Tuesday, Dec. 3 vs. TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING, NATIONWIDE ARENA, 7 p.m. – FS Ohio HD/ Sports Radio 97.1 The Fan Friday, Dec. 6 vs. MINNESOTA WILD, NATIONWIDE ARENA, 7 p.m. – FS Ohio HD/ Sports Radio 97.1 The Fan
PRACTICE SCHEDULE, DEC. 3-9 Tuesday, Dec. 3: 10 a.m. ET – Nationwide Arena Wednesday, Dec. 4: 10:30 a.m. ET – Nationwide Arena Thursday, Dec. 5: 10:30 a.m. ET – Nationwide Arena Friday, Dec. 6: 10 a.m. ET – Nationwide Arena Saturday, Dec. 7: 10:30 a.m. ET – Nationwide Arena Sunday, Dec. 8: 10:30 a.m. ET – Nationwide Arena Monday, Dec. 9: 10 a.m. ET – Nationwide Arena
BLUE JACKETS AT A GLANCE Record: 10-14-3 (23 pts.) – 7th/Metropolitan Division… Home: 5-7-1 (11 pts.)… Road: 5-7-2 (12 pts.) Leading Scorers: C Ryan Johansen (10-9-19 in 27 GP)… D James Wisniewski (2-16-18 in 26 GP)… C Brandon Dubinsky (5-10-15 in 21 GP… LW R.J. Umberger (6-8-14 in 27 GP)… LW Nick Foligno (6-7-13 in 21 GP) Goaltender Stats: Sergei Bobrovsky (9-11-2, 2.81 GAA, .906 SV% in 22 GP)… Curtis McElhinney (1-3-1, 2.44, .921 in 7 GP)
OPPONENTS AT A GLANCE TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING – Record: 16-9-1 (33 pts.) – 3rd/Atlantic Division… Home: 10-3-0 (20 pts.)… Road: 6-6-1 (13 pts.) Head Coach: Jon Cooper… Players to Watch: RW Martin St. Louis, G Ben Bishop, C Valtteri Filppula All-Time: CBJ, 4-6-3 (3-2-1 at home)… The Jackets have won two of their last three home games vs. Tampa Bay… This Season: First of three meetings… Next game: Jan. 13 at Columbus.
MINNESOTA WILD – Record: 15-8-5 (35 pts.) – 4th/Central Division… Home: 10-3-2 (22 pts.)… Road: 5-5-3 (13 pts.) Head Coach: Mike Yeo… Players to Watch: LW Zach Parise, D Ryan Suter, C Mikko Koivu All-Time: CBJ, 22-20-4 (14-7-1 at home)… Columbus won its last meeting with the Wild, earning a 3-2 SOW on Apr. 13, 2013 at Minnesota… This Season: First of two meetings… Next game: Mar. 15 at Minnesota.
OhioHEALTH INJURY REPORT · RW Marian Gaborik (Injured Reserve on Nov. 15 – knee sprain, expected to miss four to six weeks)… C Derek MacKenzie (back, day-to-day)… RW Jared Boll (foot, day-to-day)… RW Nathan Horton (shoulder surgery, out indefinitely)… Man Games Lost to Injury: 101
TEAM NOTES · The Blue Jackets are 2-1-1 in their last four home games and 5-4-3 in their last 12 games overall. · Columbus will play six of its next nine games at home through December 21. · The Jackets are 33-0-0 when taking a lead into the third period since Jan. 9, 2012. · The Jackets boast the 10th-best home penalty killing percentage in the NHL at 85.1 pct. (40-of-47). · Columbus ranks ninth in the NHL, third in the Eastern Conference, in face-off winning percentage at 51.6 pct. · The Blue Jackets rank fourth in the NHL, third in the Eastern Conference, with 807 total team hits.
PLAYER NOTES · C Ryan Johansen has tallied 4-2-6 in his last four games played to raise his season totals to 10-9-19 in 27 games and is now on pace to record 30-27-57 this season. · Rookie D Ryan Murray averaged 21:30 TOI in 16 November games after averaging 16:57 TOI in 11 October contests. · G Sergei Bobrovsky is 7-6-2 with a 2.34 GAA and .921 SV% in 15 appearances vs. Eastern Conference teams this season. · D James Wisniewski is currently tied for seventh among NHL defensemen in scoring with 2-16-18 in 26 games. · LW Nick Foligno is currently tied for ninth place in the NHL in shooting percentage 20.0 pct.). · Since returning from injury on Nov. 22, LW Matt Calvert has tallied 1-3-4 in five games. · F Corey Tropp, who was claimed off waivers from the Buffalo Sabres on Nov. 28, collected an assist vs. Edmonton on Nov. 29 in his first game as a Blue Jacket.
BLUE JACKETS HOSTING ANNUAL “JACKETS FOR JACKETS” COAT DRIVE THROUGH DECEMBER 14 · The Columbus Blue Jackets, in partnership with WBNS-10TV, are asking fans to support The Salvation Army of Central Ohio’s efforts to help local families in need by donating a coat during the seventh annual “Jackets for Jackets” coat drive. Fans are encouraged to donate new and gently used coats of all sizes through Saturday, December 14 at Nationwide Arena, participating OhioHealth Chiller Ice Rinks and FOX Sports Ohio Blue Line locations. All of the collected coats will be donated to the Salvation Army of Central Ohio and then redistributed to local families in need. · Donations will be accepted at Nationwide Arena during these upcoming Blue Jackets home games: Tuesday, Dec. 3 vs. Tampa Bay; Friday, Dec. 6 vs. Minnesota; Tuesday, Dec. 10 vs. New Jersey and Saturday, Dec. 14 vs. St. Louis. Fans may also visit the FOX Sports Ohio Blue Line at Nationwide Arena, the FOX Sports Ohio Blue Line at The Mall at Tuttle Crossing as well as the OhioHealth Chiller Easton, the OhioHealth Chiller Dublin or the OhioHealth Chiller North to make donations. · Since the inception of the “Jackets for Jackets” program in 2007, more than 7,500 coats have been donated and redistributed by The Salvation Army of Central Ohio to families in need.
HOLIDAY PICK ‘EM PACKS ARE BACK · Give the gift of hockey with the Blue Jackets Holiday Pick ‘Em Pack. The package features a Blue Jackets gift box containing two tickets to two games and a holiday-themed autographed puck. Purchasers may select the two games of their choice as well as the autographed puck from one of seven players – Sergei Bobrovsky, Jared Boll, Brandon Dubinsky, Marian Gaborik, Jack Johnson, R.J. Umberger and James Wisniewski (quantities of each player puck are limited). Packages, starting at $89, are on sale now through December 23 at www.BlueJackets.com/holidaypack or by calling 1-800-NHL-COLS.
MISC. UPCOMING PROMOTIONS · Friday, December 6 vs. Minnesota – TIM HORTONS JACKETS PACK: With this offer, fans receive a game ticket, $10 food & beverage voucher, Blue Jackets hat, a Tim Hortons travel mug with voucher redeemable for a free coffee fill-up and a 10-pack of Timbits starting at $30 per person.
· Nationwide Insurance VIP Sweepstakes – Four times this season, Nationwide Insurance is awarding a lucky sweepstakes winner with a special VIP Game Experience that includes four game tickets in the Nationwide Insurance Fan Lounge, a $50 food/beverage voucher, a jersey, puck, player photo, the chance to watch warm-ups from the team bench and a ride the Nationwide Zamboni during intermission. Fans can enter at www.BlueJackets.com/NationwideVIP with winners selected for the following games – Jan. 17 vs. Washington, Mar. 21 vs. NY Rangers and Apr. 4 vs. Chicago.
· Blue Jackets Fantasy Challenge – The Blue Jackets are offering fans the chance to go behind the bench and make the calls the head coach makes through the Blue Jackets Fantasy Challenge. Fans can visit BlueJackets.com at the link below to register, pick their lineup and Join the Battle! Over 40 prizes will be awarded throughout the season including autographed pucks and jerseys, game tickets and a suite night! To play, click HERE.
· Crown Royal Conversation with the Coach – Crown Royal is giving fans the chance to meet Blue Jackets Head Coach Todd Richards, tour the team dressing room and receive two Time Warner Cable HD Lounge tickets to an upcoming game. Entry is at www.BlueJackets.com/CrownRoyal and all fans must be 21 years of age or older to enter.
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TICKET INFORMATION · Single Game: Tickets are on sale at the Big Lots Box Office at Nationwide Arena, FOX Sports Ohio Blue Line Team Stores at the Mall at Tuttle Crossing and OhioHealth Chiller Ice Rinks (Easton, Dublin, North) and 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 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 Big Lots Box Office at Nationwide Arena two hours prior to every home game. · Papa John’s Rush CBJ student tickets: While supplies last, college and high school students can purchase tickets starting at $15 at the Big Lots Box Office beginning one hour prior to all home games. Limit two per person with valid student I.D.