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Blue Jackets Weekly Report: April 5, 2010

by Blue Jackets Staff / Columbus Blue Jackets

THIS WEEK'S GAME SCHEDULE/BROADCASTS - Times ET TV/Radio


Mon., Apr. 5 at St. Louis Blues, Scottrade Center - 8 p.m.           No Local TV/1460, CD101
Wed., Apr. 7 at Detroit Red Wings, Joe Louis Arena - 7:30 p.m.   FSO HD/1460, CD101
Fri., Apr. 9 vs. DETROIT RED WINGS, Nationwide Arena - 7 p.m. FSO/1460, CD101

FAN APPRECIATION NIGHT IS FRIDAY VS. DETROIT
The Blue Jackets wrap up the 2009-10 season on Friday with a 7 p.m. contest against the Detroit Red Wings on Fan Appreciation Night. All fans in attendance will receive a team poster courtesy of Ohio Mulch. Festivities will also include numerous prize giveaways, a video salute to the fans and the chance to win game-worn jerseys directly from Blue Jackets players on the ice immediately following the game. To highlight the festivities, one lucky fan will win a trip for two to Sweden to watch the Blue Jackets open their 10th season with a pair of games vs. the San Jose Sharks in Stockholm on Friday, Oct. 8 and Saturday, Oct. 9. In addition to the randomly selected "Jersey Off Our Backs" winners who will accept a game-worn jersey from a player, the Blue Jackets Foundation is selling raffle tickets for the chance to win previously game-worn jerseys. The Foundation's winners will also have the opportunity to collect their jerseys from their respective players on the ice following the game. The $10 raffle tickets will be sold at the Foundation table behind section 111 or any of the other eight locations throughout the arena. This game also marks the culmination of the Donatos/QFM96 "Destinationwide" contest in which one lucky fan in attendance will win a pair of tickets to every Blue Jackets game and Nationwide Arena event for a full year.

BLUE JACKETS AT A GLANCE
Record: 32-34-13, 77 pts. (Central Division: 5th; Western Conference: 14th)… Streak: 0-2-0… Home: 20-12-8, 48 pts. (0-1-0)… Road: 12-22-5, 29 pts. (0-1-0)… Last Week's Results: 1-2-0… Mar. 30 – at COLUMBUS 3, Tampa Bay 2… Apr. 1 – at Detroit 3, Columbus 2… Apr. 3 – Washington 3, at COLUMBUS 2.

OPPONENTS AT A GLANCE
ST. LOUIS BLUES:
Record: 38-31-9, 85 pts. (Central Division: 4th place)… Head Coach: Davis Payne (replaced Andy Murray on Jan. 2)… The Blues have gone 10-6-0 since the Olympic break and are coming off a 2-1 win over Dallas on Saturday… The Blues are 16-18-5 at home and 22-13-4 on the road… Players to Watch: C Andy McDonald (22-28-50 in 75 games), C Alex Steen (24-23-47 in 64 games) and G Chris Mason (28-22-8, 2.50 GAA, .914 SV%, 2 SO in 58 games)… Jackets vs. Blues: 21-25-10 (14-9-5 at home, 7-16-5 on the road)… Columbus is 5-11-1 in its last 17 vs. St. Louis, including a 1-4-1 mark in 2008-09… Prior to that stretch, the Jackets had posted a 9-1-4 mark vs. the Blues between Jan. 20, 2006-Nov. 4, 2007… The home team had won the first three meetings this season – Columbus, 5-2 on Nov. 30 and 4-2 on Jan. 18 and St. Louis, 4-1 on Jan. 12 – before the Jackets won 3-2 at Scottrade Center on Jan. 30 and the Blues won 5-1 at Nationwide Arena on Mar. 13.

DETROIT RED WINGS: Record: 41-24-14, 96 pts. (Central Division: 3rd place)… Head Coach: Mike Babcock… Detroit is winless in two-straight (0-1-1), including a 4-3 loss at Philadelphia on Sunday, after an 11-game regulation unbeaten streak (10-0-1)… The Red Wings rank seventh in the NHL in goals-against (2.56), eighth in power play (19.3 pct.) and 10th in penalty killing (83.7 pct.)… Players to Watch: C Pavel Datsyuk (leads club with 27-42-69, 9 PPG in 77 games)… LW Henrik Zetterberg (has 23-45-68, 6 GWG in 71 games)… G Jimmy Howard (rookie is 34-15-10 with 2.30 GAA, .923 SV%, 2 SO in 60 games)… Jackets vs. Red Wings: 15-32-8 (9-13-6 at home, 6-19-2 on the road)… The Jackets are 9-12-1 in the last 22 regular season meetings… The teams split the six regular season meetings in 2008-09 with each notching two wins at home and one on the road… The Red Wings won the first two games this season – 9-1 at Nationwide Arena on Nov. 11 and 2-1 at Joe Louis Arena on Dec. 26 – before a 1-0 OT home win by the Jackets on Dec. 28… Detroit earned a 3-2 win at home on Apr. 1.

OhioHealth INJURY REPORT
D Rostislav Klesla
(Injured Reserve on Dec. 1 retroactive to Nov. 30), C Derek MacKenzie (Injured Reserve retroactive to Mar. 9), D Jan Hejda (Mar. 13 vs. Edmonton), RW Jared Boll (Mar. 23 at New Jersey) and RW Chris Clark (Mar. 28 at Chicago) will miss the remainder of the season… D Kris Russell (Apr. 1 at Detroit) is day-to-day… Man Games Lost to Injury: 253.

ROSTER REPORT
Apr. 5 –
Added C Chad Kolarik to the roster on emergency recall from the Syracuse Crunch (AHL)… Apr. 3 – Added C Greg Moore to the roster on emergency recall from Syracuse (AHL)… Apr. 2 – Assigned C Trevor Frischmon to Syracuse (AHL)... Mar. 29 – Added C Tomas Kana to the roster on emergency recall from Syracuse (AHL).

RED-HOT TOP LINE IS HIGHEST-SCORING IN CLUB HISTORY
The Blue Jackets top-scoring trio of LW Kristian Huselius, C Antoine Vermette and RW Rick Nash is the highest-scoring line in club history with a combined 83-112-195 this season. Each has recorded at least 60 points, marking the second time in club history that three Jackets have hit the 60-point plateau (2002-03: LW Ray Whitney, 24-52-76; C Andrew Cassels, 20-48-68; and LW Geoff Sanderson, 34-33-67). Nash leads the club in goals and points and ranks third in assists with 33-34-67 in 75 games, hitting the 30-goal mark for the third-straight season (fifth in his seven-year career). He has led the club in goals in each of the past five campaigns and has topped the points list in three of the past five (David Vyborny in 2005-06 and 2006-07) and two-straight. He has tallied 14-11-25 in his last 26 games, including 5-5-10 in his last nine. Vermette ranks second on the club in goals, assists and points with 27-38-65 in 79 games and has set new career highs in all three categories (24-29-53 in 81 games with Ottawa in 2007-08). He has registered 13-14-27 in his last 27 games, including 6-7-13 in the last 10. Huselius leads the club in assists and ranks third in goals and points with 23-40-63 in 71 games to notch his fifth-straight 20-goal season (and seventh in eight NHL seasons) and the third-highest point total of his career (34-43-77 in 81 games in 2006-07 and 25-41-66 in 81 games in 2007-08 with Calgary). He has picked up 9-21-30 in his last 26 games, including 6-10-16 in his last 11.

MASON REGAINS FORM IN NET
G Steve Mason has gone 7-7-2 with a 2.66 goals-against average, .919 save percentage and two shutouts in 16 games since Feb. 4, including 3-2-0 with a 2.31 GAA and .926 SV% in his last five games. He has allowed two goals or less in eight of those 16 games and made 30 or more saves five times during that span. Prior to Feb. 4, he had posted a 13-18-6 mark with a 3.28 GAA, .890 SV% and two shutouts in his first 40 games of the season.

DORSETT HITTING HIS STRIDE
After missing 26-of-36 games due to injury between Nov. 21 and Jan. 28, RW Derek Dorsett has tallied 3-6-9 and with a +4 plus/minus rating in his last 20 games. He notched 1-3-4 and was +2 in his first 28 contests this season.

FATHER SHOOTS BEST
RW Andrew Murray became a father for the first time on Feb. 5. Since then, he has tallied 5-1-6 in 20 games compared to 0-1-1 in 25 games prior to the birth of his son, Owen. He has scored three goals in the last six games.

TEAM NEWS & NOTES
The Blue Jackets have posted a 10-7-4 record under interim head coach Claude Noel… Columbus has gone 7-4-2 in its last 13 games and is 8-3-3 in its last 14 at home… The Blue Jackets need five points in their final three games to reach 82 points for just the second time in franchise history (92 points in 2008-09)… Columbus has gone 20-12-8 to earn 48 points in 40 home games this season, which is the second-highest total in club history (53, 25-13-3 in 2008-09)… Coming off 3-2 losses at Detroit and vs. Washington last week, Columbus has dropped back-to-back games in regulation for just the second time since Jan. 18 (Mar. 6 at San Jose and Mar. 8 at Los Angeles)… LW R.J. Umberger, who had his career-best six-game point streak (2-5-7) snapped vs. Washington on Apr. 3, has collected 7-17-24 in the last 30 games… D Fedor Tyutin tallied 1-1-2 in three games last week to raise his season totals to 6-26-32 and is two points shy of the career-high 9-25-34 he had in 82 games last season… RW Jakub Voracek (16-33-49 in 78 games) is one point shy of becoming the fifth CBJ player to record 50 or more points this season (Nash, Vermette, Huselius, Umberger), which is the most in franchise history (previous high is three)… C Tomas Kana made his NHL debut vs. Tampa Bay on Mar. 30.

FORWARD TOGETHER
Forward Together is a group of citizens celebrating the remarkable transformation that has occurred in Columbus since the arrival of the Arena District, Nationwide Arena and the Blue Jackets. This group wants to see that growth continue, believes the city would be harmed without the Blue Jackets and supports a solution to the current financial challenges involving the team and arena. For more information and to sign a petition encouraging those involved to find a solution, please visit their website at www.forwardtogethercolumbus.org.

WEEKLY GIVEAWAYS/TICKETS, AUTOGRAPHED JERSEYS, MINI HELMET
The Blue Jackets are giving fans the opportunity to win weekly prizes including game tickets, autographed jerseys and memorabilia each week via the club's multiple digital platforms. Fans that visit BlueJackets.com, follow the team on Facebook, get Twitter updates or receive Verizon Wireless Jackets Alerts will have the chance to win each week through April 11. This week, fans will have four chances to win:

One lucky fan will win a Blue Jackets mini helmet autographed by captains Rick Nash, R.J. Umberger and Antoine Vermette by voting on the Blue Jackets play of the month. Jackets TV host Brittany Gerena will introduce four nominations from March's game action. Fans will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite at BlueJackets.com beginning on Tuesday at noon through Sunday.

One lucky fan will win four tickets to Friday's game vs. Detroit on Fan Appreciation Night. Just follow the Blue Jackets Twitter feed at www.Twitter.com/BlueJacketsNHL between Monday and Friday for a chance to win.

One lucky fan will win an autographed Mike Commodore jersey courtesy of Verizon Wireless. Fans who receive updates via Jackets Alerts from Verizon Wireless will be directed to BlueJackets.com where they will answer a "This Week in Blue Jackets History" question. A winner will be selected from all those who answer the question correctly.

Fans that follow the team on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/OfficialColumbusBlueJackets will be asked a Blue Jackets question beginning Tuesday, Apr. 6. They can share their thoughts with others there, but to be eligible to win will need to e-mail their answer to contests@bluejackets.com. One winner will be selected randomly from all responses and receive a 2008 Western Conference All-Star jersey autographed by Rick Nash.


BLUE JACKETS ON THE RADIO

The Coach's Show can be heard on Wednesdays from 6 to 7 p.m., hosted by Blue Jackets play by play announcer Jeff Rimer and featuring interim head coach Claude Noel… 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 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, 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 presented by easyColumbus Student Tickets: College students with a valid, full-time student I.D. can purchase two tickets in select lower level ($25) and upper level ($15) seats beginning one hour before game time at the Nationwide Arena Ticket Office as part of the club's Rush CBJ program. Seat locations are subject to availability.

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