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Blue Jackets Weekly Report: Oct. 17, 2011

by Blue Jackets Staff / Columbus Blue Jackets

THIS WEEK’S GAME SCHEDULE/BROADCASTS (Times ET)
Tuesday, Oct. 18 vs. DALLAS STARS, Nationwide Arena, 7 p.m. – FS Ohio HD/97.1 The Fan Friday, Oct. 21 at Detroit Red Wings, Joe Louis Arena, 7:30 p.m. – FS Ohio HD/97.1 The Fan Saturday, Oct. 22 at Ottawa Senators, Scotiabank Place, 7 p.m. – FS Ohio HD/97.1 The Fan

BLUE JACKETS AT A GLANCE
Record: 0-4-1, 1 pts. (0-2-1, 1 pts. at home, 0-2-0, 0 pts. on the road)… Standings: 5th/Central Division… 15th/Western Conference… Leading Scorers: LW Vinny Prospal (3-2-5, 5 GP)… RW Rick Nash (2-3-5, 5 GP)… Leading Goaltender: Steve Mason (0-4-1, 3.40 GAA, .889 SV%, 0 SO in 5 GP).

OPPONENTS AT A GLANCE
DALLAS STARS – Head Coach: Glen Gulutzan… Record: 4-1-0, 8 pts… Have won three-straight games (all at home)… Standings: 1st/Pacific Division… 2nd-T/Western Conference… Leading Scorers: C Mike Ribeiro (0-5-5, 5 GP)… D Sheldon Souray (1-3-4, 5 GP)… Leading Goaltender: Kari Lehtonen (4-0-0, 1.48 GAA, .955 SV%, 0 SO in 4 GP)… All-Time Series: Jackets are 13-23-5, including 7-10-3 at home… Columbus is 10-7-4 vs. Dallas since the start of the 2006-07 season… Jackets went 2-2-0 in 2010-11… This Season: Second of four meetings… Stars won 4-2 at Dallas on Oct. 15… Next game is Dec. 29 at Dallas.

DETROIT RED WINGS – Head Coach: Mike Babcock… Record: 4-0-0, 8 pts… Have outscored the opposition 13 (3.25) to 5 (1.25) in four games… Standings: 1st/Central Division… 1st/Western Conference… Leading Scorers: RW Johan Franzen (2-2-4, 4 GP)… C Jiri Hudler (2-2-4, 4 GP)… Leading Goaltender: Jimmy Howard (3-0-0, 1.63 GAA, .930 SV%, 1 SO in 3 GP)… All-Time Series: Jackets are 17-36-10 including 7-21-3 on the road… Columbus has gone 9-14-3 vs. the Wings over the past four seasons compared to 8-22-6 from 2000-07… Jackets went 2-3-1 in 2010-11, including a 3-0 win in their last visit to Joe Louis Arena on Feb. 4… This Season: First of six meetings… Next game is Oct. 25 at Columbus.

OTTAWA SENATORS – Head Coach: Paul MacLean… Record: 1-4-0, 2 pts… Have split two home games, beating Minnesota 4-3 SO on Oct. 11 and losing 7-1 vs. Colorado on Oct. 13… Standings: 5th/Northeast Division… 14th/Eastern Conference… Leading Scorers: D Erik Karlsson (0-6-6, 5 GP)… LW Milan Michalek (3-2-5, 5 GP)… Leading Goaltender: Alex Auld (0-2-0, 3.08 GAA, .892 SV%, 0 SO in 2 GP)… All-Time Series: Jackets are 4-4-2 all-time, including 1-3-1 on the road… The Jackets have won four of the last five meetings, including 4-3 OT on Dec. 31, 2010 in lone meeting last season… This Season: Only meeting this season.

CLICK HERE FOR PRACTICE SCHEDULE FOR OCTOBER 18-24


TRANSACTIONS

Oct. 13 –
Assigned RW Cam Atkinson to the Springfield Falcons (AHL)… Recalled LW Alexandre Giroux from Springfield (AHL)… Oct. 17 – Assigned LW Matt Calvert to Springfield (AHL).

OhioHEALTH INJURY REPORT
RW Jared Boll (broken thumb, Sept. 30 vs. Carolina; Injured Reserve on Oct. 1) is expected to miss at least four to six weeks… LW Kristian Huselius (torn pectoral muscle, surgery on July 14; Injured Reserve) is expected to miss four to six months… G Mark Dekanich (lower body injury, Sept. 20 vs. Winnipeg; Injured Reserve) is out two to four weeks… D Theo Ruth (lower body injury, Sept. 21 vs. Washington) is out two to four weeks… Games Missed Due to Injury: 20

LAST WEEK’S RESULTS
OCT. 10 – VANCOUVER 3, at BLUE JACKETS 2:
Cody Hodgson and Alex Burrows scored third period goals, the latter on the power play at the 8:29 mark, to lift the defending Western Conference champions to the win at Nationwide Arena. The Jackets took 1-0 and 2-1 leads on goals by Cam Atkinson and Vinny Prospal but were held at bay by Canucks goaltender Cory Schneider (23 saves). Steve Mason stopped 22 shots in net for Columbus… OCT. 12 – COLORADO 3, at BLUE JACKETS 2 SO: Rookie Gabriel Landeskog tipped a shot by former Jacket Jan Hejda past Steve Mason at 19:19 of the third period to tie the game and Matt Duchene scored the game-winner in the shootout to lift the Avalanche past the Blue Jackets. Semyon Varlamov made 31 saves to outduel Steve Mason, who made 30 stops in regulation and overtime. Rick Nash and Radek Martinek scored for Columbus, which held a 30 to 14 edge in shots through two periods but were outshot 16 to 1 in the third… OCT. 15 – at DALLAS, 4, BLUE JACKETS 2: The Blue Jackets held 1-0 and 2-1 leads on goals by Vinny Prospal and Alexandre Giroux before the Stars tied the game at 2-2 on a second period goal by Loui Eriksson and won it on third period tallies by Sheldon Souray and Michael Ryder. Steve Mason made 29 saves for Columbus, while Kari Lehtonen made 13 for the Stars who held a 33 to 15 shot advantage in the game. Prospal’s first period goal was Columbus’ first power play tally of the season.

NEWS & NOTES
Last Saturday’s game at Dallas began a stretch that has Columbus playing five-of-seven games on the road… The Blue Jackets are winless in their first five games for the second time in franchise history (0-1-4 in 2001-02)… Columbus ranks 12th-T in the NHL in shots-against, allowing 29.4 per game… The Blue Jackets are tied for 11th in the NHL in face-off percentage at 51.3 pct. with C Jeff Carter (57.3 pct.) and C Antoine Vermette (57.0 pct.) both ranking among the league’s top 20 in the category.

BLUE JACKETS ONE GOAL SHY OF 2,000 IN FRANCHISE HISTORY
The next goal scored by the Blue Jackets will be the 2,000th in franchise history as the club has scored 1,999 goals in 825 games. Each of the “milestone” goals scored in club history have come at Nationwide Arena. Here is a breakdown of the club’s 1st, 500th, 1,000th and 1,500th goals.

No. 1 Oct. 7, 2000 – Bruce Gardiner (Krzysztof Oliwa, Kevyn Adams) at 7:34 of 1st period in 5-3 loss vs. Chicago

No. 500 Jan. 30, 2003 – Espen Knutsen (unassisted) at 3:19 of 3rd period in 2-1 win vs. Nashville (GWG)

No. 1,000 Nov. 22, 2006 – Rostislav Klesla (Gilbert Brule, Nikolai Zherdev) at 18:03 of 2nd period in 4-3 SOL vs. St. Louis

No. 1,500 Feb. 18, 2009 – Rick Nash (Manny Malhotra, Christian Backman) at 3:57 of 2nd period in 4-3 win vs. St. Louis

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NASH CLOSING IN ON PERSONAL MILESTONES: RW Rick Nash has tallied 2-3-5 and 14 shots in five games this season to raise his career totals to 261-232-493 and 1,986 shots in 597 games. He enters the week is three games shy of 600, nine goals shy of 300, seven points shy of 500 and 14 shots shy of 2,000 in his NHL career. If he appears in each game this week, he will play in No. 600 at Ottawa on Saturday night.

PROSPAL STARTS STRONG: LW Vinny Prospal, who joined the club as a free agent this summer after spending the past two seasons with the NY Rangers, leads the club in goals and is tied for the lead in points with 3-2-5 in five games. He has registered a point in four-of-five games, including three-straight (2-1-3), has fired off 12 shots, is averaging 18:44 TOI, has a +2 plus/minus rating and has scored the club’s lone power play goal.

MISCELLANEOUS PLAYER NOTES: LW R.J. Umberger has played in 254 consecutive games since Apr. 2, 2008 (with Philadelphia vs. Pittsburgh), including a franchise-best 251 in a row since joining the Blue Jackets prior to the 2008-09 season… D Fedor Tyutin is three games shy of 500 in his NHL career… LW Alexandre Giroux scored a goal at Dallas on Oct. 15 in his Blue Jackets debut… D Radek Martinek scored his first goal as a Blue Jacket vs. Colorado on Oct. 12… Rookie D David Savard registered the first point of his NHL career with an assist on Vinny Prospal’s power play goal at Dallas on Oct. 15… Rookie LW Maksim Mayorov was awarded the Blue Jackets’ first penalty shot of the season vs. Vancouver on Oct. 10 but was stopped by Canucks G Cory Schneider… D Grant Clitsome leads the club in TOI at 23:15 and tops all defensemen in scoring with 0-2-2… C Antoine Vermette is eight points shy of 300 in his NHL career (133-159-292 in 545 games).

NEW BLUE JACKETS MOBILE APP, MEDIA GUIDE APP NOW AVAILABLE
The Columbus Blue Jackets official mobile app, through the NHL GameCenter platform, gives fans a new way to follow the team using their smart phones and mobile devices on the Apple and Android operating systems. The app is currently available in the iTunes and Android Market app stores. Fans that download the NHL GameCenter app and select the Blue Jackets as their favorite team will be able to access the team’s schedule and results, game play-by-play, statistics, NHL standings, game photos, player profiles and updated news. iPhone and iPad users can track shots and goals with the 3D Ice Tracker. All users will also be able to watch feature videos from Jackets TV at BlueJackets.com and purchase single game tickets from within the app. In addition, The Official Columbus Blue Jackets 2011-12 Interactive Media Guide is now available for free download for iPad users at the iTunes Stores.

UPCOMING PROMOTIONS
Oct. 25 vs. Detroit –
TIM HORTONS JACKETS PACK – 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 per person, which is a savings of $28.

HOCKEY FIGHTS CANCER NIGHT SET FOR TUESDAY, OCTOBER 25
The Columbus Blue Jackets Foundation will host its annual Hockey Fights Cancer Night in partnership with OhioHealth and F.O.P. Lodge No. 9 on October 25 when the club hosts the Detroit Red Wings. As part of the NHL’s Hockey Fights Cancer program, the night will feature a purple jersey auction of custom HFC jerseys worn by the players during warm-ups, special HFC T-Shirts, the debut of the 2011-12 Hats for Heroes hats and much more. For more information, visit BlueJacketsFoundation.org.

BUY PEPSI OR DIET PEPSI AND SAVE ON BLUE JACKETS TICKETS
Fans who purchase specially marked cans of Pepsi and Diet Pepsi at local retailers will receive an offer to save up to $12 on a ticket for select Blue Jackets home games. Simply bring the cans to the Nationwide Arena Box Office for $12 off a Lower Level ticket and $8 off an AEP Power Level ticket for any home game through November 21.

BUD LIGHT ULTIMATE FAN EXPERIENCE SWEEPSTAKES
The Blue Jackets and Bud Light are giving fans the chance to win four Time Warner Cable HD Lounge tickets to the December 15 home game vs. the Los Angeles Kings, dinner before the game, the opportunity to watch warm-ups from the penalty box, ride the Zamboni® and take home a game worn jersey. To enter now, visit www.BlueJackets.com/BudLightFanExperience and look for in-store displays with a QR code for entry at participating United Dairy Farmers locations across Central Ohio beginning November 1.

WIN A NIGHT IN THE MILLER LITE POWER PLAY SUITE
In conjunction with Giant Eagle, Miller Lite and Sports Radio 97.1 The Fan, the Blue Jackets are offering fans the chance to win tickets in the Miller Lite Power Play Suite for games on November 10 vs. Chicago, February 28 vs. Detroit and March 28 vs. Detroit. Entry to the contest can be obtained through a QR code found on Miller Lite point-of-sale materials at area Giant Eagle locations or through Sports Radio 97.1 The Fan’s website at the following link – http://10tv.solutionsbyweb.com/thefan/superior/m/page.cfm.

PAPA JOHN’S MONDAYS
Fans get free toppings on Papa John’s pizza (large cheese for $9.99) every Monday for each goal scored by the Blue Jackets in their most recent game. Fans can double the toppings after a win! Order by phone or at www.papajohns.com (promo code CBJMonday).

THIS WEEK ON JACKETS TV AT BLUEJACKETS.COM
This week’s scheduled Jackets TV features include: the Top 5 Plays of the Week (vote for your favorite); a behind-the-scenes look at the photo shoot for a new pet calendar featuring Blue Jackets players, their dogs and dogs from Canine Companions for Independence; 60-Seconds with Jackets forward Vinny Prospal; complete pre- and post- game day coverage and more.

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. Check out great videos on the club’s YouTube channel as well at www.YouTube.com/BlueJacketsNHL.

BLUE JACKETS ON FOX SPORTS OHIO
Blue Jackets hockey returns to FOX Sports Ohio in 2011-12 with 79 live telecasts in high definition. Game night coverage includes the BLUE JACKETS LIVE pre- (begins 30 minutes prior to the start of each game) and post-game shows… BLUE JACKETS SLAP SHOTS returns each week this season on FOX Sports Ohio. Check it out Mondays at 6 p.m.
CLICK HERE FOR BLUE JACKTES ON TV

BLUE JACKETS ON THE RADIO
The AlarmForce Blue Jackets Sunday Morning Skate can be heard on the Wheeling Island Hotel & Casino Blue Jackets Radio Network and Sports Radio 97.1 The Fan on Sundays from 10 to 11 a.m. with hosts Bob McElligott and Mark Wyant… The Coach’s Show with Scott Arniel airs on Sports Radio 97.1 The Fan on Wednesdays from 7 to 8 p.m.

BLUE JACKETS “PRESS BOX” AT BLUEJACKETS.COM
The Blue Jackets have created a “Press Box” microsite on BlueJackets.com with daily updates of the following: press releases, news articles, media clips, game notes, post-game notes, videos posted on Jackets TV, post-game audio, weekly reports, as well as NHL stats and standings and a link to the 2011-12 interactive media guide. The site is located under the “News” module at the top of the BlueJackets.com home page or at the following link – http://bluejackets.nhl.com/pressbox.

TICKET INFORMATION
Single Game:
Tickets starting at $26 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.comSeason & Group Tickets: For information on full and partial season ticket plans starting at $15 per game and group tickets, call (614) 246-PUCK or (800) NHL-COLS or visit www.BlueJackets.com… 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 (AEP Power Level) and $25 (Lower Level) 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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