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Blue Jackets Weekly Report: February 1, 2010

by Blue Jackets Staff / Columbus Blue Jackets

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


Tue., Feb. 2 at Colorado Avalanche, Pepsi Center - 9 p.m.         FSO/1460, CD101
Thu., Feb. 4 vs. DALLAS STARS, Nationwide Arena - 7 p.m.      FSO/1460, CD101
Sat., Feb. 6 vs. BUFFALO SABRES, Nationwide Arena - 7 p.m. FSO HD/1460, CD101

FSO – FOX Sports Ohio; 1460 – WBNS-AM 1460 The Fan; CD101 – CD101.1 FM

BLUE JACKETS AT A GLANCE
Record:
22-26-9, 53 pts. (Central Division: 5th place; Western Conference: 14th place)… Streak: 1-0-0… Home: 12-9-5, 29 pts. (0-1-0)… Road: 10-17-4, 24 pts. (1-0-0)… Last Week's Results: 2-1-0… Jan. 26 – at COLUMBUS 3, Nashville 2… Jan. 28 – Los Angeles 4, at COLUMBUS 1… Jan. 30 – COLUMBUS 3, at St. Louis 2 OT.

OPPONENTS AT A GLANCE
COLORADO AVALANCHE:
Record: 30-18-6, 66 pts. (Northwest Division: 2nd place)… Head Coach: Joe Sacco… Colorado has lost its last three games after a six-game winning streak from Jan. 9-24… The Avs rank seventh in the NHL in 5-on-5 scoring ratio, outscoring their opponents by an avg. 1.10 goals at even-strength… Players to Watch: C Paul Stastny (leads club with 11-37-48 in 54 games)… LW Wojtek Wolski (has 16-29-45 in 54 games)… G Craig Anderson (26-14-5, 2.46 GAA, .923 SV%, 5 SO in 46 games)… Jackets vs. Avalanche: 8-25-2 (5-12-1 at home, 3-13-1 on the road)… Columbus is 6-4-0 in its last 10 games vs. Colorado, including a 4-0-0 mark in 2008-09… The Avs won the first three meetings this season – 3-2 at Nationwide Arena on Dec. 5; 5-2 at home on Dec. 19; and 3-2 in Columbus on Jan. 2.

DALLAS STARS: Record: 24-20-11, 59 pts. (Pacific Division: 4th place)… Head Coach: Marc Crawford… The Stars went 6-9-0 in January, including a 5-3-0 mark in their last eight games… Dallas ranks 10th in the NHL in goals-for (2.78) and 25th in goals-against (3.09)… Players to Watch: C Brad Richards (leads club with 15-44-59, 6 PPG in 53 games)… LW Loui Eriksson (has 21-28-49, 6 PPG in 55 games)… LW James Neal (has 21-18-39 in 51 games)… Jackets vs. Stars: 10-20-5 (5-9-3 at home, 5-11-2 on the road)… The Jackets have gone 8-4-4 vs. the Stars since Apr. 18, 2006… The Jackets were 1-1-2 vs. the Stars last season… The Jackets split two games at Dallas this season, winning 4-1 on Nov. 19 and losing 3-1 on Dec. 23, and earned a 2-0 win at home on Jan. 10.

BUFFALO SABRES: Record: 32-14-7, 71 pts. (Northeast Division: 1st place)… Head Coach: Lindy Ruff… The Sabres have gone 10-3-4 since Dec. 27 and have won two in a row after an 0-3-1 stretch… Buffalo ranks third in the NHL in goals-against (2.30) and are second in penalty killing (87.2 pct.)… Players to Watch: C Tim Connolly (leads club with 13-36-49, 4 GWG in 53 games)… RW Jason Pominville (has 14-23-37 in 53 games)… G Ryan Miller (29-11-5, 2.03 GAA, .935 SV%, 5 SO in 45 games)… Jackets vs. Sabres: 6-2-1 (2-0-1 at home, 4-2-0 on the road)… Columbus has won three-straight games in the series, including 6-1 at Buffalo on Nov. 14, 2008 in the last meeting between the clubs… Buffalo’s last win was 6-0 at home on Mar. 29, 2004… The Jackets won the last meeting at Nationwide Arena, 3-2, on Jan. 26, 2007.

PRACTICE SCHEDULE, Feb. 2-8 (subject to change) - CLICK HERE


OhioHealth INJURY REPORT
D Rostislav Klesla
(Injured Reserve on Dec. 1 retroactive to Nov. 30) is expected to miss six weeks… Man Games Lost to Injury: 179.

ROSTER REPORT
No Transactions last week.


HUSELIUS CONTINUES TO PILE UP POINTS, SET TO PLAY 600TH NHL GAME

Since enduring a 14-game goalless drought from Dec. 5-31 (0-4-4), LW Kristian Huselius has averaged over a point per game with 5-12-17 in 15 outings. He has picked up a point in 10 of those games and collected three two-point and two three-point outings during that stretch. He has registered 16-27-43 in 52 games this season and is tied for the club lead in assists, ranks second in points and tied for fourth in goals. He also leads the club with eight power play goals (12th-T in the NHL) and ranks second on the club in power play points with 18 (Anton Stralman, 19). Huselius’s next game will be the 600th of his NHL career (170-237-407 in 599 games).

RUSSELL SETTLING IN ON BLUELINE
D Kris Russell scored his first career overtime goal in a 3-2 win at St. Louis on Jan. 30 to give him 3-3-6 in his last 12 games and 6-10-16 in 47 games this season. He has tallied 6-6-12 in his last 30 outings (.400 points per game) compared to 4-31-35 in the first 150 games of his NHL career (.233 points per game).

CAPTAIN CONTINUES TO LEAD THE CHARGE, CLOSES IN ON 500TH NHL GAME
RW Rick Nash has points in three of the last four games (2-2-4), six of the last eight (5-4-9) and has tallied 5-8-13 in his last 15 games after collecting his 27th assist of the season at St. Louis on Jan. 30. He has registered a point in 35-of-57 games this season and his longest streak without a point has been two games. He has collected 24-27-51 in 57 games and leads the club in goals (tied for 13th in the NHL), assists (tied), points (tied for 21st in the NHL), shots (199 – sixth in the NHL) and ice time among forwards (21:18). Nash enters the week two games shy of 500 for his NHL career (218-188-406 in 498 games).

NEWS & NOTES
Columbus has gone 7-6-0 in their last 13 games… The Jackets have a combined record of 20-17-4 in October, November and January this season compared to a 2-9-5 mark in December… The club is 3-0-0 when registering fewer than 20 shots on goal this season - 19 shots on Oct. 10 at Phoenix in a 2-0 win, 17 shots on Jan. 26 vs. Nashville in a 3-2 win and 19 shots on Jan. 30 at St. Louis in a 3-2 OT win… LW R.J. Umberger has tallied 3-5-8 the past seven games after being held scoreless the previous four outings and has registered 18-20-38 in 57 games this season… D Anton Stralman has points in six of the past eight games (0-7-7) and leads the club in power play points with 4-15-19… C Antoine Vermette has goals in three of the past five games and has collected 6-6-12 the past 14 games… RW Derek Dorsett snapped an 18-game goalless skid with his second of the season at St. Louis on Jan. 30.

BLACK TIE BLUE JACKETS STYLE SHOW SET FOR FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 26
Each year the Columbus Blue Jackets Foundation and Saks Fifth Avenue team up to present the fashion event of the season - Black Tie Blue Jackets Style Show presented by Kelly BMW. The show is the Jackets Foundation's signature event in the fight against pediatric cancer will take place at the lavish Hilton Columbus/Polaris on Friday, February 26. The show includes a pre-show wine tasting & model meet and greet presented by Heidelberg, style show featuring pediatric cancer heroes modeling alongside Blue Jackets players, sit-down dinner, entertainment, commemorative gift, and exclusive auction. Blue Jackets celebrity models are available to meet and greet guests during the pre-show wine tasting in addition to joining "Celebrity Tables" for dinner. Models are adorned by Saks Fifth Avenue, styled by Charles Penzone and Chanel. For more information, visit www.BlueJacketsFoundation.org.

PAHLSSON AUTOGRAPH SESSION
Blue Jackets C Samuel Pahlsson will be meeting fans and signing autographs at The FOX Sports Ohio Blue Line Team Store located at The Mall at Tuttle Crossing on Monday, February 8 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

FORWARD TOGETHER
Forward Together is a group of citizens celebrating the remarkable transformation that has occurred in Columbus since the arrival of the Arena District, Nationwide Arena and the Blue Jackets. This group wants to see that growth continue, believes the city would be harmed without the Blue Jackets and supports a solution to the current financial challenges involving the team and arena. For more information and to sign a petition encouraging those involved to find a solution, please visit their website at www.forwardtogethercolumbus.org.

UPCOMING PROMOTIONS
Thursday, Feb. 4 vs. Dallas –
TICKET AND MEAL DEAL: The package includes an upper bowl ticket and a $10 food and beverage voucher for just $35, which is $19 less than its $54 value. The package is also available in the lower bowl for $49… ALL YOU CAN EAT PACK presented by Time Warner Cable: The package includes a ticket to the exclusive AAA Sky Terrace and an all you can eat buffet of hot dogs, chicken fingers, popcorn, peanuts, Pepsi and more for just $39.

BLUE JACKETS INTRODUCE VALENTINE'S DAY PACK
Spend your Valentine's Day with that special someone at the Blue Jackets game on Sunday, February 14. The special pack includes two tickets to the game against the Chicago Blackhawks, a pre-game couple's photo with Stinger and a red rose. Valentine's Day Packs are available at BlueJackets.com.

WEEKLY GIVEAWAY/THIS WEEK – AUTOGRAPHED R.J. UMBERGER MINI HELMET
The Blue Jackets are giving fans the opportunity to win weekly prizes including game tickets, autographed jerseys and memorabilia each week via the club’s multiple digital platforms. Fans that visit BlueJackets.com, follow the team on Facebook, get Twitter updates or receive Verizon Wireless Jackets Alerts will have the chance to win each week through April 11. This week, one lucky fan will win a CBJ mini helmet signed by R.J. Umberger by voting on the Blue Jackets play of the month. Jackets TV host Brittany Gerena will introduce four nominations from January's game action. Fans will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite at BlueJackets.com beginning on Tuesday at noon through Friday.

BIG LOTS BIG SEATS
Big Lots is offering fans the chance to enjoy exciting NHL action from the comfort of the "Big Lots Big Seats," four recliners positioned to provide a great view of the action, for all remaining Blue Jackets home games at Nationwide Arena. Fans can enter for their chance to win at one of 21 Columbus-area Big Lots stores. For locations and entry methods, visit www.biglots.com/bigseats.

BLUE JACKETS VIEWING LOCATIONS
Fans can follow the Jackets on television throughout the 2009-10 season at a number of official viewing locations. This select group of restaurants and bars will offer a unique atmosphere for fans gathering to watch the Blue Jackets, along with tickets, T-shirts and poster giveaways. Also, each of the 10 partners will host one exclusive viewing party that will be highlighted by the presence of Blue Jackets personalities and include additional giveaways. Visit www.BlueJackets.nhl.com/viewinglocations for complete information on all viewing locations and register to win one grand prize – four season tickets for the 2010-11 season and one team autographed pub mirror.

BLUE JACKETS ON THE RADIO
The Ken Hitchcock Show with the Blue Jackets head coach and FOX Sports Ohio play-by-play man Jeff Rimer airs on WBNS Sports Radio 97.1 The Fan on Wednesdays from 6 to 7 p.m… Breakfast with the Blue Jackets can be heard on the Blue Jackets Radio Network and Sports Radio 97.1 The Fan on Sundays from 10 to 11 a.m. with hosts Mark Wyant and members of the Blue Jackets broadcast team.

BLUE JACKETS ONLINE/SOCIAL MEDIA
Fans can follow the Blue Jackets online, watch game highlights, press conferences and exclusive behind-the-scenes video content on Jackets TV at the newly re-designed 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. Become a fan on the club’s official Facebook ® page to get the latest club news and promotions, videos, photos, updates and interact with other Blue Jackets 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 BlueJackets.com and Ticketmaster.com… Season & Group Tickets: For information on season tickets, six-game, 10-game and 20-game 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 presented by easyColumbus Student Tickets: College students with a valid, full-time student I.D. can purchase two tickets in select lower level ($25) and upper level ($15) seats beginning one hour before game time at the Nationwide Arena Ticket Office as part of the club's Rush CBJ program. Seat locations are subject to availability.

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