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Blue Jackets Weekly Report: Mar. 1, 2010

by Blue Jackets Staff / Columbus Blue Jackets

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


Tue., Mar. 2vs. VANCOUVER CANUCKS, Nationwide Arena - 7 p.m.    FSO HD/CD101
Sat., Mar. 6at San Jose Sharks, HP Pavilion at San Jose - 10:30 p.m.  FSO HD/1460, CD101

BLUE JACKETS AT A GLANCE
Record: 25-28-10, 60 pts. (Central Division: 5th place; Western Conference: 14th place)… Streak: 0-1-1… Home: 15-10-6, 36 pts. (0-1-1)… Road: 10-18-4, 24 pts. (0-1-0)… Last Week's Results: No Games Played… Most Recent Results: Feb. 10 – at COLUMBUS 3, San Jose 0… Feb. 12 – Vancouver 4, at Columbus 3… Feb. 14 – Chicago 5, at COLUMBUS 4 (SO).

OPPONENTS AT A GLANCE
VANCOUVER CANUCKS:
Record: 37-22-2, 76 pts. (Northwest Division: 1st place)… Head Coach: Alain Vigneault… Vancouver is 4-4-0 on their current 14-game road trip, which began on Jan. 30 and concludes on Mar. 10… The Canucks are the third-highest scoring team in the NHL, averaging 3.13 goals per game… Players to Watch: C Henrik Sedin (leads club and is second in the NHL in scoring with 25-55-80 in 61 games)… C Ryan Kesler (Former Buckeye and Team USA silver medalist has 16-38-54 in 61 games)… G Roberto Luongo (Team Canada gold medalist is 31-17-2 with a 2.35 GAA, .919 SV%, 4 SO in 52 games)… Jackets vs. Canucks: 13-18-4 (7-7-3 at home, 6-11-1 on the road)… Columbus is 8-5-0 in the last 13 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 , while the Canucks have won the last two meetings – 7-3 at home on Jan. 5 and 4-3 at Nationwide Arena on Feb. 12.

SAN JOSE SHARKS: Record: 40-13-9, 89 pts. (Pacific Division: 1st place)… Head Coach: Todd McLellan… Sharks own the best record in the Western Conference and second-best in the NHL (Washington – 90 pts.)… San Jose has a 21-8-2 record on the road, which is tops in the NHL… Players to Watch: C Joe Thornton (Canadian gold medalist leads club with 16-59-75 in 62 games)… LW Dany Heatley (Canadian gold medalist has 32-34-66 in 62 games)… G Evgeni Nabokov (is 39-9-9 with a 2.26 GAA, .928 SV%, 2 SO in 53 games)… Jackets vs. Sharks: 11-20-4 (10-6-2 at home, 1-14-2 on the road)… The home team has won 12 of the last 14 meetings… The teams split four games last year with the home team winning each game… San Jose won the first two meetings this season, 6-3 at home on Oct. 8 and a 3-2 SO win at Nationwide Arena on Nov. 4 before the Jackets earned a 3-0 win behind Steve Mason's 40-save performance on Feb. 10.


PRACTICE SCHEDULE, Mar. 2-8 (subject to change) - CLICK HERE


OhioHealth INJURY REPORT

D Rostislav Klesla
(Injured Reserve on Dec. 1 retroactive to Nov. 30) is sidelined indefinitely… D Mike Commodore (Injured Reserve on Feb. 5 retroactive to Jan. 30) is day-to-day … Man Games Lost to Injury: 196.

ROSTER REPORT
Feb. 16 – Assigned D Mathieu Roy to the Syracuse Crunch (AHL).

NHL TRADE DEADLINE IS WEDNESDAY
The National Hockey League trade deadline is this Wednesday, March 3, at 3 p.m. ET.

NASH WINS GOLD WITH TEAM CANADA AT 2010 OLYMPIC GAMES
Captain RW Rick Nash helped Team Canada win a gold medal at the 2010 Olympic Games in Vancouver, becoming the second Blue Jackets player to earn an Olympic medal (David Vyborny – Czech Republic, bronze in 2006) and the first to earn gold. In seven games during the tournament, Nash tallied 2-3-5 and was +1. He was second among Team Canada forwards in ice time with 110:22 (Sidney Crosby, 118:34) and third on the club in shots on goal with 24 (Crosby and Patrick Marleau – 28).

BLUE JACKETS AT 2010 OLYMPICS - RECAP
Nash was one of six Blue Jackets who competed at the 2010 Olympics, joining LW Fredrik Modin and C Samuel Pahlsson (Sweden); D Jan Hejda (Czech Republic); D Fedor Tyutin (Russia); and D Milan Jurcina (Slovakia). Here is a look at how each fared at the tournament: Modin (0-1-1, even in three games), Pahlsson (0-1-1, 2 PIM, even in three games) as Sweden went 3-1-0 and lost to Slovakia in the quarterfinals… Hejda (0-0-0, 4 PIM, +4 in five games) as Czech Republic went 3-2-0 and lost to Finland in the quarterfinals… Tyutin (0-2-2, 2 PIM, +1 in four games) as Russia went 2-2-0 and lost to Canada in the quarterfinals… Jurcina (0-0-0, 2 PIM, -1 in seven games) as Slovakia went 4-3-0 and lost to Finland in the bronze medal game.

BLUE JACKETS HAVE REBOUNDED FROM HOLIDAY SEASON TO FORGET
After enduring a stretch that saw the club post a 3-14-7 mark from Nov. 21 to Jan. 5, the Blue Jackets have posted a 10-8-1 record in their last 19 games and come out of the Olympic break having gone 4-2-1 in their last seven games, including a 3-1-1 mark under interim head coach Claude Noel. Columbus has gone 7-4-3 in its last 14 games at Nationwide Arena, including 3-1-1 in its current six-game homestand, after posting a 2-4-1 mark in the previous seven outings.

NASH BRINGS SEVEN-GAME POINT SCORING STREAK INTO POST-BREAK ACTION
RW Rick Nash is riding a seven-game points streak (4-3-7), which is the longest by a Blue Jackets player this season. The previous long was six games by Nash from Oct. 5-20 (4-7-11). The streak is two shy of the club record of nine, shared by Nash (9-7-16 from Dec. 30, 2005-Jan. 16, 2006) and Andrew Cassels (4-9-13 from Nov 1-17, 2002). Nash leads the Jackets in goals and points and ranks second in assists with 28-29-57 in 63 games. He is two goals shy of registering his fifth 30-goal season in the past six and third in a row.

MASON REGAINS ROOKIE OF THE YEAR FORM
Last year's NHL rookie of the year G Steve Mason has gone 5-3-0 with a 2.13 goals-against average, .936 save percentage and two shutouts in his last eight games dating back to Jan. 21. He has stopped 220-of-237 shots during that span and posted back-to-back shutouts vs. Buffalo (28 saves in a 4-0 win) and San Jose (40 saves in 3-0 win) on Feb. 6 and 10.

TEAM NEWS & NOTES
The Blue Jackets are averaging 15,318 fans per game through 31 home games (474,865 total) at Nationwide Arena (18,144 capacity), which compares to an average of 15,149 through 31 home games last season… Columbus has scored first in its last seven games and are 4-2-1 in those contests… C Antoine Vermette is riding a four-game point scoring streak (1-4-5) and has collected 5-5-10 in his last 11 outings… D Fedor Tyutin has points in four of his last six games (2-2-4)… LW Kristian Huselius has collected 6-15-21 over his last 20 games… RW Chris Clark is three goals shy of 100 and three points shy of 200 for his NHL career (97-100-197 in 541 games).

ST. PATRICK'S DAY JERSEY AUCTION RETURNS
In recognition of St. Patrick's Day, the Columbus Blue Jackets Foundation will host a special auction featuring a full team set of authentic, green practice jerseys adorned with a Shamrock patch and Irish-themed nameplates unique to each player (McNash, McUmberger, O'Dorsett, etc…). The players will wear the individually customized jerseys during pre-game warm-ups prior to Tuesday's game vs. Vancouver. Proceeds from the jersey auction will benefit the team's charitable foundation. Last year's jersey auction raised more than $17,000 for the cause. Fans may bid on individual practice-worn jerseys at the Blue Jackets Foundation table located behind section 111 during the home games on Tuesday vs. Vancouver, Mar. 11 vs. Atlanta, Mar. 13 vs. St. Louis and Mar. 15 vs. Edmonton. All jerseys will have a starting bid of $150 with bids being accepted through the end of the second intermission of the Mar. 15 game. For more information, visit www.BlueJacketsFoundation.org.

FORWARD TOGETHER
Forward Together is a group of citizens celebrating the remarkable transformation that has occurred in Columbus since the arrival of the Arena District, Nationwide Arena and the Blue Jackets. This group wants to see that growth continue, believes the city would be harmed without the Blue Jackets and supports a solution to the current financial challenges involving the team and arena. For more information and to sign a petition encouraging those involved to find a solution, please visit their website at www.forwardtogethercolumbus.org.

UPCOMING PROMOTIONS
Tuesday, Mar. 2 vs. Vancouver –
TICKET AND MEAL DEAL presented by FOX Sports Ohio: 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… GIANT EAGLE ADVANTAGE CARD: Fans can bring their Giant Eagle Advantage Card to the Nationwide Arena box office and receive $10 off upper level seats and $15 offer lower level seats to the game.

WEEKLY GIVEAWAY/AUTOGRAPHED STEVE MASON CALDER TROPHY BOBBLEHEAD
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 Steve Mason Calder Trophy bobblehead by voting on the Blue Jackets play of the month. Jackets TV host Brittany Gerena will introduce four nominations from February's game action. Fans will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite at BlueJackets.com/weeklygiveaways beginning on Tuesday at noon through Sunday.

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.

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 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 Coach's Show can be heard on Wednesdays from 6 to 7 p.m., hosted by Blue Jackets play by play announcer Jeff Rimer and featuring interim head coach Claude Noel. The show will return on Wednesday, Mar. 3… 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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