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Blue Jackets Weekly Report: Nov. 15

by Blue Jackets Staff / Columbus Blue Jackets

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


Wed., Nov. 17 at Los Angeles Kings, STAPLES Center - 10:30 p.m. FOX Sports Ohio HD/97.1 The Fan
Fri., Nov. 19 at Anaheim Ducks, Honda Center - 10 p.m. FOX Sports Ohio HD/97.1 The Fan
Sat., Nov. 20 at San Jose Sharks, HP Pavilion at San Jose - 10:30 p.m. FOX Sports Ohio HD/97.1 The Fan

BLUE JACKETS AT A GLANCE
Record:
9-6-0, 18 pts. (H: 5-5-0, A: 4-1-0; includes 1 H loss and 1 A win in Stockholm, SWE)… Standings: 4th/Central Division, 8th/Western Conference… Leading Scorers: C Derick Brassard (5-7-12, 15 GP)… LW Rick Nash (6-4-10, 14 GP)… Leading Goaltenders: Mathieu Garon (4-1-0, 1.28 GAA, .951 SV%, 2 SO in 6 GP)… Steve Mason (5-5-0, 3.23 GAA, .895 SV%, 10 GP).

OPPONENTS AT A GLANCE
LOS ANGELES KINGS –
Head Coach: Terry Murray… Record: 12-3-0 (24 pts.)… Standings: 1st/Pacific Division, 1st/Western Conference… Leading Scorers: RW Justin Williams (8-8-16, 15 GP)… C Anze Kopitar (6-10-16, 15 GP)… Leading Goaltender: Jonathan Quick (10-1-0, 1.52 GAA, .944 SV%, 1 SO in 11 GP)… All-Time Series: The Jackets are 17-17-2 all-time vs. Los Angeles, including 6-11-1 on the road… The Jackets went 1-3-0 vs. the Kings in 2009-10 with all four games decided by three goals or more… First of four meetings this season… The clubs next meet at Los Angeles on Jan. 8.

SAN JOSE SHARKS – Head Coach: Todd McLellan… Record: 8-5-2 (18 pts.)… Standings: 4th/Pacific Division, 9th/Western Conference… Leading Scorer: C Joe Thornton (6-10-16, 13 GP)… RW Dany Heatley (6-9-15, 15 GP)… Leading Goaltender: Antero Niittymaki (6-1-2, 1.80 GAA, .929 SV% in 10 GP)… All-Time Series: Jackets are 11-21-4 including 10-6-2 at home, 1-15-2 at San Jose and 1-1-0 in Stockholm, Sweden… Seven of the last nine meetings have been decided by one goal… The Jackets went 1-2-1 vs. San Jose in 2009-10… Third of four meetings this season… Clubs split a pair of games at Ericsson Globe Arena in Stockholm with the Sharks winning 3-2 on Oct. 8 and the Jackets winning 3-2 in OT on Oct. 9… The teams meet again on Feb. 9 at Columbus.

ANAHEIM DUCKS – Head Coach: Randy Carlyle… Record: 10-7-2 (22 pts.)… Standings: 2nd/Pacific Division, 4th/Western Conference… Leading Scorers: RW Corey Perry (8-12-20, 19 GP)… RW Teemu Selanne and C Ryan Getzlaf (7-12-19, 19 GP)… Leading Goaltender: Jonas Hiller (8-5-2, 2.83 GAA, .920 SV% in 15 GP)… All-Time Series: Jackets are 18-15-4 vs. Anaheim, including 8-7-3 on the road… Columbus went 3-1-0 in 2009-10, winning the season series for the first time since 2003-04… The road team has won six of the last nine meetings… Second of four meetings this season… Columbus won 3-1 at home on Oct. 20… Clubs next meet on Jan. 7 at Anaheim.


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THIS WEEK IN BLUE JACKETS HISTORY

Nov. 20, 2003 – Marc Denis made 25 saves and the Blue Jackets got goals from Rick Nash, Andrew Cassels and Dan Fritsche to beat the Detroit Red Wings, 3-0, before a sold out crowd of 18,136 at Nationwide Arena. The game marked the Jackets’ third win – and first shutout victory – in 18 games vs. the Red Wings.

TRANSACTIONS/OhioHEALTH INJURY REPORT
TRANSACTIONS:
Nov. 13 – Assigned C/RW Mike Blunden to Springfield (AHL)… Nov. 11 – Acquired LW Dane Byers from the NY Rangers in exchange for C Chad Kolarik and assigned Byers to Springfield (AHL)… Placed LW Kristian Huselius on Injured Reserve retroactive to Oct. 23… Added C/RW Mike Blunden to the roster on emergency recall from Springfield (AHL)… INJURY REPORT: LW Rick Nash (lower body, Nov. 10 vs. St. Louis; day-to-day)… C Derek MacKenzie (lower body, Nov. 10 vs. St. Louis; day-to-day)… LW Ethan Moreau (broken hand, Oct. 19 vs. Anaheim; Injured Reserve – out four to six weeks)… LW Kristian Huselius (lower body, Oct. 23 at Chicago; Injured Reserve – out indefinitely)… Man Games Lost to Injury: 59.

LAST WEEK'S RESULTS
Nov. 10 – at COLUMBUS 8, ST. LOUIS 1:
The Blue Jackets tied a club record for goals, registered the most lopsided win in franchise history and snapped the Blues' seven-game winning streak. Nine Jackets recorded multi-point games led by Chris Clark and Jakub Voracek, who scored a pair of goals, and Derick Brassard, who tallied three assists. Steve Mason made 29 saves against St. Louis, which came into the game leading the NHL in goals-against average (1.42)… Nov. 12 – COLORADO 5, AT COLUMBUS 1: David Jones tallied 2-1-3 and Peter Budaj made 28 saves as the Avalanche won their sixth-straight game vs. Columbus, who had taken 1-0 lead at 4:15 of the first period on an Antoine Vermette goal. The Avs tied the game less than two minutes later and Greg Mauldin's shorthanded goal at 10:57 of the second gave Colorado a 2-1 lead. Steve Mason made 24 saves for the Jackets.

TEAM NEWS & NOTES
The Blue Jackets, who are 4-1-0 on the road this season, play five of their next seven games away from Nationwide Arena… Columbus set numerous franchise records in last week's 8-1 win over St. Louis on Nov. 10, including: goals scored in a game (tied, Mar. 25, 2010 vs. Chicago/8-3 win and Mar. 7, 2009 at Detroit/8-2 win); largest margin of victory (seven goals); 24 combined points (eight goals, 16 assists); and even-strength goals (eight)... Columbus won its ninth game of the season on Nov. 10 vs. St. Louis in its 14th game, which is the quickest in club history… The Jackets also reached the 18-point mark in its 14th game, tying the club record (8-4-2 in 2007-08)… The Jackets are 6-1-0 when scoring the game’s first goal… The club is 0-4-0 on Friday nights… Columbus ranks third in the NHL in faceoff percentage (54.6 pct.) and is led by C Antoine Vermette who is fifth in the NHL at 60.7 pct.

BRASSARD FALLS ONE GAME SHY OF CLUB RECORD
C Derick Brassard had his career-best eight-game point streak snapped vs. Colorado on Nov. 12. He tallied 5-6-11 during the streak, which began on Oct. 23 at Chicago and was one game shy of matching the club record of nine shared by Rick Nash (9-7-16 from Dec. 30, 2005-Jan. 8, 2006) and Andrew Cassels (4-9-13 from Nov. 1-17, 2002). Brassard leads the club in scoring with 5-7-12 in 15 games, including a team-high three power play goals and two game-winners.

Nash

NASH HEATS UP
LW Rick Nash picked up his second multi-point game of the season and extended his point streak to five games with 1-1-2 vs. St. Louis on Nov. 10. He has 3-2-5 during the streak and also has goals in three of the past four games after being held goalless the previous five games. He is five assists shy of tying David Vyborny's club record of 204 and also is 12 games shy of Vyborny's franchise mark of 543 games played. Nash, who missed last Friday's game vs. Colorado due to a lower body injury, is day-to-day.

WILSON AMONG ROOKIE SCORING LEADERS
Rookie C Kyle Wilson picked up the second multi-point game of his NHL career with 1-1-2 on Oct. 28 vs. Edmonton and added 0-2-2 vs. St. Louis on Nov. 10. He has now tallied 4-3-7 in 10 games to rank seventh among NHL rookies in points and third in goals.

PLAYER NOTES
C Antoine Vermette has picked up 2-1-3 in his last two games after being shut out in six-straight outings… RW Jakub Voracek has collected 3-5-8 in his last nine games, including his first multi-goal game of the season with two vs. St. Louis on Nov. 10… D Rostislav Klesla is tied for third in the NHL in plus/minus rating at +11… LW R.J. Umberger, who has tallied 2-2-4 in his last four games to raise his totals to 6-3-9, is tied for the club lead in goals and leads all forwards at +6… RW Nikita Filatov has collected 0-3-3 in his last two games… RW Chris Clark scored two goals vs. St. Louis on Nov. 10, which was his first multi-goal game since Oct. 24, 2007 vs. Tampa Bay (with Washington). His second goal was the 100th of his NHL career (100-107-207 in 567 games)… D Anton Stralman tied the club record when he was +4 vs. St. Louis on Nov. 10.

NASH, UMBERGER ON NHL ALL-STAR BALLOT - CLICK HERE TO VOTE
LW Rick Nash and LW R.J. Umberger are among the 100 players who appear on the 2011 NHL All-Star Fan Balloting, which takes place November 15 – January 3 at NHL.com and Facebook.com/NHL. Fans can select up to six players by position -- three forwards, two defensemen and one goaltender -- without regard to the conference in which their teams play for in the 2011 NHL All-Star Game presented by Discover, which will be held at RBC Center in Raleigh, N.C. on Sunday, January 30. The three forwards, two defensemen and goaltender with the most votes will be named First NHL All-Stars. The remaining 36 All-Stars will be named by NHL Hockey Operations. The players from that group of 42 will vote for team captains, who will then select from the full pool of players to fill out each team's roster.

NEW THIRD JERSERY UNVEILING SET FOR WEDNESDAY, NOV. 24
The Blue Jackets invite fans to The Mall at Tuttle Crossing on Wednesday, Nov. 24 when the club’s new Third Jersey will be officially unveiled as a special event, presented by Lexus. The unveiling will be carried live on FOX Sports Ohio during the first intermission of the Blue Jackets-NY Islanders game that night. The mall’s center court area will have video screens where fans can watch the telecast live beginning at 7 p.m. The unveiling will take place in the center court at the conclusion of the first period.

MASON, METHOT TO SIGN AUTOGRAPHS AT FOX SPORTS OHIO BLUE LINE AT TUTTLE MALL, NOV. 29
Blue Jackets goaltender Steve Mason and defenseman Marc Methot will sign autographs at the FOX Sports Ohio Blue Line at The Mall at Tuttle Crossing on Monday, Nov. 29 from 6-7 p.m. A large crowd is expected so fans will be limited to one autograph per person. Also, fans will be allowed to take photos while the players are signing, however posed photos will not be allowed.

UPCOMING PROMOTIONS
Friday, Nov. 26 vs. Detroit – THIRD JERSEY DEBUT – The Blue Jackets will wear their new Third Jerseys for the first time when they battle the Red Wings… TIM HORTONS JACKETS PACK (every Friday home game) – Fans receive a game ticket, $10 food/beverage voucher, Blue Jackets hat, CBJ-Tim Hortons travel mug with voucher for a free coffee fill-up at participating Tim Hortons locations and Timbits 10-count snack pack. Prices start at $30 (upper bowl) and $60 (lower bowl)… HAT TRICK COMBO (every Friday, Saturday and Sunday home game except Dec. 4) – Get a lower bowl ticket, a pre-game buffet and a post-game drink in the Labatt Blue Zone for just $50 per person, which is a savings of $28.


THIS WEEK ON JACKETS TV AT BLUEJACKETS.COM

Monday –
Top Five Plays of the Week
Tuesday –
Behind the Bench with Scott Arniel; Former captain Lyle Odelein Returns to Columbus for Alumni Night
Wednesday –
Game Day Preview & Post-Game coverage from Los Angeles; Season Ticket Holder Spotlight – Steve Smallsreed
Thursday –
One-on-One with Mathieu Garon
Friday –
Game Day Preview & Post-Game coverage from Anaheim
Saturday –
Game Day Preview & Post-Game coverage from San Jose


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 guest is former NHL goaltender, longtime analyst and current St. Louis Blues executive John Davidson… "BLUE JACKETS WEEKLY" is hosted by a member of the Blue Jackets radio team and 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 roundtable discussion that lets fans interact with team radio broadcasters George Matthews, Bob McElligott and Mark Wyant during the second intermission of each radio game broadcast. Fans can submit their comments and opinions by e-mailing them to radioactive@BlueJackets.com or 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.

BLUE JACKETS ON FOX SPORTS OHIO
Blue Jackets hockey returns to FOX Sports Ohio in 2010-11 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 is new in 2010 and 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 this Wednesday at 6 p.m. as the Jackets head coach is joined by Jeff Rimer and 97.1 The Fan’s Scott Torgerson.

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.

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.com… Season & 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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