Wed., Feb. 16 LOS ANGELES KINGS, NATIONWIDE ARENA - 7 p.m. FOX Sports Ohio/97.1 The Fan
Fri., Feb. 18 at Chicago Blackhawks, United Center - 8:30 p.m. FOX Sports Ohio HD/97.1 The Fan
BLUE JACKETS AT A GLANCE
Record: 28-23-5, 61 pts. (H: 14-13-1, A: 14-10-4; includes one H loss and one A win in Stockholm, SWE)… Standings: 4th/Central Division, 12th/Western Conference… Leading Scorers: LW Rick Nash (26-23-49, 55 GP)… LW R.J. Umberger (19-22-41, 56 GP)… C Derick Brassard (14-25-39, 56 GP)… Leading Goaltenders: Mathieu Garon (9-9-3, 2.59 GAA, .905 SV%, 3 SO in 26 GP)… Steve Mason (19-14-2, 3.05 GAA, .903 SV%, 2 SO in 37 GP).
OPPONENTS AT A GLANCE
LOS ANGELES KINGS – Head Coach: Terry Murray… Record: 31-22-3 (65 pts.)… Standings: 5th/Pacific Division, 9th/Western Conference… Leading Scorer: C Anze Kopitar (17-36-53, 56 GP)… Leading Goaltender: Jonathan Quick (25-14-2, 2.08 GAA, .924 SV%, 6 SO in 42 GP)… All-Time Series: The Jackets are 18-18-2 all-time vs. Los Angeles, including 11-6-1 at home… The Jackets went 1-3-0 vs. the Kings in 2009-10 with all four games decided by three goals or more… Third of four meetings this season… Columbus won 5-3 on Nov. 17 and lost 6-4 on Jan. 8 at Los Angeles… The clubs next meet at Columbus on Mar. 11.
CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS – Head Coach: Joel Quenneville… Record: 28-22-6 (62 pts.)… Standings: 3rd/Central Division, 11th/Western Conference… Leading Scorer: C Jonathan Toews (19-31-50, 54 GP)… Leading Goaltender: Corey Crawford (17-11-3, 2.13 GAA, .921 SV%, 2 SO in 31 GP)… All-Time Series: Jackets are 27-27-7 vs. Chicago, including 15-12-4 at home… The Jackets went 2-2-2 vs. Chicago in 2009-10 and haven’t lost a season series vs. the Hawks since 2002-03, 2-3-0)… Fifth of six meetings… Hawks won 5-2 on Oct. 15 and 7-4 on Feb. 1 at Nationwide Arena and 4-1 at home on Dec. 26, while the Jackets won 3-2 at Chicago on Oct. 23… Clubs next meet at Columbus on Apr. 1.
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THIS WEEK IN BLUE JACKETS HISTORY
Feb. 19, 2009 – Rick Nash, R.J. Umberger and Kristian Huselius score goals in regulation and Nash nets the game-winner in the shootout as the Blue Jackets beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-3 at Air Canada Centre. With the win, then-Columbus Head Coach Ken Hitchcock becomes the 13th coach in NHL history to record 500 wins.
TRANSACTIONS/OhioHealth INJURY REPORT
TRANSACTIONS: No transactions last week… INJURY REPORT: LW Ethan Moreau (Jan. 4 at Phoenix) is out indefinitely… D Rostislav Klesla (Jan. 22 at St. Louis) is day-to-day… LW Derek Dorsett (Feb. 11 vs. Colorado) is day-to-day… Man Games Lost to Injury: 125.
LAST WEEK'S RESULTS
Feb. 8 – COLUMBUS 4, at Pittsburgh 1: Steve Mason made 32 saves to lead the Jackets to their second-ever win at Pittsburgh. Rick Nash and Jakub Voracek each tallied 1-1-2, while R.J. Umberger and Derick Brassard each collected a pair of assists to lead the Columbus attack. Tyler Kennedy’s power play goal at 7:29 of the third period denied Mason of his third shutout of the season… Feb. 9 – San Jose 3, at COLUMBUS 2: Antti Niemi made 42 saves to outduel Steve Mason (29 saves) and Patrick Marleau scored with 4:41 left in the third period to lift the Sharks to the come-from-behind win. The Jackets led 2-0 after one period on power play goals by Kristian Huselius and Grant Clitsome before the Sharks scored twice in the second to tie the game at 2-2. Columbus outshot San Jose 44 to 32 in the game, including 16 to 9 in the third period… Feb. 11 – at COLUMBUS 3, Colorado 1: Mathieu Garon (31 saves) outdueled Peter Budaj (29 saves) and the Jackets overcame an early 1-0 deficit to snap a six-game losing streak vs. the Avalanche and spoil the return of Peter Forsberg. Trailing 1-0 after one period, Rick Nash scored at 7:19 of the second and Derick Brassard lit the lamp at the 14:02 mark to give the Jackets the lead. Derek MacKenzie's empty net goal at 19:56 of the third rounded out the scoring… Feb. 13 – COLUMBUS 2, at Dallas 1: Rick Nash’s goal at 6:33 of the second period was the game-winner as Columbus won its fifth-straight road game at American Airlines Center. Brad Richards gave Dallas a 1-0 lead with his 24th of the season at 4:36 of the first period but the Jackets tied the game just 46 seconds later on rookie Matt Calvert’s fourth of the season. Anton Stralman assisted on both Columbus goals. Steve Mason made 29 saves for Columbus, while Kari Lehtonen stopped 37-of-39 shots in net for the Stars.
HIGH-FLYING BLUE JACKETS HAVE GONE 8-3-2 SINCE JAN. 14
After enduring a season-high five-game losing streak from Jan. 2-11, the Blue Jackets have posted an 8-3-2 record in 13 games since Jan. 14. During that span, the club has outscored its opponents 42 (3.23 per game) to 34 (2.62) and converted 8-of-45 on the power play (17.8 pct.), while successfully killing off 38-of-45 opponent power plays (84.4 pct.). Columbus has outshot its opponents 428 (32.9 per game) to 372 (28.6), firing off 30 or more shots 11 times and outshooting its opponents nine times, while trailing in shots just three times.
ROAD WARRIORS RUN UNBEATEN STREAK TO SEVEN, WIN STREAK TO FIVE
The Blue Jackets have won five consecutive road games to tie the club record set earlier this season (Nov. 4-24) and posted a 5-0-2 record in their last seven road games, which matches the longest road regulation unbeaten streak in franchise history (4-0-3 from Mar. 7 to Apr. 8, 2009). Over the past seven road games, the Jackets have outscored their opponents 24 (3.43) to 15 (2.14), including 17 (3.40) to 6 (1.20) during the past five games. With a 14-10-4 record through 28 games this season, the club has already surpassed the total number of road wins of six of its previous nine seasons (2000-06, 2009-10), matched the 2007-08 total and is two wins shy of the club record of 16 set in 2008-09 (16-18-7).
TEAM NEWS & NOTES
The Blue Jackets have gone 8-3-2 in their last 13 games after posting a 6-14-3 mark in their previous 23 outings… The club is 15-7-5 in one-goal games, including 8-5 in overtime (4-2 shootouts)… Columbus is 25-5-1 when tied (10-4-1) or leading (15-1-0) heading into the third period… Columbus has 26 games remaining in the regular season – 13 at home and 13 on the road.
MASON BUILDS A WALL AROUND COLUMBUS NET
G Steve Mason has gone 10-5-1 in his last 16 games and is 13-4-1 when facing 30 or more shots this season compared to 6-9-1 when facing fewer than 30. In his last five games, he is 4-1-0 with a 1.61 goals-against average, .948 save percentage and one shutout as he's stopped 147-of-155 shots during that span.
NASH HITS 25-GOAL MARK FOR SEVENTH-STRAIGHT SEASON
LW Rick Nash leads the Jackets with 26-23-49 in 55 games and is the only current player in the NHL with seven-consecutive seasons of 25 or more goals (Jarome Iglina-23, Ilya Kovalchuk-19, Martin St. Louis-20 and Pavel Datsyuk-14 could join the list this season). The five-time All-Star is tied for 10th in the NHL in goals, third-T in game-winning goals (six) and sixth in shots on goal (226). He has picked up points in 12 of the past 15 games (8-9-17) and the Jackets are 15-3-2 when he scores a goal this season.
CLARK CLOSING IN ON 600TH NHL GAME
LW Chris Clark is two games shy of 600 in his NHL career. He has registered 103-110-213 in 598 career games with Columbus, Washington and Calgary during his 11-year career. He has collected 5-9-14 in 44 games this season.
D Fedor Tyutin has tallied 3-9-12 in his last 15 games and has played 20-plus minutes in 29 of the past 30 outings… C Derick Brassard has collected 5-8-13 in his last 13 games… RW R.J. Umberger has picked up 5-7-12 in his last 12 games… C Derek MacKenzie has 1-3-4 in his last nine games after being held without a point in 14-straight… D Jan Hejda has tallied 0-6-6 in his last 11 games and is +7 in his last four outings… RW Jakub Voracek has notched 5-13-18 in his last 22 games… D Anton Stralman tallied 0-3-3 and was +6 in four games last week… D Grant Clitsome, who has 3-6-9 in 14 games, has been held without a point in back-to-back games (vs. Colorado and at Dallas) for the first time this season… LW Kristian Huselius has picked up 3-2-5 in his last five games… G Mathieu Garon made 31 saves to beat Colorado 3-1 on Feb. 11 for his first win since Dec. 21 (29 saves vs. Calgary).
RICK NASH, VERIZON WIRELESS OFFERING VIP EXPERIENCE
The Blue Jackets, Rick Nash and Verizon Wireless are teaming up on a special promotion in which one lucky fan will win four tickets to a game, a meet & greet with the Jackets captain and an autographed jersey. Enter to win the Blue Jackets VIP Experience from Verizon by texting NASH to 8603 or visiting www.verizonwireless.com/nhl_bluejackets. Standard message and date rates may apply. There is no purchase necessary to enter or win but contestants must be legal, U.S. residents and 18-years or older. To help launch the promotion, all fans in attendance on Wednesday when the Jackets host Los Angeles will receive a Rick Nash All-Star poster courtesy of Verizon.
Tuesday, Feb. 22 vs. Nashville – OHIOHEALTH RALLY TOWEL – All fans in attendance will receive a Blue Jackets rally towel courtesy of OhioHealth… Friday, Feb. 25 vs. Phoenix – UPPER DECK BLUE JACKETS CARD GIVEWAY – The first 10,000 fans in attendance receive a pack of Blue Jackets trading cards courtesy of Upper Deck… TIM HORTONS JACKETS PACK – This ticket package features one ticket, a $10 food/beverage voucher, Blue Jackets hat, CBJ 10th season travel mug and Timbits 10-count Snack Pack for just $30 (a savings of $29).… 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.
JACKETS, DONATOS TEAM UP TO OFFER OVER 500 PRIZES THIS MONTH
Donatos Pizza and the Blue Jackets are celebrating their decade-long partnership with a February full of prizes. Pizza fans and hockey fans alike will have the opportunity to register to win more than 500 prizes throughout the month, including game tickets, Blue Jackets memorabilia, Donatos gift cards, Pepsi products, an X-Box and a pizza party with Stinger. One grand-prize winner will receive the ultimate fan experience including: a personalized jersey, team-signed hockey stick, meet & greet with a Jackets coach, attendance at a morning skate with the team and have a post-practice skate, lunch with the Jackets' broadcast team, dinner in the press lounge and a press box tour, pre-game trip to the penalty box along with a Zamboni ride during a game, attendance at a post-game press conference, free Donatos and Pepsi for an entire year and a pair of 2011-12 Blue Jackets season tickets. Fans can register now through Mar. 3 at www.bluejackets.com/Donatos or by visiting participating Donatos restaurants, where they can also pick up a coupon book loaded with great February deals from the Blue Jackets, The Chillers, Donatos and the FOX Sports Ohio Blue Line team store.
CBJ FOUNDATION'S 10TH SEASON, $10,000 ASSIST PROGRAM LAUNCHED
The Columbus Blue Jackets Foundation is celebrating a Decade of Giving with its "10th Season $10,000 Assist," a contest in which fans of the Columbus Blue Jackets Foundation's official Facebook page may nominate a favorite non-profit organization for the chance to receive a $10,000 donation. One winning organization will be selected and awarded a $10,000 check when the Jackets host New Jersey on Sunday, Mar. 20. Through Feb. 21, individuals interested in nominating a charity may visit www.facebook.com and search Columbus Blue Jackets Foundation, "Like" the Foundation page and complete the entry form. Following the nomination period, an advisory committee will review all submissions and select 10 finalists. Facebook fans are then encouraged to vote for their favorite nominees from Mar. 1-14, 2011. The winner will be announced on the Foundation’s Facebook page on Sunday, Mar. 20.
THIS WEEK ON JACKETS TV AT BLUEJACKETS.COM
Monday – Top Five Plays of the Week…
Tuesday – Behind the Bench with Scott Arniel…
Wednesday – Game Day Coverage vs. Los Angeles… On the Road with the CBJ – Umberger Returns Home…
Thursday – One-on-One with forward Andrew Murray… Jackets host USA Hockey Clinic…
Friday – Game Day Report at Chicago… Black Tie Blue Jackets Style Show Preview.
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 Dallas Stars analyst Daryl Reaugh… "BROADCASTERS ROUNDTABLE" finds the Jackets broadcast team discussing the latest news surrounding the club each month… "BEYOND THE BOARDS" gives fans a chance to learn more about their favorite Blue Jackets. This week, CBJ radio broadcaster Bob McElligott sits down with forward Andrew Murray… "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 every week during the season, as Jackets head coach Scott Arniel is joined by Jeff Rimer and 97.1 The Fan's Scott Torgerson. This week's show is scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 15 at 6 p.m.
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.
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.com… Season & 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.