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Blue Jackets Play Two of Three at Home, Including Visit by MVP Ovechkin and Capitals

by Blue Jackets Staff / Columbus Blue Jackets

THIS WEEK'S GAME SCHEDULE (Times ET)


Wed., Nov. 26 PHOENIX COYOTES, Nationwide Arena - 7 p.m. FSO/1460, CD101
Fri., Nov. 28     at Detroit Red Wings, Joe Louis Arena - 7:30 p.m. FSO/1460, CD101
Sat., Nov. 29    WASHINGTON CAPITALS, Nationwide Arena - 7 p.m. FSO HD/1460, CD101FSO – FOX Sports Ohio; 1460 – WBNS-AM 1460 The Fan; CD101 – CD101.1 FM

 

BLUE JACKETS AT A GLANCE
Record: 9-8-3, 21 pts./4th Central Division… Streak: Won one in a row… Home: 5-4-1, lost two-straight… Road: 4-4-2, 3-0-2 in last five… Last Week's Results: 1-1-0… Nov. 18 – Edmonton 7, at Columbus 2; Nov. 22 – Columbus 2, at Atlanta 0.

 

OPPONENTS AT A GLANCE
PHOENIX COYOTES (8-9-2, 18 pts./4th Pacific Division): Head Coach: Wayne Gretzky… The Coyotes have gone 0-3-2 since beating Columbus, 5-2, at Nationwide Arena on Nov. 12… Phoenix has gone 5-3-1 at home and is 3-6-1 on the road… Club is led by LW Shane Doan (11-8-19, 19 games) and C Olli Jokinen (7-10-17, 19 games)… G Ilya Bryzgalov is 7-8-1 with a 2.63 GAA, .914 SV% in 16 games… The Blue Jackets are 11-14-5 all-time vs. the Coyotes, including 7-7-1 at home… Columbus had won four of the last five prior to losing both previous meetings this season, 3-1 at Phoenix on Oct. 11 and 5-2 at home on Nov. 12.

DETROIT RED WINGS (14-2-3, 31 pts./1st Central Division): Head Coach: Mike Babcock… Defending Stanley Cup champions lead the NHL in scoring (3.74 goals per game) and rank 18th in goals-against (3.00)… Club has top power play in the NHL (32.9 pct.) and stand 17th in penalty killing (81.3 pct.)… Club is led by RW Marian Hossa (11-13-24, 19 games), C Pavel Datsyuk (7-13-20, 19 games) and C Henrik Zetterberg (10-9-19, 17 games)… G Ty Conklin is 6-1-0 with a 2.41 GAA, .918 SV% and one shutout in seven games… Jackets are 11-26-8 all-time vs. the Red Wings, including 5-15-2 on the road… Columbus has gone 6-9-1 vs. Detroit the past two seasons after posting a 5-17-7 mark from 2000-06… Detroit won the final three meetings last season after Columbus went 3-1-1 in the first five contests.

WASHINGTON CAPITALS (11-6-3, 25 pts./1st Southeast Division): Head Coach: Bruce Boudreau… The Caps have lost two in a row after posting a 6-0-2 mark from Nov. 4-19… Washington is one of two teams yet to lose in regulation at home (7-0-1; San Jose is 11-0-1) and have outscored its opponents 29-16… The Caps are 4-6-2 on the road and have been outscored 49-37… Reigning NHL MVP Alex Ovechkin has 8-16-24 in 18 games… Caps are led by LW Alexander Semin (13-14-27, 16 games), who is NHL's second-leading scorer… G Brent Johnson is 5-3-2 with a 2.79 GAA, .910 SV% in 10 games... Jackets are 1-4-3 all-time vs. the Capitals, including 1-2-2 at home… After winning the first-ever meeting between the two teams, 3-1, at home on Oct. 27, 2000 (first home win in franchise history), Columbus is 0-4-3 in the last seven… Washington earned a 4-3 OT win at Nationwide Arena on Feb. 5, 2008 in the last meeting.

 

PRACTICE SCHEDULE, NOV. 25-DEC. 1 (times subject to change)
Tuesday, Nov. 25       Dispatch Ice Haus - 10:30 a.m. ET
Wednesday, Nov. 26 Nationwide Arena - 10:30 a.m. ET
Thursday, Nov. 27     Dispatch Ice Haus - Closed
Friday, Nov. 28           Joe Louis Arena - 11:30 a.m. ET
Saturday, Nov. 29      Nationwide Arena - 10:30 a.m. ET
Sunday, Nov. 30        Dispatch Ice Haus - 11 a.m. ET
Monday, Dec. 1         Nationwide Arena - 10:30 a.m. ET

 

OhioHealth INJURY REPORT
D Rostislav Klesla (Injured Reserve, Nov. 19) is expected to miss at least one week… Man Games Lost to Injury: 45.

 

PLAYER NOTES
NASH STAYS RED HOT: LW Rick Nash snapped a nine-game goalless skid vs. Phoenix on Nov. 12 and has scored a goal in every game since to run his current streak to five games (5-3-8). He is one game shy of matching the longest streak of his career (six games from Dec. 30, 2005-Jan. 11, 2006; seven goals). This is the fourth five-game streak of his career. In his past 10 outings, he has 5-7-12 to raise his season totals to 10-9-19 in 20 games…

MASON POSTS FIRST SHUTOUT: G Steve Mason made 15 saves in a 2-0 win at Atlanta on Nov. 22 to post the first shutout of his NHL career. The 20-year-old rookie improved to 4-1-1 with a 2.28 GAA, .913 SV% and one shutout in six games this season…

HUSELIUS RIDING SECOND FOUR-GAME POINT STREAK: LW Kristian Huselius is riding a four-game point streak (2-2-4), which matches his longest of the season (2-4-6 during four games from Oct.14-21). He has tallied 4-3-7 in his last nine outings to raise his season totals to 7-6-13 in 19 games…

UMBERGER FEASTS ON THE EAST: Columbus has played five games vs. Eastern Conference opponents and C R.J. Umberger has scored six of his eight goals in those games, including two-goal efforts at the NY Islanders on Nov. 3 and at Buffalo on Nov. 14… Since being held to 0-2-2 in his first nine games as a Blue Jacket, the former Flyer has 8-1-9 in his last 11 games and now is tied for second on the club in goals…

MISCELLANEOUS: Rookie C Derick Brassard had his five-game point streak (3-4-7) snapped at Atlanta on Nov. 22… D Ole-Kristian Tollefsen picked up his first assist of the season on Rick Nash's game-winning goal at Atlanta on Nov. 22… D Fedor Tyutin leads the club in ice time (23.48 avg. per game) and he has tallied 1-5-6 in his last 10 games compared to 0-2-2 in his first 10 outings.

 

TEAM NOTES

ROAD WARRIORS: Columbus has posted a 3-0-2 record in its past five road games, tying a franchise record for consecutive road games earning at least one point (Club went 4-0-1 from Dec. 2-14, 2006). The club has outscored its opponents 17-10 during that stretch to improve its season road record to 4-4-2…

MISCELLANEOUS: Since losing three-straight games from Oct. 24-27, Columbus has earned a point in nine of its last 11 outings while posting a 6-2-3 record since standing 3-6-0 on Oct. 27… Columbus allowed a season-low 15 shots in a 2-0 win at Atlanta on Nov. 22, which was one shy of the club record of 14 set three times previously (Jan. 19 at Dallas in a 3-1 loss, most recent)… The Jackets are 9-2-0 when scoring the game's first goal and 0-6-3 when falling behind 1-0.

 

UPCOMING PROMOTIONS

NOV. 26 VS. PHOENIX: Jackets Night Out – Get two tickets to the game, two beers and two Donatos pizzas for just $60. Buy your Blue Jackets tickets at Ticketmaster, the Nationwide Arena box office or go to www.BlueJackets.com... 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… All You Can Eat Pack – This package includes one ticket to the exclusive AAA Sky Terrace and an All You Can Eat buffet of hot dogs, popcorn, peanuts, Pepsi products and more for just $39.

 

NOV. 29 VS. WASHINGTON: Youth Street Hockey Stick Giveaway – The first 5,000 fans ages 12-under will receive a Blue Jackets street hockey stick… Appearance by the Stanley Cup – The most revered trophy in all of sports, the Stanley Cup, will be at Nationwide Arena on behalf of the Columbus Ice Hockey Club, the official NHL Hockey is for Everyone Program of the Columbus Blue Jackets. For a $10 donation to the Blue Jackets Foundation, fans will receive a professional 5"x7" photograph from www.printroom.com with all proceeds benefiting the Columbus Ice Hockey Club. The Stanley Cup will be located on the main concourse behind section 116 beginning at 6 p.m. through the end of the game… "RUSH CBJ Presented by Raising Canes" Student Tickets - High School and College students can get Blue Jackets tickets for student prices beginning one hour before the game at the Nationwide Arena Ticket Office. Upper bowl seats are just $15, while lower bowl seats are just $25 and include a free Box Combo from Raising Canes for each ticket purchased (up to two tickets per valid student I.D.).

 

BLUE JACKETS IN THE COMMUNITY
MONDAY, NOV. 24 –
Marc Methot Autograph Signing: Defenseman Marc Methot will be meeting fans and signing autographs at The FOX Sports Ohio Blue Line Store at The Mall at Tuttle Crossing on Monday, November 24, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

SECOND ANNUAL "JACKETS FOR JACKETS" COAT DRIVE STARTS SATURDAY: Blue Jackets captain Rick Nash and the Dispatch Media Group are partnering again in support of the Second Annual "Jackets for Jackets" coat drive to help keep local families warm this winter. Fans are encouraged to help by bringing new or gently used jackets of all sizes to upcoming home games at Nationwide Arena – Nov. 29 vs. Washington; Dec. 1 vs. Vancouver; Dec. 11 vs. Nashville; Dec. 13 vs. NY Islanders; and Dec 17 vs. San Jose. All of the jackets collected will be donated to the Salvation Army's "Coats for Columbus" program, which will then redistribute the cleaned coats to local families in need. Blue Jackets players’ wives and broadcast personalities representing the Dispatch Media Group will be collecting the jackets on the designated game nights. All donors will receive a $5 discount coupon for Blue Jackets tickets and a Dispatch Ice Haus skating voucher. Jackets will also be accepted at the Dispatch Ice Haus, the Chiller Ice Rinks, and at the FOX Sports Ohio Blue Line team store locations at Nationwide Arena and The Mall at Tuttle Crossing.

 

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

HOLIDAY HAT TRICK PACKS NOW AVAILABLE: Give the gift of hockey with the Holiday Hat Trick Pack, an individually wrapped Blue Jackets gift box containing two or more tickets to three different games and an autographed puck. Purchasers may select from three different sets of games and choose a puck signed by one of five players - Derick Brassard, Mike Commodore, Pascal Leclaire, R.J. Umberger or Jakub Voracek. The Blue Jackets Holiday Hat Trick Packs start at $150 and are available now through Wednesday, Dec. 24. Holiday Packs may be purchased online at www.BlueJackets.com, by phone at 1-800-NHL-COLS or in person at the Nationwide Arena Ticket Office and the FOX Sports Ohio Blue Line at The Mall at Tuttle Crossing. Additional tickets may be added to orders. 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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