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Blue Jackets Weekly Report: Mar. 14, 2011

by Blue Jackets Staff / Columbus Blue Jackets

THIS WEEK’S GAME SCHEDULE/BROADCASTS (Times ET)


Tue., Mar. 15 vs. BOSTON BRUINS, NATIONWIDE ARENA - 7 p.m. FOX Sports Ohio HD/97.1 The Fan
Thu., Mar. 17 vs. DETROIT RED WINGS, NATIONWIDE ARENA - 7 p.m. FOX Sports Ohio HD/97.1 The Fan
Sat., Mar. 19 at Minnesota Wild, Xcel Energy Center - 2 p.m. ET FOX Sports Ohio HD/97.1 The Fan
Sun., Mar. 20 vs. NEW JERSEY DEVILS, NATIONWIDE ARENA - 5 p.m. FOX Sports Ohio HD/TBA

BLUE JACKETS AT A GLANCE
Record:
32-27-9, 73 pts. (H: 16-14-3, A: 16-13-6; includes one H loss and one A win in Stockholm, SWE)… Standings: 4th/Central Division, 12th/Western Conference… Leading Scorers: LW Rick Nash (29-31-60, 67 GP)… LW R.J. Umberger (21-29-50, 68 GP)… RW Jakub Voracek (14-31-45, 66 GP)… Leading Goaltenders: Steve Mason (23-17-4, 3.01 GAA, .903 SV%, 3 SO in 46 GP)… Mathieu Garon (9-10-5, 2.61 GAA, .905 SV%, 3 SO in 30 GP).

OPPONENTS AT A GLANCE
BOSTON BRUINS –
Head Coach: Claude Julien… Record: 38-21-9 (85 pts.)… Standings: 1st/Northeast Division, 3rd/Eastern Conference… Leading Scorer: C David Krejci (10-44-54, 61 GP)… Leading Goaltender: Tim Thomas (29-9-8, 2.03 GAA, .938 SV%, 7 SO, 48 GP)… All-Time Series: The Jackets are 5-4-0 all-time vs. the Bruins, including 3-2-0 at home… Columbus won 3-2 at Boston on Jan. 21 in the only meeting in 2009-10… The Jackets have won three of the last four meetings, including the most recent at Nationwide Arena – 2-0 on Mar. 10, 2009… Lone meeting this season.

DETROIT RED WINGS – Head Coach: Mike Babcock… Record: 41-20-8 (90 pts.)… Standings: 1st/Central Division, 2nd/Western Conference… Leading Scorer: LW Henrik Zetterberg (18-51-69, 69 GP)… Leading Goaltender: Jimmy Howard (33-13-5, 2.77 GAA, .908 SV%, 2 SO in 53 GP)… All-Time Series: The Jackets are 17-35-10 all-time vs. Detroit, including 10-14-7 at home… Columbus went 1-4-1 vs. the Wings in 2009-10 after posting a 3-3-0 mark in 2008-09… Final of six meetings this season… Columbus is 2-2-1 this season, winning 3-2 SO at home on Jan. 14 and 3-0 at Detroit on Feb. 4, losing 2-1 at home on Nov. 26 and 4-2 at Detroit on Nov. 28 and suffering a 6-5 OT loss at Detroit on Jan. 15.

MINNESOTA WILD – Head Coach: Todd Richards… Record: 35-27-7 (77 pts.)… Standings: 3rd/Northwest Division, 11th/Western Conference… Leading Scorer: RW Martin Havlat (21-38-59, 69 GP)… Leading Goaltender: Niklas Backstrom (21-17-4, 2.39 GAA, .924 SV%, 3 SO in 42 GP)… All-Time Series: Jackets are 18-16-4 vs. Minnesota, including 5-11-3 on the road… The teams split four games last season with each winning twice at home… The home team has won eight of the last 11 in the series… Final of four meetings this season… Columbus won 3-2 at Xcel Energy Center on Oct. 16 and 4-3 SO at home on Dec. 27… Minnesota won 3-2 at Nationwide Arena on Nov. 6.

NEW JERSEY DEVILS – Head Coach: Jacques Lemaire… Record: 32-32-4 (68 pts.)… Standings: 4th/Atlantic Division, 12th/Eastern Conference… Leading Scorer: LW Patrik Elias (15-36-51, 67 GP)… Leading Goaltender: Martin Brodeur (19-20-2, 2.52 GAA, .902 SV%, 4 SO in 45 GP)… All-Time Series: The Jackets are 3-6-1 all-time vs. New Jersey, including 3-3-0 at home… The Devils won the lone meeting in 2009-10, 6-3, at home on Mar. 23… New Jersey has won the last three in the series, including 2-1 at Nationwide Arena on Jan. 16, 2009… Lone meeting this season.


CLICK HERE FOR THIS WEEK'S PRACTICE SCHEDULE, March 15-21 (subject to change)


THIS WEEK IN BLUE JACKETS HISTORY
Mar. 16, 2001 – Tyler Wright scored even-strength (game-winner), power play and shorthanded (empty net) goals to collect his first career hat trick and lead the Blue Jackets to a 3-0 win over the Atlanta Thrashers at Philips Arena.

TRANSACTIONS/OhioHealth INJURY REPORT
TRANSACTIONS:
Mar. 11 – Assigned C Kyle Wilson to the Springfield Falcons (AHL)… Mar. 9 – Activated C Derick Brassard off Injured Reserve… INJURY REPORT: LW Kristian Huselius (Feb. 18 at Chicago) is day-to-day… D Marc Methot (Mar. 11 vs. Los Angeles) is day-to-day… D Anton Stralman (Feb. 27 at Nashville) is expected to miss three to four weeks… C Andrew Murray (Mar. 3 at Edmonton) is out indefinitely… RW Chris Clark (Mar. 12 at Carolina) is expected to miss three to four weeks. Man Games Lost to Injury: 171.

LAST WEEK'S RESULTS
Mar. 7 – at St. Louis 5, COLUMBUS 4 (SO):
Andy MacDonald scored two goals and Alex Steen netted the shootout game-winner as the Blues earned the extra point. The teams combined for six goals, 24 shots and 30 penalty minutes in the first period as the Jackets took a 3-1 lead only to see the Blues score the game’s next three goals to go ahead 4-3. Derek MacKenzie's goal midway through the second tied the game at 4-4 before a scoreless third period and overtime… Mar. 9 – St. Louis 4, at COLUMBUS 3 (OT): Chris Stewart scored the tying goal at 6:23 of the third period and the game-winner 54 seconds into overtime to lead the Blues to the comeback win. Columbus took a 3-0 lead on second period goals by Jakub Voracek, R.J. Umberger and Derek MacKenzie before St. Louis battled back with a goal in the second and two in the third to force overtime… Mar. 11 – Los Angeles 4, at COLUMBUS 2: Anze Kopitar collected a hat trick and Jason Williams scored with 1:34 left in the third period as the Kings snapped the Jackets' five-game regulation unbeaten streak at home. Scottie Upshall and Derick Brassard scored goals for Columbus, which outshot LA 34 to 22 in the game, including 14 to 3 in the third period… Mar. 12 – COLUMBUS 3, at Carolina 2: Derek MacKenzie scored a pair of goals and Steve Mason made 29 saves as the Blue Jackets snapped a seven-game winless streak (0-4-3). Samuel Pahlsson's shorthanded goal gave Columbus a 1-0 lead after one period and MacKenzie pushed the lead to 2-0 heading into the third period. Jeff Skinner's goal at 9:16 spoiled the shutout bid. The Jackets killed off all nine Carolina power play attempts, including three 5-on-3 efforts.

WESTERN CONFERENCE PLAYOFF RACE AT A GLANCE
The Blue Jackets enter the week with 73 pts. through 68 games and rank 12th in the Western Conference standings. The club is nine points out of sixth place and eight points out of eighth. Through games played on Sunday, Mar. 13, the teams ahead of Columbus are: 1) Vancouver, 99 pts. (70 GP)… 2) Detroit, 90 pts. (69 GP)… 3) San Jose, 86 pts. (69 GP)… 4) Los Angeles, 83 pts. (69 GP)… 5) Phoenix, 83 pts. (70 GP)… 6) Dallas, 82 pts. (69 GP)… 7) Chicago, 82 pts. (69 GP)… 8) Calgary, 81 pts. (71 GP)… 9) Nashville, 80 pts. (69 GP)… 10) Anaheim, 79 pts. (69 GP)… 11) Minnesota, 77 pts. (69 GP).

JACKETS RIGHT AT HOME VS. EASTERN CONFERENCE
The Blue Jackets improved to 10-2-1 against the Eastern Conference this season with last Saturday's 3-2 win at Carolina. The club is 4-1-0 vs. the Atlantic Division, 3-1-0 vs. the Northeast and 3-0-1 vs. the Southeast. Since the start of the 2007-08 season, Columbus has gone 37-15-7 against Eastern Conference clubs, including a 19-6-3 mark at Nationwide Arena. The Jackets are 7-7-4 vs. the Atlantic, 14-5-1 vs. the Northeast and 17-2-3 vs. the Southeast since 2007.

JACKETS AT NATIONWIDE ARENA
Columbus has gone 4-2-2 in its last eight games at Nationwide Arena. During that span, the club has outscored its opponents 26 (3.25) to 22 (2.75) and has a 254 (31.8) to 215 (26.9) advantage in shots on goal. The club has also dominated special teams play, converting 8-of-32 power play chances (25.0 pct.) and successfully killing off all 25-of-26 opponent power plays (96.2 pct.).

TEAM NEWS & NOTES
The Blue Jackets have gone 12-7-6 in their last 25 games, 9-5-4 in their last 18… Columbus snapped a seven-game winless streak (0-4-3) in last Saturday’s 3-2 win at Carolina… With a 16-13-6 record through 35 road games this season, the Jackets have tied the club record for road wins in a season set in 2008-09 (16-18-7)… The Jackets’ 9-of-9 penalty killing performance at Carolina last Saturday matched the best in franchise history. It was the fourth time the club killed off nine opponent power plays with three of those coming on the road… The Blue Jackets penalty killers have climbed to 20th in the NHL (81.1 pct.) and are sixth-best in the league at home (86.7 pct.)… Columbus has 14 games remaining in the regular season – eight at home and six on the road.

PLAYER NOTES
LW Scottie Upshall has scored goals in three of the seven games he’s played since joining the Blue Jackets… D Kris Russell has picked up 2-7-9 in his last 12 games… LW Matt Calvert ranks 11th in rookie goal scoring and fifth among Western Conference rookies with 11 in just 28 games… D Grant Clitsome ranks seventh among NHL rookie defensemen in scoring with 3-14-17 in 25 games, while his .680 points per game is tops among all first-year blueliners and third among all rookies with at least 20 games played… C Derick Brassard picked up 1-1-2 in his first three games after missing eight-straight due to injury… LW Ethan Moreau is four games shy of 900 in his NHL career (146-137-283 and 1,090 PIM in 896 games)… C Derek MacKenzie has registered 6-5-11 in his last 14 games, including 4-1-5 in his last five. He collected his first NHL multi-goal game with two at Carolina on Mar. 12… RW Jakub Voracek has tallied 5-8-13 in the last 16 games.

UPCOMING PROMOTIONS
Sunday, Mar. 20 vs. New Jersey –
DISPATCH FAMILY VALUE PACK – This ticket package features an upper bowl ticket, Sugardale hot dog, Pepsi, popcorn, UDF ice cream cone coupon and Ice Haus skate pass for $25 per person, which is a savings of 50 percent… HAT TRICK COMBO – This package features a lower bowl ticket, a pre-game buffet and post-game drink in the Labatt Blue Zone for just $50 per person, a savings of $28.

ST. PATRICK'S DAY JERSEY AUCTION RETURNS
The Columbus Blue Jackets Foundation is hosting 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. The players wore the jerseys during pre-game warm-ups prior to the Mar. 9 game vs. St. Louis and fans may bid on them at the display located on the main concourse behind section 115 during the following home games – Mar. 11 vs. Los Angeles, Mar. 15 vs. Boston and Mar. 17 vs. Detroit. Bids start at $150 and will be accepted through the end of the second intermission of the March 17 game. Proceeds benefit the Blue Jackets Foundation.

VOTE NOW FOR BLUE JACKETS "GLASS-SHATTERING HIT OF THE YEAR"
Safelite AutoGlass presents the Blue Jackets Glass Shattering Hit of the Year. Eight hits have been selected and each week, two Blue Jackets go head-to-head with your vote determining who wins and moves on. The voting runs through April 8 when your votes decide the winner. Each week, one lucky voter will be selected randomly to receive a signed Blue Jackets jersey. Voting begins on Tuesday and this week's contestants are Rick Nash and Marc Methot. Up for grabs is a Jakub Voracek-signed jersey.

THIS WEEK ON JACKETS TV AT BLUEJACKETS.COM
Monday –
Top Five Plays of the Week… Alumni Night Featuring Marc Denis…
Tuesday –
Behind the Bench with Scott Arniel… Game Day Coverage vs. Boston…
Wednesday –
Season Ticket Holder Profile of the Month: Marty DeVita… Blue Jackets Shootout Showcase Round 1…
Thursday –
Game Day Coverage vs. Detroit… One-on-One with defenseman Sami Lepisto…
Friday –
Jackets Say What? St. Patrick's Day Edition…
Saturday –
Game Day Coverage at Minnesota…
Sunday –
Game Day Coverage vs. New Jersey.

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 scheduled guest is former NHLer and current Boston Bruins analyst Andy Brickley… "BEYOND THE BOARDS" features Bob McElligott talking hockey and other things with a Jackets player. This month's episode debuts Tuesday… "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 discussion that lets fans interact with team radio broadcasters during the second intermission of each radio game broadcast. Fans can submit 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 every week during the season, as Jackets head coach Scott Arniel is joined by Jeff Rimer and 97.1 The Fan’s Scott Torgerson. This week’s show is scheduled for Wednesday, Mar. 16 at 6 p.m.

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.

ASK A JACKET, WIN A PRIZE
Each week through the end of the regular season, the Jackets are giving fans the chance to ask a question of their favorite player and win a special item signed by that player. Check out the team’s Facebook page at Facebook.com/OfficialColumbusBlueJackets each week to find out how to submit a question and later in the week a video of the player answering the chosen question will be posted. This week’s selected fan will receive an autographed Blue Jackets garden gnome.

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 www.BlueJackets.com and www.ticketmaster.comSeason & 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.

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