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Blue Jackets Weekly Report: Jan. 25-31

by Blue Jackets Staff / Columbus Blue Jackets

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


Tue., Jan. 26 vs. NASHVILLE PREDATORS, Nationwide Arena - 7 p.m. FSO HD/1460, CD101
Thu., Jan. 28 vs. LOS ANGELES KINGS, Nationwide Arena - 7 p.m.      FSO HD/1460, CD101
Sat., Jan. 30 at St. Louis Blues, Scottrade Center - 8 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:
20-25-9, 49 pts. (Central Division: 5th place; Western Conference: 14th place)… Streak: 0-1-0… Home: 11-8-5, 27 pts. (1-0-0)… Road: 9-17-4, 22 pts. (0-1-0)… Last Week’s Results: 2-2-0… Jan. 18 – at COLUMBUS 4, St. Louis 2… Jan. 19 – at Philadelphia 5, Columbus 3… Jan. 21 – COLUMBUS 3, at Boston 2… Jan. 23 – at Minnesota 4, COLUMBUS 2.

OPPONENTS AT A GLANCE
NASHVILLE PREDATORS:
Record: 29-19-3, 61pts. (Central Division: 2nd place)… Head Coach: Barry Trotz… Nashville has lost three-straight games since posting a 7-2-0 mark in its previous nine outings… The Predators have gone 15-9-2 on the road compared to 14-10-1 at home… Players to Watch: LW Steve Sullivan (leads club with 10-22-32 in 51 games)… RW Patric Hornqvist (has 20-12-32, 6 GWG in 50 games)… G Pekka Rinne (18-9-2, 2.80 GAA, .904 SV%, 2 SO in 30 games)… Jackets vs. Predators: 15-32-8 (11-13-3 at home, 4-19-5 on the road)… The Jackets posted a winning record in the series for the first time since 2000-01 with a 3-2-1 mark in 2008-09… Nashville has won the first four meetings this season – 4-3 shootout wins at home on Nov. 21 and Dec. 10 and 5-3 and 2-1 OT at Nationwide Arena on Dec. 14 and Dec. 31, respectively.

LOS ANGELES KINGS: Record: 29-19-3, 61 pts. (Pacific Division: 3rd place)… Head Coach: Terry Murray… The Kings are 4-1-0 in their last five games… Los Angeles ranks ninth in the NHL in scoring (2.82 goals per game)… Players to Watch: C Anze Kopitar (leads club with 20-30-50, 7 PPG in 51 games)… D Drew Doughty (has 9-29-38 in 51 games)… G Jonathan Quick (27-16-3, 2.59 GAA, .906 SV%, 1 SO in 46 games)… Jackets vs. Kings: 17-15-2 (11-6-1 at home, 6-9-1 on the road)… The two teams split four games last season with each team winning once at home and once on the road… The Jackets won the final two meetings of 2008-09, 2-0 at Los Angeles on Dec. 29, 2008 and 5-4 at home on Mar. 3, 2009 and the first meeting this season, 4-1 at home on Oct. 17 before suffering a 6-2 loss at Los Angeles on Oct. 25.

ST. LOUIS BLUES: Record: 22-21-8, 52 pts. (Central Division: 4th place)… Head Coach: Davis Payne (replaced Andy Murray on Jan. 2)… St. Louis has gone 5-4-2 since the coaching change… The Blues rank sixth in the NHL in penalty killing at 84.8 pct… Players to Watch: C Brad Boyes (leads club with 10-24-34 in 51 games)… C Andy McDonald (has 16-15-31 in 48 games)… G Chris Mason (15-15-7, 2.54 GAA, .911 SV%, 1 SO in 37 games)… Jackets vs. Blues: 20-24-10 (14-8-5 at home, 6-16-5 on the road)… Columbus is 4-10-1 in its last 15 vs. St. Louis, including a 1-4-1 mark in 2008-09… Prior to that stretch, the Jackets had posted a 9-1-4 mark vs. the Blues between Jan. 20, 2006-Nov. 4, 2007… The home team has won all three meetings this season – Columbus, 5-2 on Nov. 30 and 4-2 on Jan. 18 and St. Louis, 4-1 on Jan. 12.

PRACTICE SCHEDULE, Jan. 26-Feb. 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 six weeks… RW Jakub Voracek (Jan. 21 at Boston) is day-to-day… Man Games Lost to Injury: 169.

ROSTER REPORT
Jan. 19 –
Activated LW Fredrik Modin off Injured Reserve… Assigned LW Alexandre Picard to Syracuse Crunch (AHL)… Jan. 18 – Placed LW Fredrik Modin on Injured Reserve… Activated D Marc Methot off Injured Reserve.

UMBERGER ON PACE FOR CAREER YEAR
LW R.J. Umberger had a four-game point streak (3-3-6) snapped at Minnesota on Jan. 23 but has tallied 14-11-25 over the past 33 games to raise his season totals to 18-18-36 in 54 games this season. He picked up his fourth multi-goal game of the season with two tallies against his former teammates at Philadelphia on Jan. 19. His 18 assists are two shy of matching his output in 82 games last season and he is on pace to surpass his career highs for goals (26 in 2008-09) and points (50 in 2007-08 with Philadelphia). He also has registered at least one shot on goal in all but three games this season (Nov. 16 vs. Edmonton, Jan. 8 at Calgary and Jan. 23 at Minnesota).

VERMETTE FLOURISHING AS A BLUE JACKET
C Antoine Vermette snapped a five-game goalless skid with his 15th of the season at Boston on Jan. 21 and added 1-1-2 at Minnesota on Jan. 23 to give him 5-6-11 in his last 11 games. With 16-25-41 in 54 games this season, he is already matched his output of a year ago when he combined to score 16-25-41 in 79 games with Ottawa and Columbus. His best offensive season was 2007-08 when he notched 24-29-53 in 81 games with the Senators. Since joining the Blue Jackets last March, he has registered 23-31-54 in 71 games (.760 points per game) compared to 80-87-167 in 359 games with the Senators (.465).

NEWS & NOTES
The Blue Jackets have gone 5-5-0 in their last 10 games after posting a 3-14-7 mark in the previous 24 outings… Columbus scored its 41st power play goal in its 53rd game at Boston on Jan. 21 to match the number scored in all of 2008-09… The club has converted 41-of-199 power play chances this season (20.6 pct./7th in the NHL) compared to 41-of-322 (12.7 pct./30th in the NHL) a year ago… The Blue Jackets are averaging 15,221 fans per game through 24 home games this season, which is an increase of 358 more than 2008-09 (14,863 through 24 games)… RW Chris Clark registered his first point as a Blue Jacket with 0-1-1 vs. Chicago on Jan. 16 and added goals vs. St. Louis on Jan. 18 and at Boston on Jan. 21… LW Rick Nash has collected 5-3-8 in his last seven games to raise his season totals to 24-25-49 in 54 games… LW Raffi Torres has tallied 6-3-9 in his last 12 games… LW Kristian Huselius (1-7-8) and D Anton Stralman (0-5-5) each had a four-game point streaks snapped at Minnesota on Jan. 23.

UPCOMING PROMOTIONS
Tuesday, Jan. 26 vs. Nashville –
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 two and half hours 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… 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.

Thursday, Jan. 28 vs. Los Angeles – NHL NETWORK NIGHT: All fans receive a free NHL Network magnet… TICKET AND MEAL DEAL: The package for all Tuesday and Thursday games 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… 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… ALL YOU CAN EAT PACK: 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.

WEEKLY GIVEAWAY/THIS WEEK – AUTOGRAPHED MINI GOALIE MASK
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 mini goalie mask autographed by Steve Mason and Mathieu Garon. Fans who follow the team on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/OfficialColumbusBlueJackets will be asked a Blue Jackets question beginning Tuesday through Sunday. 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.

HITCH'S RADIO SHOW FROM R BAR ON WEDNESDAY
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. This week's show will be broadcast live from R Bar in the Arena District.

THURSDAY'S GAME VS. KINGS "ALL ACCESS" ON FOX SPORTS OHIO
Thursday's telecast of the Blue Jackets-Kings game on FOX Sports Ohio HD is another "All Access" game that will give viewers the opportunity to interact with the broadcast team online through "Cover It Live." Fans can visit www.foxsportsohio.com and click on the "Blue Jackets All Access" graphic to log in to "Cover It Live" and submit questions for the broadcast team. In addition, "Jackets Wired" will give fans an exclusive look behind the bench as assistant coach Gord Murphy will be 'wired for sound,' during the game. Viewers will also go behind the scenes into the Blue Jackets video room for a live look at the video break-down work of video coordinator Dan Singleton. Additional features include: a live camera inside the Blue Jackets dressing room before the game, intermission interviews with Head Coach Ken Hitchcock and backstage looks at Nationwide Arena on game night.

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

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.

WIN A VIP WEEKEND IN NASHVILLE COURTESY OF DONATOS PIZZA
Donatos Pizza wants to make one lucky fan a Blue Jackets VIP. Anyone who orders a medium or large pizza from Donatos through January 31 receives a scratch and win card. Every card is a winner with prizes ranging from free Pepsi products, Donatos Cinnamon Twists, discounts on Blue Jackets tickets and Donatos pizzas. One grand prize winner will receive a weekend experience that includes watching the team skate at Nationwide Arena and lunch with team broadcasters on Friday, March 19; tickets to that night’s game vs. Minnesota, a Zamboni ride, overnight stay at the Crowne Plaza in downtown Columbus and team-autographed items. On Saturday, March 20, the winner and guest travel to Nashville to watch the team take on the Predators at the Sommet Center. In addition to the round-trip airfare, a pair of game tickets, overnight accommodations at the team hotel and $200 spending cash, the VIP package also includes a pair of tickets to the Country Music Hall of Fame.

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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