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Blue Jackets Weekly Report: February 8, 2010

by Blue Jackets Staff / Columbus Blue Jackets

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


Wed., Feb. 10 vs. SAN JOSE SHARKS, Nationwide Arena - 7 p.m.FSO HD/1460, CD101
Fri., Feb. 12 vs. VANCOUVER CANUCKS, Nationwide Arena - 7 p.m.FSO HD/1460, CD101
Sun., Feb. 14 vs. CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS, Nationwide Arena - 5 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:
24-27-9, 57 pts. (Central Division: 5th place; Western Conference: 14th place)… Streak: 2-0-0… Home: 14-9-5, 33 pts. (2-0-0)… Road: 10-18-4, 24 pts. (0-1-0)… Last Week's Results: 2-1-0… Feb. 2 – at Colorado 5, COLUMBUS 1… Feb. 4 – at COLUMBUS 2, Dallas 1… Feb. 6 – at COLUMBUS 4, Buffalo 0.

OPPONENTS AT A GLANCE
SAN JOSE SHARKS:
Record: 38-11-9, 85 pts. (Pacific Division: 1st place)… Head Coach: Todd McLellan… Sharks own the best record in the Western Conference and second-best in the NHL (Washington)… San Jose has gone 10-1-2 since Jan. 11 and boasts the NHL’s best road record at 19-6-2… Players to Watch: C Joe Thornton (leads club with 15-58-73, +19 in 58 games)… LW Dany Heatley (has 32-33-65, 14 PPG in 58 games)… G Evgeni Nabokov (32-8-9, 2.56 GAA, .927 SV%, 2 SO in 50 games)… Jackets vs. Sharks: 10-20-4 (9-6-2 at home, 1-14-2 on the road)… The home team has won 11 of the last 13 meetings… The teams split four games last year with the home team winning each game… San Jose won the first two meetings this season, 6-3 at home on Oct. 8 and a 3-2 SO win at Nationwide Arena on Nov. 4.

VANCOUVER CANUCKS: Record: 35-20-2, 72 pts. (Northwest Division: 1st place)… Head Coach: Alain Vigneault… The Canucks have gone 19-6-2 since Dec. 10, including an 8-2-0 mark in their last 10… Vancouver is the third-highest scoring team in the NHL (3.18 goals per game) and boasts the league's fifth-best power play (21.5 pct.)… Players to Watch: C Henrik Sedin (leads club and is second in the NHL in scoring with 25-53-78 in 57 games)… LW Alex Burrows (has 25-24-49, 4 SHG in 57 games)… G Roberto Luongo (30-15-2, 2.32 GAA, .920 SV%, 3 SO in 49 games)… Jackets vs. Canucks: 13-17-4 (7-6-3 at home, 6-11-1 on the road)… Columbus is 8-4-0 in the last 12 meetings, including a 3-1-0 mark in 2008-09… The Jackets earned a 5-3 win at GM Place in the first meeting this season on Oct. 5 and the Canucks earned a 7-3 win at home on Jan. 5.

CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS: Record: 38-15-5, 81 pts. (Central Division: 1st place)… Head Coach: Joel Quenneville… Chicago leads the NHL in shots per game (33.6 per game) and ranks fourth in scoring (3.10 goals per game)… The Hawks have won 16 games by three or more goals, which is fourth in the NHL… Players to Watch: RW Patrick Kane (leads club with 22-40-62 in 58 games)… D Duncan Keith (has 11-40-51 in 58 games)... G Cristobal Huet (24-11-4, 2.29 GAA, .903 SV%, 4 SO in 42 games)… Jackets vs. Blackhawks: 24-23-6 (14-10-3 at home, 10-13-3 on the road)… The Jackets have gone 20-14-4 vs. Chicago since the start of the 2003-04 season, including a 3-1-2 mark in 2008-09… Six of the last nine games have been decided in OT/SO… Chicago won 4-3 at home in an 11-round shootout on Dec. 1 and 6-5 at Columbus on Jan. 16.


PRACTICE SCHEDULE, Feb. 9-14 (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… D Mike Commodore (Injured Reserve on Feb. 5 retroactive to Jan. 30) is expected to miss at least one week… D Fedor Tyutin, RW Derek Dorsett and LW Fredrik Modin are all day-to-day… Man Games Lost to Injury: 187.

ROSTER REPORT
Feb. 6 –
Added RW Mike Blunden to the roster on emergency recall from the Syracuse Crunch (AHL)… Feb. 5 – Placed D Mike Commodore on Injured Reserve retroactive to Jan. 30.

OLYMPIC BREAK BEGINS FOLLOWING SUNDAY'S GAME
The Blue Jackets and the National Hockey League will suspend play following Sunday's games due to the 2010 Winter Olympic Games, which begin Friday in Vancouver. The Blue Jackets will return to practice on Wednesday, February 24, at 2 p.m. The club will have six players representing their countries at the Olympic Games – RW Rick Nash (Canada), LW Fredrik Modin, and C Samuel Pahlsson (Sweden), D Fedor Tyutin (Russia), D Jan Hejda (Czech Republic) and D Milan Jurcina (Slovakia). Hejda will be making his Olympic debut, while the others will all be playing in their second consecutive Games. Pahlsson and Modin helped Sweden win the gold medal at the 2006 Olympic Games in Turin, Italy.

NOEL REPLACES HITCHCOCK BEHIND THE BENCH, WINS FIRST TWO GAMES
The Blue Jackets relieved Ken Hitchcock of his duties as head coach on Feb. 3 and named assistant coach Claude Noel the club's interim head coach. Noel, who posted a 271-191-64 record as a head coach in the American Hockey League and International Hockey League and led the Milwaukee Admirals to the 2004 AHL Calder Cup championship, posted wins in his first two games behind the bench. He became the third CBJ head coach to win his debut, joining Doug MacLean (3-0-0 in his first three games) and Gerard Gallant, when the Jackets beat the Stars 2-1 on Feb. 4. Blue Jackets Head Coaching Debuts – DAVE KING (Oct. 7, 2007 vs. Chicago, 5-3 loss); MacLEAN (Jan. 8, 2003 at Minnesota, 2-1 win); GALLANT (Jan. 2, 2004 at Tampa Bay, 2-0 win); GARY AGNEW (interim – Nov. 15, 2006 vs. Nashville, 5-4 loss); and HITCHCOCK (Nov. 24, 2006 at Philadelphia, 3-2 loss).

MASON RETURNS TO CALDER WINNING FORM
G Steve Mason went 2-0-0 with a 0.50 GAA, .980 SV% and one shutout in two games last week, stopping 50-of-51 shots and coming within :47 of posting back-to-back shutouts. He made 24 saves in a 2-1 win over Dallas on Feb. 4, allowing the lone goal at 19:13 of the third period after the Stars pulled their goalie in favor of an extra attacker. Two nights later, he stopped 28 shots in a 4-0 win over the Buffalo Sabres to record his third shutout of the season. Mason, who was the Calder Trophy winner as NHL rookie of the year in 2008-09, has gone 4-2-0 with a 2.17 GAA and .921 SV% in his last six starts.

CAPTAIN PLAYS IN 500TH NHL GAME; REGISTERS 25TH GOAL IN SIXTH-STRAIGHT SEASON

RW Rick Nash is riding a four-game scoring streak (1-3-4) and has points in six of the last seven games (3-4-7), nine of the last 11 (6-6-12) and has collected 6-10-16 in his last 18 games after scoring his 25th goal of the season vs. Buffalo on Feb. 6. He has registered a point in 38-of-60 games this season and his longest streak without a point has been two games. He has collected 25-29-54 in 60 games and leads the club in goals, assists, points, shots (208 – sixth in the NHL) and ice time among forwards (21:11). He played in his 500th NHL game on Feb. 4 vs. Dallas, becoming the second player in club history to play in 500 games as a Blue Jacket (David Vyborny, 543). He has also scored at least 25 goals in six consecutive seasons.

NEWS & NOTES
Columbus has won three of its last four games to improve to 9-7-0 in its last 16 since a 3-14-7 stretch from Nov. 21-Jan. 5… The Blue Jackets have won four of their last five at Nationwide Arena and have won the first two games of a six-game homestand that ends in the first game after the Olympic Break vs. Vancouver on Mar. 2… The Blue Jackets are averaging 15,192 fans per game with six sellouts (Nationwide Arena – 18,144) this season compared to 15,060 through 28 games in 2008-09… Columbus continues to rank among NHL leaders on the power play (20.4 pct./6th) a year after ranking last (12.7 pct.)… LW R.J. Umberger has tallied 4-7-11 in his last 10 games after being held scoreless the previous four outings and has registered 19-22-41 in 60 games this season… D Anton Stralman has points in eight of the past 11 games (2-8-10)… D Milan Jurcina scored his first goal as a Blue Jacket vs. Buffalo on Feb. 6, snapping an 87-game goalless drought (Dec. 16, 2008 at NY Islanders while a member of the Washington Capitals)… RW Jakub Voracek matched his career high with three assists vs. Buffalo on Feb. 6… LW Kristian Huselius has collected 5-13-18 in his last 17 games… LW Raffi Torres scored his 17th goal vs. Buffalo on Feb. 6 in his 56th game, which is five more than the 12 he scored in 51 games last season.

PAHLSSON AUTOGRAPH SESSION TONIGHT
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 tonight from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

CAREER FAIR SET FOR FRIDAY
The Blue Jackets are hosting their annual Career Fair on Friday from 1 to 4 p.m. Representatives from over 20 companies will be on hand to meet with attendees. The cost is $25 and includes a ticket to that night's game vs. the Vancouver Canucks.

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
Wednesday, Feb. 10 vs. San Jose –
SUGARDALE $1 HOT DOG NIGHT.
Friday, Feb. 12 vs. Vancouver –
All fans in attendance receive Blue Jackets e-grips for their cell phones courtesy of Verizon Wireless… ALL YOU CAN EAT BUFFET 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… COORS LIGHT ICE COLD PUB HAT TRICK PACK: Fans can enjoy an All You Can Eat pre-game buffet in Coors Light Ice Cold Pub starting 90 minutes before game time, then watch the game in lower level seats and get a free drink after the game back in the pub. A limited number of tickets are available for each game.
Sunday, Feb. 14 vs. Chicago –
VALENTINE'S DAY PACK: This package includes two tickets, a pre-game couple's photo with Stinger and a red rose… DISPATCH FAMILY VALUE PACK: This special pack includes a game ticket, hot dog, popcorn, Pepsi, a voucher for UDF ice cream and Dispatch Ice Haus skate pass for just $25 per person.

WEEKLY GIVEAWAY/THIS WEEK – 4 TICKETS TO WEDNESDAY'S GAME VS. SAN JOSE
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 who gets updates from the team at www.twitter.com/BlueJacketsNHL will receive four lower bowl tickets to Wednesday's game vs. San Jose. Directions on how to win the tickets will be "tweeted" prior to the game.

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
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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