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Blue Jackets Weekly Report: Dec. 13

by Blue Jackets Staff / Columbus Blue Jackets

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


Mon., Dec. 13 at Calgary Flames, Pengrowth Saddledome - 9 p.m. FOX Sports Ohio HD/97.1 The Fan
Wed., Dec. 15 at Vancouver Canucks, Rogers Arena - 10 p.m. No Local TV/97.1 The Fan
Thu., Dec. 16 at Edmonton Oilers, Rexall Place - 9 p.m. FOX Sports Ohio HD/97.1 The Fan
Sat., Dec. 18 DALLAS STARS, NATIONWIDE ARENA - 7 p.m. FOX Sports Ohio HD/97.1 The Fan

BLUE JACKETS AT A GLANCE
Record:
16-11-1, 33 pts. (H: 8-7-1, A: 8-4-0; includes 1 H loss and 1 A win in Stockholm, SWE)… Standings: 4th/Central Division, 11th/Western Conference… Leading Scorers: LW Rick Nash (16-8-24, 27 GP)… LW R.J. Umberger (8-12-20, 28 GP)… C Derick Brassard (6-13-19, 28 GP)… Leading Goaltenders: Mathieu Garon (7-3-0, 2.04 GAA, .924 SV%, 3 SO in 12 GP)… Steve Mason (9-8-1, 2.96 GAA, .910 SV%, 1 SO in 18 GP).

OPPONENTS AT A GLANCE
CALGARY FLAMES –
Head Coach: Brent Sutter… Record: 12-15-3 (27 pts.)… Standings: 5th/Northwest Division, 15th/Western Conference… Leading Scorers: RW Jarome Iginla (12-15-27, 30 GP)… LW Alex Tanguay (8-15-23, 30 GP)… Leading Goaltender: Miikka Kiprusoff (10-14-1, 2.76 GAA, .909 SV%, 3 SO in 25 GP)… All-Time Series: Jackets are 19-15-3 all-time vs. Calgary, including 6-11-1 on the road… Columbus went 2-1-1 in 2009-10… The Jackets have had a .500 or better record vs. the Flames in each of their nine seasons except 2003-04 (1-3-0)… Second of four meetings this season… Calgary won 6-2 at Columbus on Oct. 22… Clubs next meet on Dec. 21 at Columbus.

VANCOUVER CANUCKS – Head Coach: Alain Vigneault… Record: 16-8-4 (36 pts.)… Standings: 1st/Northwest Division, 2nd/Western Conference… Leading Scorers: LW Daniel Sedin (16-20-36, 28 GP)… C Henrik Sedin (5-30-35, 28 GP)… Leading Goaltender: Roberto Luongo (13-8-2, 2.55 GAA, .911 SV%, 2 SO in 23 GP)… All-Time Series: The Jackets are 13-18-5 all-time vs. the Canucks, including 6-11-1 on the road… Vancouver has won four of the last five meetings since Columbus posted five-straight wins from Jan. 15, 2008 to Jan. 18, 2009… The Jackets went 1-2-0 vs. the Canucks in 2009-10… First of four meetings this season… Clubs next meet on Dec. 23 at Columbus.

EDMONTON OILERS – Head Coach: Tom Renney… Record: 11-13-5 (27 pts.)… Standings: 4th/Northwest Division, 14th/Western Conference… Leading Scorers: D Ryan Whitney (0-21-21, 29 GP)… RW Dustin Penner (9-10-19, 29 GP)… Leading Goaltender: Nikolai Khabibulin (7-10-2, 3.46 GAA, .897 SV%, 2 SO in 19 GP)… All-Time Series: Jackets are 12-19-6 all-time vs. Edmonton, including 5-11-2 on the road… Columbus went 3-1-0 in 2009-10, winning the season series for the first time… Second of four meetings this season… Jackets won 3-2 in a shootout at home on Oct. 28… Clubs next meet on Feb. 5 at Columbus.

DALLAS STARS – Head Coach: Marc Crawford… Record: 17-10-2 (36 pts.)… Standings: 1st/Pacific Division, 3rd/Western Conference… Leading Scorers: C Brad Richards (12-22-34, 29 GP)… LW James Neal (13-15-28, 29 GP)… Leading Goaltender: Kari Lehtonen (13-7-2, 2.59 GAA, .915 SV% in 22 GP)… All-Time Series: The Jackets are 12-20-5 all-time vs. Dallas, including 7-9-3 at home… The Jackets have gone 10-4-4 vs. the Stars since the final meeting of the 2005-06 season, including 3-1-0 in 2009-10… Second of four meetings this season… The Jackets earned a 3-2 shootout win at home on Dec. 6… Clubs meet again on Feb. 13 at Dallas.


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THIS WEEK IN BLUE JACKETS HISTORY
Dec. 18, 2000 –
Ron Tugnutt made 27 saves to record the first shutout in franchise history as the Blue Jackets beat the Montreal Canadiens 2-0 at Molson Centre. Columbus got goals from Chris Nielsen and Kevyn Adams in the win.

TRANSACTIONS/OhioHEALTH INJURY REPORT
TRANSACTIONS:
Dec. 10 – Assigned LW Nikita Filatov to the Springfield Falcons (AHL)… Recalled LW Tom Sestito from Springfield (AHL)… INJURY REPORT: LW Kristian Huselius (lower body, Oct. 23 at Chicago; Injured Reserve – out indefinitely)… RW Jared Boll (lower body, Dec. 9 at St. Louis – day to day)… Man Games Lost to Injury: 91.

LAST WEEK'S RESULTS
Dec. 6 – at COLUMBUS 3, Dallas 2 (SO):
Rick Nash's power play goal at 19:13 of the third period tied the game at 2-2 and he and Kyle Wilson tallied in the shootout to help the Jackets snap a five-game winless streak. Kris Russell added a goal and Mathieu Garon made 16 saves for Columbus, which outshot the Stars 29 to 18… Dec. 9 – at ST. LOUIS 4, COLUMBUS 1: The Blues scored three power play goals and held the Jackets to 0-of-8 with the man advantage en route to the win. Jaroslav Halak made 27 saves for the Blues while Jan Hejda scored for Columbus, which outshot St. Louis 28 to 24… Dec. 11 – at COLUMBUS 3, NY RANGERS 1: Rick Nash scored twice in the game's final 5:09 and Steve Mason made 32 saves to lead Columbus to the win. Marc Staal's power play goal at 9:53 of the second period gave the Rangers a 1-0 lead before the Jackets tied the game at 1-1 on Antoine Vermette's power play just tally 5:50 later.

BEST START IN FRANCHISE HISTORY CONTINUES FOR JACKETS
Columbus' 16-11-1 record and 33 points through 28 games continue to represent the best start in franchise history. The previous fastest the club had registered 16 wins was 36 games (2008-09 and 2007-08) and its quickest to 33 points was 30 games (2009-10). The Blue Jackets have gone 7-4-1 in their last 12 games at home to improve to 8-7-1 (includes one loss vs. San Jose at Stockholm). The fastest the club hit eight home wins is 14 games (2008-09 and 2007-08). Columbus is 8-4-0 on the road and hit road win no. 8 in its ninth game, which is 15 games earlier than the previous best of 23 (2008-09).

TEAM NEWS & NOTES
The Blue Jackets have gone 6-2 in games decided in overtime/shootouts this season, which is one win more than the club registered in 2009-10 (5-15)… The Jackets are 2-1 in shootouts compared to 2-10 a year ago… Columbus is 14-2-0 when tied or leading after two periods… The club ranks sixth in the NHL in face-off percentage (52.1 pct.), eighth in hits with 696 (24.8 per game) and ninth-T in team plus/minus rating (+7)… Columbus plays 10 games over the final 19 days of December, which includes a two-day Christmas break on Dec. 24-25… After this week's three-game road trip, the club will play five of the final seven at home before playing eight-of-11 in January on the road.

NASH SETS ANOTHER CLUB RECORD; NAMED NHL'S THIRD STAR OF THE WEEK
LW Rick Nash became the franchise's all-time leader in games played last Saturday vs. the NY Rangers when he played in game no. 544 to surpass former Jacket David Vyborny (113-204-317 in 543 games from 2000-08). With 243-203-446, Nash is one assist shy of matching Vyborny’s club record in that category. He already owns club marks for goals, points, power play points (153) and goals (72), shorthanded points (17), goals (12) and assists (five), shots on goal (1,774), hat tricks (five), multi-goal (37) and multi-point (112) games. Nash tallied 3-3-6 in three games last week, scoring the tying goal (adding an assist and a shootout tally) in a 3-2 SO win vs. Dallas on Dec. 6 and adding 2-1-3, including the GWG, in a 3-1 win vs. the NY Rangers on Dec. 11. He raised his season totals to a team-leading 16-8-24 in 27 games, ranking first (tied) in the NHL with five game-winning goals and fifth (tied) in goals.

KLESLA SET TO BECOME THIRD MEMBER OF CBJ "500 CLUB"
D Rostislav Klesla has registered 39-91-130 and 494 PIM in 498 games during his Blue Jackets/NHL career and is two games shy of joining Rick Nash (544) and David Vyborny (543) as the only players to play in 500 games with the club. He is slated to appear in his 500th game on Wednesday at Vancouver. The Blue Jackets' first-ever draft pick (fourth overall in the 2000 Entry Draft), Klesla has tallied 1-6-7 and 12 penalty minutes in 28 games this season and continues to lead the NHL in plus/minus rating at +18.

PLAYER NOTES
Columbus is 13-1-0 when LW Jakub Voracek (5-12-17 in 28 games) records a point this season… LW R.J. Umberger has 3-11-14 in his last 15 games and snapped a four-game drought with an assist vs. the NY Rangers on Nov. 11… C Antoine Vermette has picked up 5-3-8 in his last nine games compared to 3-4-7 in his first 19 outings this season… D Jan Hejda has picked up points in five of his last nine games (1-4-5) after being held without a point in his previous 11 outings.

JACKETS' FIRST ALL-STAR ESPEN KNUTSEN RETURNS ON SATURDAY, DEC. 18
The Blue Jackets' third Alumni Night of their 10th Season, presented by Columbus Gas, is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 18 when the team hosts the Dallas Stars and welcomes back Espen Knutsen. Knutsen was the club's first All-Star in 2002 and still holds or shares club records for assists (five) and points (five) in a game. Knutsen, who registered 27-81-108 in 188 games as a Blue Jacket from 2000-04, currently serves as the head coach of Valerenga Ice Hockey Club in his hometown of Oslo, Norway. He will drop the ceremonial first puck prior to the game and sign autographs for fans after the game's conclusion on the Nationwide Arena concourse. In addition, all fans in attendance will receive a CBJ winter hat courtesy of Columbia Gas.

UPCOMING PROMOTIONS
Saturday, Dec. 18 vs. Dallas –
DISPATCH FAMILY VALUE PACK – This ticket package features an upper bowl ticket, Sugardale hot dog, Pepsi, popcorn, UDF ice cream cone coupon and Ice Haus skate pass for $25 per person, which is a savings of 50 percent… HAT TRICK COMBO – This package features a lower bowl ticket, a pre-game buffet and post-game drink in the Labatt Blue Zone for just $50 per person, a savings of $28.

LEXUS FLORIDA FLYAWAY OFFERS FANS AUTOGRAPHED JERSEYS, TRIP TO WATCH TEAM IN TAMPA BAY
The Blue Jackets, FOX Sports Ohio and Lexus are teaming up to give fans the chance to win player autographed third jerseys and a trip for two to watch the team play in Florida. Fans can visit BlueJackets.com or FOXSportsOhio.com to enter to win autographed jerseys with one being given away during each televised game between Nov. 26 and Dec. 16. A grand prize winner will be selected randomly from among those 10 finalists and will receive round-trip airfare from Columbus, accommodations at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort and tickets to watch the Jackets take on the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday, Jan. 18. In addition, the grand prize winner will also have the chance to win a luxury Lexus vehicle at an upcoming Blue Jackets home game.

BLUE JACKETS, SUBWAY PRESENT "4 SUBS, 4 STUBS"
The Blue Jackets and SUBWAY® are teaming up again to offer the "4 Subs, 4 Stubs" promotion that gives all those who purchase four FOOTLONG™ subs in one transaction a voucher redeemable for four select Blue Jackets tickets for just $5 each and a Blue Jackets/SUBWAY® t-shirt. The "4 Subs, 4 Stubs" Fresh Seats offer (limit 225 seats per game) is now available at participating SUBWAY® locations for the following games: Dec. 21 vs. Calgary, Jan. 11 vs. Phoenix, Jan. 25 vs. Anaheim, Feb. 16 vs. Los Angeles, Feb. 22 vs. Nashville and Mar. 29 vs. Florida. The offer is redeemable only at the Nationwide Arena Ticket Office and fans may visit www.bluejackets.nhl.com/freshseats to check ticket availability in advance. Also, fans attending the Dec. 23 (Vancouver) Dec. 27 (Minnesota) games will receive a 2011 Blue Jackets calendar featuring coupons valid at participating SUBWAY® restaurants.

HOLIDAY PLAYER FAVORITE BASKETS BENEFITTING CBJ FOUNDATION
The Columbus Blue Jackets Holiday Player Favorite Baskets, which are customized gift baskets filled with items that reflect the personality and off-ice interests of each individual player, are available now for bid with proceeds benefiting the Columbus Blue Jackets Foundation. Each basket will contain a game-used, autographed item along with that player's collection of "favorites." Fans can check out the baskets at the Foundation kiosk located behind section 111 on the main concourse at home games through Dec. 23.

"JACKETS FOR JACKETS" COAT DRIVE WRAPS UP SATURDAY
The Blue Jackets, The Salvation Army of Central Ohio, and WBNS 10TV are partnering again in support of the Fourth Annual "Jackets for Jackets" coat drive to help keep central Ohio families warm this winter. Fans are encouraged to bring new or gently used jackets of all sizes to Saturday's home game. All of the jackets collected will be donated to the Salvation Army and then redistributed to local families in need.

NASH, UMBERGER ON NHL ALL-STAR BALLOT
LW Rick Nash and LW R.J. Umberger are among the 100 players who appear on the 2011 NHL All-Star Fan Balloting, which takes place Nov. 15-Jan. 3 at NHL.com and Facebook.com/NHL. Fans can select up to six players by position -- three forwards, two defensemen and one goaltender -- without regard to the conference in which their teams play for in the 2011 NHL All-Star Game presented by Discover, which will be held at RBC Center in Raleigh, N.C. on Sunday, Jan. 30. The three forwards, two defensemen and goaltender with the most votes will be named First NHL All-Stars. The remaining 36 All-Stars will be named by NHL Hockey Operations.

THIS WEEK ON JACKETS TV AT BLUEJACKETS.COM
Monday –
Top Five Plays of the Week…Game Day coverage at Calgary…
Tuesday –
Behind the Bench with Scott Arniel; Jackets Offer Unique Holiday Gift Idea…
Wednesday –
Game Day coverage at Vancouver…On the Road with the Jackets – Rick Nash Makes a Young Fan's Day…
Thursday –
Game Day coverage at Edmonton… One-on-One with Jakub Voracek…
Friday –
Jackets Say What?…
Saturday –
Game Day Coverage vs. Dallas

PODCASTS ON BLUEJACKETS.COM
"NHL INSIDER" hosted by Jeff Rimer, takes a look at the latest news about the team and the NHL and is available each Wednesday. This week's guest is former NHLer and current Rangers radio analyst Dave Maloney… "BROADCASTER'S ROUNDTABLE" is a monthly discussion of the latest news surrounding the Jackets and the NHL… "BLUE JACKETS WEEKLY" offers up the latest team news, a look at the week ahead, including opponent previews, upcoming promotions and more… "DRIVE TO THE NET" is a live roundtable discussion that lets fans interact with team radio broadcasters during the second intermission of each radio game broadcast. Fans can submit their comments by email to radioactive@BlueJackets.com or Twitter at www.Twitter.com/CBJRadio... "BLUE JACKETS REPLAY" is a game night recap featuring highlights and post-game commentary from team players and Head Coach Scott Arniel. All Blue Jackets podcasts are available at www.BlueJackets.com and via iTunes.

BLUE JACKETS ON FOX SPORTS OHIO
FOX Sports Ohio is the home of Blue Jackets hockey with 75 live telecasts, including 67 in high definition. Game night coverage includes the BLUE JACKETS LIVE pre-game (begins 30 minutes prior to the start of each game) and post-game shows… BLUE JACKETS SLAP SHOTS offers an inside look at all things Blue Jackets. Tune in every Monday at 6 p.m. on FOX Sports Ohio.

BLUE JACKETS ON THE RADIO
Blue Jackets Morning Skate can be heard on the Wheeling Island Hotel & Casino Blue Jackets Radio Network and WBNS-FM Sports Radio 97.1 The Fan on Sundays from 10 to 11 a.m. with hosts Bob McElligott and Mark Wyant… The Coach Arniel Show can be heard on WBNS-FM Sports Radio 97.1 The Fan on Wednesdays at 6 p.m. as Jackets head coach Scott Arniel is joined by Jeff Rimer and 97.1 The Fan's Scott Torgerson. The show will not air this week, but will return on Wednesday, Dec. 22.

STAY CONNECTED WITH THE JACKETS
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. "Like" the club's official Facebook ® page and get the latest club news and promotions, videos, photos, updates and interact with other 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 www.BlueJackets.com and www.Ticketmaster.comSeason & Group Tickets: For information on season tickets, as well as a variety of available mini-season 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 student tickets: 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 or online beginning at 12 p.m. on game days at www.BlueJackets.com.

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