games. Purchasers need to bring the on-pack sticker and register receipt to the Nationwide Arena Ticket Office for two tickets to a designated Blue Jackets home game, courtesy of Pepsi. Tickets may only be redeemed at the box office between 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday or 10a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday, while supplies last.

OPENING NIGHT IS FRIDAY, OCT. 3 VS. MINNESOTA WILD
The Blue Jackets open their ninth NHL season on Saturday, Oct. 3 vs. Minnesota Wild. All fans in attendance will receive a 2009-10 schedule magnet presented by Donatos and a commemorative Steve Mason Calder Trophy Poster. In addition, the Calder Memorial Trophy will be on display in the arena throughout the night. 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 BlueJackets.com and Ticketmaster.com or by phone at (800) 745-3000.

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

BLUE JACKETS ONLINE/SOCIAL MEDIA
Fans can follow the Blue Jackets online, watch game highlights, press conferences and exclusive behind-the-scenes video content on Jackets TV at the newly re-designed www.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. Become a fan on the club’s official Facebook page to get the latest club news and promotions, videos, photos, updates and interact with other Blue Jackets 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 BlueJackets.com and 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.

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