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Blue Jackets Weekly Report: Feb. 28, 2011

by Blue Jackets Staff / Columbus Blue Jackets

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


Tue., Mar. 1 at Vancouver Canucks, Rogers Arena - 10 p.m. FOX Sports Ohio HD/CD101 at 102.5 FM
Thu., Mar. 3 at Edmonton Oilers, Rexall Place - 9 p.m. FOX Sports Ohio HD/97.1 The Fan
Fri., Mar. 4 at Calgary Flames, Pengrowth Saddledome - 9 p.m. ET FOX Sports Ohio/97.1 The Fan


BLUE JACKETS AT A GLANCE

Record:
31-24-6, 68 pts. (H: 16-13-2, A: 15-11-4; includes one H loss and one A win in Stockholm, SWE)… Standings: 4th/Central Division, 12th/Western Conference… Leading Scorers: LW Rick Nash (29-27-56, 60 GP)… LW R.J. Umberger (20-27-47, 61 GP)… RW Jakub Voracek (12-28-40, 59 GP)… Leading Goaltenders: Steve Mason (22-14-2, 2.97 GAA, .905 SV%, 3 SO in 40 GP)… Mathieu Garon (9-10-4, 2.62 GAA, .904 SV%, 3 SO in 28 GP).


OPPONENTS AT A GLANCE

VANCOUVER CANUCKS –
Head Coach: Alain Vigneault… Record: 39-15-9 (87 pts.)… Standings: 1st/Northwest Division, 1st/Western Conference… Leading Scorer: LW Daniel Sedin (32-47-79, 63 GP)… Leading Goaltender: Roberto Luongo (28-12-7, 2.27 GAA, .924 SV%, 3 SO in 47 GP)… All-Time Series: The Jackets are 13-19-6 all-time vs. the Canucks, including 6-12-2 on the road… Vancouver has won six of the last seven 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… Third of four meetings this season… Canucks earned a 3-2 OT win at Vancouver on Dec. 15 and a 7-3 win at Columbus on Dec. 23… Clubs next meet on Mar. 27 at Columbus.

EDMONTON OILERS – Head Coach: Tom Renney… Record: 20-35-8 (48 pts.)… Standings: 5th/Northwest Division, 15th/Western Conference… Leading Scorer: RW Ales Hemsky (14-28-42, 46 GP)… Leading Goaltender: Nikolai Khabibulin (10-26-2, 3.33 GAA, .893 SV%, 2 SO in 39 GP)… All-Time Series: The Jackets are 13-20-6 all-time vs. Edmonton, including 5-12-2 on the road… Columbus went 3-1-0 in 2009-10, winning the season series for the first time… Final of four meetings this season… Jackets won 3-2 in a shootout on Oct. 28 and 4-3 on Feb. 5 at home and lost 6-3 at Edmonton on Dec. 16.

CALGARY FLAMES – Head Coach: Brent Sutter… Record: 32-23-9 (73 pts.)… Standings: 2nd/Northwest Division, 6th/Western Conference… Leading Scorer: RW Jarome Iginla (25-33-58, 64 GP)… Leading Goaltender: Miikka Kiprusoff (28-20-5, 2.56 GAA, .908 SV%, 5 SO in 55 GP)… All-Time Series: The Jackets are 20-15-4 all-time vs. Calgary, including 6-11-2 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)… Final of four meetings this season… The Flames won 6-2 at Columbus on Oct. 22 and 3-2 in OT at Calgary on Dec. 13, while the Jackets won 3-1 at home on Dec. 21.


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THIS WEEK IN BLUE JACKETS HISTORY

Feb. 28, 2004 –
David Vyborny tied a franchise record for points in a game with five as he scored a goal and added four assists to lead the Blue Jackets to a 5-4 overtime win over the Colorado Avalanche at Nationwide Arena. Trailing 2-0 heading into the second period, Vyborny scored Columbus’ first goal in the second period and set up Jaroslav Spacek’s game-winner at 3:24 of overtime. His five-point night matched those of Geoff Sanderson (4-1-5, Mar. 29, 2003 vs. Calgary), Andrew Cassels (1-4-5, Mar. 29 vs. Calgary) and Espen Knutsen (0-5-5, Mar. 24 2001 vs. Calgary).

TRANSACTIONS/OhioHealth INJURY REPORT
TRANSACTIONS: Feb. 28 –
Acquired LW Scottie Upshall and D Sami Lepisto from Phoenix in exchange for D Rostislav Klesla and LW Dane Byers… Acquired C Greg Moore and C Michael Chaput from Philadelphia in exchange for LW Tom Sestito… Feb. 26 – Claimed D Craig Rivet off waivers from the Buffalo Sabres… Feb. 25 – Placed LW Kristian Huselius on Injured Reserve… Feb. 22 – Activated LW Derek Dorsett off Injured Reserve… INJURY REPORT: LW Kristian Huselius (Feb. 18 at Chicago) is day-to-day… C Derick Brassard (Feb. 16 vs. Los Angeles) is expected to miss at least two to three weeks… Man Games Lost to Injury: 144.

JACKETS ACQUIRE UPSHALL, LEPISTO FROM PHOENIX FOR KLESLA, BYERS
Columbus acquired LW Scottie Upshall and D Sami Lepisto from the Phoenix Coyotes in exchange for D Rostislav Klesla and LW Dane Byers. Upshall has registered 80-85-165, 315 PIM and is +36 in 340 career NHL games with Phoenix, Philadelphia and Nashville, including 16-11-27, 42 PIM and +5 in 61 games this season. Lepisto has collected 5-22-27, 115 PIM and is +17 in 131 career games with Phoenix and Washington, including 4-7-11, 60 PIM and +7 in 51 games this season. Klesla, who was the Blue Jackets’ first draft pick, fourth overall in the 2000 Entry Draft and the last remaining player who appeared in the inaugural 2000-01 season, registered 41-92-133 and 508 PIM in 515 games with the club. He had picked up 3-7-10 and 26 PIM in 45 games this season.

JACKETS ADD VETERAN BLUELINER CRAIG RIVET
The Blue Jackets claimed defenseman Craig Rivet off waivers from the Buffalo Sabres on Feb. 26. Rivet, who was Buffalo’s captain, has registered 49-187-236 and 1,148 penalty minutes in 909 career games with the Montreal Canadiens, San Jose Sharks and Sabres. He has also tallied 4-19-23 and 69 penalty minutes in 69 career Stanley Cup Playoff games, averaging 22:35 time on ice in those contests. He has spent the past three seasons in Buffalo, collecting 4-38-42 and 237 penalty minutes in 165 games. He has tallied 1-2-3 and 12 penalty minutes in 23 games this season.

LAST WEEK'S RESULTS
Feb. 22 – at COLUMBUS 4, Nashville 0:
Steve Mason made 20 saves and Rick Nash scored twice in a four-goal third period to lead the Blue Jackets to the win. Nash’s first goal at 1:11 of the third broke a scoreless tie and his second at the 19:09 mark was the club’s second on the power play… Columbus outshot Nashville 30 to 20, including 13 to 3 in the third period… Feb. 25 – at COLUMBUS 5, Phoenix 3: Trailing 2-0 late in the first period, the Jackets tied the game on goals by R.J. Umberger and Jakub Voracek heading into the second. Rookie Matt Calvert, who assisted on Umberger’s goal, then scored a natural hat trick to lead Columbus to the win. The Jackets went 3-of-9 on the power play, while holding the Coyotes to 0-of-5 with the man advantage… Feb. 27 – at Nashville 3, COLUMBUS 2: David Legwand scored with 1:35 left in the third period to cap a come-from-behind win for the Predators. After a scoreless first, the Jackets took a 1-0 lead into the third period thanks to a Matt Calvert power play goal at 14:17 of the second. The Predators took a 2-1 lead on goals by Shea Weber and Jonathon Blum before the Jackets tied the game at 2-2 on a Kris Russell power play goal at the 12:34 mark. Pekka Rinne made 25 saves for Nashville, while Mathieu Garon made 25 saves for the Blue Jackets.

JACKETS FIRMLY ENTRENCHED IN WILD, WILD WEST RACE
The Blue Jackets enter the week with 68 pts. in 61 games and rank 12th in the Western Conference standings. The club is six points out of fifth place, five points out of sixth and four points out of seventh and has at least one game in hand on each of the teams currently ahead of them. As of Monday, Feb. 28, the teams ahead of Columbus are: 1) Vancouver, 87 pts. (63 GP)… 2) Detroit, 82 pts. (62 GP)… 3) San Jose, 78 pts. (63 GP)… 4) Phoenix, 76 pts. (64 GP)… 5) Los Angeles, 74 pts. (62 GP)… 6) Calgary, 73 pts. (64 GP)… 7) Minnesota, 72 pts. (62 GP)… 8) Dallas, 72 pts. (62 GP)… 9) Chicago, 72 pts. (62 GP)… 10) Nashville, 72 pts. (63 GP)… 11) Anaheim, 71 pts. (63 GP).

BLUE JACKETS AMONG NHL'S BEST SINCE MID-JANUARY
The Blue Jackets have posted an 11-4-3 record in their past 18 games since January 14. During that span, the club has outscored its opponents 60 (3.33 per game) to 47 (2.61) and converted 17-of-70 power play chances (24.3 pct.) and successfully killed off 52-of-60 opponent power plays (86.7 pct. penalty killing) over their last 18 games. In their previous 23 games, the Jackets averaged 2.13 goals per game (49), allowed 3.70 per game (85), converted 13.4 pct. on the power play (11-of-82) and 74.2 pct. penalty killing (72-of-97).

JACKETS SPECIAL TEAMS JUST THAT OF LATE
The Blue Jackets have converted 17-of-70 on the power play (24.3 pct.) over the past 18 games to improve to 37-of-231 on the year (16.0 pct.). After failing to score more than one power play goal in a game in its first 48 of the season, the club has scored two or more six times in its last 13 outings, including four in a row (9-of-23/39.1 pct.). Columbus ranks 10th in the NHL in road power play at 18.9 pct. The Jackets have also killed off 52-of-60 opponent power plays (86.7 pct.) over the past 18 games to improve to 192-of-237 (81.0 pct.) on the season. Columbus ranks fourth in the NHL in penalty killing at home at 86.8 pct.

TEAM NEWS & NOTES
The Blue Jackets have gone 11-4-3 in their last 18 games, 8-2-1 in their last 11 and 5-1-1 in their last seven… Columbus is 4-1-1 in its last six games at Nationwide Arena… Columbus had its club record eight-game regulation unbeaten (6-0-2) and six-game winning streaks on the road snapped in a 3-2 loss at Nashville on Feb. 27… With a 15-11-4 record through 30 games this season, the club has already surpassed the total number of road wins of seven of its previous nine seasons (2000-08, 2009-10) and is one win shy of the club record of 16 set in 2008-09 (16-18-7)… The Blue Jackets are 16-7-7 in one-goal games, including 8-6 in overtime (4-3 shootouts)… Columbus is 28-6-2 when tied (11-4-2) or leading (17-2-0) heading into the third period… Columbus has 21 games remaining in the regular season – 10 at home and 11 on the road.

CALVERT COLLECTS FIRST NHL HAT TRICK, NAMED NHL’S THIRD STAR OF THE WEEK Rookie LW Matt Calvert tallied 5-1-6, 14 shots and was +2 in three games last week to earn NHL Third Star of the Week honors. He scored a goal, fired off four shots and was even in a 4-0 win over Nashville on Feb. 22; became the second rookie in club history (Nikita Filatov) to record a hat trick with 3-1-4, including the game-winning goal, seven shots and a +2 plus/minus rating in a 5-3 win over Phoenix on Feb. 25; and finished the week with 1-0-1, three shots and was even in a 3-2 loss at Nashville on Feb. 27. He has 10-4-14 and is +3 in 21 games since being recalled from Springfield (AHL) and is riding four-game point and goal streaks (6-2-8).

PLAYER NOTES
G Steve Mason is 7-1-0 with a 1.75 goals-against average, .942 save percentage and two shutouts in his last eight games, stopping 229-of-243 shots… LW Rick Nash has collected points in 17 of the last 20 games (11-13-24) and with 29-27-56 in 60 games is one goal shy of hitting the 30-goal mark for the fourth-straight season and sixth time in his eight NHL campaigns… LW R.J. Umberger has picked up 6-12-18 in his last 15 games to raise his season totals to 20-27-47 in 61 games… C Derek MacKenzie has collected 2-7-9 in his last 13 games, including 2-4-6 in his last seven outings… RW Jakub Voracek has notched 7-15-22 in his last 27 games… D Grant Clitsome has 3-11-14 in 19 games and is riding a five-game point streak (0-5-5) since being held without a point in back-to-back games for the first time (Feb. 11 vs. Colorado and Feb. 13 at Dallas).

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.

SIXTH ALUMNI NIGHT FEATURING MARC DENIS SET FOR FRIDAY, MARCH 11
The Blue Jackets' sixth Alumni Night of their 10th Season, presented by FOX Sports Ohio, is scheduled for Friday, Mar. 11 when the team hosts the Los Angeles Kings and welcomes back Marc Denis. Acquired from the Colorado Avalanche prior to the 2000-01 season, Denis went 84-146-37 with a 3.01 GAA, .905 SV% and 12 shutouts in 266 games with Columbus from 2000-06. The franchise's all-time leader among goaltenders in games and minutes played, wins and saves, Denis set a then-NHL record for minutes played when he logged 4,511 in 2002-03. His best season was 2003-04 when he went 21-36-12 with a 2.56 GAA, .918 SV% and five shutouts in 66 games. Denis 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 Rick Nash Third-Jersey bobblehead courtesy of FOX Sports Ohio.

UPCOMING PROMOTIONS
Friday, Mar. 11 vs. Los Angeles –
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.

THIS WEEK ON JACKETS TV AT BLUEJACKETS.COM
Monday – Top Five Plays of the Week… Trade Deadline Coverage…
Tuesday – Game Day Coverage at Vancouver… Behind the Bench with Scott Arniel… Wednesday – The Coolest Scientists visit Nationwide Arena… Thursday – Game Day Coverage at Edmonton… One-on-One with forward Jared Boll… Friday – Game Day Coverage at Calgary… 10th Season Trivia.

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 scheduled guest is Vancouver Canucks broadcaster John Garrett… "CAPTAIN'S CORNER" features Bob McElligott chatting with Blue Jackets captain Rick Nash. The latest episode will be posted on Tuesday… "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 Wednesday, Mar. 2 at 7 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.

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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