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Blue Jackets Weekly Report: Jan. 17, 2011

by Blue Jackets Staff / Columbus Blue Jackets

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


Tue., Jan. 18 at Tampa Bay Lightning, St. Pete Times Forum - 7:30 p.m. FOX Sports Ohio HD/97.1 The Fan
Wed., Jan. 19 at Florida Panthers, BankAtlantic Center - 7:30 p.m. FOX Sports Ohio HD/CD101 at 102.5 FM
Sat., Jan. 22 at St. Louis Blues, Scottrade Center - 8 p.m. FOX Sports Ohio HD/97.1 The Fan

BLUE JACKETS AT A GLANCE
Record:
21-20-4, 46 pts. (H: 12-10-1, A: 9-10-3; includes 1 H loss and 1 A win in Stockholm, SWE)… Standings: 5th/Central Division, 13th/Western Conference… Leading Scorers: LW/RW Rick Nash (21-18-39, 44 GP)… LW R.J. Umberger (15-15-30, 45 GP)… Leading Goaltenders: Mathieu Garon (8-9-2, 2.70 GAA, .902 SV%, 3 SO in 23 GP)… Steve Mason (13-11-2, 3.31 GAA, .897 SV%, 1 SO in 28 GP).

OPPONENTS AT A GLANCE
TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING –
Head Coach: Guy Boucher… Record: 26-15-5 (57 pts.)…. Standings: 1st/Southeast Division, 2nd/Eastern Conference… Leading Scorer: C Steven Stamkos (33-28-61, 46 GP)… Leading Goaltender: Dwayne Roloson (9-16-1, 2.74 GAA, .913 SV%, 2 SO in 26 GP)… All-Time Series: Jackets are 4-4-2 all-time vs. Tampa Bay, including 1-3-1 on the road… Jackets won the lone meeting in 2009-10, 3-2 at home, on Mar. 30… Lightning won last game at Tampa Bay, 2-1 OT, on Mar. 24, 2009… Nine of 10 games between the clubs decided by two goals or less, including five by one or less… Lone meeting this season.

FLORIDA PANTHERS – Head Coach: Peter DeBoer… Record: 21-20-2 (44 pts.)… Standings: 5th/Southeast Division, 10th/Eastern Conference… Leading Scorer: C Stephen Weiss (13-18-31, 42 GP)… Leading Goaltender: Tomas Vokoun (16-15-1, 2.56 GAA, .922 SV%, 5 SO in 33 GP)… All-Time Series: The Jackets are 5-4-0 all-time vs. Florida, including 3-2-0 on the road… Columbus won lone meeting in 2009-10, 3-0 at home, on Dec. 9… Jackets won last meeting at Florida, 3-1, on Mar. 21, 2009… First of two meetings this season… Clubs next meet at Columbus on Mar. 29.

ST. LOUIS BLUES – Head Coach: Davis Payne… Record: 21-17-6 (48 pts.)… Standings: 4th/Central Division, 12th/Western Conference… Leading Scorer: RW David Backes (14-21-35, 44 GP)… Leading Goaltender: Jaroslav Halak (16-14-4, 2.54 GAA, .910 SV%, 4 SO, 35 GP)… All-Time Series: The Jackets are 22-26-11 all-time vs. the Blues, including 7-17-6 on the road… Columbus went 3-2-1 in the series in 2009-10… Third of six meetings this season… Columbus won 8-1 at home on Nov. 10 and St. Louis won 4-1 at home on Dec. 9… The club's next meet at St. Louis on Mar. 7.


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THIS WEEK IN BLUE JACKETS HISTORY

Jan. 17, 2008 –
Rick Nash scores one of the most dynamic goals in NHL history as he beats a pair of Phoenix defensemen and goaltender Mikael Tellqvist with 21.5 seconds remaining in the third period to lift the Blue Jackets to a 4-3 win over the Coyotes at Jobing.com Arena. Phoenix had scored a power play goal with Nash in the penalty box to tie the game at 3-3 right before the Jackets captain's heroics.

TRANSACTIONS/OhioHealth INJURY REPORT
TRANSACTIONS:
Jan. 12 – Assigned G David LeNeveu to the Springfield Falcons (AHL)… INJURY REPORT: LW Ethan Moreau (Jan. 4 at Phoenix) is expected to miss at least one week… Man Games Lost to Injury: 105.

LAST WEEK'S RESULTS
Jan. 11 –
Phoenix 4, at COLUMBUS 3: Derek Morris’ third period goal lifted the Coyotes to the win as Phoenix overcame 2-0 and 3-1 deficits to earn the victory despite being outshot by the Jackets 40 to 28. Jared Boll, Rostislav Klesla and Kristian Huselius scored for Columbus… Jan. 14 – at COLUMBUS 3, Detroit 2 (SO): Steve Mason made 26 saves and stopped all four Detroit shootout attempts, while Antoine Vermette scored the shootout game-winner to lead the Jackets. Columbus took a 2-0 lead on goals by Jakub Voracek and Grant Clitsome before the Wings rallied behind 21 saves from Joey MacDonald, who replaced an injured Jimmy Howard midway through the first period… Jan. 15 – at Detroit 6, COLUMBUS 5 (OT): Rick Nash tallied 1-2-3, including the tying goal with 1:04 left in the third period to force overtime, but Johan Franzen netted the game-winner 45 seconds into the extra session. The Blue Jackets led 2-0 and 3-2, while the Red Wings held 4-3 and 5-4 leads earlier in the contest. Drew Miller led Detroit with 1-2-3.

TEAM NEWS & NOTES
The Blue Jackets have earned points in back-to-back games (1-0-1) after a season-high five-game losing streak from Jan. 2-11 that came on the heals of three-straight wins from Dec. 27-31… Columbus enters the week having posted a 7-2-0 mark vs. Eastern Conference clubs this season and is 34-15-6 vs. the East since the start of the 2007-08 season… The Jackets are 15-2-2 vs. the Southeast Division since 2007... The Blue Jackets have gone 7-4 in games decided in overtime or the shootout, including 4-1 in shootouts… Last season, the club posted records of 5-15 (OT/SO) and 2-10 (SO) in those categories… Columbus enters the week ranked fifth in the NHL in total hits (1,170)… The Blue Jackets rank 10th in the NHL in faceoff percentage (51.1 pct.)… The Blue Jackets have registered 40 or more shots in a game five times this season, which is a franchise record… Following this week’s three road games, Columbus will host Anaheim on Tuesday, Jan. 25, in its final game before the NHL All-Star break.

NASH NAMED TO FIFTH-STRAIGHT ALL-STAR GAME
LW/RW Rick Nash, who has 3-2-5 during his current four-game point streak, was named to his fifth-straight All-Star Game by the NHL last week. The Jackets captain, who also appeared in the 2004, 2007, 2008 and 2009 All-Star Games, has tallied 6-4-10 to lead all NHL players in ASG scoring since 2004. He currently leads the club in scoring with 21-18-39 in 44 games and ranks among NHL leaders in goals (9th), game-winning goals (4th-T, 5) and shots (7th, 181). The 2011 All-Star Game presented by Discover will be held at the RBC Center in Raleigh, North Carolina on Sunday, January 30. It will be televised live on VERSUS at 4 p.m. ET.

TYUTIN BOLSTERING BLUELINE
D Fedor Tyutin is riding a four-game point streak (1-4-5) to push his season totals to 3-12-15 in 43 games. He has collected points in eight of the past 11 games (2-7-9) and has 3-9-12 the past 19 games after being held to 0-3-3 the first 24 games of the season. He has also logged 18-plus minutes in all but three games this season and has topped the 20-minute mark in 19-straight games.

SPEAKING OF BOLSTERING THE BLUELINE
D Grant Clitsome has appeared in three games since being recalled from Springfield (AHL) and he has tallied 2-1-3, averaged 18:20 of ice time, fired off three shots and registered seven hits. After being held without a point in his season debut vs. Phoenix on Jan. 11, he scored a goal vs. Detroit on Jan. 14 and added 1-1-2 at Detroit the following night. He now has 3-3-6 in 14 career NHL games.

PLAYER NOTES
RW Jakub Voracek has tallied 4-6-10 in his last 11 games, including 0-2-2 and a +3 plus/minus rating at Detroit on Jan. 15, to raise his season totals to 9-19-28 and +2 in 43 games… LW R.J. Umberger, who has played in 212 consecutive games dating back to April 2008, has scored seven goals in his last 12 games and ranks second on the club in goals and points with 15-15-30 in 45 outings… Rookie LW Matt Calvert has scored two goals in his first five NHL games.

UPCOMING PROMOTIONS
Tuesday, Jan. 25 vs. Anaheim – MILLER LITE POWER PLAY SUITE –
Enjoy Blue Jackets hockey from the NEW Miller Lite Power Play Suite. In a addition to a great seat for Blue Jackets games at Nationwide Arena, this one-of-a-kind suite features flat screen TVs, air hockey, bubble hockey and more! For $75, fans (ages 21-older) get a game ticket, Miller Lite T-Shirt, 2 Miller Lites, All-You-Can-Eat Wings, Potato Skins, Pretzel Bites and Dip.

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: Jan. 25 vs. Anaheim, 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.

BLUE JACKETS ALL ACCESS OFFERS UNIQUE EXPERIENCES THROUGH TEAM FACEBOOK PAGE
Fans who visit the Blue Jackets' official Facebook page (www.Facebook.com/officialcolumbusbluejackets) will have the opportunity to win four exclusive VIP experiences through Blue Jackets All Access presented by FOX Sports Ohio. Fans that click on the "All-Access" tab of the Blue Jackets official Facebook page and "like" both the Blue Jackets and FOX Sports Ohio, may register to win one of four unique opportunities. The first prize package was announced last week, while additional prizes will be revealed on the following dates – January 17, January 24 and February 7.

OFFICIAL VIEWING PARTY SET FOR TUESDAY AT ROOSTERS IN NEW ALBANY
Fans are invited to attend the Blue Jackets' Official Viewing Party this Tuesday, January 18, when the Jackets take on the Tampa Bay Lightning at 7:30 p.m. on FOX Sports Ohio HD. The viewing party will be held at Roosters in New Albany (5511 New Albany Road West) and will include prize giveaways, drink specials courtesy of Three Olives and Labatt Blue and more.

BLUE JACKETS, BOB EVANS RESTAURANTS LAUNCH STUDENT ACHIEVERS PROGRAM
The Blue Jackets and Bob Evans Restaurants have teamed up to introduce the Student Achievers Program, which encourages scholastic excellence, civic responsibility and perseverance by rewarding students with free tickets to Blue Jackets games and free kid’s meals at local Bob Evans restaurants. Students at approximately 480 central Ohio elementary and middle schools are eligible to be nominated by participating school administrators and/or teachers. In addition, all selected Student Achievers are invited to submit a brief essay for a chance to be chosen as one of two Student Achievers of the Year. The winning students will be recognized at a Blue Jackets game and receive a $500 U.S. Savings Bond, while their respective schools will each receive a check for $1,000.

THIS WEEK ON JACKETS TV AT BLUEJACKETS.COM
Monday – Top Five Plays of the Week… Jackets, Bob Evans Launch Student Achievers Program… Tuesday – Game Day Coverage at Tampa Bay… Behind the Bench with Scott Arniel…
Wednesday – Game Day Coverage at Florida… Celebrity Bartending For Charity…
Thursday – One-on-One with goaltender Steve Mason
Friday – Season Ticket Holder of the Month Profile…
Saturday – Game Day Coverage at St. Louis.

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 guest is longtime NHL broadcaster Dave Strader… "BEYOND THE BOARDS" gives fans a chance to learn more about their favorite Blue Jackets. This week, CBJ radio broadcaster Bob McElligott sits down with defenseman Marc Methot… "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 on Wednesdays at 6 p.m. as Jackets head coach Scott Arniel is joined by Jeff Rimer and 97.1 The Fan's Scott Torgerson. This week's show will air on Thursday, January 20.

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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