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Blue Jackets Weekly Report: January 4, 2010

by Blue Jackets Staff / Columbus Blue Jackets


Tue., Jan. 5 at Vancouver Canucks, General Motors Place - 10 p.m.  No TV/1460, CD101
Thu., Jan. 7 at Edmonton Oilers, Rexall Place - 9 p.m.                     FSO HD/1460, CD101
Fri., Jan. 8  at Calgary Flames, Pengrowth Saddledome - 9 p.m.       FSO/1460, CD101
Sun., Jan. 10 vs. DALLAS STARS, Nationwide Arena - 7 p.m.           FSO/1460, CD101

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


15-19-9, 39 pts. (Central Division: 5th place; Western Conference: 14th place)… Streak: 0-2-1… Home: 9-7-5, 23 pts. (0-1-1)… Road: 6-12-4, 16 pts. (0-8-4)… Last Week’s Results: 1-1-2… Dec. 28 – at COLUMBUS 1, Detroit 0 OT… Dec. 29 – at NY Islanders 2, COLUMBUS 1 SO… Dec. 31 – Nashville 2, at COLUMBUS 1 OT… Jan. 2 – Colorado 3, at COLUMBUS 2.

Record: 25-16-1, 51 pts. (Northwest Division: 3rd place)… Head Coach: Alain Vigneault… The Canucks are riding a six-game regulation unbeaten streak (5-0-1)… Vancouver is the fifth-highest scoring team in the NHL (3.10 goals per game) and rank third on the power play (21.9 pct.)… Players to Watch: G Roberto Luongo (21-12-1, 2.25 GAA, .921 SV%, 2 SO in 35 games)… C Henrik Sedin (leads club with 19-36-55 in 42 games)… C Ryan Kesler (former Buckeye has 11-25-36, 5 PPG, 3 GWG in 42 games)… Jackets vs. Canucks: 13-16-4 (7-6-3 at home, 6-10-1 on the road)… Columbus is 8-3-0 in the last 11 meetings, including a 3-1-0 mark in 2008-09… The Jackets earned a 5-3 win at GM Place in the first meeting this season on Oct. 5.

EDMONTON OILERS: Record: 16-22-4, 36 pts. (Northwest Division: 5th place)… Head Coach: Pat Quinn… The Oilers have gone 1-9-0 in their last 10 games… Edmonton is 9-10-2 at home this season and has been outscored 75 to 65… Players to Watch: RW Dustin Penner (leads club with 19-20-39, 5 PPG in 42 games)… D Lubomir Visnovsky (leads club defensemen with 8-18-26 in 39 games)… C Gilbert Brule (former Jacket has 10-13-23 in 39 games)… Jackets vs. Oilers: 9-19-6 (5-8-4 at home, 4-11-2 on the road)… Columbus is 4-4-2 in the past 10 games vs. Edmonton… Teams split four games last year with each winning once at home and once on the road… The home team has won both meetings this season – 6-4 at Edmonton on Oct. 22 and 3-2 SO at Columbus on Nov. 16.

CALGARY FLAMES: Record: 24-12-5, 53 pts. (Northwest Division: 2nd place)… Head Coach: Brent Sutter… Calgary enters the week having won four-straight games… The Flames rank sixth in the NHL in goals-against average (2.32 per game) and are seventh in penalty killing (84.5 pct.)... Players to Watch: RW Jarome Iginla (leads the club with 21-20-41 in 41 games)… LW Rene Bourque (has 14-20-34 in 35 games)… G Miikka Kiprusoff (21-10-5, 2.16 GAA, .928 SV%, 3 SO in 36 games)… Jackets vs. Flames: 18-14-3 (13-3-2 at home, 5-11-1 on the road)… The home team has won 13 of the past 16 meetings in the series… The Jackets posted a 2-1 win at home on Oct. 13… The Flames earned a 6-3 win at the Pengrowth Saddledome on Oct. 20 and a 4-3 SO win at Nationwide Arena on Nov. 28.

DALLAS STARS: Record: 18-12-11, 47 pts. (Pacific Division: 4th place)… Head Coach: Marc Crawford… The Stars enter the week having gone 2-5-3 in their last 10 road games… Dallas ranks 10th in the NHL on the power play (20.4 pct.)… Players to Watch: C Brad Richards (leads club with 11-37-48 in 39 games)… LW Loui Eriksson (has 17-23-40, 6 PPG in 41 games)… G Marty Turco (13-9-3, 2.66 GAA, .911 SV%, 2 SO in 30 games)… Jackets vs. Stars: 9-20-5 (4-9-3 at home, 5-11-2 on the road)… The Jackets have gone 7-4-4 vs. the Stars since Apr. 18, 2006… The Jackets were 1-1-2 vs. the Stars last season… The Jackets split two games at Dallas this season, winning 4-1 on Nov. 19 and losing 3-1 on Dec. 23.

PRACTICE SCHEDULE, Jan. 5-11 (subject to change) - CLICK HERE


D Marc Methot (Dec. 27 – Injured Reserve) will miss at least one week… RW Derek Dorsett (Dec. 12 vs. Anaheim, Dec. 14 – Injured Reserve) is expected to miss four weeks… D Rostislav Klesla (Injured Reserve on Dec. 1 retroactive to Nov. 30) is expected to miss six weeks… LW Alexandre Picard (Jan. 2 vs. Colorado) is day-to-day… Man Games Lost to Injury: 131.

Jan. 1:
Assigned RW Mike Blunden to the Syracuse Crunch (AHL)… Dec. 28: Acquired D Milan Jurcina and RW Chris Clark from Washington in exchange for LW Jason Chimera…. Dec. 27: Placed D Marc Methot on Injured Reserve… Recalled LW Alexandre Picard from Syracuse (AHL).


The Blue Jackets acquired D Milan Jurcina and RW Chris Clark from the Washington Capitals in exchange for LW Jason Chimera on Dec. 28. Jurcina has tallied 14-36-50 and 212 penalty minutes in 305 career NHL games with the Capitals and Boston Bruins. Clark, who served as Washington's captain, has collected 95-99-194 and 645 penalty minutes in 521 career NHL games with the Caps and the Calgary Flames. Both players made their CBJ debuts at the NY Islanders on Dec. 29.

Six Blue Jackets players will represent their countries at the 2010 Olympic Games in Vancouver next month – RW Rick Nash (Canada, two-time Olympian/2006), LW Fredrik Modin (Sweden, two-time Olympian/2006-gold), C Samuel Pahlsson (Sweden, two-time Olympian/2006-gold), D Fedor Tyutin (Russia, two-time Olympian/2006), D Milan Jurcina (Slovakia, two-time Olympian/2006) and D Jan Hejda (Czech Republic). In addition, Blue Jackets Head Coach Ken Hitchcock will serve as an associate coach for Team Canada for the third-consecutive Olympic Games (2002-gold, 2006).

The Blue Jackets earned a 1-0 overtime win over Detroit on Dec. 28 to halt a nine-game winless streak (0-7-2), which tied the franchise record (0-6-3 from Dec. 4-23, 2003). Columbus suffered a 2-1 SOL at the NY Islanders on Dec. 29, which extended the club’s road winless streak to 12 games (0-8-4 since a 4-1 win at Dallas on Nov. 19).

Blue Jackets G Steve Mason and Mathieu Garon have combined to post a 2.08 goals-against average and .925 save percentage over the past nine games, stopping 234-of-253 shots faced during that span. Mason is 1-3-1 with a 1.77 GAA, .939 SV% and one shutout and has turned aside 138-of-147 shots faced in five games, while Garon is 0-2-2 with a 2.46 GAA and .906 SV% and has stopped 96-of-106 shots in four outings.

The Blue Jackets are averaging 15,122 fans per game with four sellouts (18,144) through 21 home games (317,562 total) this season, which is an increase of 589 per game compared to 2008-09 (14,533 avg. and 305,203 total through 21 games)… RW Chris Clark is five goals shy of 100, one assist shy of 100 and six points shy of 200 for his NHL career (95-99-194 in 521 games)… G Mathieu Garon is two wins shy of 100 for his NHL career (98-89-15 in 221 games)… LW Kristian Huselius is seven points shy of 400 for his NHL career (165-228-393 in 586 games)… LW Raffi Torres is two games shy of 400 for his NHL career (90-74-163 in 398 games)… C Antoine Vermette is two goals shy of 100 for his NHL career (98-112-210 in 419 games)… LW Rick Nash is seven points shy of 400 for his NHL career (213-180-393 in 484 games).


Sunday, Jan. 10 vs. Dallas –
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.

Saturday, Jan. 16 vs. Chicago – 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… 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.


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 get 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.

Customers who purchase a loaf of Schwebel's GIANT bread from participating Central Ohio stores can enter online at 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.

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 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.

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.

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 Fans can also get up-to-the-minute news and stories by following the Blue Jackets on Twitter at 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


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 and… 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… 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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