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Blue Jackets Weekly Report - Mar. 28, 2011

by Blue Jackets Staff / Columbus Blue Jackets

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


Tue., Mar. 29 vs. FLORIDA PANTHERS, NATIONWIDE ARENA - 7 p.m. FOX Sports Ohio HD/97.1 The Fan
Thu., Mar. 31 at Washington Capitals, Verizon Center - 7 p.m. VERSUS/97.1 The Fan
Fri., Apr. 1 vs. CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS, NATIONWIDE ARENA - 7 p.m. FOX Sports Ohio HD/97.1 The Fan
Sun., Apr. 3 vs. ST. LOUIS BLUES, NATIONWIDE ARENA - 5 p.m. FOX Sports Ohio HD/97.1 The Fan

BLUE JACKETS AT A GLANCE
Record:
33-31-11, 77 pts. (H: 16-17-4, A: 17-14-7; includes one H loss and one A win in Stockholm, SWE)… Standings: 5th/Central Division, 13th/Western Conference… Leading Scorers: LW Rick Nash (32-34-66, 74 GP)… LW R.J. Umberger (24-30-54, 75 GP)… RW Jakub Voracek (14-32-46, 73 GP)… Leading Goaltenders: Steve Mason (23-19-6, 2.98 GAA, .903 SV%, 3 SO in 50 GP)… Mathieu Garon (10-23-5, 2.71 GAA, .901 SV%, 3 SO in 33 GP).

OPPONENTS AT A GLANCE
FLORIDA PANTHERS –
Head Coach: Peter DeBoer… Record: 29-36-11 (69 pts.)… Standings: 5th/Southeast Division, 14th/Eastern Conference… Leading Scorer: C Stephen Weiss (21-28-49, 73 GP)… Leading Goaltender: Tomas Vokoun (21-28-5, 2.60 GAA, .921 SV%, 5 SO in 56 GP)… All-Time Series: The Jackets are 6-4-0 all-time vs. Florida, including 2-2-0 at home… Columbus won lone meeting in 2009-10, 3-0 at home, on Dec. 9… Jackets have won four of the last five meetings between the two teams… Final of two meetings this season… Columbus won 3-2 in overtime at Florida on Jan. 19.

WASHINGTON CAPITALS – Head Coach: Bruce Boudreau… Record: 44-22-10 (94 pts.)... Standings: 1st/Southeast Division, 2nd/Eastern Conference… Leading Scorer: LW Alex Ovechkin (29-48-77, 73 GP)… Leading Goaltender: Michal Neuvirth (24-11-4, 2.46 GAA, .915 SV%, 4 SO in 44 GP)… All-Time Series: Jackets are 4-5-3 all-time vs. Washington, including 2-2-1 on the road… Jackets went 1-1-0 in 2009-10… Columbus is 3-1-1 in the last five meetings and has won the last two at Verizon Center, including a 5-4 OT win on Nov. 1, 2009 in its last game there… Lone meeting this season.

CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS – Head Coach: Joel Quenneville… Record: 40-26-8 (88 pts.)… Standings: 3rd/Central Division, 8th/Western Conference… Leading Scorer: C Jonathan Toews (30-44-74, 72 GP)… Leading Goaltender: Corey Crawford (29-15-5, 2.27 GAA, .918 SV%, 4 SO in 49 GP)… All-Time Series: Jackets are 28-27-7 vs. Chicago, including 15-12-4 at home… The Jackets went 2-2-2 vs. Chicago in 2009-10 and haven’t lost a season series vs. the Hawks since 2002-03, 2-3-0)… Final of six meetings… Columbus is 2-3-0 this season with the visiting team winning four of the five games… Hawks won 5-2 on Oct. 15 and 7-4 on Feb. 1 at Nationwide Arena and 4-1 at home on Dec. 26, while the Jackets won 3-2 on Oct. 23 and 4-3 at Chicago on Feb. 18.

ST. LOUIS BLUES – Head Coach: Davis Payne… Record: 34-32-9 (77 pts.)… Standings: 4th/Central Division, 12th/Western Conference… Leading Scorer: RW David Backes (27-29-56, 75 GP)… Leading Goaltender: Jaroslav Halak (23-20-6, 2.58 GAA, .906 SV%, 6 SO in 51 GP)… All-Time Series: The Jackets are 23-26-13 all-time vs. the Blues, including 15-9-6 at home… Columbus went 3-2-1 in the series in 2009-10… Final of six meetings this season… Columbus is 2-1-2 this season… The Jackets won 8-1 on Nov. 10 and suffered a 4-3 OT loss on Mar. 9 at home, while earning a 5-2 win on Jan. 22, a 4-1 loss on Dec. 9 and 5-4 SO loss on Mar. 7 in St. Louis.


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THIS WEEK IN BLUE JACKETS HISTORY
Mar. 29, 2003 –
Geoff Sanderson tallied 4-1-5 and Andrew Cassels collected 1-4-5 to lead the Blue Jackets to a 6-4 win over the Calgary Flames at the Pengrowth Saddledome. Each player tied the franchise record for points in a game and Sanderson set a new mark for goals scored. Both records still stand.

TRANSACTIONS/OhioHealth INJURY REPORT
TRANSACTIONS:
Mar. 27 – Signed RW Cam Atkinson to a two-year entry level contract… Mar. 23 – Recalled RW Maksim Mayorov from the Springfield Falcons (AHL)… INJURY REPORT: LW Kristian Huselius (Feb. 18 at Chicago) is day-to-day… D Grant Clitsome (Mar. 19 at Minnesota) is day-to-day… D Anton Stralman (Feb. 27 at Nashville) is day-to-day… C Andrew Murray (Mar. 3 at Edmonton) is out indefinitely… LW Ethan Moreau (Mar. 22 at Colorado) is day-to-day… RW Chris Clark (Mar. 12 at Carolina) is expected to miss three to four weeks. Man Games Lost to Injury: 204.

LAST WEEK'S RESULTS
Mar. 22 – at Colorado 5, COLUMBUS 4 (SO):
Daniel Winnik scored the tying goal with four seconds left in regulation and Milan Hejduk netted the only goal in the shootout to lift the Avalanche to the win. R.J. Umberger scored two goals, Derek MacKenzie added 1-1-2 and Jan Hejda chipped in 0-2-2 for the Jackets, while Matt Duchene scored twice for Colorado… Mar. 24 – at Phoenix 3, COLUMBUS 0: Ilya Bryzgalov made 28 saves and the Coyotes got goals from Michal Rozsival, Derek Morris and Mikkel Boedker to pick up the win. Mathieu Garon made 20 saves for Columbus, which outshot Phoenix 28 to 23 in the game… Mar. 27 – Vancouver 4, at COLUMBUS 1: The Blue Jackets fired off 40 shots on goal and held the Canucks to 24 but Cory Schneider's 39 saves were the difference for the NHL's top club. Chris Higgins tallied 2-1-3 and Mason Raymond added 0-3-3 for Vancouver. R.J. Umberger's goal at 11:07 of the third period spoiled the shutout bid.

BLUE JACKETS SIGN NCAA'S TOP GOAL SCORER
Columbus signed RW Cam Atkinson to a two-year entry level contract on Mar. 27. The 21-year-old just completed his junior season at Boston College, where he registered 31-21-52, 28 penalty minutes and a +21 plus/minus rating in 39 games, leading the nation in goal scoring for the second-straight season. Columbus’s eighth pick, 157th overall, in the 2008 Entry Draft finished his BC career with 68-56-124, 86 penalty minutes and a cumulative plus/minus rating of +42 in 117 games. He had 30-23-53, 30 penalty minutes and was +26 in 42 games in 2009-10, helping the Eagles win the National Championship.

TEAM NEWS & NOTES
The Blue Jackets have gone 13-11-8 in their last 32 games, but are 0-3-1 in their last four… The Blue Jackets are 17-14-7 (41 pts.) on the road this season, breaking the franchise record for road wins in a season set in 2008-09 (16-18-7, 39 pts.)… Columbus has gone 0-4-2 in its last six home games after going 4-1-1 in its previous six at Nationwide Arena… Columbus is 10-3-2 against the Eastern Conference this season and has gone 37-16-8 vs. the East since the start of the 2007-08 season… The Blue Jackets scored two shorthanded goals at Colorado on Mar. 22, matching the club record for SHG in a game set on Mar. 24, 2007 at the NY Rangers… Since being held to a season-low 13 shots vs. New Jersey on Mar. 20, the Jackets have fired off 101 in their last three games (33.7) but have been held to five goals… Columbus has seven games remaining in the regular season – four at home and three on the road.

UMBERGER CLOSING IN ON CAREER MARKS, CHIMERA'S IRON MAN STREAK
LW R.J. Umberger scored three goals in three games last week to raise his season totals to 24-30-54 with a team-leading seven power play goals, three game-winners and a +7 plus/minus rating in 75 games. He is one point shy of his career high (55 set last season) and two goals shy of his personal best (26 set in 2008-09). He has also played in 242 consecutive games dating back to Apr. 2, 2008 vs. Pittsburgh (with Philadelphia). He has played in 239-straight as a Blue Jacket, which is the second-longest streak in franchise history behind Jason Chimera's 243 games set from Oct. 9, 2005 to Apr. 5, 2008.

PLAYER NOTES
LW Ethan Moreau played in the 900th game of his NHL career at Colorado on Mar. 22. He has registered 146-137-283 and 1,090 PIM in 900 games with Chicago, Edmonton and Columbus… LW Rick Nash has tallied 3-7-10 in his last 11 games to raise his season totals to 32-34-66 in 74 games, giving him 30 or more goals and 60-plus points in four-straight seasons… C Derick Brassard has tallied 6-11-17 in his last 23 games… D Jan Hejda has collected 5-15-20 in 72 games, including 4-15-19 over the last 54 outings, and is one point shy of his career high of 21 set in 2008-09… C Derek MacKenzie, who has tallied 5-2-7 in his last 12 games, leads the Blue Jackets in plus/minus rating at +15. The highest plus/minus rating by a Blue Jackets forward is +12 (David Vyborny, 2002-03) while the club record is +23 (Jan Hejda, 2008-09).

UPCOMING PROMOTIONS
Friday, April 1 vs. Chicago –
TIM HORTONS JACKETS PACK – This ticket package features one ticket, a $10 food/beverage voucher, Blue Jackets hat, CBJ 10th season travel mug and Timbits 10-count Snack Pack.… 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.

Sunday, April 3 vs. St. Louis 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.

LADY JACKETS "BUILD A BEAR" RAFFLE TO BENEFIT CBJ FOUNDATION, CHOICES
The Blue Jackets players' wives and girlfriends will be holding a Build-a-Bear Raffle during Blue Jackets home games on April 1 vs. Chicago and April 3 vs. St. Louis. Fans can purchase raffle tickets for the chance to win a unique stuffed animal complete with a voice message from your favorite Blue Jackets players. Raffle tickets will be sold for $5 each or five for $20 with proceeds benefiting the Blue Jackets Foundation and CHOICES, a local domestic violence agency.

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 for this week's two semi-final match-ups featuring Jared Boll vs. R.J. Umberger and Marc Methot vs. Derek Dorsett. All fans who vote are eligible to win a Antoine Vermette-signed jersey.

THIS WEEK ON JACKETS TV AT BLUEJACKETS.COM
Monday –
Top Five Plays of the Week… Blue Jackets Shootout Showcase… On the Road with the Blue Jackets at Minnesota
Tuesday – Behind the Bench with Scott Arniel… Game Day Coverage vs. Florida
Wednesday – Blue Jackets Shootout Showcase Final… 60 Seconds with Marc Methot
Thursday – Game Day Coverage at Washington… One-on-One with defenseman Craig Rivet
Friday – Game Day Coverage vs. Chicago
Sunday – Game Day Coverage vs. St. Louis

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 Florida Panthers beat writer George Richards of the Miami Herald… "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 broadcasters during the second intermission of each game broadcast. Fans can e-mail comments to radioactive@BlueJackets.com or send via 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 Monday, March 28 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 a 10th Season Commemorative Puck Collection.

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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