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Blue Jackets Weekly Report: March 15, 2010

by Blue Jackets Staff / Columbus Blue Jackets

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


Mon., Mar. 15 vs. EDMONTON OILERS, Nationwide Arena - 7 p.m. No local TV/1460, CD101
Fri., Mar. 19 vs. MINNESOTA WILD, Nationwide Arena - 7 p.m.       FSO /CD101
Sat., Mar. 20 at Nashville Predators, Bridgestone Arena - 8 p.m.      FSO HD/1460, CD101

BLUE JACKETS AT A GLANCE
Record: 27-31-11, 65 pts. (Central Division: 5th place; Western Conference: 14th place)… Streak: 0-1-0… Home: 16-11-7, 39 pts. (0-1-0)… Road: 11-20-4, 26 pts. (1-0-0)… Last Week’s Results: 2-2-0… Mar. 8 – at Los Angeles 6, COLUMBUS 0… Mar. 9 – Columbus 5, at Anaheim 2… Mar. 11 – at COLUMBUS 2, Atlanta 1… Mar. 13 – St. Louis 5, at COLUMBUS 1.

OPPONENTS AT A GLANCE
EDMONTON OILERS:
Record: 21-40-7, 49 pts. (Northwest Division: 5th place)… Head Coach: Pat Quinn… Edmonton has gone 3-9-1 in its last 13 games and are 1-14-1 in their last 16 road games… The Oilers are averaging 2.43 goals per game, while allowing a league-high 3.40 goals-against… Players to Watch: RW Dustin Penner (leads club with 25-27-52, 8 PPG in 68 games)… C Sam Gagner (15-24-39 in 63 games)… C Gilbert Brule (former Jacket has 15-17-32, 3 GWG in 56 games)… Jackets vs. Oilers: 10-19-6 (5-8-4 at home, 5-11-2 on the road)… Columbus is 5-4-2 in the past 11 meetings… The teams split four games last year with each winning once at home and once on the road… Edmonton won the first meeting this season, 6-4, at home on Oct. 22, while the Jackets have taken the last two – 3-2 SO at home on Nov. 16 and 4-2 on the road on Jan. 7.

MINNESOTA WILD: Record: 33-29-6, 72 pts. (Northwest Division: 4th place)… Head Coach: Todd Richards (first season)… The Wild has won two-straight after beginning the post-Olympic break 1-2-2… Wild ranks 10th in the NHL on the power play (19.0 pct.) and 14th in penalty killing (82.2 pct.)… Players to Watch: C Mikko Koivu (leads club with 19-43-62, 7 PPG in 68 games)… LW Andrew Brunette (has 20-32-52, 10 PPG in 68 games)… G Niklas Backstrom (24-19-6, 2.65 GAA, .904 SV%, 2 SO in 50 games)… Jackets vs. Wild: 15-15-4 (11-4-1 at home, 4-11-3 on the road)… The Jackets were 1-2-1 vs. Minnesota in 2008-09… Columbus won the first meeting this season, 2-1, in the season-opener at Nationwide Arena on Oct. 3… The Wild won both games at Xcel Energy Center this season – 2-1 on Dec. 15 and a 4-2 on Jan. 23.

NASHVILLE PREDATORS: Record: 38-26-5, 81 pts. (Central Division: 2nd place)… Head Coach: Barry Trotz… Nashville has gone 5-3-0 since the Olympic break with wins in its last two games… The Predators average 2.72 goals per game and allow 2.83 goals-against, but are 20-9-5 in one-goal games… Players to Watch: RW Martin Erat (leads club with 19-24-43 in 62 games)… RW Patric Hornqvist (leads club in goals with 26-15-41, 9 PPG in 68 games)… G Pekka Rinne (24-13-4, 2.73 GAA, .903 SV%, 4 SO in 46 games)… Jackets vs. Predators: 16-32-8 (12-13-3 at home, 4-19-5 on the road)… The Jackets posted a winning record in the series for the first time since 2000-01 with a 3-2-1 mark in 2008-09… Nashville won the first four meetings this season – 4-3 shootout wins at home on Nov. 21 and Dec. 10 and 5-3 and 2-1 OT at Nationwide Arena on Dec. 14 and Dec. 31, respectively… Columbus earned a 3-2 win at home in the last meeting on Jan. 26.


PRACTICE SCHEDULE, Mar. 16-22 (subject to change) - CLICK HERE


OhioHealth INJURY REPORT

D Rostislav Klesla
(Injured Reserve on Dec. 1 retroactive to Nov. 30) is sidelined indefinitely… C Derek MacKenzie (lower body injury; Injured Reserve on Mar. 11 retroactive to Mar. 9) is expected to miss at least one month… LW Kristian Huselius is day-to-day… RW Rick Nash is day-to-day… Man Games Lost to Injury: 215.

ROSTER REPORT
Mar. 9 –
Added C Derek MacKenzie and RW Maksim Mayorov to the roster on emergency recall from the Syracuse Crunch (AHL).

RED-HOT VORACEK SETS NEW CAREER HIGHS
Second-year RW Jakub Voracek has collected points in eight of his last 10 games, collecting 3-9-12 during that span that includes a career-best six-game points streak from Feb. 6-Mar. 6 (1-7-8). He scored his 11th goal of the season vs. St. Louis on Mar. 13 to give him 2-2-4 in three games since being shutout at Los Angeles on Mar. 8. He has collected 11-29-40 in 68 games this season, surpassing the 9-29-38 he tallied in 80 games as a rookie in 2008-09.

UMBERGER NOTCHES SECOND-STRAIGHT 20-GOAL SEASON
LW R.J. Umberger scored his 20th goal of the season vs. Atlanta on Mar. 11 to post the third 20-goal campaign of his six-year NHL career and his second in as many seasons as a Blue Jacket. He has tallied 5-10-15 in his last 20 games to raise his season totals to 20-25-45 in 69 games. He has notched 16-18-34 in his last 49 games after being held to 4-7-11 in the first 20 games of the season. He is five points shy of the career-high 17-33-50 he notched with Philadelphia in 2007-08 and six goals shy of the 26 he scored with Columbus a year ago.

GARON'S IMPACT FELT IN NET, PARTICULARLY AT HOME
G Mathieu Garon has posted a 7-4-1 mark with a 2.75 GAA, .908 SV% and one shutout in his last 13 appearances, including 12 starts and is 11-9-4 with a 2.78 GAA, .905 SV% and two shutouts in 31 games this season. He is 5-0-3 with a 1.99 GAA, .935 SV% and one shutout in nine appearances at Nationwide Arena. Garon has gone 2-0-1 with a 2.35 GAA and .929 SV% in his last four games dating to Feb. 14 with wins in each of his last two outings.

TEAM NEWS & NOTES
The Blue Jackets have gone 12-11-2 since Jan. 7 and are 5-4-2 under interim head coach Claude Noel… With a 2-1 win over Atlanta on Mar. 11, Columbus improved to 13-0-2 vs. the Southeast Division since a 5-2 loss vs. Florida on Nov. 21, 2007… The Jackets currently rank ninth in the NHL on the power play (19.4 pct.) and are 15th in penalty killing (81.9 pct.)… LW Kristian Huselius, who has missed three of the past four games due to injury, has collected 7-16-23 in his last 23 games… D Fedor Tyutin has notched 1-3-4 in his last four games and is expected to play in his 400th career NHL game vs. Edmonton on Monday… C Derick Brassard has collected 1-5-6 in his last eight games… C Antoine Vermette collected his 12th multi-point game of the season with 1-2-3 at Anaheim on Mar. 9, which matches his career high.

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
Monday, Mar. 15 vs. Edmonton –
ST. PATRICK’S DAY PACKAGE: For just $40 (lower bowl) or $30 (upper bowl) you’ll receive a ticket, a Blue Jackets pint glass and a 16 oz. beverage at the R Bar in the Arena District… ALL YOU CAN EAT BUFFET presented by Time Warner Cable: The package includes a ticket to the exclusive AAA Sky Terrace and an all you can eat buffet of hot dogs, chicken fingers, popcorn, peanuts, Pepsi and more for just $39… 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.

Friday, Mar. 19 vs. Minnesota – ST. PATRICK’S DAY PACKAGE: For just $40 (lower bowl) or $30 (upper bowl) you’ll receive a ticket, a Blue Jackets pint glass and a 16 oz. beverage at the R Bar in the Arena District… 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 90 minutes 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.

WEEKLY GIVEAWAY/AUTOGRAPHED KLESLA JERSEY
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 Rostislav Klesla jersey courtesy of Verizon Wireless. Fans who receive updates via Jackets Alerts from Verizon Wireless will be directed to BlueJackets.com where they will answer a "This Week in Blue Jackets History" question. A winner will be selected from all those who answer the question correctly.

ONE LUCKY WINNER TO RECEIVE TICKETS TO NATIONWIDE ARENA EVENTS FOR A YEAR
The Blue Jackets and Nationwide Arena are again teaming up with Donatos Pizza, Pepsi and QFM96 radio to present the sixth annual "Destinationwide" contest in which one lucky fan will win a pair of tickets to nearly every game, concert and special event at Nationwide Arena over the next year. The grand prize winner will be announced on Fan Appreciation Night on Friday, Apr. 9 vs. the Detroit Red Wings. Interested fans can enter the contest by registering online at www.qfm96.com through Sunday, Mar. 28. Beginning the following day, QFM96’s morning show, Wags & Elliott, will draw two qualifiers from the registrant pool each weekday morning between 6-10 a.m. for a total of 10 qualifiers. Each qualifier will win a $25 Donatos gift card, a Pepsi prize pack, and an invitation to the Blue Jackets Fan Appreciation Night on Friday, Apr. 9. The 10 qualifiers plus one “wild card” entrant selected at the game will be highlighted during an intermission break when Wags & Elliott will announce the grand prize winner. For official contest rules and grand prize events, visit www.qfm96.com.

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 www.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… 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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