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Blue Jackets Weekly Report: January 7

by Blue Jackets Staff / Columbus Blue Jackets

THIS WEEK'S GAME SCHEDULE

Columbus Blue Jackets (19-17-6, 44 pts.; 3rd Place in Central Division)

Date             Opponent/Arena- Time (ET)                                Television/Radio Information

Tue., Jan. 8at St. Louis Blues/Scottrade Center- 8:30 p.m.FSN Ohio/1460 The Fan, CD101.1 FM

Fri., Jan. 11 ST. LOUIS BLUES/Nationwide Arena- 7 p.m.  FSN Ohio/1460 The Fan, CD101.1 FM

Sat., Jan. 12NASHVILLE PREDATORS/Nationwide Arena- 7 p.m.FSN Ohio/1460 The Fan, CD101.1 FM

 

OPPONENTS AT A GLANCE

Team                          (Record/Standing)                                                 Player to Watch

St. Louis Blues         (20-14-5, 45 pts./2nd Place, Central Division) LW Paul Kariya - Leads club with 11-23-34

Nashville Predators (20-18-2, 42 pts./4th Place, Central Division)  C Jason Arnott - Leads club with 14-19-33

 

THIS WEEK'S PRACTICE SCHEDULE – CLICK HERE

*Times/Location Subject to Change and practices in the Dispatch Ice Haus are open to the public.


 

ROSTER REPORT

RECENT TRANSACTIONS:
Jan. 7 – Added G Steve Mason to the roster on emergency recall from the Kitchener Rangers (OHL)… Jan. 3 – Activated C Michael Peca off Injured Reserve… Placed RW David Vyborny (groin) on Injured Reserve retroactive to Dec. 31… Jan. 2 – Activated C Manny Malhotra off Injured Reserve… Jan. 1 – Assigned C Gilbert Brule to the Syracuse Crunch (AHL).

OhioHealth INJURY REPORT:
LW Fredrik Modin (back spasms) is out indefinitely… G Pascal Leclaire (illness) is day-to-day… RW David Vyborny (groin) is day-to-day… Man Games Lost to Injury: 119.

 

TEAM NOTES

Jackets at the Midway Point: For the first time in franchise history, the Blue Jackets posted a winning record through the first 41 games of a season… A 4-3 win at Los Angeles on Jan. 3 gave Columbus a 19-16-6 mark and 44 points in 41 games… The club's previous best record at the midway point was 15-20-4-2 (36 points) in 2002-03… Columbus also posted its second winning month of the season in December with a 7-5-2 mark.

Standings Update: With 44 points in 42 games, Columbus is one point behind second place St. Louis (20-14-5) in the Central Division standings and six points out of fourth place (Division leaders rank 1-2-3) in the Western Conference.

On the Road Again: After playing 11-of-14 games in December at Nationwide Arena, the Blue Jackets play 19-of-27 games on the road between Jan. 1 and Mar. 4… That stretch includes two five-game road trips – Jan. 17-24 (Phoenix-Dallas-Colorado-Dallas-Chicago) and Feb. 15-23 (Detroit-St. Louis-Toronto-Ottawa-Montreal).

Power Play Getting Back on Track: The Blue Jackets have scored a power play goal in five of their last seven games, converting 6-of-30 chances (20 percent) during that stretch… In the previous 13 outings, the club was shut out nine times and converted just 5-of-56 opportunities with the man advantage (8.9 percent).

Upcoming Opponents: St. Louis – Columbus is 16-15-9 all-time vs. the Blues, including 6-10-4 on the road… The Blue Jackets are 9-2-4 in the last 15 meetings, including a pair of 3-0 wins at home (Oct. 25, Nov. 4) and a 3-2 road loss (Nov. 16) this season… Nashville – Columbus is 11-26-4 all-time vs. the Predators, including a 7-11-2 mark at home… The Jackets are winless in their last 12 games vs. Nashville (0-10-2) dating back to a 3-1 road win on Apr. 3, 2006… The Jackets are 0-3-1 this season, including 4-1 (Nov. 12) and 3-1 (Dec. 23) losses at Nationwide Arena.

 

INDIVIDUAL NOTES

All-Star Voting Update: LW Rick Nash and G Pascal Leclaire were among the players on the Western Conference ballot in the XM/NHL All-Star Fan Balloting, Presented by 2K Sports. Voting concluded on January 2nd and the starting lineups for the Western and Eastern Conference teams will be announced on Tuesday, January 8. The reserves both teams are expected to be announced later this week.

Fedorov Into Top 50: C Sergei Fedorov scored a goal at San Jose on Jan. 5 to move into 50th place on the NHL's all-time goals and points lists. He surpassed Pat LaFontaine with his 469th career goal and Joe Nieuwendyk with his 1,127th point.

Nash Collects Second Career Hat Trick: With three goals vs. Edmonton on Dec. 31, LW Rick Nash recorded his second career hat trick. It was the 12th in Blue Jackets history and first at Nationwide Arena since Nov. 7, 2003 (David Vyborny).

Murray Makes the Most of First NHL Action: Rookie C Andrew Murray made his NHL debut vs. Carolina on Dec. 29. In his third career game at Anaheim on Jan. 2, he scored his first NHL goal and three nights later lit the lamp again at San Jose. Columbus' 11th pick, 242nd overall, in the 2003 Entry Draft, he has 2-0-2 with two PIM in five games.

World Junior Championships Update: G Steve Mason (2nd pick, 69th overall, in 2006 Entry Draft) was named the Most Valuable Player and Top Goaltender at the 2008 World Junior Championships held Dec. 26-Jan. 5 in the Czech Republic. Mason went 5-0-0 with a 1.19 GAA, .951 SV% and one shutout to lead Canada to its fourth-straight gold medal. RW Stefan Legein (2nd pick, 37th overall, in 2007) was one of the Canada's alternate captains and had 1-1-2 in seven games. Also, RW Jakub Voracek (1st pick, seventh overall, in 2007) led the Czech Republic in scoring with 0-6-6 in six games.

 

UPCOMING PROMOTIONS

Jan. 11 vs. ST. LOUIS: Dispatch/Mix 97.1 Family Night – A family of four receives tickets, Sugardale hot dogs, Pepsi products, popcorn, UDF Ice Cream coupons and Dispatch Ice Haus skate passes for just $23 per person… Chipotle Burrito Buck Pack – Package includes a ticket, free burrito coupon courtesy of Chipotle for just $25… All You Can Eat Package – Package includes a ticket and all you can eat hot dogs, brats, popcorn, nachos, ice cream, Pepsi products and more for just $35… Jan. 12 vs. NASHVILLE: Dollar Hot Dog Night presented by Sugardale.

HOCKEY FEST ON TAP FOR SUNDAY, JANUARY 13: The Blue Jackets and their wives will be hosting the Third Annual Hockey Fest carnival and auction at Nationwide Arena on Sunday, January 13, from 2 to 6 p.m. Tickets for the event, which benefits the Columbus Blue Jackets Foundation, are $10 and on sale now. Tickets are available at all FSN Ohio Blue Line locations or by calling Ticketmaster at (614) 431-3600.

BLUE JACKETS ON THE RADIO

The Coach's Show with Ken Hitchcock airs on WBNS Sports Radio 1460 The Fan on Wednesdays from 3 to 4 p.m. with the Blue Jackets Head Coach and Blue Jackets play-by-play announcer on FSN Ohio Jeff Rimer.

Breakfast with the Blue Jackets Presented by Rise & Dine can be heard on the Blue Jackets Radio Network and flagship station Sports Radio 1460 The Fan Sundays from 10 to 11 a.m. with hosts Mark Wyant and members of the CBJ broadcast team. The show will be broadcast live from the Rise & Dine in the Arena District located at 277 W. Nationwide Blvd.

TICKET INFORMATION

Individual game and group tickets for Blue Jackets games at Nationwide Arena are on sale now at the Nationwide Arena Ticket Office, FSN 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 (614) 431-3600 or via the internet at www.BlueJackets.com and www.ticketmaster.com.

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.

*For information on season tickets or group tickets, call (614) 246-PUCK or (800) NHL-COLS.

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