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Blue Jackets Weekly Report: Blue Jackets Host Predators, Islanders Before Sunday Visit to Chicago

by Blue Jackets Staff / Columbus Blue Jackets

THIS WEEK'S GAME SCHEDULE (Times ET)


Thu., Dec. 11  NASHVILLE PREDATORS, Nationwide Arena - 7 p.m. FSO HD/1460, CD101\
Sat., Dec. 13   NEW YORK ISLANDERS, Nationwide Arena - 7 p.m. FSO/1460, CD101
Sun., Dec. 14  at Chicago Blackhawks, United Center - 7 p.m. FSO HD/1460, CD101
FSO – FOX Sports Ohio; 1460 – WBNS-AM 1460 The Fan; CD101 – CD101.1 FM

 

BLUE JACKETS AT A GLANCE
Record: 11-13-3, 25 pts./5th Central Division… Streak: Lost three in a row… Home: 7-5-1, won two in a row… Road: 4-8-2, lost four in a row… Last Week's Results: 1-3-0… Dec. 1 – at Columbus 3, Vancouver 2; Dec. 4 – at San Jose 3, Columbus 2; Dec. 6 – at Los Angeles 3, Columbus 0; Dec. 7 – at Anaheim 5, Columbus 3.

 

OPPONENTS AT A GLANCE
NASHVILLE PREDATORS (14-10-2, 30 pts./3rd Central Division):
Head Coach Barry Trotz… Predators enter the week having gone 5-1-1 in their last seven with wins in three-straight… Nashville is 7-7-1 on the road this season… Predators are led by RW J.P. Dumont (6-20-26, 26 games), C Jason Arnott (13-8-21, 23 games) and D Shea Weber (11-14-25, 26 games), who ranks second among NHL defensemen in scoring… G Dan Ellis is 8-10-2 with a 3.06 GAA, .893 SV%, 1 SO in 20 games… The Blue Jackets are 13-30-4 all-time vs. the Predators, including 9-12-2 at home… Columbus has gone 2-14-2 vs. Nashville the past two seasons… The clubs split a home-and-home set on Oct. 17-18 with Columbus winning 5-3 at Nationwide Arena and Nashville rebounding the next night with a 6-3 win at Sommet Center.

 

NEW YORK ISLANDERS (10-14-2, 22 pts./5th Atlantic Division): Head Coach Scott Gordon… Islanders are 1-4-0 in their last five after going 5-0-1 from Nov. 13-24… New York is 5-6-1 on the road compared to 5-8-1 at home… C Doug Weight leads the club in scoring with 5-19-24 in 26 games and is seven points shy of 1,000 in his NHL career… RW Trent Hunter has 11-9-20 in 26 games… G Joey MacDonald is 10-11-2 with a 3.03 GAA, .903 SV% in 23 games… The Blue Jackets are 6-1-2 all-time vs. the Islanders, including 4-0-1 at home… The Jackets rallied from a 3-0 third period deficit to force overtime, but fell in the extra session, 4-3, at Nassau Coliseum on Nov. 3.

CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS (12-6-7, 31 pts./2nd Central Division): Head Coach Joel Quenneville… The Blackhawks enter the week having gone 5-2-2 in their last nine despite playing seven of those games on the road (3-2-2)… Chicago has the NHL’s seventh-ranked power play at 22.7 percent (25-of-110)… Club is led by 2007-08 NHL Rookie of the Year RW Patrick Kane (12-20-32, 25 games) and RW Patrick Sharp (16-9-25, 25 games)… G Nikolai Khabibulin is 7-1-4 with a 2.46 GAA, .923 SV% and 1 SO in 13 games… The Blue Jackets are 22-21-3 all-time vs. the Blackhawks, including 8-12-2 on the road… Columbus is 18-12-1 in the last 31 meetings and has not lost a season series to Chicago since 2002-03 (2-3-0)… Columbus lost the first meeting this season, 4-3, in a shootout at Nationwide Arena on Nov. 1.

 

PRACTICE SCHEDULE, DEC. 9-15 (times subject to change)
Tuesday, Dec. 9          Dispatch Ice Haus - 12 p.m. ET
Wednesday, Dec. 10  Dispatch Ice Haus - 10:30 a.m. ET
Thursday, Dec. 11      Nationwide Arena - 10:30 a.m. ET
Friday, Dec. 12            Dispatch Ice Haus - 11 a.m. ET
Saturday, Dec. 13       Nationwide Arena - 10:30 a.m. ET
Sunday, Dec. 14         United Center, Chicago - 11:30 a.m. CT

 

OhioHealth INJURY REPORT
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: 60.

 

PLAYER NOTES
MASON NAMED NHL ROOKIE OF THE MONTH:
G Steve Mason was named the NHL Rookie of the Month for November last week as he posted a 5-2-1 record with a 2.09 goals-against average, .919 save percentage and two shutouts. He is 6-4-1 with a 2.17 goals-against average, .915 save percentage and two shutouts in 11 games this season. He is the second Blue Jacket in as many months to win the league's monthly award as C Derick Brassard earned Rookie of the Month honors in October. The last time one team had back-to-back rookies of the month was 2001-02 when Atlanta’s Dany Heatley and Ilya Kovalchuk were honored…

TYUTIN CONTINUES TO LEAD CBJ BLUELINE: After taking 272 games to record his first multi-goal game (2-0-2 at Detroit on Nov. 28), D Fedor Tyutin took just five to more to record his second multi-point game of the season, as he collected 0-2-2 at Anaheim on Dec. 7. He leads all club defensemen in points with 3-10-13 and tops the club in ice time, averaging 23:54 per game…

NASH REGISTERS 300TH POINT: LW Rick Nash scored his team-leading 13th goal at San Jose on Dec. 4, which was also the 300th point of his NHL career. He leads the club in scoring with 13-11-24 in 27 games and has registered 167-133-300 in 390 games. He is the second player in CBJ history to record 300 points with the club, joining David Vyborny, who tallied 113-204-317 in 543 games from 2000-08…

MISCELLANEOUS: LW Jason Chimera collected an assist in the 400th game of his NHL career at Anaheim on Dec. 7… Rookie C Derick Brassard snapped a season-high five-game pointless streak with 0-1-1 at San Jose on Dec. 4 and added 1-1-2 at Anaheim on Dec. 7… D Jan Hejda is +8 in his last 18 games after beginning the season -2 in his first nine contests… LW Fredrik Modin has three goals in his last four games after scoring two in his first 17 outings.

 

TEAM NOTES
MISCELLANEOUS:
The Blue Jackets have won their last two games at Nationwide Arena after dropping three in a row on home ice… Conversely, the club has dropped four-straight on the road after a franchise record-tying five-game regulation unbeaten streak (3-0-2)... Columbus had scored a goal in the third period of 15 consecutive games prior to being shut out at Los Angeles on Dec. 6, which is a franchise record.

 

UPCOMING PROMOTIONS
DEC. 11 VS. NASHVILLE: Verizon Wireless Giveaway – All fans in attendance will receive a free Blue Jackets egrip Non-Slip Strip for their mobile phones courtesy of Verizon Wireless… "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.).

DEC. 13 VS. NY ISLANDERS: Nationwide Night – Calendar Giveaway – The first 15,000 fans receive a Blue Jackets calendar courtesy of Nationwide… 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.

 

BLUE JACKETS IN THE COMMUNITY
TUESDAY, DEC. 9 – Derick Brassard Autograph Signing: Rookie center Derick Brassard will be meeting fans and signing autographs at The FOX Sports Ohio Blue Line Store at The Mall at Tuttle Crossing on Tuesday, December 9, from 6 to 7 p.m… Manny Malhotra Book Jackets Reading Appearance: Blue Jackets center Manny Malhotra will be reading to young fans at the Hilliard Library, located at 4772 Cemetery Rd., on Tuesday, December 9, from 7 to 8 p.m. His appearance is part of the Blue Jackets Book Jackets Program presented by Univar in partnership with the Columbus Metropolitan Library.

 

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
JACKETS INTRODUCE "$10 SUPER VALUE PLAN": 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 www.BlueJackets.com 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 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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