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Blue Jackets Weekly Report: January 18, 2010

by Blue Jackets Staff / Columbus Blue Jackets

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


Mon., Jan. 18 vs. ST. LOUIS BLUES, Nationwide Arena - 7 p.m. FSO/CD101
Tue., Jan. 19  at Philadelphia Flyers, Wachovia Center - 7 p.m.   FSO/CD101
Thu., Jan. 21  at Boston Bruins, TD Garden - 7 p.m.                   FSO HD/1460, CD101
Sat., Jan. 23  at Minnesota Wild, Xcel Energy Center - 9 p.m.     FSO/1460, CD101

FSO – FOX Sports Ohio; 1460 – WBNS-AM 1460 The Fan; CD101 – CD101.1 FM


BLUE JACKETS AT A GLANCE

Record:
18-23-9, 45 pts. (Central Division: 5th place; Western Conference: 14th place)… Streak: 0-3-0… Home: 10-8-5, 23 pts. (0-1-0)… Road: 8-15-4, 20 pts. (0-2-0)… Last Week's Results: 0-3-0… Jan. 12 – at St. Louis 4, COLUMBUS 1… Jan. 14 – at Chicago 3, COLUMBUS 0… Jan. 16 – Chicago 6, at COLUMBUS 5.


OPPONENTS AT A GLANCE

ST. LOUIS BLUES:
Record: 21-19-7, 49 pts. (Central Division: 4th place)… Head Coach: Davis Payne (replaced Andy Murray on Jan. 2)… St. Louis is riding a four-game winning streak, including a 4-1 win over the NY Rangers on Saturday… The Blues have allowed just five goals in their last four games and two in their last three outings… Players to Watch: C Brad Boyes (leads club with 9-22-31 in 47 games)… C Andy McDonald (has 14-14-28 in 44 games)… G Chris Mason (15-13-6, 2.47 GAA, .912 SV%, 1 SO in 34 games)… Jackets vs. Blues: 19-14-10 (13-8-5 at home, 6-16-5 on the road)… Columbus is 3-10-1 in its last 14 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… Columbus won the first meeting this season, 5-2, at home on Nov. 30, while St. Louis earned a 4-1 home win on Jan. 12.

PHILADELPHIA FLYERS: Record: 23-21-3, 49 pts. (Atlantic Division: 5th place)… Head Coach: Peter Laviolette (replaced John Stevens on Dec. 4, 2009)… The Flyers, who have lost two-straight after a four-game winning streak, rank seventh in the NHL in scoring, averaging 2.98 goals per game… Philadelphia’s power play ranks third in the NHL at 23.8 pct… Players to Watch: C Mike Richards (leads club with 19-21-40, 9 PPG in 47 games)… C Jeff Carter (has 17-22-39, 7 PPG in 47 games)... D Chris Pronger (has 6-27-33, +17 in 47 games)… Jackets vs. Flyers: 1-4-3 (1-2-2 at home, 0-2-1 on the road)… The Jackets earned their first-ever win vs. the Flyers with a 3-0 win on Dec. 27, 2008 as Steve Mason made 20 saves to record the shutout… The Flyers won the last meeting in Philadelphia, 3-2, on Nov. 24, 2006 in Ken Hitchcock’s debut as CBJ head coach… Five of the eight games have been decided by one goal or less.

BOSTON BRUINS: Record: 23-16-8, 54 pts. (Northeast Division: 2nd place)… Head Coach: Claude Julien… Boston has gone 2-4-1 since beating the Flyers 2-1 in OT at the Winter Classic on New Year’s Day… The Bruins average 30.3 shots per game (10th-T in NHL) and allow 30.4 shots against (19th in NHL)… Players to Watch: C Patrice Bergeron (leads club with 11-20-31 in 41 games)… RW Blake Wheeler (has 12-16-28 in 47 games)... G Tim Thomas (reigning Vezina Trophy winner is 13-11-6, 2.39 GAA, .921 SV%, 4 SO in 30 games)… Jackets vs. Bruins: 4-4-0 (3-2-0 at home, 1-2-0 on the road)… The last two games have each been decided by 2-0 scores with the home team coming out on top… Columbus earned a 2-0 win at home on Mar. 10, 2009 and Boston earned a 2-0 win at home on Dec. 15, 2007… The Jackets' lone win at Boston was 5-1 on Nov. 10, 2001 in the club’s first visit to TD Garden.

MINNESOTA WILD: Record: 24-22-3, 51 pts. (Northwest Division: 4th place)… Head Coach: Todd Richards (first season)… The Wild have dropped its last two games after a four-game winning streak… Minnesota is averaging 2.67 goals per game, while allowing 2.92 goals-against… Players to Watch: C Mikko Koivu (leads club with 13-31-44, 5 PPG in 49 games)… LW Andrew Brunette (has 13-23-36, 8 PPG in 49 games)… G Niklas Backstrom (21-15-3, 2.70 GAA, .903 SV%, 1 SO in 40 games)… Jackets vs. Wild: 15-14-4 (11-4-1 at home, 4-10-3 on the road)… Nineteen of the 33 all-time meetings have been decided by one goal or less (18 by one goal with one tie)… The Jackets were 1-2-1 vs. Minnesota in 2008-09… Columbus won the first meeting this season, 2-1, in the season-opener at Nationwide Arena on Oct. 3… The Wild earned a 2-1 win at home on Dec. 15 thanks to a Marek Zidlicky goal with :39 left in regulation play.

PRACTICE SCHEDULE, Jan. 19-25 (subject to change) - CLICK HERE


OhioHealth INJURY REPORT
D Marc Methot
(Dec. 27 – Injured Reserve) will miss at least one week… D Rostislav Klesla (Injured Reserve on Dec. 1 retroactive to Nov. 30) is expected to miss six weeks… LW Fredrik Modin (Jan. 7 at Edmonton) is day-to-day… Man Games Lost to Injury: 159.

ROSTER REPORT
Jan. 12:
Activated RW Derek Dorsett off Injured Reserve.


NASH SNAPS SKID, TOPS 20-GOAL MARK FOR SIXTH-STRAIGHT SEASON

RW Rick Nash snapped an 11-game goalless streak with two goals – his third multi-goal game of the season – vs. Chicago on Jan. 16. The goals give him 21 on the season, marking the sixth-straight season he has hit the 20-goal mark. He also is one point shy of 400 for his NHL career (215-184-399 in 491 games). The multi-point outing against the Blackhawks was his 11th of the season and his first multi-goal game since Oct. 30 vs. Pittsburgh. He has registered a point in 30-of-50 games this season and his longest streak without a point has been two games. He leads the club in goals (tied for eighth in the NHL), points (tied for 23rd in the NHL), shots (182 – fifth in the NHL) and ice time among forwards (21:24).

HUSELIUS STAYS HOT, RECORDS 400TH CAREER POINT
LW Kristian Huselius has collected 4-6-10 in the past eight games after being held to 0-1-1 the previous 11 games. He snapped a four-game goalless skid with his 15th of the season and added two assists vs. Chicago on Jan. 16 to record his 10th multi-point game of the season and second three-point game, while registering the 400th point of his NHL career (168-233-401 in 593 games). He has four multi-point outings the past eight games after recording one the previous 17 outings. He ranks tied for second on the club in goals and is third in assists and points. His seven power play goals rank him tied for 13th in the NHL

NEWS & NOTES
C Antoine Vermette, who registered his ninth multi-point game of the season with 0-2-2 vs. Chicago on Jan. 16, has a point in six of the past nine games and collected 5-8-13 the past 15 outings… LW R.J. Umberger registered two assists vs. Chicago on Jan. 16 to raise his season total to 17 in 50 games, which is three shy of matching his output in 82 games last season. He has recorded 11-10-21 the past 29 games after collecting 4-6-10 the first 20 games of the season… RW Chris Clark registered his first point as a Blue Jacket with 0-1-1 vs. Chicago on Jan. 16… D Jan Hejda had a team-high five blocked shots and five hits vs. Chicago on Jan. 16 and now ranks 11th in the NHL with 95 blocked shots… The Blue Jackets became the final team in the NHL to suffer a shutout loss this season when they fell 3-0 at Chicago on Jan. 14… Columbus ranks seventh in the NHL on the power play at 19.9 pct. (club record is 19.0 pct. in 2002-03)… The Blue Jackets are averaging 15,252 fans per game through 23 home games this season, which is an increase of 529 more than 2008-09 (14,723 through 23 games).

JACKETS INTRODUCE "TICKET AND MEAL DEAL"
The Blue Jackets have introduced a new ticket package that will be available for all Tuesday and Thursday night games for the remainder of the season. 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.

UPCOMING PROMOTIONS
Monday, Jan. 18 vs. St. Louis
ALL YOU CAN EAT PACK 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… GIANT EAGLE ADVANTAGE CARD NIGHT: Fans who present their Giant Eagle Advantage Card at the Nationwide Arena Box Office can save $10 on upper bowl and $15 on lower bowl tickets.

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.

WEEKLY GIVEAWAY/THIS WEEK – AUTOGRAPHED R.J. UMBERGER JERSEY
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 an autographed R.J. Umberger jersey courtesy of Verizon Wireless. Fans who receive updates via Jackets Alerts from Verizon Wireless will be directed to BlueJackets.com where they will answer a "This Week in Blue Jackets History" question. A winner will be selected from all those who answer the question correctly.

PEPSI, LOCAL RETAILERS OFFER FANS FREE JACKETS TICKETS
Pepsi and local retailers are teaming up to give fans the opportunity to get tickets for select Blue Jackets games at Nationwide Arena. Through this Friday, Columbus-area shoppers who purchase four 12-packs of Pepsi or Diet Pepsi in a single transaction can receive two tickets to select home games. Customers should look for the specially-marked packaging on Pepsi & Diet Pepsi at participating central Ohio stores. Fans may redeem the tickets by visiting www.bluejackets.com/pepsi and completing an informational form to receive an official confirmation, which must be presented at the Nationwide Arena ticket office along with the register receipt showing proof or purchase. Tickets may only be redeemed at the ticket office between 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday or 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday, while supplies last. There is a limit of four tickets per transaction with only one transaction per 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.

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.

SKATE WITH JAKE VORACEK AND STINGER COURTESY OF SCHWEBEL’S
Customers who purchase a loaf of Schwebel's GIANT bread from participating Central Ohio stores can enter online at www.bluejackets.com/schwebels to win the chance to skate with Blue Jackets right wing Jakub Voracek and Stinger at Nationwide Arena on Monday, February 8, 2010. Ten winners will be chosen and each will be able to bring one guest for the hour-long skate.

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. This week, head out to Buffalo Wings & Rings Lewis Center (8661 Columbus Pike (Rt. 23) on Tuesday and The Pub Polaris (1554 Polaris Pkwy.) on Thursday for special Viewing Parties with Stinger, Mike Todd and the Street Team. There will be prize giveaways and specials.

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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