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Blue Jackets Weekly Report: November 23, 2009

by Blue Jackets Staff / Columbus Blue Jackets


Mon., Nov. 23 at New York Rangers, Madison Square Garden - 7 p.m. FSO HD/1460, CD101
Tue., Nov. 24 at Montreal Canadiens, Bell Centre - 7:30 p.m.               FSO HD/CD101
Thu., Nov. 26 at Ottawa Senators, Scotiabank Place - 7:30 p.m.          FSO HD/1460, CD101
Sat., Nov. 28 CALGARY FLAMES, Nationwide Arena - 7 p.m.             FSO/1460, CD101

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


12-6-3, 27 pts. (Central Division: 2nd place; Western Conference: 6th place)… Streak: 3-0-1… Home: 6-2-2, 14 pts. (won last game)… Road: 6-4-1, 13 pts. (3-0-1 in last four games)… Last Week's Results: 2-0-1… Nov. 16 – at COLUMBUS 3, Edmonton 2 SO… Nov. 19 – COLUMBUS 4, at Dallas 1… Nov. 21 – at Nashville 4, COLUMBUS 3 SO.


Record: 11-10-1, 23 pts. (Atlantic Division: 4th place)… Head Coach: John Tortorella… The Rangers opened the season with a 7-1-0 record, but have gone 4-9-1 in the past 14 games… With a 84.7 penalty kill percentage, the Rangers rank fourth in the NHL in that category… Players to Watch: RW Marian Gaborik (leads club with 16-12-28, 7 PPG in 20 games)… C Vinny Prospal (has 6-17-23 in 22 games)… G Henrik Lundqvist (9-8-1, 2.57 GAA, .915 SV%, 1 SO in 19 games)… Jackets vs. Rangers: 5-3-1 (4-2-0 at home, 1-1-1 on the road)… The Rangers won the lone meeting last season, 3-1, at Nationwide Arena on Oct. 24, 2008… Columbus won the three previous games between the two clubs, including the last one at Madison Square Garden, 3-2, on Feb. 24, 2007… This is the only meeting between Columbus and New York this season.

MONTREAL CANADIENS: Record: 11-11-1, 23 pts. (Northeast Division: 4th place)… Head Coach: Jacques Martin… Montreal is 1-7-1 against Western Conference teams this season, including 0-2-1 against the Central Division… The club's past two home games have ended 3-2 in a shootout (win against Carolina on Nov. 17 and loss to Detroit this past Saturday)… Players to Watch: C Tomas Plekanec (leads club with 5-17-22 in 23 games)… LW Michael Cammalleri (has 11-9-20 in 23 games)... RW Brian Gionta (has 8-5-13 in 19 games)… Jackets vs. Canadiens: 4-3-1 (1-2-0 at home, 3-1-1 on the road)… The Jackets have won the last two meetings in the series, including 4-3 in a shootout on Nov. 7, 2008… Columbus is 2-0-1 in its last three visits to Montreal, including a 3-0 win on Feb. 23, 2008… That game marked the second time in five games that the Jackets shutout the Habs on their home ice (2-0 on Dec. 18, 2000).

OTTAWA SENATORS: Record: 11-6-3, 25 pts. (Northeast Division: 2nd place)… Head Coach: Cory Clouston… The Senators are 3-0-1 during a five-game homestand that ends tonight against Washington... Ottawa has scored 15 goals during that stretch, while only allowing eight… Players to Watch: C Daniel Alfredsson (leads club with 8-15-23 in 20 games)… C Mike Fisher (has 9-11-20, 5 PPG in 20 games)... G Pascal Leclaire (former Jacket is 8-5-1 with a 2.71 GAA, .901 SV% in 16 games)… Jackets vs. Senators: 3-3-2 (2-1-1 at home, 1-2-1 on the road)… The teams played to ties in the first two meetings in the all-time series before Ottawa won three-straight between 2001-04… The Jackets have won the last three meetings, including 1-0 at home on Jan. 30, 2009 and 3-2 in a shootout at Scotiabank Place on Feb. 21, 2008.

CALGARY FLAMES: Record: 13-6-2, 28 pts. (Northwest Division: 2nd place)… Head Coach: Brent Sutter… Calgary begins a six-game road trip Friday at Detroit… They are 7-1-2 on the road with their only regulation loss Oct. 13 at Nationwide Arena... Players to Watch: RW Jarome Iginla (leads the club with 15-7-22, 4 PPG, 3 GWG in 21 games)… LW Rene Bourque (has 7-14-21 in 20 games)… G Miikka Kiprusoff (12-5-2, 2.61 GAA, .914 SV%, 1 SO in 19 games)… Jackets vs. Flames: 18-14-2 (13-3-1 at home, 5-11-1 on the road)… The home team has won 13 of the past 15 meetings in the series, including eight in a row since a 3-1 Calgary win at Nationwide Arena on Dec. 18, 2007… The Jackets posted a 2-1 win at Nationwide Arena on Oct. 13, while the Flames earned a 6-3 win at the Pengrowth Saddledome on Oct. 20 in the first two meetings this season.

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LW Fredrik Modin (Sept. 18 at Minnesota; Injured Reserve on Sept. 29) is sidelined indefinitely… C/RW Andrew Murray (Injured Reserve on Oct. 20) is expected to miss at least four weeks… RW Derek Dorsett (Injured Reserve on Nov. 23 retroactive to Nov. 19) is out at least one week.

Nov. 23 –
Placed RW Derek Dorsett on injured reserve retroactive to Nov. 19… Nov. 19 – Activated LW Raffi Torres off injured reserve… Nov. 17 – Loaned forward Nikita Filatov to CSKA Moscow (KHL).

The Blue Jackets are 3-0-1 vs. the Eastern Conference this season… Columbus had the best record among Western Conference clubs vs. the East in 2008-09 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.

RW Rick Nash scored his 14th goal of the season in his 20th game Nov. 19 at Dallas. It is the quickest he has reached the 14-goal mark in his career. Last season he did not score his 14th goal until his 32nd game on Dec. 18 at Dallas. He has goals in seven of the past 10 contests and has collected 10-4-14 the past 10 games. He has tallied at least a point in 15-of-21 games to start the season, including seven multi-point outings. With 14-11-25 in 21 games this season, he ranks tied for sixth in goals and tied for ninth in points. He also is one of only two players (Ottawa's Milan Michalek) in the NHL who has scored multiple power play (three), shorthanded (two) and game-winning (two) goals this season

After missing the previous four games due to injury, LW Kristian Huselius returned to the lineup Nov. 13 vs. Anaheim and has been on a tear. He recorded his fourth multi-point game of the season with two goals and an assist, including the game-winner Nov. 19 at Dallas. He has points in four-straight games and a pair of multi-point outings in that stretch. He scored shorthanded and on the power play against the Stars. He is only the third player in the NHL this season to score a shorthanded goal and power play in the same game (Ottawa's Milan Michalek on Oct. 15 vs. Tampa Bay and Pittsburgh's Sidney Crosby on Oct. 23 vs. Florida are the others). The shorthanded goal was Huselius’ first since Nov. 11, 2007 at Colorado as a member of the Calgary Flames. He has tallied 3-4-7 during the four-game streak to raise his season totals to 8-8-16 in 17 games.

D Fedor Tyutin has a pair of multi-assist outings in his past three games, tallying two helpers Nov. 16 vs. Edmonton and two more this past Saturday at Nashville. He also had an assist Nov. 19 at Dallas and has points in three-straight games after being held scoreless the previous four games. The multi-assist game against the Oilers was his first of the season and first since Dec. 7, 2008 at Anaheim. He has recorded 1-10-11 in 21 games this season and ranks second among club defensemen in points. He has played 20-or-more minutes in every game this season and leads the club in ice time. Columbus is 6-1-2 this season when he registers a point.

D Anton Stralman recorded 1-3-4 in his first 10 games of the season, but has tallied 2-7-9 the past nine games… LW R.J. Umberger notched his second multi-goal outing of the season with a pair this past Saturday at Nashville. The goals snapped seven game goalless skid as he last scored Nov. 1 at Washington (had two goals in the game). He has collected 4-6-10 the past 16 games after being held to 1-1-2 the previous six games… C Derick Brassard snapped a five-game pointless skid with a pair of assists this past Saturday night at Nashville… The Blue Jackets have scored power play goals in four-straight games after being held without a power play goal the previous three contests. Columbus was 0-for-7 in the previous three games, but is 7-for-18 (38.9 percent) the past four games. Columbus ranks second in the NHL in power play percentage (25.3 percent)… G Steve Mason is 7-2-3 this season when facing 25 or more shots compared to 1-3-0 when facing fewer than 25 shots.

FOX Sports Ohio "White Out Night" returns on Saturday, November 28 when the Blue Jackets host the Calgary Flames. All fans in attendance will receive a free Blue Jackets "White Out" T-shirt courtesy of FOX Sports Ohio. The night will also include a variety of giveaways for fans who wear their T-shirt throughout the evening to help the Jackets "white out" the Flames… 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… ALL YOU CAN EAT PACK: 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… 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 two and half hours 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.

Monday, Nov. 30 vs. ST. LOUIS BLUES –
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 at the Nationwide Arena Box Office can save $10 on upper bowl and $15 on lower bowl tickets.

Fans can give the gift of hockey with the Blue Jackets Holiday Pack presented by Giant Eagle, a Blue Jackets gift box containing two or more tickets to three different games, an autographed puck and a $10 Giant Eagle gift card. Purchasers may select from four different sets of games which come with a puck signed by one of four players – Steve Mason, R.J. Umberger, Antoine Vermette or Jakub Voracek. The packs start at $156 and are available through Thursday, Dec. 24. Additional tickets may be added to orders and payment plans featuring 50% down at time of purchase and 50% due on Jan. 15, 2010 are available on credit card orders. Holiday Packs may be purchased online at, by phone at (800) NHL-COLS or in person at the Nationwide Arena Ticket Office and the FOX Sports Ohio Blue Line at The Mall at Tuttle Crossing.

The Nationwide Insurance "Fandemonium Sweepstakes" is offering fans a chance to win a Blue Jackets road trip experience including: private charter air for two to St. Paul, Minnesota; two tickets to see the Jackets play the Minnesota Wild at the Xcel Energy Center on Jan. 23; one night hotel stay and $500 spending money. Fans can visit to enter and also visit daily for the chance to win hundreds of prizes courtesy of Nationwide.

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, 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.

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 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.

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.

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 Fans can also get up-to-the-minute news and stories by following the Blue Jackets on Twitter at 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

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 and… 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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