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Blue Jackets Weekly Report: February 15-28

by Blue Jackets Staff / Columbus Blue Jackets

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


NO GAMES SCHEDULED

BLUE JACKETS AT A GLANCE
Record:
25-28-10, 60 pts. (Central Division: 5th place; Western Conference: 14th place)… Streak: 0-1-1… Home: 15-10-6, 36 pts. (2-0-0)… Road: 10-18-4, 24 pts. (0-1-0)… Last Week's Results: 1-1-1… Feb. 10 – at COLUMBUS 3, San Jose 0… Feb. 12 – Vancouver 4, at Columbus 3… Feb. 14 – Chicago 5, at COLUMBUS 4 (SO).


PRACTICE SCHEDULE, Feb. 24-Mar. 1 (subject to change) - CLICK HERE


OhioHealth INJURY REPORT

D Rostislav Klesla
(Injured Reserve on Dec. 1 retroactive to Nov. 30) is expected to miss at least six weeks… D Mike Commodore (Injured Reserve on Feb. 5 retroactive to Jan. 30) is expected to miss at least one week… Man Games Lost to Injury: 195.


ROSTER REPORT

Feb. 10 –
Assigned RW Mike Blunden to the Syracuse Crunch (AHL).


SIX BLUE JACKETS TO COMPETE IN OLYMPIC GAMES

Six Blue Jackets players will take part in the Olympic Men's Hockey Tournament, which begins on Tuesday in Vancouver – RW Rick Nash (Canada); LW Fredrik Modin and C Samuel Pahlsson (Sweden); D Jan Hejda (Czech Republic); D Fedor Tyutin (Russia); and D Milan Jurcina (Slovakia). Hejda is making his Olympic Games debut, while the other five players also competed at the 2006 Olympic Games in Turin, Italy. Here is a look at how each player has fared in previous Olympics, World Championships and World Junior Championships competition:

Rick Nash (Canada) – 2006 Olympics (6 GP, 0-1-1); 2005 (silver), 2007 (gold) and 2008 (silver) World Championships; 2002 World Junior Championships (silver).

Fredrik Modin (Sweden) – One of 22 players in the "Triple Gold Club" as a winner of a Stanley Cup championship and gold medals at the Olympics and World Championships; 2006 Olympics (8 GP, 2-1-3; gold); 1996, 1998 (gold), 2000 and 2001 (bronze) World Championships; 1994 World Junior Championships (silver).

Samuel Pahlsson (Sweden) – 2006 Olympics (8 GP, 2-2-4, gold); 1999 (bronze), 2000, 2004 (silver) and 2005 World Championships; 1996 World Junior Championships (silver).

Jan Hejda (Czech Republic) – 2003, 2004, 2005 (gold) and 2008 World Championships.

Fedor Tyutin (Russia) – 2006 Olympics (8 GP, 0-1-1); 2008 (gold) World Championships; 2002 (gold) and 2003 (gold) World Junior Championships.

Milan Jurcina (Slovakia) – 2006 Olympics (6 GP, 0-1-1); 2006 and 2007 World Championships; 2002 and 2003 World Junior Championships.


OLYMPIC TOURNAMENT BEGINS TUESDAY, FEB. 16; GOLD MEDAL GAME SET FOR SUNDAY, FEB. 28

Below is the game schedule for the 2010 Olympic Games men's hockey tournament with U.S. television information:

PRELIMINARY ROUND
Tuesday, Feb. 16 - Time  U.S. TV    Blue Jackets Playing

United States vs. Switzerland - 3 p.m. USA

Canada vs. Norway - 7:30 p.m. CNBC Nash (CAN)

Russia vs. Latvia - 11:55 p.m. CNBC Tyutin (RUS)

Wednesday, Feb. 17
Finland vs. Belarus - 3 p.m. MSNBC

Sweden vs. Germany - 7:30 p.m. CNBC Modin, Pahlsson (SWE)

Czech Republic vs. Slovakia - 11:55 p.m. CNBC Hejda (CZE), Jurcina (SLO)

Thursday, Feb. 18
United States vs. Norway - 3 p.m. USA

Switzerland vs. Canada - 7:30 p.m. CNBC Nash (CAN)

Slovakia vs. Russia - 11:55 p.m. CNBC Jurcina (SLO), Tyutin (RUS)

Friday, Feb. 19
Belarus vs. Sweden - 3 p.m. MSNBC Modin, Pahlsson (SWE)

Czech Republic vs. Latvia - 7:30 p.m. CNBC Hejda (CZE)

Finland vs. Germany - 11:55 p.m. MSNBC

Saturday, Feb. 20
Norway vs. Switzerland - 3 p.m. MSNBC

Latvia vs. Slovakia - 7:30 p.m. MSNBC Jurcina (SLO)

Germany vs. Belarus11:55 p.m. MSNBC

Sunday, Feb. 21
Russia vs. Czech Republic - 3 p.m. NBC Tytuin (RUS), Hejda (CZE)

Canada vs. United States - 7:45 p.m. MSNBC Nash (CAN)

Sweden vs. Finland - 11:55 p.m. MSNBC Modin, Pahlsson (SWE)


QUARTERFINAL AND MEDAL ROUNDS

Wednesday, Feb. 24

Quarterfinal Game 1 - 3 p.m. NBC

Quarterfinal Game 2 - 7:30 p.m. CNBC

Quarterfinal Game 3 - 10 p.m. CNBC

Quarterfinal Game 4 - 12 a.m. CNBC

Friday, Feb. 26
Semifinal Game 1 - 3 p.m. NBC

Semifinal Game 2 - 9:30 p.m. CNBC

Saturday, Feb. 27
Bronze Medal Game -
10 p.m. MSNBC

Sunday, Feb. 28
Gold Medal Game -
3:15 p.m. NBC


FOX SPORTS OHIO TO AIR FIVE MEMORABLE BLUE JACKETS GAMES DURING OLYMPIC BREAK

Fans will have the chance to relive five unforgettable Blue Jackets games during the Olympic Break on FOX Sports Ohio. Blue Jackets Live host Ray Crawford will host the series, which begins on Tuesday, February 16 at 9 p.m. Here is a series breakdown:

Tuesday, Feb. 16 at 9 p.m. - Blue Jackets at Blackhawks from Apr. 8, 2009 (Jackets clinch first playoff berth with a 4-3 shootout win).

Thursday, Feb. 18 at 6:30 p.m. - Blue Jackets vs. Red Wings from Jan. 27, 2009 (Rick Nash scores all three goals to beat Detroit in overtime).

Saturday, Feb. 20 at 6 p.m. - Blue Jackets vs. Maple Leafs from Mar. 20, 2003 (Tyler Wright collects hat trick with overtime winner vs. Toronto).

Thursday, Feb. 25 at 12 p.m. - Blue Jackets at Coyotes from Jan. 17, 2008 (Jackets earn win on Rick Nash's ESPY Award Play of the Year-nominated goal).

Friday, Feb. 26 at 12 p.m. - Blue Jackets vs. Penguins from Mar. 12, 2009 (Steve Mason stops Letang, Crosby and Malkin to earn a 4-3 shootout win)


BLUE JACKETS HAVE REBOUNDED FROM HOLIDAY SEASON TO FORGET

After enduring a stretch that saw the club post a 3-14-7 mark from Nov. 21 to Jan. 5, the Blue Jackets have posted a 10-8-1 record in their last 19 games and hit the Olympic break having gone 4-2-1 in their last seven games, including a 3-1-1 mark under interim head coach Claude Noel. Columbus has gone 7-4-3 in its last 14 games at Nationwide Arena, including 3-1-1 in its current six-game homestand, after posting a 2-4-1 mark in the previous seven outings. Following the break, the Jackets will have 10 home and nine road games remaining on their regular season schedule.

NASH RIDES SEVEN-GAME POINT-SCORING STREAK INTO THE BREAK
RW Rick Nash is riding a seven-game points streak (4-3-7) into the Olympic break, which is the longest by a Blue Jackets player this season. The previous long was six games by Nash from Oct. 5-20 (4-7-11). The streak is two shy of the club record of nine, shared by Nash (9-7-16 from Dec. 30, 2005-Jan. 16, 2006) and Andrew Cassels (4-9-13 from Nov 1-17, 2002). Nash leads the Jackets in goals and points and ranks second in assists with 28-29-57 in 63 games. He is two goals shy of registering his fifth 30-goal season in the past six and third in a row.

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.

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
Tuesday, Mar. 2 vs. Vancouver –
TICKET AND MEAL DEAL presented by FOX Sports Ohio: 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…. GIANT EAGLE ADVANTAGE CARD: Fans can bring their Giant Eagle Advantage Card to the Nationwide Arena box office and receive $10 off upper level seats and $15 offer lower level seats to the game.

WEEKLY GIVEAWAY/ TWO WEEKS – AUTOGRAPHED VERMETTE JERSEY, COMMODORE BOBBLEHEAD
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 an autographed Antoine Vermette jersey courtesy of Verizon Wireless. Fans who receive updates via Jackets Alerts from Verizon Wireless will be directed to BlueJackets.com where they will answer a "This Week in Blue Jackets History" question. A winner will be selected from all those who answer the question correctly. For the week of Feb. 22-28, fans who follow the team on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/OfficialColumbusBlueJackets will be asked a Blue Jackets question beginning Tuesday, Feb. 23. They can share their thoughts with others there, but to be eligible to win will need to e-mail their answer to contests@bluejackets.com. One winner will be selected randomly from all responses and receive an autographed Mike Commodore Bobblehead.

BLUE JACKETS LONG SLEAVE T-SHIRT OFFER COURTESY OF ANHEUSER BUSCH
Beginning February 15, the Blue Jackets and Anheuser Busch are teaming up to reward purchasers of Bud Light at participating retailers in Central Ohio with a long sleeve Blue Jackets/Bud Light t-shirt. All fans ages 21 or over who purchase a 24-pack of Bud Light cans or bottles must simply mail in the attached rebate card to receive Columbus Blue Jackets/Bud Light long sleeve T-shirt. The packages and rebate cards will be available in stores until Sunday, February 28, while the rebate offer is good through March 31.

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 Coach's Show can be heard on Wednesdays from 6 to 7 p.m., hosted by Blue Jackets play by play announcer Jeff Rimer and featuring interim head coach Claude Noel. The show will return on Wednesday, Mar. 3 following the Olympic break… 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 MEDIAFans 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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