THIS WEEK’S GAME SCHEDULE/BROADCASTS (Times ET)
Tuesday, Mar. 5 vs. EDMONTON OILERS, NATIONWIDE ARENA, 7 p.m. - FOX Sports Ohio/CD 102.5 FM
Thursday, Mar. 7 vs. VANCOUVER CANUCKS, NATIONWIDE ARENA, 7 p.m. - FOX Sports Ohio/Sports Radio 97.1 The Fan
Saturday, Mar. 9 vs. DETROIT RED WINGS, NATIONWIDE ARENA, 2 p.m. - FOX Sports Ohio/Sports Radio 97.1 The Fan
Sunday, Mar. 10 vs. Detroit Red Wings, Joe Louis Arena, 5 p.m. - FOX Sports Ohio/Sports Radio 97.1 The Fan
LAST WEEK’S RESULTS
Mar. 3: Colorado 1 at Columbus 2, OT (Prospal: PPG; Anisimov: GWG, 5 SOG; Johansen: 12 FOW, 2 takeaways; MacKenzie: 5 hits; Tyutin: A, 29:10 TOI; Bobrovsky: 18 saves)
Mar. 1: Columbus 3 at Chicago 4, OT (Johansen: G, 4 SOG; Prospal: G, 5 SOG; Anisimov: G, 12 FOW; Prout: 4 blocked shots; Foligno: A, +1 rating; Umberger: A, +1 rating; Mason: 31 saves)
Feb. 26: Dallas 5 at Columbus 4, OT (Letestu: 2A, 10 FOW; Foligno: 2A, 2 takeaways; Nikitin: G, 2 blocked shots; Atkinson: G, +2 rating; MacKenzie: 4 hits; Bobrovsky: 34 saves)
BLUE JACKETS AT A GLANCE
Record: 6-12-4 (16 pts.) – 5th/Central Division, 15th/Western Conference… Home: 4-4-3 (11 pts.)… Road: 2-8-1 (5 pts.)
Leading Scorers: LW Vinny Prospal (8-4-12, 22 GP)... C Mark Letestu (5-7-12, 20 GP)… D Fedor Tyutin (1-11-12, 22 GP)
Goaltenders: Sergei Bobrovsky (4-6-3, 2.74 GAA, .901 SV% in 13 GP)… Steve Mason (2-6-1, 2.88 GAA, .904 SV% in 10 GP)
OILERS AT A GLANCE
Record: 8-9-4 (20 pts.)… Head Coach: Ralph Krueger
Players to Watch: RW Jordan Eberle, C Sam Gagner, LW Taylor Hall
CBJ Record All-Time Series: 14-25-6 (9-10-4)… Columbus has won four of their last six games vs. Edmonton at Nationwide Arena.
This Season: Second of three meetings… The Oilers earned a 3-1 road win on Feb. 10 despite being outshot 40-14… Next game is Mar. 28 at Rexall Place.
CANUCKS AT A GLANCE
Record: 11-6-4 (26 pts.)… Head Coach: Alain Vigneault
Players to Watch: LW Daniel Sedin, C Henrik Sedin, G Roberto Luongo
CBJ Record All-Time Series: 14-23-7 (8-10-4 at home)… The Jackets won their last home game vs. Vancouver, earning a 2-1 shootout victory over the Presidents’ Trophy winners on Dec. 13, 2011.
This Season: First of three meetings… Next meeting is Mar. 12 at Columbus.
RED WINGS AT A GLANCE
Record: 10-8-4 (24 pts.)… Head Coach: Mike Babcock
Players to Watch: C Pavel Datsyuk, LW Henrik Zetterberg, C Damien Brunner
CBJ Record All-Time Series: 21-39-12 (13-16-8 at home)… Columbus is 2-0-1 vs. Detroit this season (1-0-1 at home).
This Season: Fourth and fifth of five meetings… The Jackets have won their last two games vs. the Wings (3-2 at Joe Louis Arena on Feb. 21 and 4-2 at Nationwide Arena on Feb. 2) after earning a point in a 4-3 home SOL on Jan. 21.
PRACTICE SCHEDULE, MARCH 5-11
Tuesday, Mar. 5: 10 a.m. ET – Nationwide Arena
Wednesday, Mar. 6: 11 a.m. ET – Nationwide Arena
Thursday, Mar. 7: 10 a.m. ET – Nationwide Arena
Friday, Mar. 8: 11 a.m. ET – Nationwide Arena
Saturday, Mar. 9: 9 a.m. ET – OhioHealth Ice Haus
Sunday, Mar. 10: TBD – Joe Louis Arena, Detroit
Monday, Mar. 11: No Practice Scheduled
OhioHealth INJURY REPORT
· C Brandon Dubinsky (day-to-day, lower body injury); placed on Injured Reserve Feb. 20
· D James Wisniewski (out four to six weeks, broken foot); placed on Injured Reserve Feb. 26 retroactive to Feb. 24
· D John Moore (out two to three weeks, shoulder injury); placed on Injured Reserve March 4
· D Jack Johnson (day-to-day, upper body injury); placed on Injured Reserve Feb. 24
· C Derick Brassard (day-to-day, upper body injury)
2012-13 Man Games Lost to Injury: 54
NEWS & NOTES
- Columbus has played seven-straight games decided by one goal (2-3-2) and has points in three-straight (1-0-2).
- Columbus has the fewest giveaways of any team in the NHL (86, 24 fewer than 2nd place St. Louis).
- Columbus currently leads the Western Conference in fighting majors (23) and PIM (335).
- Columbus currently leads the Western Conference in total team hits (553).
- Columbus is T-3rd in the Western Conference in come-from-behind victories (5).
- Columbus has been perfect on the penalty kill for six-straight games and now ranks 8th in the NHL in PK efficiency (84.6 pct.).
- D Fedor Tyutin has 0-6-6 in his last six home games. He is currently T-7th among all NHL defensemen in assists (11) and T-15th in points (12). He is two points shy of the club record for points by a defenseman (Rostislav Klesla, 133).
- LW Nick Foligno and C Mark Letestu have both tallied 0-4-4 in their last three appearances.
- RW Jared Boll is currently T-1st in the NHL in fighting majors (8) and ranks 2nd in PIM (74).
- C Artem Anisimov leads all Russian-born NHL players with five even-strength goals this season.
- C Ryan Johansen has won 50 of his 84 face-off attempts at Nationwide Arena (60%) thus far in 2012-13.
UPCOMING GAME NIGHT PROMOTIONS
· THURSDAY, MAR. 7 vs. VANCOUVER CANUCKS – TIM HORTONS JACKETS PACK: This package is available for Thursday and Friday games starting at $30 per person and includes one ticket, a Blue Jackets hat, a $10 food voucher, a Tim Hortons travel mug and a 10-pack of Timbits. The first 13,000 fans in attendance for this game will also receive a free Blue Jackets workout towel courtesy of OhioHealth.
· SATURDAY, MAR. 9 vs. DETROIT RED WINGS – DISPATCH FAMILY VALUE PACK: This package is available for Saturday and Sunday games starting at $25 per person and includes one AEP Power Level (upper bowl) ticket, one hot dog, one Pepsi, one popcorn, and one OhioHealth Ice Haus skate pass. A lower bowl package is available for $59 per person.
· 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 for $15 (AEP Power Level) and $25 (Lower Level) at the Big Lots Box Office beginning one hour prior to all home games or online most game days at 12 p.m. at www.BlueJackets.com/Rush. Limit two per person with valid student I.D.
· Military Appreciation Offer – Active members of the armed services may present current military identification at the Big Lots Box Office at Nationwide Arena to redeem a pair of complimentary tickets for any game this season.
AEP ENERGY ULTIMATE FAN SWEEPSTAKES
· Fans that enroll with AEP Energy for electricity savings at www.aepretailenergy.com/bluejackets will be entered for the chance to win four tickets in the Time Warner Cable HD Lounge, dinner, watch warm-ups from the penalty box, and receive a Zamboni® ride and an autographed jersey when the Blue Jackets host the Anaheim Ducks on March 31.
PAPA JOHN’S PICK THE PIZZA
Blue Jackets can vote now for a new hockey-themed pizza to be featured at Papa John’s Central Ohio locations through the end of the season. Fans who vote for their favorite at www.BlueJackets.com/PickThePizza can also enter to win tickets to an upcoming Blue Jackets game. Voting will end on Saturday, March 9 and the winning pizza will be available for purchase the next day. Best of all, 25% of sales from the winning CBJ Pizza will be donated to the Columbus Blue Jackets Foundation. Below are the new pizza options:
- The Stinger: jalapenos, pepperoni, spicy Italian sausage and cheese
- The Puckeroni: double portion of pepperoni and cheese
- The Battle Burger: beef, bacon, onions and cheese
- The Chicken Cordon Bleu Jacket: Spinach Alfredo sauce, chicken, Canadian bacon, onions and cheese
WIN JACKETS TICKETS AND PAPA JOHN’S PIZZA PARTY AT WORK
· During the current season, fans can enter to win 20 tickets to one of the following Blue Jackets home games – Mar. 5 vs. EDM, Mar. 19 vs. NSH, Apr. 7 vs. MIN and Apr. 27 vs. NSH – and can score a free Papa John’s Pizza Party at their office. Contest entry can be found at www.BlueJackets.com/PapasPizzaParty. All winning offices will have their Papa John’s Pizzas and tickets delivered by Stinger.
NATIONWIDE VIP EXPERIENCE
· Nationwide Insurance will award a lucky sweepstakes winner a special VIP Game Experience at one of the following Blue Jackets remaining home games – Mar. 14 vs. CHI, Mar. 19 vs. NSH or Apr. 12 vs. STL. The winner will receive tickets in the Nationwide Fan Lounge, $25 food/beverage voucher, $50 FOX Sports Ohio Blue Line gift card and a variety of special, behind-the-scenes experiences. Entry can be found at www.bluejackets.com/nationwidevip.
BOB EVANS CARRY OUT SWEEPSTAKES
Fans who place a carry out order from a local participating Bob Evans Restaurant have the chance to enter the Bob Evans Carry Out Sweepstakes to win four tickets to a Blue Jackets game and watch pre-game warm-ups from the Bob Evans Carry Out Penalty Box. Ten fans and each entrant will also receive a bounce-back coupon from Bob Evans to use on a future carry out order. For more information, visit www.BlueJackets.com/BobEvansCarryOut.
VERIZON BLUE JACKETS FAN FACE-OFF
The Blue Jackets and Verizon have teamed up to give 12 lucky fans the chance to win two Party Tower tickets (includes food and beverage) to the March 22 game vs. the Calgary Flames, a James Wisniewski jersey and the opportunity to meet the Jackets defenseman after the game. Entry can be found at www.verizoninsider.com/bluejackets.
BLUE JACKETS ON TV & RADIO
· FOX Sports Ohio: 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 gives fans an up close look at the club, its players, coaches and personalities on and off the ice and airs each Monday at 6 p.m.
· 97.1 The Fan: SUNDAY MORNING SKATE can be heard on the Columbus Blue Jackets Radio Network and Sports Radio 97.1 The Fan on Sundays from 10 to 11 a.m… THE COACH’S SHOW with Todd Richards airs on Wednesdays from 7 to 8 p.m. (time and day subject to change).
STAY CONNECTED WITH THE JACKETS
· Single Game: Tickets starting at $26 are on sale at the Big Lots Box Office at Nationwide Arena, FOX Sports Ohio Blue Line Team Store 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.