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Blue Jackets Weekly Report: December 27

by Blue Jackets Staff / Columbus Blue Jackets

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


Mon., Dec. 27 MINNESOTA WILD, NATIONWIDE ARENA - 7:30 p.m. VERSUS/CD101 at 102.5 FM
Thu., Dec. 30 at Toronto Maple Leafs, Air Canada Centre - 7 p.m. FOX Sports Ohio HD/97.1 The Fan
Fri., Dec. 31 OTTAWA SENATORS, NATIONWIDE ARENA - 7 p.m. FOX Sports Ohio HD/CD101 at 102.5 FM
Sun., Jan. 2 at Nashville Predators, Bridgestone Arena - 6 p.m. FOX Sports Ohio HD/97.1 The Fan

BLUE JACKETS AT A GLANCE
Record:
17-15-3, 37 pts. (H: 9-9-1, A: 8-6-2; includes 1 H loss and 1 A win in Stockholm, SWE)… Standings: 5th/Central Division, 12th/Western Conference… Leading Scorers: LW Rick Nash (17-9-26, 34 GP)… LW R.J. Umberger (10-14-24, 35 GP)… Leading Goaltenders: Mathieu Garon (8-6-2, 2.32 GAA, .913 SV%, 3 SO in 19 GP)… Steve Mason (9-9-1, 3.26 GAA, .901 SV%, 1 SO in 21 GP).

OPPONENTS AT A GLANCE
MINNESOTA WILD –
Head Coach: Todd Richards… Record: 16-14-4 (36 pts.)…. Standings: 3rd/Northwest Division, 13th/Western Conference… Leading Scorer: RW Martin Havlat (8-23-31, 34 GP)… Leading Goaltender: Niklas Backstrom (12-9-3, 2.58 GAA, .919 SV%, 1 SO in 24 GP)… All-Time Series: Jackets are 17-16-4 vs. Minnesota, including 12-5-1 at home… The teams split four games last season with each winning twice at home… The home team has won seven of the last 10 in the series… Third of four meetings this season… Columbus won 3-2 at Xcel Energy Center on Oct. 16… Minnesota won 3-2 at Nationwide Arena on Nov. 6… Clubs next meet at Minnesota on Mar. 19.

TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS – Head Coach: Ron Wilson… Record: 13-17-4 (30 pts.)… Standings: 5th/Northeast Division, 13th/Eastern Conference… Leading Scorer: LW Clark MacArthur (9-18-27, 34 GP)… Leading Goaltenders: Jean-Sebastien Giguere (8-7-2, 2.80 GAA, .894 SV% in 18 GP)… Jonas Gustavsson (5-10-2, 2.98 GAA, .898 SV% in 19 GP)… All-Time Series: The Jackets are 2-5-1 all-time vs. the Leafs, including 1-3-1 on the road… Toronto won the lone meeting in 2009-10, 6-3, at Columbus on Dec. 3… The Jackets won the last game at Air Canada Centre, 4-3 SO, on Feb. 19, 2009… Lone meeting this season.

OTTAWA SENATORS – Head Coach: Cory Clouston… Record: 16-17-4 (36 pts.)… Standings: 3rd/Northeast Division, 9th/Eastern Conference… Leading Scorer: D Erik Karlsson (8-15-23, 35 GP)… Leading Goaltender: Brian Elliott (12-10-3, 2.90 GAA, .908 SV%, 3 SO in 26 GP)… All-Time Series: Jackets are 3-2-2 all-time vs. Ottawa, including 2-1-1 at home… Ottawa won the lone game in 2009-10, 2-1, at home on Nov. 26, 2009… The Jackets had won the last three games in the series, including 1-0 at home on Jan. 30, 2009… Lone meeting this season.

NASHVILLE PREDATORS – Head Coach: Barry Trotz… Record: 17-12-6 (40 pts.)… Standings: 4th/Central Division, 9th/Western Conference… Leading Scorer: LW Steve Sullivan (10-10-20, 34 GP)… Leading Goaltender: Pekka Rinne (8-9-4, 2.29 GAA, .921 SV%, 3 SO in 21 GP)… All-Time Series: The Jackets are 17-32-10 all-time vs. Nashville, including 4-19-6 on the road… The Jackets went 1-1-4 vs. the Predators in 2009-10 and are 5-3-6 in the last 14 meetings… Third of six meetings this season… Columbus won, 2-0, at home on Nov. 22 and dropped a 4-3 SO decision at home on Dec. 1… The clubs next meet at Columbus on Feb. 22.


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THIS WEEK IN BLUE JACKETS HISTORY
Dec. 31, 2007 –
Rick Nash registered the 12th hat trick in Blue Jackets history – and the second of his career – with three goals to lead Columbus to a 4-2 win over the Edmonton Oilers at Nationwide Arena. He scored the game-winning goal with 3:21 left in the third period and added an empty net tally at the 19:50 mark to seal the win.

TRANSACTIONS/OhioHEALTH INJURY REPORT
TRANSACTIONS:
No transactions last week… INJURY REPORT: C Derek MacKenzie (lower body, Dec. 11 vs. NY Rangers; Injured Reserve – day-to-day)… Man Games Lost to Injury: 99.

LAST WEEK'S RESULTS
Dec. 21 – at COLUMBUS 3, Calgary 1:
Mathieu Garon made 29 saves to outduel Henrik Karlsson (34 saves-36 shots) and the Jackets got goals from Jakub Voracek and Jared Boll to build a 2-0 lead. After Olli Jokinen scored on the power play at 16:34 of the second to cut the Columbus lead to 2-1, Rostislav Klesla sealed the win with an empty netter at 19:02 of the third… Dec. 23 – VANCOUVER 7, at COLUMBUS 3: The Canucks scored three goals in the first and led 6-0 by the 12:46 mark of the second period to win going away. The line of Daniel Sedin-Henrik Sedin-Alex Burrows combined for 3-7-10 to lead Vancouver while R.J. Umberger scored two goals to lead Columbus… Dec. 26 – at CHICAGO 4, COLUMBUS 1: Patrick Sharp scored two of Chicago’s three third period goals as the Blackhawks broke open a close game to win their fourth in a row. Chicago led 1-0 after two periods on a first period goal by Tomas Kopecky. Derick Brassard scored the lone Jackets goal at 17:34 of the third period.

TEAM NEWS & NOTES
Columbus has played nine games on New Year's Eve, compiling 5-3-1 record, and is 4-2-1 at home in games played on the final day of the calendar year… The Blue Jackets are 5-2-0 vs. Eastern Conference clubs this season and 32-15-6 dating back to the start of the 2007-08 season… Columbus is 10-0-0 when leading after two periods and 11-1-0 when leading after one period… The Jackets are 13-2-0 when scoring the game's first goal… Columbus has gone 5-of-22 on the power play over the past eight games… The club has gone 3-5-2 in its last 10 games… The Dec. 26 game at Chicago was Columbus's first of six in a span of 10 days… Sunday's game at Nashville is the first of a four-game road trip that includes stops in Phoenix (Jan. 4), Anaheim (Jan. 7) and Los Angeles (Jan. 8).

SESTITO RIDING THREE-GAME POINTS STREAK
LW Tom Sestito has made an impact since his recall from the AHL's Springfield Falcons on Dec. 10, compiling 35 penalty minutes in eight games. He has also picked up his first career NHL points with 2-2-4 during that span. He enters the week riding a three-game points streak (1-2-3).

PLAYER NOTES
C Derick Brassard has scored two goals in his past six games after being held to one in the previous 17 outings and his eight goals in the past 28 games matches his total from the prior 78 contests… LW R.J. Umberger tallied two goals vs. Vancouver on Dec. 23 for his first multi-goal game since Jan. 19, 2010 at Philadelphia, raising his season totals to 10-14-24 in 35 games. He also enters the week having played in 202-straight games since Apr. 2, 2008 (with the Flyers) and 199 in a row as a Blue Jacket… C Antoine Vermette has collected 43-54-97 in 134 games as a Blue Jacket (.724 per game), which compares to 80-87-167 in 359 games with Ottawa from 2003-09 (.465 per game)… LW Rick Nash needs one assist to take over sole possession of the club record of 204 he shares with David Vyborny… RW Jared Boll ranks fourth in the NHL in penalty minutes with 96… D Jan Hejda is three games shy of 300 in his NHL career… RW Jakub Voracek is three games shy of 200 in his NHL career.

UPCOMING PROMOTIONS
Monday, Dec. 27 vs. Minnesota –
MILITARY NIGHT – In appreciation of their service, all active duty and retired military personnel will receive a free ticket with an accompanying paid admission to the game… 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… SUBWAY CALENDAR GIVEAWAY – All fans in attendance will receive a 2011 Blue Jackets calendar courtesy of Subway.

Friday, Dec. 31 vs. Ottawa – TIM HORTONS JACKETS PACK (every Friday home game) – Fans receive a game ticket, $10 food/beverage voucher, Blue Jackets hat, CBJ-Tim Hortons travel mug with voucher for a free coffee fill-up at participating Tim Hortons locations and Timbits 10-count snack pack. Prices start at $30 (upper bowl) and $60 (lower bowl)… Also, Jackets pack buyers can participate in a free FAMILY SKATE in the Ice Haus from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. with free skate rental, coffee, hot chocolate and cookies… HAT TRICK COMBO (every Friday, Saturday and Sunday home game) – Get a lower bowl ticket, a pre-game buffet and a post-game drink in the Labatt Blue Zone for just $50 per person, which is a savings of $28.

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: 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.

FOUNDATION TO RAFFLE GAME-WORN THIRD JERSEYS ON NEW YEAR'S EVE
The Blue Jackets Foundation has added a special New Year's Eve edition of the popular "Jersey Off Our Backs" raffle this Friday when the Jackets host the Ottawa Senators. The complete set of authentic Third Jerseys worn during the game will be individually autographed by the respective players immediately after the game. Raffle tickets will be sold for $10 at the Foundation kiosk located behind section 111 or any of the other eight locations throughout the arena during Friday's game only. Upon collecting the signed jerseys from the team's locker room, Stinger will present the lucky winners with their jerseys. CLICK HERE FOR MORE

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 –
Game Day vs. Minnesota… Top Five Plays of the Week…
Tuesday – Behind the Bench with Scott Arniel…
Wednesday – Season Ticket Holder of the Month profile…
Thursday – Game Day at Toronto… One-on-One with Derek Dorsett
Friday – Game Day vs. Ottawa… 60 Seconds with Mike Commodore…
Sunday – Game Day at Nashville.

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 Minnesota Wild GM Chuck Fletcher… “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. There is no show this week. It returns on Wednesday, January 5.

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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