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Columbus Blue Jackets Weekly Report: February 2, 2009

by Blue Jackets Staff / Columbus Blue Jackets

THIS WEEK'S GAME SCHEDULE (Times ET)


Tue., Feb. 3vs. ST. LOUIS BLUES, Nationwide Arena - 7 p.m. FSO/CD101
Fri., Feb. 6at Pittsburgh Penguins, Mellon Arena - 7:30 p.m. FSO HD/1460, CD101
Sat., Feb. 7vs. SAN JOSE SHARKS, Nationwide Arena - 7 p.m. FSO/CD101

FSO – FOX Sports Ohio; 1460 – WBNS-AM 1460 The Fan; CD101 – CD101.1 FM

 

BLUE JACKETS AT A GLANCE
Record: 24-21-5, 53 pts./3rd Central Division… Streak: Lost last game… Home: 15-8-1, lost last game… Road: 9-13-4, 0-1-1 in last two… Last Week's Results: 2-1-0… Jan. 27 – at Columbus 3, Detroit 2 (OT); Jan. 30 – at Columbus 1, Ottawa 0… Jan. 31 – Dallas 7, at Columbus 3.

 

OPPONENTS AT A GLANCE
ST. LOUIS BLUES (20-24-4, 44 pts./5th Central Division):
Head Coach Andy Murray… The Blues have gone 6-3-1 in their last 10 games… St. Louis is 7-2-1 vs. the Central Division this season, which is second only to Detroit's 8-1-1 mark… Blues are led by RW Brad Boyes (20-19-39 and 12 PPG, 48 games), C Keith Tkachuk (15-17-32 and 10 PPG, 46 games) and C Patrik Berglund (15-16-31, 43 games)… G Manny Legace is 13-9-2 with a 3.12 GAA and .888 SV% in 28 games… The Blue Jackets are 17-20-9 all-time vs. St. Louis, including 11-6-5 at home… Columbus has gone 12-9-4 vs. the Blues since the start of the 2005-06 season… The Blues won the first meeting this season, 5-2, at Scottrade Center on Jan. 3.

PITTSBURGH PENGUINS (24-22-5, 53 pts./4th Northeast Division): Head Coach Michel Therrien… Pittsburgh is 12-11-2 at home and 12-11-3 on the road… The Pens are 4-6-0 in their last 10 at home and 4-5-1 in their last 10 on the road… C Evgeni Malkin (21-54-75, 51 games) and C Sidney Crosby (20-48-68, 50 games) rank 1-2 in the NHL in scoring… RW Petr Sykora has added 19-18-37 in 48 games… G Marc-Andre Fleury is 16-12-3 with a 2.82 GAA, .911 SV% and two SO in 33 games… The Blue Jackets are 3-3-2 all-time vs. Pittsburgh, including a 1-3-0 mark on the road… Pittsburgh won the last meeting, 5-3, at Mellon Arena on Oct. 21, 2006… The Jackets' lone win at Pittsburgh was 4-2 on Mar. 11, 2002.

SAN JOSE SHARKS (36-7-5, 77 pts./1st Pacific Division: Head Coach Todd McLellan… The Sharks own the best record in the Western Conference and are 13-5-3 on the road… San Jose ranks fourth in the NHL on the power play (23.4 pct.) and fifth in penalty killing (85.2 pct.)… Club is led by C Joe Thornton (12-44-56, 48 games), C Patrick Marleau (26-27-53 and eight GWG, 48 games) and RW Devin Setoguchi (21-24-45, 47 games)… G Evgeni Nabokov is 27-6-4 with a 2.40 GAA, .911 SV% and four SO in 37 games… The Blue Jackets are 9-19-3 in the all-time series, including 8-6-1 at home… San Jose won 5-2 on Oct. 14 and 3-2 on Dec. 4 at HP Pavilion… Columbus earned a 2-1 overtime win at home on Dec. 17.

 

SCHEDULE, Feb. 3-9 (times subject to change)
Tuesday, Feb. 3       Nationwide Arena - 10:30 a.m. ET
Wednesday, Feb. 4 Dispatch Ice Haus - 11 a.m. ET
Thursday, Feb. 5      Dispatch Ice Haus - 10:30 a.m. ET
Friday, Feb. 6            Mellon Arena - 11:30 a.m. ET
Saturday, Feb. 7       Nationwide Arena - 11:30 a.m. ET
Sunday, Feb. 8         Dispatch Ice Haus - 11 a.m. ET(tentative)
Monday, Feb. 9         Dispatch Ice Haus - 10:30 a.m. ET

 

OhioHealth INJURY REPORT
C Derick Brassard (dislocated shoulder, Dec. 18) will miss the rest of the season… D Rostislav Klesla (lower body injury; Injured Reserve, Jan. 5) is expected to miss two to four weeks… C Jiri Novotny (Injured Reserve, Jan. 6) will miss at least one week… G Pascal Leclaire (Injured Reserve, Jan. 8; Ankle surgery, Jan. 23) will miss 10 to 12 weeks… C Nikita Filatov (Injured Reserve, Jan. 26) will miss at least one week… Man Games Lost to Injury: 184.

 

PLAYER NOTES
HUSELIUS GETS OFFENSIVE, CLOSES IN ON MILESTONE:
LW Kristian Huselius has collected 4-9-13 in his last 11 games to raise his season totals to 14-21-35 in 46 games. He is two assists shy of 200 in his NHL career as he has 146-198-344 in 519 games. He has registered four multi-point games in his last 11 outings, including three in the last seven, compared to three in his first 35 games.

VORACEK LATEST CBJ ROOKIE TO SHINE: RW Jakub Voracek tallied 4-5-9 in 13 games during the month of January, picking up points in seven games during the month, scoring one game-winning goal (Jan. 30 vs. Ottawa) and assisting on two others. He also set a career high for assists and points with three assists in 4-2 win over Minnesota on Jan. 10. He has now tallied 8-16-24 with 26 PIM in 49 games, ranking among NHL rookie leaders in points (seventh-tied) and plus/minus rating (fifth-tied, +11).

NASH COLLECTS THIRD HAT TRICK: LW Rick Nash collected his third career hat trick when he scored all three goals (one even-strength/overtime/game-winner, one shorthanded and one on the power play) in a 3-2 overtime win over Detroit on Jan. 27. It was the third hat trick of his career – Apr. 7, 2006 at Detroit and Dec. 31, 2007 vs. Edmonton – which ties Tyler Wright for the franchise record. Nash's hat trick was the second by a Blue Jacket this season, following rookie Nikita Filatov's on Jan. 10 vs. Minnesota, and the 14th in club history. The most hat tricks registered by the team in one season is four in 2002-03 – Tyler Wright (2), Geoff Sanderson and Ray Whitney.

MISCELLANEOUS: Second-year D Kris Russell has collected 2-9-11 in the past 23 games after notching 2-10-12 in his first 77 NHL games... C Jason Williams has picked up 2-3-5 and is +2 in his first seven games with Columbus… RW Jared Boll has tallied 3-3-6 in his last 10 games compared to 0-3-3 in his first 33 games of the season… D Mike Commodore has tallied 4-17-21 in 50 games this season and is five assists and eight point shy of the career-high 7-22-29 he had in 82 games with Carolina in 2006-07… C Manny Malhotra played in his 600th NHL game vs. Detroit on Jan. 27. C Michael Peca (837) and LW Fredrik Modin (807) are the only Blue Jackets who have appeared in more league games than Malhotra's 602. He has appeared in 312 games as a Blue Jacket, which ranks fifth in franchise history and trails only D Rostislav Klesla (429) and LW Rick Nash (409) among current team members.

 

TEAM NOTES
WHERE THEY STAND:
Since Dec. 11, the Blue Jackets have gone 13-8-2 overall and 10-5-1 in their last 16 outings… Columbus enters the week with a 24-21-5 record and 53 points in 50 games played, which puts them in a five-way tie for sixth place in the Western Conference standings with Dallas (53 pts./23 wins, 48 games), Minnesota (53 pts./25 wins, 49 games), Edmonton (53 pts./25 wins, 49 games) and Phoenix (53 pts./24 wins, 51 games). The teams trail fifth place Anaheim (55 pts./25 wins, 52 games) by two points.

JACKETS POST THREE-STRAIGHT WINNING MONTHS FOR THE FIRST TIME: Columbus finished the month of January with a 7-5-1 record and after going 7-6-1 in December and 6-4-3 in November, the club has recorded three consecutive winning months for the first time. The team posted four-straight months with a .500 or better record during the 2005-06 season – January: 8-4-1, February: 3-3-0; March: 7-7-1; April: 5-3-1).

 

JACKETS AT HOME: The Blue Jackets are 2-1-0 in their post-All-Star break four-game homestand that concludes on Tuesday vs. St. Louis. The homestand is part of a stretch that has the club playing seven of its next eight games and 10-of-13 at home before a three-game Western Canadian road trip at Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver from Feb. 24-Mar. 1. Columbus is 15-7-1 at home this season, outscoring its opponents 65 to 62. The club has gone 10-3-0 at home since Nov. 29.

 

UPCOMING PROMOTIONS

FEB. 3 VS. ST. LOUIS: "Alive! Jackets Night Out" – All fans ages 21 and older receive one ticket, one Donatos Pizza and one beer for one low price. Upper Bowl packages are $30 per ticket, while Lower Bowl packages are $50 per ticket… Chipotle/CD101 Hot Zone – This package includes one ticket in section 101 and a coupon for a free burrito courtesy of Chipotle for just $30… Giant Eagle Advantage Card Night – Fans who present their Giant Eagle Advantage Card at the Nationwide Arena Ticket Office will receive $10 off select seats to that night's game.

FEB. 7 VS. SAN JOSE: Dispatch/Mix 97.1 Family Night – The package includes four tickets, four Sugardale hot dogs, four small Pepsi products, four popcorns and four coupons for Wendy’s Frostys, UDF ice cream cones and Dispatch Ice Haus skating passes. Prices start as low as $25 per person.

FEB. 10 VS. COLORADO: "Alive! Jackets Night Out" – All fans ages 21 and older receive one ticket, one Donatos Pizza and one beer for one low price. Upper Bowl packages are $30 per ticket, while Lower Bowl packages are $50 per ticket.

 

NASCAR ELEMENTS HIGHLIGHT NATIONWIDE NIGHT ON FEB. 13 VS. DETROIT: The latest Nationwide Night will be held on Friday, February 13 when the Jackets host the Detroit Red Wings. The first 15,000 fans in attendance will receive a free Blue Jackets lunch cooler courtesy of Nationwide. A select number of fans who receive coolers containing a Blue Jackets player autograph will participate in an on-ice contest for a chance to win a trip to the Kentucky Motor Speedway to attend an upcoming NASCAR Nationwide Series race. In addition, fans can test their driving skills in the Nationwide Series Race Simulator on the main concourse prior to the game and check out the Nationwide Show Car throughout the evening.

 

PLAYERS IN THE COMMUNITY
WEDNESDAY, FEB. 4:
Commodore, Dorsett Autograph Signing: Blue Jackets D Mike Commodore and RW Derek Dorsett will be meeting fans and signing autographs at The FOX Sports Ohio Blue Line store at The Mall at Tuttle Crossing on Wednesday from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

 

HOCKEY FEST SET FOR SUNDAY, FEB. 8: Blue Jackets players and their wives will host the Fourth Annual Hockey Fest presented by Univar, to benefit the Columbus Blue Jackets Foundation on Sunday, February 8 from 12 to 7 p.m. at Nationwide Arena. Hockey Fest offers fans a unique opportunity to personally interact with their favorite Blue Jackets players and personalities in a casual setting. Advance general admission tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for youth (both are $20 at the door) and children under age two are admitted free. In addition, adult and youth-priced VIP packages are also available. General admission tickets and VIP packages are on sale now at the Nationwide Arena Ticket Office, FOX Sports Ohio Blue Line store at The Mall at Tuttle Crossing, Chiller Ice Rinks and through Ticketmaster by phone at (800) 745-3000 or online at www.ticketmaster.com. Tickets and advance game cards will also be sold at all Blue Jackets home games at the Foundation table located near section 110. Further ticket and event details may be found at www.BlueJacketsFoundation.org.

 

PROMOTIONS & CONTESTS
FOX SPORTS OHIO FLORIDA FLY AWAY
offers fans watching Blue Jackets telecasts on FOX Sports Ohio the chance to win a trip to Florida. One lucky fan and a guest will receive round trip airfare, a four-night stay at the Swan and Dolphin Resort at Disney, two theme park tickets, a rental car, $400 spending money and two tickets to see the Blue Jackets play the Tampa Bay Lightning at the St. Pete Times Forum on March 24. Fans who tune into Blue Jackets hockey on FOX Sports Ohio through February 10 will be given a password to enter the contest at FloridaFlyAway.com. The winner will be announced during the February 13 telecast of the Blue Jackets-Red Wings game.

 

SUNSHINE VACATIONS "PLAYER FOR THE DAY" CONTEST UNDERWAY: Sunshine Vacations is giving one lucky fan the chance to be a Blue Jacket with the "Player for a Day" online contest. The grand prize winner will sign a one-day contract with a member of the team’s front office on Tuesday, March 31 prior to the Blue Jackets game against the Nashville Predators. Upon "signing," the winner will receive a personalized jersey, a $500 signing bonus and four tickets to watch the game in the front line seats between the team benches. The complete game day experience also includes the opportunity to watch the Blue Jackets morning skate and the chance to be on the home team’s bench during pre-game warm-ups. Player for a Day registration runs now through March 24 on www.BlueJackets.com.

BLUE JACKETS ON THE RADIO
The Coach's Show with Ken Hitchcock airs on WBNS Sports Radio 97.1 The Fan and AM1460 on Wednesdays from 3 to 4 p.m. with the Blue Jackets Head Coach, FOX Sports Ohio's Jeff Rimer and WBNS Radio's Bruce Hooley… Breakfast with the Blue Jackets can be heard on the Blue Jackets Radio Network, including flagship station Sports Radio 97.1 The Fan and AM1460 on Sundays from 10 to 11 a.m. with hosts Mark Wyant and members of the Blue Jackets broadcast team.

 

TICKET INFORMATION
SINGLE GAME:
Tickets are on sale now at the Nationwide Arena Ticket Office, FOX Sports Ohio Blue Line Team Stores at the Chiller Easton, Chiller Dublin, Chiller North and The Mall at Tuttle Crossing, all Ticketmaster Ticket Centers, by phone at (614) 431-3600 or online at www.BlueJackets.com and www.ticketmaster.com... SEASON & GROUP TICKETS: For information on season tickets, six-game and 10-game plans, and group tickets, call (614) 246-PUCK or (800) NHL-COLS… HUNTINGTON GREEN SEATS: A minimum of 250 tickets are available for just $10 at the Nationwide Arena Box Office two hours prior to every home game.

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