Tue., Jan. 4 at Phoenix Coyotes, Jobing.com Arena - 9 p.m. FOX Sports Ohio HD/CD101 at 102.5 FM
Fri., Jan. 7 at Anaheim Ducks, Honda Center - 10 p.m. FOX Sports Ohio HD/97.1 The Fan
Sat., Jan. 8 at Los Angeles Kings, STAPLES Center - 10:30 p.m. FOX Sports Ohio HD/97.1 The Fan
BLUE JACKETS AT A GLANCE
Record: 20-16-3, 43 pts. (H: 11-9-1, A: 9-7-2; includes 1 H loss and 1 A win in Stockholm, SWE)… Standings: 4th/Central Division, 10th/Western Conference… Leading Scorers: LW/RW Rick Nash (18-13-31, 38 GP)… LW R.J. Umberger (13-14-27, 39 GP)… Leading Goaltenders: Mathieu Garon (8-6-2, 2.32 GAA, .913 SV%, 3 SO in 19 GP)… Steve Mason (12-10-1, 3.19 GAA, .902 SV%, 1 SO in 25 GP).
OPPONENTS AT A GLANCE
PHOENIX COYOTES – Head Coach: Dave Tippett… Record: 17-13-8 (42 pts.)…. Standings: 5th/Pacific Division, 12th/Western Conference… Leading Scorer: D Keith Yandle (6-23-29, 38 GP)… Leading Goaltender: Ilya Bryzgalov (13-8-6, 2.64 GAA, .916 SV%, 2 SO in 29 GP)… All-Time Series: Jackets are 12-18-6 all-time, including 5-9-4 on the road… Jackets went 1-2-1 vs. Coyotes last season and are 1-6-1 over the past two campaigns… First of four meetings this season… Clubs next meet at Columbus on Jan. 11.
ANAHEIM DUCKS – Head Coach: Randy Carlyle… Record: 21-17-4 (46 pts.)… Standings: 3rd/Pacific Division, 5th/Western Conference… Leading Scorer: RW Corey Perry (21-23-44, 42 GP)… Leading Goaltender: Jonas Hiller (19-13-3, 2.54 GAA, .925 SV%, 2 SO in 34 GP)… All-Time Series: Jackets are 19-15-4, including 9-7-3 on the road… Columbus went 3-1-0 in 2009-10, winning the season series for the first time since 2003-04… The road team has won seven of the last 10 games… Third of four meetings this season… Columbus won 3-1 at home on Oct. 20 and 4-3 at Anaheim on Nov. 19… Clubs next meet on Jan. 25 vs. Anaheim.
LOS ANGELES KINGS – Head Coach: Terry Murray… Record: 22-15-1 (45 pts.)… Standings: 4th/Pacific Division, 6th/Western Conference… Leading Scorer: C Anze Kopitar (15-26-41, 38 GP)… Leading Goaltender: Jonathan Quick (18-9-1, 2.02 GAA, .925 SV%, 4 SO in 29 GP)… All-Time Series: The Jackets are 18-17-2 all-time, including 7-11-1 on the road… The Jackets went 1-3-0 vs. the Kings in 2009-10 with all four games decided by three goals or more… Second of four meetings this season… Columbus won 5-3 at Los Angeles on Nov. 17… The clubs next meet at Columbus on Feb. 16.
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THIS WEEK IN BLUE JACKETS HISTORY
Jan. 8, 2006 – Bryan Berard scored three goals against Coyotes goaltender Curtis Joseph to lead the Blue Jackets to a 5-3 win at Phoenix. The hat trick was the second in club history – and most recent – by a Blue Jackets defenseman. Deron Quint was the first CBJ blueliner to accomplish the fete at Florida on Mar. 9, 2001.
TRANSACTIONS/OhioHealth INJURY REPORT
TRANSACTIONS: Dec. 30 – Activated C Derek MacKenzie off Injured Reserve… Dec. 29 – Assigned LW Tom Sestito to the Springfield Falcons (AHL)… INJURY REPORT: None… Man Games Lost to Injury: 100.
LAST WEEK'S RESULTS
Dec. 27 – at COLUMBUS 4, MINNESOTA 3 (SO): Steve Mason made 37 saves in regulation and stopped 2-of-3 shootout attempts, while Rick Nash (0-2-2), Kristian Huselius and Kyle Wilson each converted in the shootout to lead the Jackets, who won despite being outshot 40 to 22 in the game… Dec. 30 – COLUMBUS 3, at TORONTO 2: Kristian Huselius scored a pair of goals and R.J. Umberger tipped a Rick Nash shot past Jonas Gustavsson on an early third period power play as the Jackets came back from 1-0 and 2-1 deficits to earn their first-ever regulation win over the Maple Leafs… Dec. 31– at COLUMBUS 4, OTTAWA 3 (OT): The Blue Jackets jumped out to a 3-0 lead on goals by R.J. Umberger, Samuel Pahlsson and Rick Nash before needing Jakub Voracek’s tally at 2:06 of overtime to beat the Senators. Ottawa forced overtime when Daniel Alfredsson scored at 18:49 of the third period. Steve Mason made 35 saves in net for Columbus… Jan. 2 – at NASHVILLE 4, COLUMBUS 1: R.J. Umberger scored just 37 seconds into the game and Columbus led 1-0 after one period, but the Predators used a three-goal second period to snap the Jackets’ three-game winning streak. Shea Weber tallied 1-2-3 to lead Nashville, which held a 26 to 20 edge in shots on goal.
BLUE JACKETS FASTEST TO 20 WINS IN TEAM HISTORY
With a 4-3 OT win over Ottawa in their 38th game (20-15-3), the Blue Jackets hit the 20-win mark faster than any previous season in club history. The previous best start came in 2008-09 when the Columbus picked up win No. 20 in its 42nd game (20-18-4). The Jackets enter the week 20-16-3 through 39 games. The quickest the team has ever posted 21 wins is 43 games (21-18-4) in 2008-09.
TEAM NEWS & NOTES
Columbus has gone 6-6-2 in its last 14 games… In its nine previous seasons, Columbus has won more games during the month of January (57) than in any other month (March, 55)… The Jackets play eight of 11 games this month on the road… With a 9-7-2 road record, the club has already matched its total for road wins in two previous seasons (2000-01 and 2002-03) and surpassed two others (eight in 2001-02 and 2003-04). .. The franchise record for road wins in a season is 16 in 2008-09 (16-18-7)… The Blue Jackets are 7-2-0 vs. Eastern Conference clubs this season and 34-15-6 since the 2007-08 season after wins over Toronto and Ottawa last week.
LW R.J. Umberger has scored a goal in three-straight games and has collected 5-2-7 in his last nine outings to raise his season totals to 13-14-27 in 39 games. He ranks second on the club in goals and points and is the only Blue Jacket to score multiple power play (three), shorthanded (two) and game-winning goals (two) this season. He has also played in 205-consecutive games dating back to Apr.2, 2008 (with Philadelphia), including all 202 since joining the Blue Jackets. His streak is the second-longest in club history (243, Jason Chimera from Oct. 9, 2005 to Apr. 5, 2008.
C Antoine Vermette is three games shy of 500 in his NHL career (123-144-267 in 497 games) and could reach the plateau when the Jackets visit Los Angeles on Saturday… LW/RW Rick Nash has tallied 1-4-5 in four games since enduring a season-high four-game point drought from Dec. 18-26… LW Kristian Huselius has collected 5-2-7 in his last nine games… D Fedor Tyutin has collected 2-4-6 in his last 13 games after being held to 0-3-3 in his first 24 outings this season… RW Jakub Voracek, who is expected to play in his 200th NHL game at Anaheim on Friday, has tallied 2-2-4 in his last five games and is tied for the club lead in assists with 15 (Derick Brassard)… G Steve Mason went 3-0-0 with a 2.57 GAA and .922 SV% from Dec. 27-31 after not starting the previous four games. He is 9-3-0 this season when facing 30 or more shots compared to 3-7-1 when he sees fewer than 30 shots on goal.
FOURTH ALUMNI NIGHT FEATURING TYLER WRIGHT SET FOR JANUARY 14
The Blue Jackets' fourth Alumni Night of their 10th Season, presented by AAA Ohio, is scheduled for Friday, Jan. 14 when the team hosts the Detroit Red Wings and welcomes back Tyler Wright. The club’s current development coach, he was selected by Columbus in the 2000 Expansion Draft. He tallied 57-51-108 and added 436 penalty minutes in 309 games as a Blue Jacket from 2000-06 and was the first player in club history to record two hat tricks in the same season (2002-03). Wright will drop the ceremonial first puck prior to the game and sign autographs for fans after the game's conclusion on the Nationwide Arena concourse. In addition, all fans in attendance will receive a 10th season Blue Jackets scarf courtesy of AAA Ohio.
Friday, Jan. 14 vs. Detroit – TIM HORTONS JACKETS PACK (every Friday home game) – Fans receive a game ticket, $10 food/beverage voucher, Blue Jackets hat, CBJ-Tim Hortons travel mug with voucher for a free coffee fill-up at participating Tim Hortons locations and Timbits 10-count snack pack. Prices start at $30 (upper bowl) and $60 (lower bowl)… HAT TRICK COMBO (every Friday, Saturday and Sunday home game) – Get a lower bowl ticket, a pre-game buffet and a post-game drink in the Labatt Blue Zone for just $50 per person, which is a savings of $28.
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. 11 vs. Phoenix, 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.
MILLER LITE POWER PLAY SUITE – JAN. 25 VS. ANAHEIM
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 per person (ages 21-older), fans get a game ticket, Miller Lite T-Shirt, 2 Miller Lites, All-You-Can-Eat Wings, Potato Skins, Pretzel Bites and Dip.
THIS WEEK ON JACKETS TV AT BLUEJACKETS.COM
Monday – Top Five Plays of the Week…
Tuesday – Game Day Coverage at Phoenix… Behind the Bench with Scott Arniel…
Wednesday – On the Road with the Blue Jackets in Hockey-Mad Toronto…
Thursday – One-on-One with Jackets prospect Tom Sestito…
Friday – Game Day Coverage at Anaheim… Third Edition of 10-Year Trivia…
Saturday – Game Day Coverage at Los Angeles.
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 Hall-of-Famer and Stanley Cup champion Denis Potvin… "CAPTAIN'S CORNER" – Rick Nash sits down with Bob McElligott for the latest installment of the series on Tuesday… "ASK THE CBJ" has Bob McElligott getting the answers to the questions you want asked. Check it out on Friday… "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. There is no show this week. It returns on Wednesday, January 5.
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.
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.com… Season & 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.