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Columbus Blue Jackets Activate Goaltender Steve Mason Off Injured Reserve; Assign Goaltender Dan LaCosta to Syracuse (AHL)

by Blue Jackets Staff / Columbus Blue Jackets

COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets have activated goaltender Steve Mason off injured reserve and assigned goaltender Dan LaCosta to the Syracuse Crunch, Columbus' American Hockey League affiliate, club General Manager Scott Howson announced February 13.

Mason, 20, was diagnosed with mononucleosis on January 29 and missed the past three games. He has posted a 19-12-2 record with a 2.09 goals-against average, .923 save percentage and seven shutouts in 34 games with the Blue Jackets this season. He leads the NHL in shutouts and goals-against average, is seventh in save percentage and is tied for 11th in wins.

LaCosta, 22, has a 2-0-0 record with a 1.54 goals-against average, .950 save percentage and one shutout in three games with the Blue Jackets this season. He earned the first win of his NHL career stopping 28-of-30 shots in an overtime win over San Jose on February 7. In his second career NHL start, he stopped all 31 shots he faced against Colorado on February 10 to post the first shutout of his NHL career. In 34 games with the Crunch this season, he has a 15-14-2 record with a 2.58 goals-against average, .917 save percentage and two shutouts. Columbus' fourth pick, 93rd overall in the 2004 Entry Draft, he has gone 29-23-6 with a 2.53 GAA, .916 SV% and six shutouts in 68 career AHL games.

The Blue Jackets return to action tonight when they host the defending Stanley Cup champion Detroit Red Wings. Face-off at Nationwide Arena is set for 7 p.m. ET. Live coverage on FOX Sports Ohio HD will begin with the Blue Jackets Live pre-game show starting at 6:30 p.m. The game will also broadcast live on the Wheeling Island Hotel Casino Blue Jackets Radio Network and flagship stations WBNS-AM, Sports Radio 1460 The Fan and WWCD-FM, CD101 beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Tickets for 2008-09 regular season home games are on sale now at the Nationwide Arena Ticket Office, FOX Sports Ohio Blue Line at The Mall at Tuttle Crossing, The Chiller Ice Rinks and all Ticketmaster Ticket Centers. Fans can purchase tickets by phone at (800) 745-3000 or online at www.BlueJackets.com and www.ticketmaster.com. For information on season tickets, mini-plans or group tickets, call (614) 246-PUCK or 800-NHL-COLS.

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