BLUE JACKETS WRAP UP SIX-GAME HOMESTAND, KICK OFF SIX-GAME ROAD TRIP IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
After hosting Sharks on Monday, Columbus plays six road games in 10 days across four time zones beginning Friday at Los Angeles
THIS WEEK'S GAME SCHEDULE/BROADCASTS (Times ET) Monday, February 11 vs. SAN JOSE SHARKS, NATIONWIDE ARENA, 7 p.m. – FOX Sports Ohio/Sports Radio 97.1 The Fan Friday, February 15 at Los Angeles Kings, STAPLES Center, 10:30 p.m. – FOX Sports Ohio /Sports Radio 97.1 The Fan Saturday, February 16 at Phoenix Coyotes, Jobing.com Arena, 8 p.m. – FOX Sports Ohio /Sports Radio 97.1 The Fan
LAST WEEK'S RESULTS Feb. 10: Edmonton 3 at COLUMBUS 1 (Umberger-G, 4 S, +1; Tyutin-A, +1; Bobrovsky-11 SVS/13 shots; CBJ-40 to 14 shot advantage) Feb. 7: Calgary 4, at COLUMBUS 3 OT (Letestu-G, A; Prospal-G, A; Calvert-G, +2; Bobrovsky-26 SVS) Feb. 5: Los Angeles 4, at COLUMBUS 2 (Brassard-G, +1; MacKenzie-G, +1; Johnson-34:13 TOI, 2 hits, 3 BlkShots; Mason-27 SVS)
BLUE JACKETS AT A GLANCE Record: 3-7-2 (8 pts.) – 5th/Central Division, 15th/Western Conference... Home: 2-4-2 (6 pts.)... Road: 1-3-0 (2 pts.) Leading Scorers: D Fedor Tyutin (1-8-9, 12 GP)... C Mark Letestu (4-2-6, 10 GP)... C/LW Derick Brassard (2-4-6, 12 GP) Goaltenders: Sergei Bobrovsky (2-3-2, 2.98 GAA, .896 SV% in 7 GP)... Steve Mason (1-4-0, 3.00 GAA, .900 SV% in 6 GP)
SHARKS AT A GLANCE Record: 7-2-2 (16 pts.)... Head Coach: Todd McLellan Players to Watch: LW Patrick Marleau, C Joe Thornton, G Antti Niemi CBJ Record All-Time Series: 14-26-4 (11-9-2 at home)... CBJ's 6-3 home win in last game on Feb. 21, 2012 snapped four-game skid. This Season: First of three meetings... Next game is Apr. 9 at Columbus.
KINGS AT A GLANCE Record: 3-5-2 (8 pts.)... Head Coach: Darryl Sutter Players to Watch: C Anze Kopitar, G Jonathan Quick, RW Dustin Brown CBJ Record All-Time Series: 20-22-3 (8-13-1 on the road)... The teams split four games in 2011-12 (1 home & road win each). This Season: Second of three meetings... Kings won 4-2 at Nationwide Arena on Feb. 5... Next game is Apr. 18 at Los Angeles.
COYOTES AT A GLANCE Record: 5-5-2 (12 pts.)... Head Coach: Dave Tippett Players to Watch: G Mike Smith, RW Shane Doan, LW Steve Sullivan CBJ Record All-Time Series: 16-23-6 (6-13-4 on the road)... CBJ is 4-3-0 in last seven meetings, including a 3-1-0 mark in 2011-12. This Season: Second of three meetings... Coyotes won 5-1 at home on Jan. 23... Next game is Mar. 16 at Columbus.
PRACTICE SCHEDULE, FEB. 12-FEB. 18 Tuesday, Feb. 12: No Practice Scheduled Wednesday, Feb. 13: 10:30 a.m. ET – Nationwide Arena Thursday, Feb. 14: 1 p.m. PT – Toyota Sports Center, El Segundo, CA Friday, Feb. 15: 11:30 a.m. PT – STAPLES Center, Los Angeles, CA Saturday, Feb. 16: 11 a.m. MT – Jobing.com Arena Sunday, Feb. 17: No Practice Scheduled Monday, Feb. 18: 11:30 a.m. PT – Honda Center, Anaheim, CA
OhioHEALTH INJURY REPORT C. Atkinson (day-to-day, lower body injury); placed on Injured Reserve retroactive to Jan. 23 on Jan. 26) A. Aucoin (day-to-day, lower body injury); placed on Injured Reserve retroactive to Jan. 29 on Feb. 4) J. Moore (day-to-day, lower body injury) 2012-13 Man Games Lost to Injury: 25
NEWS & NOTES Columbus went 4-for-4 in shorthanded situations vs. Edmonton on Feb. 10 and now rank 5th in the Western Conference in penalty killing (84.8 pct.). The Blue Jackets are the most responsible team in the NHL in terms of puck possession with only 44 giveaways on the season. St. Louis is the next best club with 54. Columbus is currently tied for 5th place in the NHL with 171 home ice hits and rank 8th overall with 279 total team hits. The Blue Jackets have amassed 15 fighting majors thus far on the 2012-13 campaign, tops in the league (also 2nd in PIM: 217). Columbus has earned three wins after surrendering the first goal of the game this season, tying them for fifth place in the NHL in comeback victories.
PLAYER NOTES LW R.J. Umberger became just the third player in Blue Jackets franchise history to record 200 points for the club when he scored a goal vs. Edmonton on Feb. 11 (95-105-200). Rick Nash and David Vyborny are the other Jackets with 200 or more points.
Umberger is currently tied for seventh place amongst all NHL forwards with 12 blocked shots this season.
D Jack Johnson currently leads the NHL in both total time on ice (340:14) and TOI/game (28:21)
RW Jared Boll currently leads the NHL with six fighting majors and is tied for 2nd in penalty minutes (44).
D Fedor Tytin continues to lead Columbus in scoring (1-8-9) and is tied for fifth place amongst all NHL defensemen in assists (8).
UPCOMING GAME NIGHT PROMOTIONS SUNDAY, MARCH 3 VS. COLORADO AVALANCHE - DISPATCH FAMILY VALUE PACK: This package is available for Saturday and Sunday games starting at $25 per person and includes one AEP Power Level (upper bowl) ticket, one hot dog, one Pepsi, one popcorn, and one OhioHealth Ice Haus skate pass. A lower bowl package is available for $59 per person. Huntington Green Seats: A minimum of 250 tickets are available for just $10 at the Big Lots Box Office at Nationwide Arena two hours prior to every home game.
Papa John's Rush CBJ student tickets: While supplies last, college and high school students can purchase tickets for $15 (AEP Power Level) and $25 (Lower Level) at the Big Lots Box Office beginning one hour prior to all home games or online most game days at 12 p.m. at www.BlueJackets.com/Rush. Limit two per person with valid student I.D.
Military Appreciation Offer – Active members of the armed services may present current military identification at the Big Lots Box Office at Nationwide Arena to redeem a pair of complimentary tickets for any game this season.
YUENGLING CELEBRITY BARTENDING SET FOR TUESDAY AT R BAR IN ARENA DISTRICT Yuengling's Celebrity Bartending featuring Blue Jackets LW Nick Foligno, C Derek MacKenzie and LW Colton Gillies will be held on Tuesday from 7 to 9 p.m. at R Bar in the Arena District. The players will be there from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. and all money from tips, signed jerseys and raffle tickets will benefit the Columbus Blue Jackets Foundation.
BLACK TIE BLUE JACKETS STYLE SHOW SET FOR WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 27 For the seventh consecutive year, Columbus Blue Jackets players and their wives/girlfriends, along with local pediatric cancer heroes, will model the latest fashions in a charity style show to raise funds to support the fight against pediatric cancer. This year's Black Tie Blue Jackets Style Show, presented by Kelly BMW and Capital Style, is set for Wednesday, February 27 and will be staged once again on center ice at Nationwide Arena. The event will celebrate 10 local cancer patients this year, ranging in age between four and 16 years old. For more information, visit www.bluejacketsfoundation.org.
AEP ENERGY ULTIMATE FAN SWEEPSTAKES Fans that enroll with AEP Energy for electricity savings at www.aepretailenergy.com/bluejackets will be entered for the chance to win four tickets in the Time Warner Cable HD Lounge, dinner, watch warm-ups from the penalty box, and receive a Zamboni® ride and an autographed jersey when the Blue Jackets host the Anaheim Ducks on March 31.
FOX SPORTS OHIO “ANAHEIM ADVENTURE SWEEPSTAKES” presented by COLUMBIA GAS Fox Sports Ohio and Columbia Gas will send one lucky fan and a guest on the road with the Blue Jackets. Fans are invited to enter the Anaheim Adventure Sweepstakes presented by Columbia Gas by watching Jackets games on FOX Sports Ohio and looking for a keyword to enter at www.BlueJackets.com/AnaheimAdventure or text to 90561. Qualifying winners will be chosen following each game broadcast during the month of February. Each will win an autographed puck and one grand prize winner will be selected and recognized in-arena on Mar. 19 to receive a three-night trip to California including airfare, two tickets to see the Blue Jackets vs. Ducks on Apr. 17, hotel accommodations and $400 spending cash.
WIN JACKETS TICKETS AND PAPA JOHN'S PIZZA PARTY AT WORK During the current season, fans can enter to win 20 tickets to one of the following Blue Jackets home games – Feb. 11 vs. SJ, Feb. 26 vs. DAL, Mar. 5 vs. EDM, Mar. 19 vs. NSH, Apr. 7 vs. MIN and Apr. 27 vs. NSH – and can score a free Papa John's Pizza Party at their office. Contest entry can be found at www.BlueJackets.com/PapasPizzaParty. All winning offices will have their Papa John's Pizzas and tickets delivered by Stinger.
NATIONWIDE VIP EXPERIENCE Nationwide Insurance will award a lucky sweepstakes winner a special VIP Game Experience at one of the following Blue Jackets remaining home games – Mar. 14 vs. CHI, Mar. 19 vs. NSH or Apr. 12 vs. STL. The winner will receive tickets in the Nationwide Fan Lounge, $25 food/beverage voucher, $50 FOX Sports Ohio Blue Line gift card and a variety of special, behind-the-scenes experiences. Entry can be found at www.bluejackets.com/nationwidevip.
BLUE JACKETS ON TV & RADIO FOX Sports Ohio: Game night coverage includes the BLUE JACKETS LIVE pre- (begins 30 minutes prior to the start of each game) and post-game shows... BLUE JACKETS SLAP SHOTS gives fans an up close look at the club, its players, coaches and personalities on and off the ice and airs each Monday at 6 p.m.
97.1 The Fan: SUNDAY MORNING SKATE can be heard on the Columbus Blue Jackets Radio Network and Sports Radio 97.1 The Fan on Sundays from 10 to 11 a.m... THE COACH'S SHOW with Todd Richards airs on Wednesdays from 7 to 8 p.m. (time and day subject to change).
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TICKET INFORMATION Single Game: Tickets starting at $26 are on sale at the Big Lots Box Office at Nationwide Arena, FOX Sports Ohio Blue Line Team Stores at the Mall at Tuttle Crossing and OhioHealth Chiller Ice Rinks (Easton, Dublin, North) and all Ticketmaster Ticket Centers, by phone at (800) 745-3000 or online at www.BlueJackets.com and www.Ticketmaster.com. Season & Group Tickets: For information on full and partial season ticket plans starting at $15 per game and group tickets, call (614) 246-PUCK or (800) NHL-COLS or visit www.BlueJackets.com.
For information contact: Todd Sharrock, Vice-President of Communications & Team Services – (614) 246-4157/tsharrock@BlueJackets.com/@ToddSharrock Karen Davis, Director of Communications – (614) 246-4310/kdavis@BlueJackets.com/@kldhockey Richard Bowness, Manager of Communications – (614) 246-0288/rbowness@BlueJackets.com/@RickBownessJr