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Blue Jackets Weekly Report: Blue Jackets Host NHL-Leading Sharks, Visit Stars and Coyotes this Week

by Blue Jackets Staff / Columbus Blue Jackets


Wed., Dec. 17 SAN JOSE SHARKS, Nationwide Arena, 7 p.m. FSO-HD/CD101
Thu., Dec. 18  at Dallas Stars, American Airlines Center, 8:30 p.m. FSO-HD/1460, CD101
Sat., Dec. 20  at Phoenix Coyotes, Arena, 9 p.m. FSO-HD/1460
FSO – FOX Sports Ohio; 1460 – WBNS-AM 1460 The Fan; CD101 – CD101.1 FM


Record: 13-14-3, 29 pts./4th Central Division… Streak: Lost one in a row… Home: 9-5-1, won four in a row… Road: 4-9-2, lost five in a row… Last Week's Results: 2-1-0… Dec. 11 – at Columbus 2, Nashville 1 (SO); Dec. 13 – at Columbus 3, NY Islanders 1; Dec. 14 – at Chicago 3, Columbus 1.

SAN JOSE SHARKS (24-3-2, 50 pts./1st Pacific Division:
Head Coach Todd McLellan… The Sharks own the NHL’s best record and are 16-0-2 at home… Sharks are top-scoring team in NHL (3.69 goals per game) and rank third in goals-against (2.34)… San Jose has five players with at least 25 points and three with over 30, including C Joe Thornton (8-27-35, 29 games), C Patrick Marleau (15-19-34, 29 games) and RW Devin Setoguchi (15-17-32, 29 games)… All-Star G Evgeni Nabokov is 17-2-0 with a 2.48 GAA, .904 SV%… The Blue Jackets are 8-19-3 in the all-time series, including 7-6-1 at home… San Jose won 5-2 on Oct. 14 and 3-2 on Dec. 4 at HP Pavilion… This is the first of two meetings this season at Nationwide Arena.

DALLAS STARS (11-14-4, 26 pts./5th Pacific Division): Head Coach Dave Tippett… The Stars have gone 5-4-0 since Nov. 26… Dallas ranks 28th in the league on the power play (13.0 pct.) and penalty killing (76.9 pct.)… The club is led by C Mike Ribeiro (4-18-22, 29 games), C Mike Modano (11-10-21, 29 games) and C Brad Richards (6-15-21, 28 games)… G Marty Turco is 10-12-4 with a 3.32 GAA, .881 SV%... The Blue Jackets are 8-18-3 in the all-time series, including 4-10-1 on the road… Columbus is 6-2-2 in its last 10 vs. Dallas after the Stars posted wins in 10-straight from Nov. 17, 2002 through April 11, 2006… The Jackets opened the season with a 5-4 win at Dallas on Oct. 10 on an overtime goal by Rick Nash.

PHOENIX COYOTES (14-13-3, 31 pts./3rd Pacific Division): Head Coach Wayne Gretzky… Phoenix has gone 6-3-1 since snapping a six-game winless streak against the Blue Jackets on Nov. 26… The Coyotes have gone 9-4-2 at home this season, outscoring their opponents 45 to 34… Club is led by LW Shane Doan (14-15-29, 30 games) and C Olli Jokinen (10-11-21, 24 games)… G Ilya Bryzgalov is 10-11-2 with a 2.94 GAA, .905 SV% in 24 games… The Blue Jackets are 11-15-5 all-time vs. the Coyotes, including 4-7-4 on the road… Columbus had won four of the last five prior to losing all three previous meetings this season, 3-1 at Phoenix on Oct. 11; 5-2 at home on Nov. 12; and 3-2 at home on Nov. 26.


PRACTICE SCHEDULE, DEC. 16-22 (times subject to change)
Tuesday, Dec. 16       Nationwide Arena - 12 p.m. ET
Wednesday, Dec. 17 Nationwide Arena - 10:30 a.m. ET
Thursday, Dec. 18      American Airlines Center, Dallas - 11:30 a.m. ET
Friday, Dec. 19            Desert Schools Coyote Center-Peoria - 1:30 p.m. MT
Saturday, Dec. 20 Arena, Phoenix - 11:30 a.m. MT
Sunday, Dec. 21         Dispatch Ice Haus - 12 p.m. ET
Monday, Dec. 22         Dispatch Ice Haus - 10:30 a.m. ET


D Rostislav Klesla (Injured Reserve, Nov. 19) is expected to miss at least one week… LW Raffi Torres (arthroscopic knee surgery; Injured Reserve, Dec. 2) is expected to miss two to four weeks… RW Derek Dorsett (hand injury-Injured Reserve, Nov. 26) is out indefinitely… Man Games Lost to Injury: 69.


MASON AMONG NHL GOALTENDING LEADERS: Rookie G Steve Mason went 2-1-0 with a 1.30 goals-against average and .951 save percentage in three games last week as he stopped 77-of-81 shots faced. He improved to 8-5-1 with a 1.98 GAA, .923 SV% and two shutouts on the season. He now ranks second in the NHL in GAA, sixth in SV% and fifth (tied) in shutouts and has started seven of the last eight games for the club…

MODIN LOOKING LIKE FREDDY OF OLD: After a 2007-08 season derailed by injury, LW Fredrik Modin has returned to the form that saw him register five 20-goal and two 30-goal seasons between 1999-07. He has collected 5-1-6 in his last eight games, including scoring goals in five of his last seven contests to raise his season totals to 7-7-14 in 24 outings…

COMMODORE CLOSING IN ON 2007-08 SEASON TOTALS: D Mike Commodore is riding a three-game point streak (1-2-3) and has raised his season point total to 1-12-13 in 30 games. He is one point shy of matching his production from 2007-08 when he notched 3-11-14 in 67 games with Carolina and Ottawa. His career-high is 7-22-29 in 82 games with the Hurricanes in 2006-07…

MISCELLANEOUS: C Derick Brassard has collected 1-4-5 in six games since a season-high five-game pointless streak to regain sole possession of the NHL rookie scoring race with 9-15-24 in 29 games… D Kris Russell has tallied 1-3-4 in his last four games… LW Jason Chimera has 1-1-2 in his past four games after collecting 1-1-2 in his previous nine outings… LW Kristian Huselius played in his 500th NHL game vs. Nashville on Dec. 11. He has registered 141-187-328 in 502 career games..

JACKETS LOOK TO STAY HOT AT HOME: Since enduring a three-game home losing streak from Nov. 12-26, the Blue Jackets have won their last four games at Nationwide Arena. The four-game home winning streak is the club's longest since winning a franchise-record six consecutive home games from Dec. 26, 2007 to Jan. 15, 2008. Columbus has outscored its four opponents during the streak 11 to 4.



DEC. 17 VS. SAN JOSE: "Dollar Dog Night presented by Sugardale" – A fan favorite as all Sugardale hot dogs are just $1… "Alive Jackets Night Out" – All fans ages 21 an 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.

DEC. 23 VS. LOS ANGELES KINGS: 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… "Alive Jackets Night Out" – All fans ages 21 an 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.

"HOCKEY HOLIDAYS FROM THE BLUE JACKETS" -  The Blue Jackets will be spreading holiday cheer this week… MONDAY, DEC. 15 – Visit to Nationwide Children's Hospital: Members of the team will be delivering toys to patients and hosting a holiday party in the Columbus Blue Jackets Foundation Family Resource Center at Nationwide Children's Hospital on Monday from 2:30-3:30 p.m.… Salvation Army Bell Ringers: Blue Jackets players Marc Methot and Derick Brassard, Jared Boll and Kris Russell, and Mike Commodore and Jakub Voracek will be ringing bells and collecting donations as part of the Salvation Army's Red Kettle program in downtown Columbus between 4:30-5:30 p.m. on Monday… TUESDAY, DEC. 16 – Homeless Families Foundation Toy Delivery: Blue Jackets players Jason Chimera, Andrew Murray and Fedor Tyutin will be delivering toys donated by team players and staff to volunteers and parents and then visiting with children at the Homeless Families Foundation on Tuesday from 4-5 p.m.… SUNDAY, DEC. 21 – Columbus Zoo Skating Party: Blue Jackets players Steve Mason and Derek Dorsett will be skating and signing autographs for patrons and guests of Big Brothers & Big Sisters at the Frozone Ice Rink sponsored by Disney on Ice at the Columbus Zoo & Aquarium from 3-4 p.m. on Sunday.

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.


"$10 SUPER VALUE PLAN" ON SALE THROUGH DEC. 29: The $10 SUPER VALUE PLAN, presented by WBNS-10TV and Ticketmaster, offers fans tickets to three great weekend games against the Red Wings, Blackhawks, Sharks and more for just $10 per week. There are three packages available and each includes a pair of tickets in the same seat locations for each game. Packages with seats in the Upper Bowl (Areas E and F) at Nationwide Arena are priced at $150 or $10 per week, while packages with seats in the Lower Bowl (Area C) are $300 or $20 per week. The first payment is due at time of purchase and the payment plan will begin on Monday, December 29. Fans can choose either an automatic checking account deduction or credit card charge that will take place every Monday through March 30 (14 weeks). Fans also have the option to pay in full at the time of purchase. Packages are available online at or via phone at 1-800-NHL-COLS. The plan is available for a limited time only with sales through December 28.

HOLIDAY HAT TRICK PACKS ON SALE THROUGH DEC. 24: 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, 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 and 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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