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Christmas Week Finds Blue Jackets Playing Two of Three Games at Home
CBJ visits Detroit Tuesday, then opens a four-game homestand

by Staff Writer / Columbus Blue Jackets

COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS (9-23-0, 18 pts./4th Central Division)


Tue., Dec. 20 at Detroit Red Wings, Joe Louis Arena 7:30 p.m.

Wed., Dec. 21 vs. Dallas Stars, Nationwide Arena 7 p.m.

Fri., Dec. 23 vs. Nashville Predators, Nationwide Arena 7 p.m.
FSN-Fox Sports Net, WBNS-AM (1460), WWCD-FM (101.1); Times are Eastern

THIS WEEK'S PRACTICE SCHEDULE: Blue Jackets practices typically last 60 to 90 minutes with media availability following. The schedule for Dec. 20-26 (Tue.-Mon.) is as follows: Tue. – 11:30 a.m. (Joe Louis Arena, Detroit)… Wed. – 10:30 a.m. (Nationwide Arena)… Thu. – 11 a.m. (Nationwide Arena)… Fri. – 10:30 a.m. (Nationwide Arena)… Sat. – No Practice Scheduled… Sun. – No Practice Scheduled… Mon. – 10:30 a.m. (Nationwide Arena). Practice times are local and subject to change. Only practices at the Dispatch Ice Haus are open to the public.

ROSTER REPORT: Dec. 19 - Assigned RW Steven Goertzen to Syracuse Crunch (AHL)… Dec. 17 – Activated LW Rick Nash off Injured Reserve… Dec. 15– Assigned G Martin Prusek to Syracuse (AHL)… Dec. 12 – Recalled RW Steven Goertzen from Syracuse (AHL).

INJURY REPORT: D Adam Foote (groin, Dec. 13 vs. Philadelphia) is day-to-day… C Manny Malhotra (shoulder injury, Dec. 8 vs. NY Islanders) is expected to miss eight weeks… C Gilbert Brule (broken leg, Nov. 30 at Minnesota) is expected to miss four to six weeks… LW Alexandre Picard (mild concussion, Nov. 20 at Phoenix) is day-to-day… D Rostislav Klesla (broken hand, Nov. 9 vs. St. Louis) is expected to miss approximately six weeks.

THIS WEEK'S OPPONENTS: Detroit Red Wings – 22-9-3, 45 pts. (1st, Central Division)… Third of four meetings this season… Jackets are 4-14-1-4 in the all-time series, including 2-8-0 on the road… Detroit swept pair of games at Columbus, winning 6-0 on Oct. 22 and 6-2 on Oct. 24… Head Coach: Ken Hitchcock… Players to Watch – C Pavel Datsyuk (14-26-40 in 34 games)… LW Brendan Shanahan (19-17-36, 10 PPG in 34 games)… G Manny Legace (13-4-0, 2.21 GAA, .914 SV% in 19 games)… Dallas Stars – 21-8-1, 43 pts. (1st, Pacific Division)… Second of four meeting this season… Jackets are 2-14-0-1 in the all-time series, including 2-6-0 at home… Stars used four-goal third period to win first meeting this season, 6-3, at home on Nov. 18… Head Coach: Dave Tippett… Players to Watch – C Mike Modano (10-20-30 in 30 games)… RW Jere Lehtinen (18-9-27 in 30 games)… G Marty Turco (18-7-1, 2.52 GAA, .902 SV% in 26 games)… Nashville Predators – 20-7-3, 43 pts. (2nd, Central Division)… Fourth of eight meetings this season… Columbus is 9-13-1-1 all-time, including 6-5-0-1 at home… The Blue Jackets are 1-2-0 against the Predators this season… The teams split two games at Nationwide Arena this season with Columbus winning 3-2 in OT on Oct. 26 and losing 4-2 on Nov. 23 … Head Coach: Barry Trotz… Players to Watch – LW Paul Kariya (10-17-27 in 30 games)… RW Steve Sullivan (14-14-28, 8 PPG in 26 games)… G Tomas Vokoun (16-5-2, 2.48 GAA, .920 SV% in 23 games).

WEEK IN REVIEW: Dec. 13 – Philadelphia 3, at Blue Jackets 1: Philadelphia used goals by Peter Forsberg, Jeff Carter and an empty net tally by Sami Kapanen to hold off the Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena. The Jackets took a 1-0 lead in the first period on a power play goal by Jan Hrdina at the 5:42 mark before Forsberg tied the game just 1:12 later. Carter's goal at 2:00 of the second was the game-winner. Robert Esche made 23 saves to earn the win in net, while Marc Denis stopped 28-of-30 shots for Columbus… Dec. 15 – at Carolina 2, Blue Jackets 1: Rod Brind'Amour scored goals at 6:33 and 9:24 of the second period and Martin Gerber made 25 saves to lead Southeast Division-leading Carolina to the win at home. Mike Rupp scored his first goal as a Blue Jacket at 1:20 of the third for Columbus, who also got 30 saves from Pascal Leclaire. Carolina was 1-of-7 on the power play, while the Jackets were 0-of-4… Dec. 17 – at Nashville 7, Blue Jackets 3: Nashville scored a franchise-record six goals in the second period to break open a close game and win their league-leading 15th home game. Rick Nash scored his first goal of the season to give Columbus a 1-0 lead after one period and Jan Hrdina's shorthanded goal at 6:03 of the third gave the club a 2-1 lead. Kris Beech tied the game at 2-2 just :27 later and the Predators scored the game's next five goals before David Vyborny scored the fourth penalty shot goal of his career at 14:50 of the third. Tomas Vokoun made 23 saves for Nashville, while Marc Denis (19 saves-25 shots) and Pascal Leclaire (6 saves-7 shots) shared the goaltending duties for Columbus

NASH RETURNS TO LINEUP, SCORES FIRST GOAL: LW Rick Nash returned to the lineup on Dec. 17 at Nashville after missing 17 games with a knee sprain. He scored a power play goal and logged 14:37 of ice time in his first game since suffering the injury at Calgary on Nov. 3. Nash, who also missed 11 of the club's first 12 games, led the NHL in goals with 41-16-57 in 80 games and made his All-Star Game debut in 2003-04.

VYBORNY REMAINS PERFECT ON THE PENALTY SHOT: RW David Vyborny scored his fourth career penalty shot goal at Nashville on Dec. 17, marking his second against the Predators and goalie Tomas Vokoun. Vyborny is a perfect 4-for-4 in penalty shots during his career. His other three are: Feb. 2, 2004 at Phoenix (Brian Boucher), Mar. 19, 2001 vs. Nashville (Vokoun) and Oct. 15 at Chicago (Robbie Tallas). Vyborny is also 1-for-2 in shootout opportunities this season, converting the winning score Dec. 8 against the NY Islanders (Rick DiPietro).

NEWS & NOTES: G Pascal Leclaire has made 30-or-more saves in four of his last five starts, including 30-of-32 at Carolina in his last start on Dec. 15… C Jan Hrdina has scored a point in six of the last eight games (2-5-7)… Hrdina has won at least 50% of his faceoffs in each of the last four games (34 of 60, 56.6%)… C Sergei Fedorov enters the week ranked sixth among NHL forwards in average ice time (21:55 per game)… RW David Vyborny enters the week ranked 20th in among NHL forwards in average ice time (20:23 per game).

THINK THE BLUELINE, CBJ HOLIDAY PACK FOR LAST MINUTE SHOPPING THIS WEEK: With just a few days left to shop for the holidays, The Blueline, the Official Team Store of the Blue Jackets and Columbus Destroyers, is offering special holiday hours. The Blueline, located at Nationwide Arena, is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday – Friday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday. Fans can also visit The Blueline kiosk at Polaris Fashion Place, at the lower level entrance outside Kaufmans. In addition, CBJ Holiday Packs are on sale now starting at just $59, which is a savings $23 or more off the box office prices. The package includes tickets for two games and a $10 gift certificate from The Blueline. Guarantee your seats to see the Penguins, Red Wings, Avalanche and more. To order, call (614) 246-PUCK.

JACKETS ON THE RADIO: The Doug MacLean Show airs on WBNS Sports Radio 1460 The Fan on Wednesdays from 3 -4 p.m. with the Blue Jackets President and General Manager and WBNS Radio's Bruce Hooley. Between the Pipes with the Blue Jackets can also be heard on the Blue Jackets Radio Network and 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: Individual game and group tickets for Blue Jackets games at Nationwide Arena are on sale now at the Nationwide Arena Ticket Office, the Chiller Easton, the Chiller Dublin and Chiller North, all Ticketmaster Ticket Centers, by phone at (614) 431-3600 or via the internet at www.BlueJackets.com and ticketmaster.com. In addition, a limited number of $10 Huntington Green Seats are available at the arena box office only two hours prior to every home game. For information on season tickets or group tickets, call (614) 246-PUCK or (800) NHL-COLS.

CBJ visits Detroit Tuesday, then opens a four-game homestand
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