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Blue Jackets Weekly Report: Jan. 2
Columbus hits the road for tough three-game trip to California

by Staff Writer / Columbus Blue Jackets

THIS WEEK'S GAME SCHEDULE


Wed., Jan. 3 at Los Angeles Kings, STAPLES Center - 10:30 p.m.
Fri., Jan. 5 at Anaheim Ducks, Honda Center - 10 p.m.
Sat., Jan. 6 at San Jose Sharks, HP Pavilion at San Jose - 10:30 p.m.
*All games will broadcast on FSN Ohio as well as WBNS-AM1460 The Fan and CD101.1 FM.

OPPONENTS AT A GLANCE
Los Angeles Kings
14-22-5, 33 pts.5th, Pacific Division
C Anze Kopitar
(Ranks 1st among rookies in assists, 2nd in points)

Anaheim Ducks
28-7-6, 62 pts.1st, Pacific Division
RW Teemu Selanne
(9-time All-Star, 2006 Masterton Trophy winner)

San Jose Sharks
26-14-0, 52 pts.2nd, Pacific Division
C Joe Thornton
(3-time All-Star; 2006 Hart & Art Ross Trophy winner)

PRACTICE SCHEDULE
Tue., Jan. 2 - Toyota Sports Center 12:30 p.m. PT
Fri., Jan. 5 - Toyota Sports Center 10:30 a.m. PT
Wed., Jan. 3 - STAPLES Center 11:30 a.m. PT
Sat., Jan. 6 - HP Pavilion 12:30 p.m. PT
Thu., Jan. 4 - Toyota Sports Center 1 p.m. PT
Sun., Jan. 7 - No Practice Scheduled
Practices last 60-90 minutes. Practices in the Dispatch Ice Haus are open to the public.

LAST WEEK'S RESULTS (Dec. 18-31)
Dec. 18 vs. Detroit (W, 4-2)
Fedorov has 2-1-3 as Jackets beat Detroit in Columbus for first time since Nov. 20, 2003

Dec. 20 at Detroit (L, 0-5)
Hasek stops all 27 Columbus shots; Jackets road unbeaten streak snapped at five (4-0-1)

Dec. 22 vs. Vancouver (W, 3-2)
Carter tallies 1-1-2, Hainsey adds 0-2-2 to hand Canucks sixth straight road loss

Dec. 23 at NY Islanders (L, 0-4)
DiPietro stops 26 shots, Columbus suffers first loss in franchise history to Islanders

Dec. 26 vs. Boston (OTW, 5-4)
Vyborny has 2-1-3 and game-winner as Jackets rally for first win when down after two periods

Dec. 28 vs. Detroit (L, 4-7)
Cleary nets hat trick to guide Detroit comeback after Columbus rallied from 3-0 deficit

Dec. 29 at Minnesota (OTL, 3-4)
Lindstrom scores first career NHL goal; Walz scores 1:29 into overtime to give Wild win

Dec. 31 vs. Chicago (W, 3-1)
Norrena stops 21-of-22 shots to give Columbus its best month in history

ROSTER REPORT
RECENT TRANSACTIONS: Jan. 1 – Assigned LW Joakim Lindstrom to Syracuse Crunch (AHL)? Dec. 26 – Placed G Pascal Leclaire on Injured Reserve; Added G Ty Conklin and LW Joakim Lindstrom to the roster on emergency recall from Syracuse (AHL)? Dec. 23 – Assigned G Ty Conklin to Syracuse Crunch (AHL)? Dec. 23 – Added G Ty Conklin to the roster on emergency recall from Syracuse (AHL).

OhioHealth INJURY REPORT: D Bryan Berard (back injury, surgery on Oct. 19) is expected to miss approximately three months? G Pascal Leclaire (arthroscopic knee surgery, Dec. 26) is expected to miss approximately six weeks? RW Anson Carter (shoulder injury, Dec. 23 at NY Islanders) is expected to miss 10-14 days? D Rostislav Klesla (foot injury, Dec. 28 vs. Detroit) is day-to-day? Man Games Lost to Injury - 102.

TEAM NOTES
The Jackets posted their best month in franchise history in December, going 9-5-2 during the month.

Columbus is 10-7-2 under head coach Ken Hitchcock. The Blue Jackets scored three or more goals in 13 of 19 games under Hitchcock.

The club is averaging 3.11 goals per game in 19 games under Hitchcock compared to 2.15 prior to his arrival. The Jackets only are allowing an average of 2.84 goals per game in the past 19 games after allowing an average of 3.25 in the previous 20.

PLAYER NOTES
RW David Vyborny, who leads the Blue Jackets in scoring with 10-26-36 in 39 games, has collected 6-12-18 with six multi-point games in his past 13 contests after registering 0-4-4 in the previous 13 games. He also netted his 100th career goal Dec. 28 vs. Detroit. He is two goals behind LW Rick Nash for the Blue Jackets all-time lead in goals scored.

D Adam Foote played his 100th career game as a Blue Jacket Dec. 31 vs. Chicago. He is expected to play in his 900th career game tomorrow night at Los Angeles.

LW Rick Nash has registered a point in seven of the past 10 games. He tallied 4-6-10 to bring his season totals to 13-17-30 in 37 games, ranking second on the club in points.

C Sergei Fedorov scored a goal Dec. 31 vs. Chicago to give him 13 on the season, which is one more than he had in 67 games with Anaheim and Columbus last season. He is tied for the team lead in goals with Nash.

D Ron Hainsey has notched 1-4-5 in his last six games and has set a career-high in goals (4) and points (18).

RW Dan Fritsche has a point in three of the past four games and brought his season totals to 7-10-17, setting career highs in all three categories.

LW Jason Chimera is riding a four-game point streak (2-2-4) and is expected to play his 250th career game tomorrow night vs. Los Angeles.

PLAYER MILESTONES
RW Anson Carter is two goals shy of 200 in his NHL career (198-213-411 in 645 games).

C Sergei Fedorov is nine points shy of 1,100 for his NHL career (456-635-1,091 in 1,088 games).

LW Fredrik Modin is eight goals shy of 200 in his NHL career (192-187-389 in 690 games).

UPCOMING PROMOTIONSIN THE COMMUNITY
Jan. 9 vs. St. Louis – DispatchMix 97.1 Family Night: Purchase a DispatchMix 97.1 Family Night package and you?ll receive 4 tickets, 4 Sugardale hot dogs, 4 Pepsis, 4 popcorns, 4 UDF Ice Cream cone coupons, and 4 skate passes to the Dispatch Ice Haus for just $88.

Jan. 10 – Black Tie. Blue Jackets: The Columbus Blue Jackets Foundation will be hosting a fashion show and meet and greet at Saks Fifth Avenue featuring your Blue Jackets players and wives alongside local pediatric cancer heroes at Polaris Fashion Place on Wed., January 10 from 6-8 p.m. Tickets for this limited seating event are $50 (guests will receive a $50 Saks gift certificate) and will benefit the fight against pediatric cancer. This special evening will include hors d'oeuvres and cocktails, a chance to meet the models and bid on exclusive silent auction items.

Jan. 13 vs. Nashville – FSN Ohio White Out Night: It?s time to ?white out? the Nashville Predators on Saturday, Jan. 13. All fans will receive a ?White Out? T-shirt presented by FSN Ohio.

For information on all promotions, log on to http:sandbox.nhl.com:8103teamappbluejackets?service=page&page=NHLPage&bcid= or call (614) 246-PUCK.

BLUE JACKETS ON THE RADIO
The Doug MacLean Show airs on WBNS Sports Radio 1460 The Fan on Wednesdays from 3-4 p.m. with the Blue Jackets President and General Manager, FSN Ohio?s Jeff Rimer and 1460 the Fan?s Bruce Hooley.

Between the Pipes with the Blue Jackets can be heard on the Blue Jackets Radio Network and flagship station Sports Radio 1460 the Fan on Sundays from 10-11 a.m. with hosts Mark Wyant and members of the Blue Jackets broadcast team.

TICKET INFORMATION
Individual game and group tickets for Blue Jackets games at Nationwide Arena are on sale now at the Nationwide Arena Ticket Office, the Chiller Easton, the Chiller Dublin and Chiller North, all Ticketmaster Ticket Centers, by phone at (614) 431-3600 or via the internet at http:www.ticketmaster.com.

For information on season tickets or 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.

 

 

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