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Blue Jackets Wrap Up Six-Game Road Trip at Red Wings, Capitals before Hosting Wild

by Blue Jackets Staff / Columbus Blue Jackets

THIS WEEK'S GAME SCHEDULE (Times ET)


Tue., Jan. 6 at Detroit Red Wings, Joe Louis Arena - 7:30 p.m. FSO HD/CD101
Fri., Jan. 9 at Washington Capitals, Verizon Center - 7 p.m. FSO/CD101
Sat., Jan. 10 MINNESOTA WILD, 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: 18-17-4, 40 pts./3rd Central Division… Streak: Lost last game… Home: 11-6-1, won last game… Road: 7-11-3, lost last game… Last Week's Results: 3-1-0… Dec. 29 – Columbus 2, at Los Angeles 0; Dec. 31 – Columbus 2, at Anaheim 0; Jan. 2 – Columbus 6, at Colorado 1; Jan. 3 – at St. Louis 5, Columbus 2.


OPPONENTS AT A GLANCE

DETROIT RED WINGS (26-7-5, 57 pts./1st Central Division): Head Coach: Mike Babcock… Defending Stanley Cup champions are NHL's highest-scoring team (3.71 goals per game) and boast league’s top power play (27.7 pct.) … Club is 9-1-0 in its last 10 home games… Wings are led by C Pavel Datsyuk (16-26-42, 38 games), RW Marian Hossa (17-20-37, 38 games) and C Henrik Zetterberg (14-21-35, 36 games)… G Ty Conklin is 13-5-1 with a 2.51 GAA, .914 SV% and three shutouts in 19 games… Jackets are 11-27-8 all-time vs. the Red Wings, including 5-16-2 on the road… Columbus has gone 6-10-1 vs. Detroit the past two-plus seasons after posting a 5-17-7 mark from 2000-06… Detroit won the first meeting this season, 5-3, at Joe Louis Arena on Nov. 28.

WASHINGTON CAPITALS (26-11-3, 55 pts./1st Southeast Division): Head Coach: Bruce Boudreau… Washington enters the week riding a six-game winning streak and having gone 11-1-0 in its last 12 games… The Caps are 17-1-1 at home (second in the NHL) with the lone regulation loss coming against Florida, 5-3, on Dec. 2… Reigning NHL MVP Alex Ovechkin leads club and is second in the league with 27-26-53 in 38 games… Caps are also led by C Nicklas Backstrom (11-33-44, 40 games) and LW Alexander Semin (14-19-33, 22 games)… G Jose Theodore is 13-6-1 with a 2.98 GAA, .892 SV% and one shutout in 23 games... Jackets are 2-4-3 all-time vs. the Capitals, including 0-2-1 on the road… The Jackets won the first-ever meeting (3-1 at home on Oct. 27, 2000) and the most recent (3-0 at home on Nov. 29) between the two teams and went 0-4-3 from 2001-08.

MINNESOTA WILD (19-16-3, 41 pts./3rd Northwest Division): Head Coach Jacques Lemaire… Minnesota went 4-9-1 in December, but enters the week having gone 1-0-1 in the new year… The Wild is 11-7-3 at home and 8-9-0 on the road… The club is led by C Mikko Koivu (11-26-37, 38 games), RW Antti Miettinen (9-16-25, 38 games) and LW Andrew Brunette (10-11-21, 38 games)… G Niklas Backstrom is 18-12-2 with a 2.21 GAA, .927 SV% and four shutouts in 32 games… The Blue Jackets are 13-12-4 all-time vs. the Wild, including 9-3-1 at home… The Wild won the first meeting this season, 2-1, on Oct. 25 and posted a 3-2 shootout win on Nov. 15… Both games were played at the Xcel Energy Center


SCHEDULE, JAN. 6-12 (times subject to change)
Tuesday, Jan. 6         Joe Louis Arena, Detroit - 11:30 a.m. ET
Wednesday, Jan. 7   Dispatch Ice Haus - 12 p.m. ET
Thursday, Jan. 8       Dispatch Ice Haus - 10:30 a.m. ET
Friday, Jan. 9             Verizon Center, Washington D.C. - 11:30 a.m. ET
Saturday, Jan. 10      Nationwide Arena - 11:30 a.m. ET (tentative)
Sunday, Jan. 11        Dispatch Ice Haus - 11 a.m. ET
Monday, Jan. 12        Dispatch Ice Haus - 10:30 a.m. ET

 


OhioHealth INJURY REPORT

LW Raffi Torres (arthroscopic knee surgery; Injured Reserve, Dec. 2) is expected to miss two to four weeks… D Ole-Kristian Tollefsen (arthroscopic knee surgery – Injured Reserve, Dec. 17) is expected to miss four to six weeks… LW Jason Chimera (Injured Reserve, Dec. 18) is expected to miss at least one week… C Derick Brassard (dislocated shoulder, Dec. 18) will miss the rest of the season… D Rostislav Klesla (lower body injury; Injured Reserve, Jan. 5) is expected to miss at least one week… RW Jared Boll (lower body, Jan. 2) is day-to-day… Man Games Lost to Injury: 107.

PLAYER NOTES
NASH NAMED NHL'S FIRST STAR, RIDING FIVE-GAME POINT STREAK: LW Rick Nash was named the NHL's First Star for the week of Dec. 29, 2008-Jan. 4, 2009 as he tallied 2-7-9 to lead all league scorers and help the Jackets post a 3-1-0 record in four road games. He also fired off 12 shots on goal, had a +7 plus/minus rating and averaged over 20:00 of ice time per game. He matched his career high with 1-3-4 at Colorado on Jan. 2, scoring the game-winning goal on a penalty shot vs. Peter Budaj. It was the first penalty shot goal of his career in six attempts. The three-time All-Star leads Columbus in goals, assists and points with 17-22-39 in 39 games. He has also scored a team-high four game-winning goals, has a +9 plus/minus rating and is currently riding a five-game point streak (2-8-10).

MASON SETS RECORD, EARNS SECOND-STRAIGHT ROOKIE OF THE MONTH HONOR: Rookie G Steve Mason is 13-8-1 with a 1.81 goals-against average, .933 save percentage and five shutouts in 22 games this season, leading the NHL in GAA, SV% (tied) and shutouts (tied) and ranking tied for 12th in wins. He posted three-straight shutouts – Dec. 27 vs. Philadelphia, Dec. 29 at Los Angeles and Dec. 31 at Anaheim – and set a new club record for consecutive shutout minutes by a goaltender at 199:19 between Dec. 23 and Jan. 2. He was also named NHL Rookie of the Month for December, the second-straight month he has earned the honor, after going 7-5-0 with a 1.41 GAA, .950 SV% and three shutouts in 12 games.

COMMODORE PROVIDING SPARK FROM THE BLUELINE: D Mike Commodore scored goals in back-to-back games for the first time since Jan. 21-22, 2007 (Carolina) at Colorado on Jan. 2 and at St. Louis on Jan. 3. He has tallied 3-5-8 in his last 12 games with points in three-straight (2-2-4) to raise his season total to 3-15-18 in 39 games. He has already surpassed the 3-11-14 he registered in 67 games with Carolina and Ottawa in 2007-08. His career high is 7-22-29 in 82 games with Carolina in 2006-07.

MISCELLANEOUS: LW Fredrik Modin is three games shy of 800 in his NHL career as he has registered 219-215-434 and 403 penalty minutes in 797 NHL games. He collected his second multi-point game of the season with 1-1-2 at St. Louis on Jan. 3… LW Rick Nash played in his 400th game as a Blue Jacket on Dec. 31, becoming the third player in club history to hit the mark (David Vyborny – 543 and Rostislav Klesla – 429)… D Jan Hejda, who leads the club in plus/minus rating at +12, has collected 1-2-3 and is +9 in his last five games… LW Kristian Huselius registered his first multi-goal game as a Blue Jacket with 2-0-2 at Colorado on Jan. 2 and has raised his season totals to 12-13-25 in 38 games.


TEAM NOTES
JACKETS STREAKY ON THE ROAD THIS SEASON: The Blue Jackets' road results have been streaky to say the least in 2007-08. After opening the season with a 5-4 overtime win at Dallas on Oct. 10, the club lost its next four road games before putting together a five-game regulation unbeaten streak from Oct. 30 to Nov. 22 (3-0-2). The club then endured a seven-game winless streak away from home from Nov. 28 to Dec. 20 (0-6-1) before winning three-straight from Dec. 29 to Jan. 2 to open its current six-game road trip. That streak ended with Saturday's 5-2 loss at St. Louis.

JACKETS HOPE TO STAY HOT AT HOME IN NEW YEAR: The Blue Jackets have gone 11-6-1 at Nationwide Arena this season, outscoring their opponents 49 to 46 and ranking 11th in the NHL in home penalty killing at 83.3 percent (74-of-84). The club is 6-1-0 in its last seven games at home and has outscored the opposition 16 to 8 during that span and successfully killed off 24-of-26 opponent power plays (92.3 percent).

MISCELLANEOUS: The Blue Jackets posted winning records in back-to-back months for the first time in club history in November (6-4-3) and December (7-6-1)… Columbus takes a 6-1-1 record vs. Eastern Conference opponents with wins in its last six into Friday's game at Washington… The Jackets swept both games at Colorado this season, winning 4-2 on Oct. 30 and 6-1 on Jan. 2, after going 1-12-1 at Pepsi Center in the previous seven seasons… With the win over Colorado, Columbus improved to 6-2-1 vs. the Northwest Division this season… The Jackets are 11-1-0 when leading after two periods.

 


UPCOMING PROMOTIONS
JAN. 10 VS. MINNESOTA: "AAA Rally Towel Night" – Fans in attendance will receive a Blue Jackets rally towel courtesy of AAA… Dispatch/Mix 97.1 Family Night – The package includes four tickets, four Sugardale hot dogs, four small Pepsi products, four popcorns and four coupons for Wendy's Frostys, UDF ice cream cones and Dispatch Ice Haus skating passes. Prices start as low as $25 per person.

JAN. 13 VS. COLORADO: "Alive! Jackets Night Out" – All fans ages 21 and older receive one ticket, one Donatos Pizza and one beer for one low price. Upper Bowl packages are $30 per ticket, while Lower Bowl packages are $50 per ticket… Dispatch/Mix 97.1 Family Night – The package includes four tickets, four Sugardale hot dogs, four small Pepsi products, four popcorns and four coupons for Wendy's Frostys, UDF ice cream cones and Dispatch Ice Haus skating passes. Prices start as low as $25 per person… Giant Eagle Advantage Card Night – Fans who present their Giant Eagle Advantage Card at the Nationwide Arena Ticket Office will receive $10 off select seats to that night's game.

 

TEST DRIVE A TOYOTA, GET BLUE JACKETS TICKETS
The Columbus Blue Jackets and the Central Ohio Toyota Dealers are teaming up for a special promotion in which prospective car customers that test drive a Toyota vehicle at participating dealerships will receive a voucher redeemable for a pair of tickets to an upcoming home game. The offer runs through the month of January. Vouchers for January and February game tickets are redeemable at the Nationwide Arena Ticket Office while supplies last. The promotion is part of a three-year corporate partnership between the Blue Jackets and the Central Ohio Toyota Dealers that is highlighted by the naming rights to the Toyota Tundra Tower inside Nationwide Arena and also includes prominent signage around the upper level fascia inside the arena bowl and a pair of dasherboard advertisements.

BLUE JACKETS STAFF TO CONDUCT COACHES SYMPOSIUM ON JAN. 12
Blue Jackets Head Coach Ken Hitchcock and members of the club's coaching staff will conduct a coaching symposium for area youth, amateur and high school coaches on Monday, January 12, from 7 to 9 p.m. at Nationwide Arena. Coach Hitchcock and staff will discuss a variety of topics during four 30-minute sessions. For information, please contact Gordy Haggard at ghaggard@BlueJackets.com.

"BREAKING DOWN THE GAME” AT WWW.BLUEJACKETS.COM"
Tune into "Breaking Down the Game" exclusively on the "Jackets Insider Channel" on Jackets TV at www.BlueJackets.com. Blue Jackets coaches break down key plays from previous games, utilizing computer graphics to direct the viewer's attention to highlighted players or other pertinent elements and explaining the plays as they unfold. Each episode of "Breaking Down the Game" will be available by 1 p.m. on the following dates this month: January 7, 10, 11, 14, 17, 23, 28 and 31.

BLUE JACKETS ON THE RADIO
The Coach's Show with Ken Hitchcock airs on WBNS Sports Radio 1460 The Fan on Wednesdays from 3 to 4 p.m. with the Blue Jackets Head Coach, FOX Sports Ohio’s Jeff Rimer and WBNS Radio's Bruce Hooley… Breakfast with the Blue Jackets can be heard on the Blue Jackets Radio Network and AM flagship station Sports Radio 1460 The Fan on Sundays from 10 to 11 a.m. with hosts Mark Wyant and members of the Blue Jackets broadcast team.

 

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 (614) 431-3600 or online at www.BlueJackets.com and www.ticketmaster.com... SEASON & GROUP TICKETS: For information on season tickets, six-game and 10-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.

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