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Blue Jackets Weekly Report: Dec. 17-30

by Blue Jackets Staff / Columbus Blue Jackets


Columbus Blue Jackets (14-12-6, 34 pts.; 3rd Place in Central Division)

   Date             Opponent/Arena- Time (ET)                                      Television/Radio Information

Tue., Dec. 18CALGARY FLAMES/Nationwide Arena -7 p.m.        FSN Ohio HD/CD101.1 FM

Fri., Dec. 21   LOS ANGELES KINGS/Nationwide Arena -7 p.m.  FSN Ohio/1460 The Fan, CD101.1 FM

Sun., Dec. 23 NASHVILLE PREDATORS/Nationwide Arena- 5 p.m.FSN Ohio/1460 The Fan, CD101.1 FM

Wed., Dec. 26ATLANTA THRASHERS/Nationwide Arena- 7 p.m. FSN Ohio HD/1460 The Fan, CD101.1 FM

Thu., Dec. 27at Nashville Predators/Sommet Center- 8 p.m.        FSN Ohio/1460 The Fan, CD101.1 FM

Sat., Dec. 29 CAROLINA HURRICANES/Nationwide Arena- 7 p.m.FSN Ohio/1460 The Fan, CD101.1 FM



       Team               (Record/Standing)                                                    Player to Watch

Calgary Flames    (16-13-5, 37 pts./4th Place, Northwest Division) RW Jarome Iglina - 2nd in NHL with 23-25-48

Los Angeles Kings(12-19-2, 26 pts./5th Place, Pacific Division)      C Anze Kopitar - Leads club with 15-17-32)

Nashville Predators(14-14-2, 30 pts./5th Place, Central Division)   RW Martin Erat - Leads club with 9-16-25

Atlanta Thrashers  (14-17-1, 29 pts./4th Place, Southeast Division)  LW Ilya Kovalchuk - 4th in NHL with 26-17-43

Carolina Hurricanes(17-14-3, 37 pts./1st Place, Southeast Division)LW Cory Stillman - Leads club with 16-18-34



Practices in the Dispatch Ice Haus are open to the public.



Dec. 11 – Assigned C Derek MacKenzie and LW Joakim Lindstrom to Syracuse Crunch (AHL).


LW Fredrik Modin (back spasms) is out indefinitely… RW David Vyborny (hip) is out indefinitely… Man Games Lost to Injury: 86.



*Jackets in December: The Blue Jackets are 3-2-2 so far in December… The club plays 11-of-14 games at Nationwide Arena this month and went 2-1-2 during a recently completed five-game homestand… The best December in franchise history came in 2006 when the Jackets posted their first winning record in the month at 9-5-2.

*Standings Update: With 34 points in 32 games, Columbus has the same number of points as second place St. Louis (16-12-2) in the Central Division standings and are six points out of fourth place (Division leaders rank 1-2-3) in the Western Conference… Columbus has gone 5-4-2 in its last 11 games after a 1-5-2 stretch from Nov. 7-21.

*Upcoming Opponents: Calgary – Columbus is 14-10-1 all-time vs. the Flames, including 9-2-1 at home… Columbus has 301won three-straight at Nationwide Arena since a 3-1 Flames win on Oct. 7, 2005… Columbus won the first meeting this season 4-3 in overtime at Calgary on Dec. 1… Los Angeles – Columbus is 12-12-1 all-time vs. the Kings, including 8-4-0 at home… The home team has won 11 of the last 13 meetings… The Jackets won 4-1 at Los Angeles on Oct. 31… Nashville – Columbus is 11-24-4 all-time vs. the Predators, including 7-10-2 at home… The Predators have won the last 10 meetings, including two in shootouts, since a 3-1 Blue Jackets win on Apr. 3, 2006… Nashville has won both meetings this season, 4-3 in a shootout at home on Nov. 10 and 4-1 at Nationwide Arena on Nov. 12… Atlanta – Columbus is 3-5-0 all-time vs. the Thrashers, including 2-2-0 at home… Atlanta won the last meeting 5-2 on Dec. 9, 2005, while Columbus won the last game at Nationwide Arena 4-2 on Nov. 7, 2003… Carolina – Columbus is 2-6-0 all-time vs. the Hurricanes, including 1-2-0 at home… Carolina has won six of the past seven games, including the last meeting 2-1 at home on Dec. 15, 2005… The Jackets' last win was 3-0 at Carolina on Mar. 2, 2004.



*All-Star Voting Update: LW Rick Nash and G Pascal Leclaire are among the players on the Western Conference ballot in the XM/NHL All-Star Fan Balloting, Presented by 2K Sports. As of voting through Dec. 12, Leclaire was second among goaltenders with 135,447 votes, trailing only Vancouver's Roberto Luongo (154,591). Nash ranked ninth among forwards with 83,496 votes. Voting opened on Nov. 13 and continues through Jan. 2. For the second straight season, the balloting process is entirely digital and extends through Jan. 2. Fans can "Vote Now, Vote Often" online at to select the starting lineups for the 2008 NHL All-Star Game. In addition, U.S. fans also can cast votes through Verizon Wireless.

*Hitchcock Reaches a Pair of Milestones: Blue Jackets Head Coach Ken Hitchcock reached a pair of personal milestones when the Blue Jackets hosted the Colorado Avalanche at Nationwide Arena on Dec. 12. In leading the club to a 4-1 win, he registered the 450th win of his NHL career in his 850th game as a head coach. The NHL's winningest coach since the start of the 1996-97 season, Hitchcock owns a 450-290-111 record in 851 career games.



*JACKETS "CELEBRATE THE 12 GAMES OF CHRISTMAS": In keeping with the spirit of the holidays, the Blue Jackets are celebrating the "12 Games of Christmas" with a host of promotions for the 12 home games between Nov. 24 and Dec. 31. Highlights of the "12 Games of Christmas" include: Dec. 23 vs. Nashville – Post-game "Meet the Team" autograph session presented by Nationwide; Dec. 26 vs. Atlanta – Annual FSN Ohio White Out T-shirt Night as all fans receive a Blue Jackets T-shirt courtesy of FSN Ohio; and Dec. 31 vs. Edmonton – The first 10,000 fans attending the New Year's Eve contest against Edmonton will take home the 2007-08 Columbus Blue Jackets Yearbook.



*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 and Blue Jackets play-by-play announcer on FSN Ohio Jeff Rimer.

*Breakfast with the Blue Jackets Presented by Rise & Dine can be heard on the Blue Jackets Radio Network and flagship station Sports Radio 1460 The Fan Sundays from 10 to 11 a.m. with hosts Mark Wyant and members of the CBJ broadcast team. The show will be broadcast live from the Rise & Dine in the Arena District located at 277 W. Nationwide Blvd.



Individual game and group tickets for Blue Jackets games at Nationwide Arena are on sale now at the Nationwide Arena Ticket Office, FSN 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 via the internet at and

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.

*For information on season tickets or group tickets, call (614) 246-PUCK or (800) NHL-COLS.

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