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Blue Jackets Weekly Report: Feb. 7, 2011

by Blue Jackets Staff / Columbus Blue Jackets

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


Tue., Feb. 8 at Pittsburgh Penguins, CONSOL Energy Center - 7 p.m.    FOX Sports Ohio HD/97.1 The Fan
Wed., Feb. 9 SAN JOSE SHARKS, NATIONWIDE ARENA - 7 p.m.        FOX Sports Ohio HD/97.1 The Fan
Fri., Feb. 11 COLORADO AVALANCHE, NATIONWIDE ARENA - 7 p.m. FOX Sports Ohio HD/97.1 The Fan
Sun., Feb. 13 at Dallas Stars, American Airlines Center - 3 p.m.             FOX Sports Ohio HD/97.1 The Fan

BLUE JACKETS AT A GLANCE
Record:
25-22-5, 55 pts. (H: 13-12-1, A: 12-10-4; includes one H loss and one A win in Stockholm, SWE)… Standings: 4th/Central Division, 13th/Western Conference… Leading Scorers: LW/RW Rick Nash (23-21-44, 51 GP)… LW R.J. Umberger (19-19-38, 52 GP)… C Derick Brassard (13-22-35, 52 GP)… Leading Goaltenders: Mathieu Garon (8-9-3, 2.66 GAA, .901 SV%, 3 SO in 25 GP)… Steve Mason (17-13-2, 3.18 GAA, .898 SV%, 2 SO in 34 GP).

OPPONENTS AT A GLANCE
PITTSBURGH PENGUINS –
Head Coach: Dan Bylsma… Record: 34-16-4 (72 pts.)… Standings: 2nd/Atlantic Division, 4th/Eastern Conference… Leading Scorer: C Sidney Crosby (32-34-66, 41 GP-Questionable due to injury)… D Kris Letang (7-34-41, 54 GP)… Leading Goaltender: Marc-Andre Fleury (25-12-2, 2.19 GAA, .924 SV%, 2 SO in 42 GP)… All-Time Series: The Jackets are 4-5-3 all-time vs. Pittsburgh, including 1-4-0 on the road… Pittsburgh won the lone meeting in 2009-10, 4-3 SO, at Columbus on Oct. 30, 2009… Columbus’ lone road win was 4-2 on Mar. 11, 2002… Final of two meetings this season… Pittsburgh won 7-2 at Nationwide Arena on Dec. 4.

SAN JOSE SHARKS – Head Coach: Todd McLellan… Record: 28-19-6 (62 pts.)… Standings: 2nd/Pacific Division, 5th/Western Conference… Leading Scorer: C Joe Thornton (14-32-46, 51 GP)… Leading Goaltender: Antti Niemi (15-13-3, 2.66 GAA, .913 SV%, 3 SO in 32 GP)… All-Time Series: Jackets are 12-21-4 all-time vs. San Jose, including 10-7-2 at home (includes one L in Stockholm, Sweden)… Columbus is 5-3-1 in the last nine meetings… Seven of the last 10 games have been decided by one goal… The Jackets went 1-2-1 vs. San Jose in 2009-10… Final of four meetings this season… Clubs split a pair of games at Ericsson Globe Arena in Stockholm with the Sharks winning 3-2 on Oct. 8 and the Jackets winning 3-2 in OT on Oct. 9… Columbus earned a 3-0 win at San Jose on Nov. 20 (2nd win ever at HP Pavilion).

COLORADO AVALANCHE – Head Coach: Joe Sacco… Record: 25-21-6 (56 pts.)… Standings: 4th/Northwest Division, 12th/Western Conference… Leading Scorer: C Matt Duchene (20-25-45, 52 GP)… Leading Goaltender: Craig Anderson (13-13-3, 3.15 GAA, .901 SV%, 0 SO in 30 GP)… All-Time Series: The Jackets are 8-28-2 all-time vs. Colorado, including 5-13-1 at home… The Jackets have lost the last six games in the series, including an 0-4-0 mark in 2009-10, after sweeping the series 4-0-0 in 2008-09… Third of four meetings this season… Colorado earned 5-1 wins at home on Oct. 30 and at Columbus on Nov. 12… Clubs next meet on Mar. 22 at Colorado.


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THIS WEEK IN BLUE JACKETS HISTORY

Feb. 10, 2001 – Geoff Sanderson recorded the first hat trick in Blue Jackets history when he scored all three goals in a 3-2 win over the Nashville Predators before a sellout crowd of 18,136 at Nationwide Arena. He scored once on the power play and twice at even-strength against Predators goaltender Mike Dunham.


TRANSACTIONS/OhioHealth INJURY REPORT

TRANSACTIONS: Feb. 3 – Recalled D John Moore from the Springfield Falcons (AHL)… INJURY REPORT: LW Ethan Moreau (Jan. 4 at Phoenix) is out indefinitely… D Rostislav Klesla (Jan. 22 at St. Louis) is day-to-day… Man Games Lost to Injury: 116.


LAST WEEK’S RESULTS

Feb. 1 – Chicago 7, at COLUMBUS 4:
Jonathan Toews tallied 1-2-3, including a shorthanded goal that gave Chicago a 5-3 lead at 19:20 of the second period, to lead the defending Stanley Cup champs to the win. Derek Dorsett tallied 1-1-2 to lead the Jackets, who led 1-0 and 3-2 before the Hawks scored four-straight goals to win despite being outshot 33 to 27… Feb. 4 – COLUMBUS 3, at Detroit 0: Steve Mason made 34 saves to lead the Jackets to their first-ever shutout win at Joe Louis Arena. Antoine Vermette, Jared Boll and Andrew Murray (EN) scored the Columbus goals with Vermette and Murray each adding assists for multi-point nights. The Jackets also killed off all six Detroit power play attempts in the game… Feb. 5 – at COLUMBUS 4, Edmonton 3: R.J. Umberger tallied 2-2-4 and Kristian Huselius added 2-1-3 to lead Columbus to the come-from-behind win. The Jackets trailed 2-0 after the game's first 7:44 and then again 3-2 late in the third when Umberger scored his second at 13:44 to tie the game at 3-3 and Huselius netted the game-winner at the 16:00 mark. Steve Mason made 23 saves to pick up the win, while Nikolai Khabibulin made 30 saves for the Oilers. The Jackets killed off all five Edmonton power plays, including a two-minute 5-on-3 effort early in the second period.

2010-11 LOOKS A LOT LIKE 2008-09 THROUGH 52 GAMES
Through 52 games, the Blue Jackets have a 25-22-5 record (55 pts.) and are currently five points out of the final playoff position in the Western Conference. In 2008-09, the Blue Jackets had a 24-23-5 mark (53 pts.) and were two points out through 52 games before finishing the season with a franchise-best 41-31-10 record (92 pts.) and earning the club's first Stanley Cup Playoffs berth. Here is a look at several other statistical comparisons between those seasons with 30 games remaining:

2010-11:
Goals (2.63), Goals-Against (3.08), Shots (30.1), Shots-Against (29.9), Power Play (13.3 pct.), Penalty Kill (80.0 pct.).

2008-09: Goals (2.60), Goals-Against (2.80), Shots (29.7), Shots-Against (27.7), Power Play (12.0 pct.), Penalty Kill (80.6 pct.).

TEAM NEWS & NOTES

The Blue Jackets have posted a 5-2-2 record since Jan. 14, outscoring the opposition 31 (3.44 per game) to 28 (3.11) and outshooting them 288 (32.0) to 245 (27.2), while converting 6-of-35 power play attempts (17.1 pct.) and killing off 28-of-33 opponent power plays (84.9 pct. penalty killing) during that stretch… Columbus has 30 games left in the regular season – 15 at home and 15 on the road… The Blue Jackets are 3-0-2 in their last five road games and have won three in a row, which is one shy of the franchise record of four set from Dec. 2-12, 2006 (at Edmonton, Colorado, St. Louis and Dallas).

UMBERGER’S BIG NIGHT CONTINUES BEST SEASON
LW R.J. Umberger tallied 2-2-4, scored the tying goal, set up the GWG and was +4 in a 4-3 win vs. Edmonton on Feb. 5, marking the fourth time in club history a player has scored four points with a +4 rating in the same game. Umberger did it once before on Nov. 30, 2009 vs. St. Louis, as did Sergei Fedorov (Nov. 25, 2006 vs. Minnesota) and Rick Nash (Jan. 2, 2009 at Colorado). Umberger has tallied 19-19-38 with five power play, three game-winning and two shorthanded goals and is +7 in 52 games this season. His career highs are 26 goals (2008-09), 37 assists (2007-08 with Philadelphia), 55 points (2009-10) and +9 (2005-06 with Philadelphia).

CLITSOME CONTINUES TO MAKE MARK ON BLUELINE
Despite playing in just 10 games since being recalled from Springfield (AHL), D Grant Clitsome is tied for eighth among NHL rookie defensemen in scoring with 2-6-8. He has also picked up six penalty minutes, has a +5 plus/minus rating and is averaging 20:27 TOI per game. He has collected points in six of 10 games and has yet to be held without a point in back-to-back games. He has been an "even" or "plus" player in eight games and has logged 20:00 or more of ice time in five of the last six outings.

PLAYER NOTES
C Antoine Vermette has racked up 3-4-7 in his last eight games, including 1-1-2 and the GWG at Detroit on Feb. 4… LW Rick Nash had his nine-game point streak (5-7-12) snapped at Detroit on Feb. 4, falling one game shy of the franchise record of 10 set earlier this season by R.J. Umberger… C Derick Brassard has collected 4-5-9 in his last nine games… After being held to 0-1-1 in his previous six games, LW Kristian Huselius tallied 2-1-3, including the GWG, and was +3 vs. Edmonton on Feb. 5… LW Andrew Murray has picked up 2-1-3 in his last four games, including 1-1-2 at Detroit on Feb. 4… RW Derek Dorsett tallied 1-1-2 vs. Chicago on Feb. 1 to record his first multi-point game of the season… D John Moore, the club’s first pick in the 2009 Entry Draft, made his NHL debut on Feb. 5 vs. Edmonton and logged 12:05 TOI… D Fedor Tyutin has tallied 4-10-14 over the last 18 games… RW Jared Boll has scored three goals over the past 10 games, matching his total from his first 33 outings this season… D Marc Methot, who has tallied 0-15-15 and is +8 in 47 games this season, played in his 200th NHL game vs. Chicago on Feb. 1 (6-38-44 in 202 games)… D Anton Stralman is one game shy of 200 in his NHL career (10-56-66 in 199 games).

UPCOMING PROMOTIONS
Friday, Feb. 11 vs. Colorado – HUNTINGTON HAT NIGHT –
All fans in attendance receive a free 10th season hat courtesy of Huntington Bank… 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.

BLUE JACKETS HOST CAREER FAIR ON FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 11
Don't miss the opportunity to network with hiring personnel from the region's sports teams as well as corporations from throughout central Ohio at the Sixth Annual Blue Jackets Career Fair on Friday, Feb. 11 from 1-5 p.m. at Nationwide Arena. Over 35 organizations will be in attendance including: Cincinnati Reds, Cleveland Indians, Cleveland Cavaliers, Pittsburgh Pirates, Indiana Pacers, Columbus Crew, Columbus Clippers, American Electric Power, Bob Evans, The Columbus Dispatch, Verizon Wireless and more. Registration for the Career Fair includes a ticket to the Blue Jackets vs. Avalanche game that night for $25. Registration is $35 at the door. For more information, visit www.BlueJackets.com.

"HOCKEY FOR HUGGIES" DIAPER DRIVE SET FOR FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 11
The Blue Jackets are hosting a diaper drive to support the NHL's Hockey for Huggies program on Friday, February 11 vs. Colorado. Fans that bring a new, unopened pack of diapers to the game or make a monetary donation that evening will play PLINKO for CBJ prizes. All donations collected will be provided locally to the Mid-Ohio FoodBank. Fans can also help meet this basic need by texting JACKETS to 501501 to donate $5 to Hockey for Huggies. Visit www.nhl.com/huggies for more information.

OFFICIAL VIEWING PARTY SET FOR SUNDAY AT ROOSTERS ON OLENTANGY RIVER ROAD
Fans are invited to attend the Blue Jackets’ Official Viewing Party this Sunday, February 13, when the Jackets take on the Dallas Stars at 3 p.m. on FOX Sports Ohio HD. The viewing party will be held at Roosters located at 3370 Olentangy River Road and will include prize giveaways, drink specials courtesy of Three Olives and Labatt Blue and more. See the rest of the Official Viewing Party Schedule

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: 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.

CBJ FOUNDATION'S 10TH SEASON, $10,000 ASSIST PROGRAM LAUNCHED
In conjunction with the team's 10th NHL season, the Columbus Blue Jackets Foundation is celebrating a Decade of Giving by announcing the "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 favorite charity may visit the Columbus Blue Jackets Foundation on facebook, "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 – Game Day Coverage at Pittsburgh… Behind the Bench with Scott Arniel… Alumni Night with Geoff Sanderson…
Wednesday – Game Day Coverage vs. San Jose…
Thursday – One-on-One with forward Samuel Pahlsson…
Friday – Game Day Report vs. Colorado… Jackets Say What?…
Sunday – Game Day Coverage at Dallas.

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… "WHERE ARE THEY NOW" interview with former Blue Jacket Geoff Sanderson debuts on Wednesday … "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 Thursday, Feb. 10 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.

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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