COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets have placed left wing Kristian Huselius on injured reserve retroactive to October 23 and added right wing Mike Blunden to the roster on emergency recall from the Springfield Falcons, Columbus' American Hockey League affiliate, club Executive Vice President and General Manager Scott Howson announced November 11. Huselius suffered a lower body injury at Chicago on October 23 and is out indefinitely.
Blunden, 23, has registered seven goals and five assists for 12 points, 12 penalty minutes and is +4 in 13 games with the Falcons this season. He leads the team in goals and power play goals, while ranking second in points and plus/minus rating. He recorded 2-2-4, 59 penalty minutes and was +3 in 40 games with the Blue Jackets and collected 7-9-16 and 43 penalty minutes in 25 games with the AHL’s Syracuse Crunch in 2009-10.
Chicago's second pick, 43rd overall, in the 2005 Entry Draft, Blunden was acquired by the Blue Jackets from Chicago in exchange for Adam Pineault on Jan. 10, 2009. A native of Toronto, Ontario, Blunden has tallied 40-59-99, 253 penalty minutes and a +6 cumulative plus/minus rating in 203 career AHL games. Prior to his professional career, he notched 100-81-181 and 246 penalty minutes in 236 games with Erie of the Ontario Hockey League from 2002-2006.
The Blue Jackets return to action Friday when they host the Colorado Avalanche. Game time from Nationwide Arena is set for 7 p.m. ET. Live coverage on FOX Sports Ohio HD begins with the Blue Jackets Live pre-game show starting at 6:30 p.m. The game will also be broadcast live on the Wheeling Island Hotel & Casino Blue Jackets Radio Network, including 97.1 The Fan and online at BlueJackets.com.
Single-game tickets, starting at $22, are on sale at the Nationwide Arena Ticket Office, The FOX Sports Ohio Blue Line Team Store at The Mall at Tuttle Crossing, ticket outlets at the Chiller Ice Rinks and all Ticketmaster Ticket Centers. Fans can also purchase tickets by phone at (800) 745-3000 or online at BlueJackets.com and Ticketmaster.com. For information on season tickets, a variety of partial-season plans and group tickets, call (800) NHL-COLS or visit BlueJackets.com.