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Blue Jackets Weekly Report: March 8, 2010

by Blue Jackets Staff / Columbus Blue Jackets

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


Mon., Mar. 8 at Los Angeles Kings, STAPLES Center - 10:30 p.m. FSO HD/1460, CD101
Tue., Mar. 9 at Anaheim Ducks, Honda Center - 10 p.m. FSO HD/1460, CD101
Thu., Mar. 11 vs. ATLANTA THRASHERS, Nationwide Arena - 7 p.m. FSO HD/1460, CD101
Sat., Mar. 13 vs. ST. LOUIS BLUES, Nationwide Arena - 7 p.m. FSO HD/1460, CD101

BLUE JACKETS AT A GLANCE
Record:
25-29-11, 61 pts. (Central Division: 5th place; Western Conference: 14th place)… Streak: 0-2-2… Home: 15-10-7, 37 pts. (0-1-2)… Road: 10-19-4, 24 pts. (0-2-0)… Last Week’s Results: Mar. 2 – Vancouver 4, at COLUMBUS 3 (OT)… Mar. 6 – at San Jose 2, Columbus 1.

OPPONENTS AT A GLANCE
LOS ANGELES KINGS:
Record: 38-22-4, 80 pts. (Pacific Division: 3rd place)… Head Coach: Terry Murray… The Kings have lost two-straight after posting a 13-2-1 mark in their previous 16 games… Los Angeles ranks eighth in the NHL in scoring, averaging 2.91 goals per game… Players to Watch: C Anze Kopitar (leads club with 30-37-67, 12 PPG in 64 games)… D Drew Doughty (has 12-37-49, 7 PPG in 64 games)… G Jonathan Quick (36-19-3, 2.52 GAA, .908 SV%, 2 SO in 58 games)… Jackets vs. Kings: 17-16-2 (11-6-1 at home, 6-10-1 on the road)… The Jackets won the final two meetings of 2008-09, 2-0 at Los Angeles on Dec. 29, 2008 and 5-4 at home on Mar. 3, 2009 and the first meeting this season, 4-1 at home on Oct. 17 before suffering a 6-2 loss at Los Angeles on Oct. 25 and 4-1 setback at home on Jan. 28.

ANAHEIM DUCKS: Record: 30-27-8, 68 pts. (Pacific Division: 4th place-T)… Head Coach: Randy Carlyle… The Ducks have gone 0-2-1 since the Olympic break… … Players to Watch: C Ryan Getzlaf (leads club with 17-46-63, 5 GWG in 59 games)... RW Cory Perry (has 23-38-61 in 65 games)… G Jonas Hiller (26-19-3, 2.76 GAA, .917 SV%, 2 SO in 49 games)… Jackets vs. Ducks: 16-15-4 (9-8-1 at home, 7-7-3 on the road)… Anaheim has outscored Columbus 95 to 90 in 35 all-time meetings… The Jackets had won just once in the previous seven games against the Ducks (1-4-2) before earning wins in the first two meetings this season – 6-4 at Anaheim on Oct. 24 and 3-2 in a shootout at home on Nov. 13… The Ducks won the last meeting 3-1 at Nationwide Arena on Dec. 12.

ATLANTA THRASHERS: Record: 28-26-10, 66 pts. (Southeast Division: 2nd place)… Head Coach: John Anderson… The Thrashers have gone 13-15-6 on the road this season… Atlanta ranks seventh in the NHL in scoring (2.97 goals per game) and 28th in goals-against (3.19)… Players to Watch: RW Nik Antropov (leads club with 16-38-54 in 60 games)… RW Maxim Afinogenov (has 20-30-50 in 64 games)… G Johan Hedberg (16-10-5, 2.66 GAA, .914 SV%, 1 SO in 35 games)… Jackets vs. Thrashers: 6-5-0 (4-2-0 at home, 2-3-0 on the road)… Columbus has won four of the past five meetings, including the three-straight games – 2-0 on Nov. 22, 2008 on the road, 2-0 on Dec. 26, 2007 at home and 4-3 on Nov. 5, 2009 on the road.

ST. LOUIS BLUES: Record: 30-26-9, 69 pts. (Central Division: 4th place)… Head Coach: Davis Payne (replaced Andy Murray on Jan. 2)… The Blues rank third in the NHL in penalty killing at 86.1 pct… St. Louis had a five-game winning streak snapped in a 7-3 loss at Colorado on Saturday… Players to Watch: C Andy McDonald (leads club with 20-20-40 in 62 games)… C T.J. Oshie (has 15-25-40 in 61 games)… G Chris Mason (22-18-8, 2.55 GAA, .912 SV%, 2 SO in 48 games)… Jackets vs. Blues: 21-24-10 (14-8-5 at home, 7-16-5 on the road)… Columbus is 5-10-1 in its last 16 vs. St. Louis, including a 1-4-1 mark in 2008-09… Prior to that stretch, the Jackets had posted a 9-1-4 mark vs. the Blues between Jan. 20, 2006-Nov. 4, 2007… The home team had won the first three meetings this season – Columbus, 5-2 on Nov. 30 and 4-2 on Jan. 18 and St. Louis, 4-1 on Jan. 12 – before the Jackets earned a 3-2 win at Scottrade Center in the last meeting on Jan. 30.


PRACTICE SCHEDULE, Mar. 9-15 (subject to change) - CLICK HERE


OhioHealth INJURY REPORT
D Rostislav Klesla
(Injured Reserve on Dec. 1 retroactive to Nov. 30) is sidelined indefinitely… Man Games Lost to Injury: 201.

ROSTER REPORT
Mar. 4
– Activated D Mike Commodore off Injured Reserve… Mar. 3 – Recalled C Mike Blunden from Syracuse Crunch (AHL)… Assigned D Grant Clitsome to Syracuse… Acquired RW Chad Kolarik from Phoenix in exchange for LW Alexandre Picard and assigned him to Syracuse… Acquired conditional seventh round pick in 2010 Entry Draft from Los Angeles in exchange for LW Fredrik Modin… Acquired rights to C Matt Rust from Florida in exchange for D Mathieu Roy… Acquired D/RW Nathan Paetsch and a second round pick in 2010 Entry Draft from Buffalo in exchange for LW Raffi Torres… Acquired conditional sixth round pick in 2010 Entry Draft from Washington in exchange for D Milan Jurcina.

VERMETTE HITS 20-GOAL MARK FOR THIRD TIME
C Antoine Vermette scored his 20th goal of the season vs. Vancouver on Mar. 2, marking the third time in his career he has done so, including 2007-08 when he tallied a career-high 24 with the Ottawa Senators. He has tallied 20-29-49 in 65 games this season and had a five-game points streak (2-4-6) snapped at San Jose on Mar. 6. Since joining the Blue Jackets in March 2009, he has collected 27-35-62 in 82 games.

VORACEK RIDING CAREER-HIGH SIX-GAME POINTS STREAK
Second-year RW Jakub Voracek is riding a six-game point streak with 1-7-8 since Feb. 6 vs. Buffalo when he collected a career-high three assists vs. the Sabres. He has registered 9-27-36 in 64 games and ranks fourth on the club in assists and fifth in points. He has matched his goal output and is two assists and points shy of equaling his totals from his rookie season in 2008-09 when he notched 9-29-38 in 80 games.

MASON REGAINS ROOKIE OF THE YEAR FORM
Last year's NHL rookie of the year G Steve Mason has gone 5-4-1 with a 2.30 goals-against average, .926 save percentage and two shutouts in his last 10 games dating back to Jan. 21. He has stopped 289-of-302 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. In his last outing, he stopped 42 shots in a 2-1 loss at San Jose on Mar. 6.

TEAM NEWS & NOTES
The Blue Jackets have gone 10-10-2 since Jan. 7 and are 3-2-2 under interim head coach Claude Noel will all four losses under Noel coming in one-goal games… After being held without a goal in 41-straight games, RW/C Andrew Murray has lit the lamp in his last two games… LW Rick Nash had his seven-game point streak snapped vs. Vancouver on Mar. 2, but has tallied 9-6-15 over his last 16 games… C Derick Brassard, who has missed the first two games following the Olympic break due to an upper body injury, has collected assists in each of his last four games… RW Chris Clark is three goals shy of 100 and three points shy of 200 for his NHL career (97-100-197 in 543 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 wore the jerseys during pre-game warm-ups prior to the Mar. 2 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 Thursday vs. Atlanta, Saturday 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
Thursday, Mar. 11 vs. Atlanta –
COLUMBUS ZOO NIGHT: Zoo Night Ticket Package includes a ticket to the game, Blue Jackets "Polar" fleece blanket, Zoo Night "Thermal" mug, Sugardale hot dog, Pepsi, and Zoo Pass for $35 (upper) or $50 (lower)… 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, a savings of $19. The package is also available in the lower bowl for $49.

Saturday, Mar. 13 vs. St. Louis – UPPER DECK TRADING CARD GIVEAWAY: The first 10,000 fans in attendance will receive a set of Blue Jackets Trading Cards from Upper Deck… DISPATCH FAMILY VALUE PACK: The Dispatch Family Value 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 COMBO: You’ll enjoy an All You Can Eat pre-game buffet in Coors Light Ice Cold Pub starting one and a half hours before game time, then watch the game in great 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.

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.

BLUE JACKETS OFFER ST. PATRICK'S DAY TICKET PACKAGE
Celebrate St. Patrick's Day with the Blue Jackets on March 15 vs. Edmonton or March 19 vs. Minnesota. This package offers a ticket to the game – $40 (lower bowl) or $30 (upper bowl) – as well as a Blue Jackets pint glass and a 16 oz. beverage at the R Bar in the Arena District. Fans must be 21-or over to purchase.

WEEKLY GIVEAWAY/FOUR TICKETS TO THURSDAY'S GAME VS. ATLANTA
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 four tickets to Thursday's game vs. Atlanta. Just follow the Blue Jackets Twitter feed at www.Twitter.com/BlueJacketsNHL between Monday and Thursday for a chance to win.

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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