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Blue Jackets Weekly Report: Nov. 22

by Blue Jackets Staff / Columbus Blue Jackets

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


Mon., Nov. 22 NASHVILLE PREDATORS, NATIONWIDE ARENA - 7 p.m. FOX Sports Ohio HD/97.1 The Fan
Wed., Nov. 24 at New York Islanders, Nassau Coliseum - 7 p.m. FOX Sports Ohio HD/97.1 The Fan
Fri., Nov. 26 DETROIT RED WINGS, NATIONWIDE ARENA - 7 p.m. FOX Sports Ohio HD/97.1 The Fan
Sun., Nov. 28 at Detroit Red Wings, Joe Louis Arena - 5 p.m. FOX Sports Ohio HD/97.1 The Fan

BLUE JACKETS AT A GLANCE
Record:
12-6-0, 24 pts. (H: 5-5-0, A: 7-1-0; includes 1 H loss and 1 A win in Stockholm, SWE)… Standings: 3rd/Central Division, 6th/Western Conference… Leading Scorers: LW Rick Nash (12-4-16, 17 GP)… C Derick Brassard (5-10-15, 18 GP)… Leading Goaltenders: Mathieu Garon (5-1-0, 1.08 GAA, .960 SV%, 3 SO in 7 GP)… Steve Mason (7-5-0, 3.19 GAA, .903 SV% in 12 GP).

OPPONENTS AT A GLANCE
NASHVILLE PREDATORS –
Head Coach: Barry Trotz… Record: 9-6-3 (21 pts.)… Standings: 5th/Central Division, 13th/Western Conference… Leading Scorers: C Cal O’Reilly (4-9-13, 18 GP)… LW Steve Sullivan (5-5-10, 18 GP)… Leading Goaltender: Pekka Rinne (6-5-2, 2.63 GAA, .914 SV%, 2 SO in 13 GP)… All-Time Series: The Jackets are 16-32-9 all-time vs. Nashville, including 12-13-3 at home… The Jackets went 1-1-4 vs. the Predators in 2009-10 and are 4-3-5 over the past two seasons… First of six meetings this season… The clubs next meet at Columbus on Dec. 1.

NEW YORK ISLANDERS – Head Coach: Jack Capuano… Record: 4-12-4 (12 pts.)… Standings: 5th/Atlantic Division, 15th/Eastern Conference… Leading Scorers: LW Matt Moulson (8-5-13, 20 GP)… C John Tavares (7-4-11, 17 GP)… Leading Goaltender: Dwayne Roloson (2-9-1, 2.58 GAA, .912 SV% in 12 GP)… All-Time Series: The Jackets are 7-1-4 all-time vs. the NY Islanders, including 2-1-2 on the road… The Jackets’ lone regulation loss was 4-0 at Nassau Coliseum on Dec. 23, 2006… The Islanders won both meetings last season – 2-1 in SO at home on Dec. 29 and 4-3 OT at Columbus on Mar. 27… Lone meeting this season.

DETROIT RED WINGS – Head Coach: Mike Babcock… Record: 13-3-2 (28 pts.)… Standings: 1st/Central Division, 1st/Western Conference… Leading Scorers: C Pavel Datsyuk (7-15-22, 18 GP)… LW Henrik Zetterberg (7-13-20, 18 GP)… Leading Goaltender: Jimmy Howard (11-1-2, 2.46 GAA, .911 SV%, 1 SO in 14 GP)… All-Time Series: The Jackets are 15-33-9 all-time vs. Detroit, including 9-13-7 at home… Columbus went 1-4-1 vs. the Wings in 2009-10 after posting a 3-3-0 mark in 2008-09… First and second of six meetings this season… Clubs meet again at Columbus on Jan. 14.


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THIS WEEK IN BLUE JACKETS HISTORY

Nov. 25, 2006 –
Sergei Fedorov scored a pair of goals and tied the club record with 10 shots on goal to lead the Blue Jackets to a 5-3 win over the Minnesota Wild at Nationwide Arena. Anson Carter, Fredrik Modin and Nikolai Zherdev also scored goals for Columbus, which snapped an eight-game winless streak with the win and went on to post a 6-2-0 record in its next eight outings.

TRANSACTIONS/OhioHEALTH INJURY REPORT
TRANSACTIONS:
Nov. 20 –Added C/RW Mike Blunden to the roster on emergency recall from Springfield (AHL)… INJURY REPORT: 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)… LW Derek Dorsett (Nov. 19 at Anaheim – day to day)… Man Games Lost to Injury: 70.

LAST WEEK'S RESULTS
Nov. 17 – COLUMBUS 5, at LOS ANGELES 3:
The Blue Jackets handed Los Angeles its first loss in nine home games as Rick Nash scored a pair of goals and Steve Mason made 33 saves. The Jackets led 2-1 late in the second period before the Kings scored twice to lead 3-2 early in the third. Nash's goal at 16:48 of the third was the game-winner and he added an empty net tally. Andrew Murray added 1-1-2 for Columbus… Nov. 19 – COLUMBUS 4, at ANAHEIM 3: Steve Mason made 47 saves, including 24-of-25 shots faced in the third period, to lead the Jackets to the win at Honda Center. Mike Commodore and Chris Clark each tallied 1-1-2 with Commodore’s tally at 16:56 of the second period proving to be the game-winner for Columbus which jumped out to a 1-0 lead, fell behind 2-1 and then scored three-straight in the second period to build a 4-2 lead after two periods… Nov. 20 COLUMBUS 3, at SAN JOSE 0: Mathieu Garon made 35 saves to record his third shutout of the season and Rick Nash collected his fifth career hat trick as the Blue Jackets completed a three-game sweep of California. Nash scored on the power play 3:31 into the game and pushed the lead to 2-0 late in the second period. He sealed the win with an empty net tally at 19:05 of the third. The Jackets were outshot 35 to 27, but went 1-of-4 on the power play while holding the Sharks to 0-of-5.

TEAM NEWS & NOTES
With a 12-6-0 record, the Jackets are off to the best start in franchise history… Columbus has posted a 7-1-0 record on the road, which is tied with Boston for the NHL lead… Prior to this year, the quickest the club had hit seven road wins was 2008-09 when they did it in 20 games… The Jackets have scored power play goals in back-to-back games after being shutout in five in a row… The Jackets rank fifth in the NHL in goals-against (2.44 per game) and have climbed to 16th in goals-for (2.89 per game).

NASH NAMED NHL'S FIRST STAR OF THE WEEK, COLLECTS FIFTH CAREER HAT TRICK

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LW Rick Nash was named the NHL's First Star of the Week for Nov. 15-21 after tallying 6-0-6 and two game-winning goals in three games last week. He collected his fifth career hat trick in a 3-0 win at San Jose on Nov. 20, extending his point streak to eight games (9-3-12) and his goal-scoring streak to five (8-1-9). His points streak is one shy of the club record he shares (9-6-16 from Dec. 30, 2005-Jan. 8, 2006) with Andrew Cassels (4-9-13 from Nov. 1-17, 2002). His career best goal-scoring streak is six games from Dec. 30, 2005-Jan. 11, 2006 (seven goals). He has taken over the club lead in scoring with 12-4-16 in 17 games.

MASON, GARON COME UP BIG IN CALIFORNIA
G Steve Mason went 2-0-0 with a 3.00 goals-against average and .930 save percentage in two games last week, stopping 80-of-86 shots in games at Los Angeles and Anaheim. He made 33 saves in a 5-3 win vs. the Kings on Nov. 17 and tied his career high with 47 saves in a 4-3 win over the Ducks on Nov. 19. His 47 saves at Anaheim on Nov. 19 was one shy of the club record of 48 shared by Pascal Leclaire (5-4 OTW at Florida on Jan. 14, 2006) and Marc Denis (2-1 OTL vs. San Jose on Feb. 14, 2004). G Mathieu Garon got the start at San Jose on Nov. 20 and made 35 saves to record his third shutout in six starts this season. He improved to 5-1-0 with a 1.08 GAA and .960 SV% in seven games this season. He leads the NHL in GAA, SV% and is tied for third in shutouts.

PLAYER NOTES
C Derick Brassard has collected points in 11 of his last 13 games (5-9-14)… D Rostislav Klesla continues to lead the NHL in plus/minus rating at +16 and has also tallied 1-2-3 in his last six games… RW Jakub Voracek has points in six of his last eight games (4-5-9)… LW R.J. Umberger is riding a five-game point streak (1-5-6)… LW Chris Clark has picked up 3-7-10 in his last 15 games… After missing 13-straight games, D Mike Commodore has tallied 1-2-3 in three games and notched 1-1-2 with the game-winning goal at Anaheim on Nov. 19… After missing the first 14 games of the season, C/RW Andrew Murray has 1-2-3 in four games… D Marc Methot picked up his team-leading 10th assist at San Jose on Nov. 20 and is also +11 in 18 games this season.

JACKETS TO INTRODUCE THIRD JERSEY WEDNESDAY, DEBUT THEM FRIDAY VS. DETROIT
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. The Jackets will wear the new jerseys for the first time on Friday when they host their Central Division rivals, the Detroit Red Wings.

MASON, METHOT TO SIGN AUTOGRAPHS AT FSO BLUE LINE AT TUTTLE MALL ON MONDAY, 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
Monday, Nov. 22 vs. Nashville – MILITARY NIGHT – In appreciation of their service, all active duty and retired military personnel will receive a free ticket with an accompanying paid admission to Monday's game vs. Nashville.
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. Available packages are a $28 savings over single game prices… 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.

LEXUS FLORIDA FLYAWAY OFFERS FANS AUTOGRAPHED JERSEYS, TRIP TO WATCH TEAM IN TAMPA BAY
The Blue Jackets, FOX Sports Ohio and Lexus are teaming up to give fans the chance to win player autographed third jerseys and a trip for two to watch the team play in Florida. Beginning Friday, Nov. 26, fans can visit BlueJackets.com or FOXSportsOhio.com to enter to win one of 10 autographed jerseys – one will be given away during each game between Nov. 26 and Dec. 16. A grand prize winner will be selected randomly from among those 10 finalists and will receive round-trip airfare from Columbus, accommodations at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort and tickets to watch the Jackets take on the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday, Jan. 18. In addition, the grand prize winner will also have the chance to win a luxury Lexus vehicle at an upcoming Blue Jackets home game.

"JACKETS FOR JACKETS" COAT DRIVE, TOY COLLECTION FOR SALVATION ARMY STARTS FRIDAY
The Blue Jackets are asking fans to join them in supporting The Salvation Army in Central Ohio's efforts to help local families by donating a coat or toy during collections at several home games, starting Friday, Nov. 26. The Blue Jackets and WBNS 10TV are partnering again in support of the 4th annual "Jackets for Jackets" coat drive to help keep central Ohio families warm this winter. Fans are encouraged to bring new or gently used jackets of all sizes to home games from Nov. 26-Dec. 18. Also during the four home games from Nov. 26- Dec. 6, the Lady Jackets will be hosting an additional collection of new and unwrapped toys that will be donated to the Salvation Army's Christmas Cheer event at the Ohio State Fairgrounds. For information, visit BlueJacketsFoundation.org.

NASH, UMBERGER ON NHL ALL-STAR BALLOT
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 Nov. 15 – Jan. 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, Jan. 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. FIND OUT MORE ON THE ALL-STAR GAME HERE

THIS WEEK ON JACKETS TV AT BLUEJACKETS.COM
Monday –
Game Day Preview & Post-Game Coverage vs. Nashville; Top Five Plays of the Week…
Tuesday –
Behind the Bench with Scott Arniel; Season Ticket Holder Spotlight…
Wednesday –
Game Day Preview & Post-Game coverage at NY Islanders; New Third Jersey Introduction…
Thursday –
One-on-One with Bob Boughner…
Friday –
Game Day Preview & Post-Game coverage vs. Detroit; Third Jersey Unveiling Recap; 60 Seconds with Derick Brassard
Sunday –
Game Day Preview & Post-Game coverage at Detroit

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 guests are the Nashville broadcasters Pete Weber and Terry Crisp… BEYOND THE BOARDS hosted by Bob McElligott, who sits down with defenseman Marc Methot this week… "ASK THE CBJ" gives fans the chance to submit questions via the team's Facebook page and Twitter feeds to Bob McElligott, who will get the players' answers… "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 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 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.

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 – Coach Arniel Show to air on Tuesday this week
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 TUESDAY at 6 p.m. as Jackets head coach Scott Arniel 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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