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Blue Jackets Weekly Report: Nov. 9 - First Place Blue Jackets Host Red Wings, Ducks in Two-Game Slate this Week

by Blue Jackets Staff / Columbus Blue Jackets

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


Wed., Nov. 11 DETROIT RED WINGS, Nationwide Arena - 7 p.m.  FSO/1460, CD101
Fri., Nov. 13 ANAHEIM DUCKS, Nationwide Arena - 7 p.m.           FSO HD/1460, CD101

FSO – FOX Sports Ohio; 1460 – WBNS-AM 1460 The Fan; CD101 – CD101.1 FM


BLUE JACKETS AT A GLANCE

Record:
9-5-2, 20 pts. (Central Division: 1st place; Western Conference: 3rd place)… Streak: 3-0-2… Home: 4-1-2, 10 pts. (1-0-2)… Road: 5-4-0, 10 pts. (won two-straight)… Last Week's Results: 2-0-1… Nov. 4 – San Jose 3, at COLUMBUS 2 SO… Nov. 5 – COLUMBUS 4, at Atlanta 3… Nov. 7 – at COLUMBUS 3, Carolina 2.


OPPONENTS AT A GLANCE

DETROIT RED WINGS:
Record: 7-5-3, 17 pts. (Central Division: 3rd place)… Head Coach: Mike Babcock… Detroit had won four of five and three-straight prior to a 5-1 loss at Toronto on Saturday… The Red Wings rank 23rd in the NHL in goals-against average, allowing 3.07 per game… Players to Watch: LW Henrik Zetterberg (4-9-13 in 15 games)… C Pavel Datsyuk (2-10-12 in 13 games)… D Nicklas Lidstrom (1-4-5, +8 in 15 games)… Jackets vs. Red Wings: 14-29-8 (8-12-6 at home, 6-17-2 on the road)… First meeting since Red Wings swept the Blue Jackets in 2009 Stanley Cup Playoffs… The Jackets have gone 8-9-1 in the last 18 regular season meetings compared to 6-20-7 in the first 33… The teams split the six regular season meetings in 2008-09 with each notching two wins at home and one on the road.

ANAHEIM DUCKS: Record: 6-7-2, 14 pts. (Pacific Division: 5th place)… Head Coach: Randy Carlyle… Anaheim has won two-straight heading into a four-game road trip that begins Wednesday at New Jersey… The Ducks rank 12th in the NHL on the power play (21.4 pct.) and 29th in penalty killing (74.0 pct.)… Players to Watch: RW Corey Perry (11-8-19 in 15 games, tied for 5th in NHL in goals)… C Ryan Getzlaf (1-14-15 in 15 games, tied for 5th in NHL in assists)... D Scott Niedermayer (1-10-11 in 15 games)… Jackets vs. Ducks: 15-14-4 (8-7-1 at home, 7-7-3 on the road)… Anaheim has outscored Columbus 90 to 86 in 33 all-time meetings… The Jackets had won just once in the previous seven games against the Ducks (1-4-2) before earning a 6-4 win at Anaheim on Oct. 24 in the first meeting between the clubs this season.


PRACTICE SCHEDULE, NOV. 10-16 (subject to change) - CLICK HERE


OhioHealth INJURY REPORT

LW Fredrik Modin
(Sept. 18 at Minnesota; Injured Reserve on Sept. 29) is expected to miss four to six weeks… C/RW Andrew Murray (Injured Reserve on Oct. 20) is expected to miss at least four weeks… LW Kristian Huselius (Injured Reserve on Nov. 5 retroactive to Nov. 3) is expected to miss at least one week.

ROSTER REPORT
Nov. 7 –
Assigned LW Alexandre Picard to the AHL's Syracuse Crunch… Nov. 5 – Placed LW Kristian Huselius on Injured Reserve (retroactive to Nov. 3)… Added LW Alexandre Picard to the roster on emergency recall from Syracuse (AHL).

HITCH TO COACH IN 1,000TH NHL GAME ON WEDNESDAY VS. DETROIT
Columbus Head Coach Ken Hitchcock will reach the 1,000 game milestone as a National Hockey League head coach on Wednesday when the Blue Jackets host the Detroit Red Wings at Nationwide Arena. He will become the 16th coach in league history to reach the milestone, including the second this season (Dallas' Marc Crawford). Hitchcock is in his fourth season with Columbus and 14th in the NHL and has posted a 520-350-129 record in 999 career games with the Blue Jackets, Stars and Flyers. On Feb. 19, 2009, he became the 13th coach in NHL history to record 500 wins with a 4-3 shootout win over the Toronto Maple Leafs at Air Canada Centre. Scotty Bowman is the all-time leader in wins (1,244) and games (2,141).

NASH ONLY PLAYER IN NHL WITH MULTIPLE GW, PP, SH GOALS THIS SEASON
RW Rick Nash is off to the best start of his NHL career as he's tallied 11-11-22 in 16 games this season… He currently ranks fourth-T in the NHL in points (five behind L.A.'s Anze Kopitar), fifth-T in goals (three behind Washington's Alex Ovechkin) and is tied for first with two shorthanded goals. Nash is also the only player in the NHL who has scored multiple power play (two), shorthanded (two) and game-winning (two) goals this season. He has picked up a point in 12-of-16 games with goals in nine contests and has already collected seven multi-point games.

BLUE JACKETS STREAKING
After getting off to a 5-1-0 start and then dropping four-of-five games from Oct. 20-28, Columbus is riding a five-game regulation unbeaten streak (3-0-2) and has wins in its last two games… During the 1-4-0 stretch, the Jackets scored 16 goals (3.20 per game) and allowed 26 (5.20) while surrendering 10 goals on 24 opponent power play attempts (58.3 pct. penalty killing)… In the five game since, the Jackets have scored 17 goals (3.40), allowed 16 (3.20) and given up just four power play goals on 25 attempts (84.0 pct. penalty killing).

JACKETS CONTINUE TO PREY ON EASTERN CONFERENCE
The Blue Jackets are 3-0-1 vs. the Eastern Conference this season after picking up wins at Atlanta and vs. Carolina last week… Columbus had the best record among Western Conference clubs vs. the East last season at 13-3-2… Since suffering a 2-0 loss at Boston on Dec. 15, 2007, Columbus has posted a 21-4-4 record vs. Eastern Conference opponents… The club has also played 13 consecutive games without suffering a regulation loss to a team from the Southeast Division, going 11-0-2 since a 5-2 loss vs. Florida on Nov. 21, 2007… Columbus plays its next five games within the conference before visiting the NY Rangers, Montreal Canadiens and Ottawa Senators as part of a five-game road trip between Nov. 19-26.


TEAM NEWS & NOTES

The Blue Jackets are the seventh-highest scoring team in the NHL this season, averaging 3.19 goals per game (51 in 16 games) and rank 11th on the power play at 22.2 percent (14-of-63)… Last year, the club averaged 2.75 goals per game (226 in 82 games) and ranked 30th on the power play at 12.7 percent (41-of-322)… Columbus is 5-0-2 in one-goal games this season (both losses in shootouts), which is the fourth-best mark in the NHL… LW Raffi Torres has tallied 8-1-9, four power play and two game-winning goals in 16 games with a pair of two-goal games in his last four outings… Among players who have registered 10 or more shots on goal, he ranks third in the NHL in shooting percentage (30.8 pct./8-of-26), trailing Atlanta’s Ilya Kovalchuk (33.3 pct./9-of-27) and Washington's Tomas Fleischmann (31.3 pct./5-of-16)… Second-year RW Jakub Voracek has tallied 5-7-12 in 16 games, ranking second-T on the club in points and leading all forwards and standing second on the club in plus/minus at +6… G Steve Mason is 2-0-2 with a 2.64 goals-against average and .917 save percentage in his last four games, stopping 121-of-132 shots faced with three of the games decided in overtime (one) or a shootout (two)… G Mathieu Garon made 32 saves in a 4-3 win at Atlanta on Nov. 5 to improve to 2-1-0 with a 2.71 goals-against average and .918 save percentage in five games this season… RW Jared Boll scored his first goal of the season vs. Carolina on Nov. 7.


IN THE COMMUNITY

ANDREW MURRAY TO READ AT NEW ALBANY LIBRARY TONIGHT FROM 7-8 P.M.

Blue Jackets forward Andrew Murray will be reading to young fans tonight from 7 to 8 p.m. at the New Albany branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library (200 Market St., New Albany). Andrew's appearance is part of the Blue Jackets Book Jackets program presented by Univar.

HOCKEY FEST 2009 TO BENEFIT BLUE JACKETS FOUNDATION TO BE HELD THIS SUNDAY
Hockey Fest offers fans a unique opportunity to personally interact with their favorite Blue Jackets players and personalities in a casual setting. Featured attractions include interactive game stations with players; autograph alley; player photo opportunities in the penalty boxes and with Steve Mason and the Calder Trophy; locker room tours; auctions and more. General admission tickets starting at $10 and Hockey Fest Club VIP packages are on sale now at the Nationwide Arena Ticket Office and through Ticketmaster. Game cards and passes for select player opportunities and locker room tours are also available for advance purchase. Visit www.BlueJacketsFoundation.org for more information.

MILITARY APPRECIATION NIGHT ON WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 11
The Blue Jackets host the Detroit Red Wings on Wednesday, November 11, and celebrate Veterans Day with a special Military Appreciation Night. Before the game, the 338th U.S. Army Band will perform on the concourse while fans are encouraged to visit displays featuring battle flags, artifacts and uniforms provided by the Ohio Historical Society and the Ohio National Guard. Fans may also visit informational kiosks to learn more about the Ohio Historical Society, Department of Veteran Affairs, Vietnam Veterans of America, U.S. Army Freedom Team Salute, Wounded Warrior Project and Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve. The Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines will be represented during the pre-game ritual of carrying the flag followed by the multi-service Honor Guard’s participation in the presentation of the national anthem. The evening will also feature in-game recognition of all current and former military personnel in attendance. Fans may also express their appreciation by signing cards that will be sent to overseas troops by The Thank You Foundation.

UPCOMING PROMOTIONS
Friday, Nov. 13 vs. Anaheim –
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… GUYS NIGHT OUT PACK: The package includes two tickets, two beers (must be 21 and over) and two Skyline cheese coneys for just $60… GIANT EAGLE ADVANTAGE CARD NIGHT: Fans who present their Giant Eagle Advantage Card a the Nationwide Arena Box Office can save $10 on upper bowl and $15 on lower bowl tickets.

JACKETS, PARTNERS OFFER CHANCE TO SEE THE TEAM PLAY ON THE ROAD
FOX SPORTS OHIO CARRY THE FLAG TO CHICAGO
sweepstakes offers fans watching Blue Jackets telecasts on FOX Sports Ohio the chance to win a trip to Chicago. One lucky fan and a guest will receive round-trip airfare, a three-night stay at the W City Center Hotel, $500 spending money and two tickets to see the Blue Jackets play the Blackhawks at the United Center on Thursday, January 14. Fans who tune into Blue Jackets hockey on FOX Sports Ohio between October 30 and November 19 will be given a password to enter the contest at www.carrytheflagtochicago.com. The winner will be announced during the November 21 telecast of the Blue Jackets-Predators game.

BLUE JACKETS, LABATT BLUE INTRODUCE "1000 TICKET GIVEAWAY"
The Blue Jackets and Labatt Blue are kicking off their new corporate partnership and the 2009-10 season with the Labatt Blue "1000 Ticket Giveaway," which rewards 500 lucky fans with a pair of tickets to an upcoming Blue Jackets game. Fans will find specially-marked 12-bottle packs of Labatt Blue and Labatt Blue Light at participating grocery and convenience stores across central Ohio. Each will contain a unique personal identification number (PIN) and instructions to visit the contest website, www.labattblueus.com/bluejackets to complete the online entry form. A total of 500 instant winners will be randomly selected through Dec. 31, 2009. The sweepstakes is open only to legal US residents in the state of Ohio who are 21 years of age or older. No purchase is necessary to enter or win. For complete rules, visit the contest website above.

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 Ken Hitchcock Show with the Blue Jackets head coach and FOX Sports Ohio play-by-play man Jeff Rimer airs on WBNS Sports Radio 97.1 The Fan on Wednesdays from 6 to 7 p.m… 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… 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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