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Columbus Blue Jackets Weekly Report: Sept. 14

by Blue Jackets Staff / Columbus Blue Jackets


Tuesday at Pittsburgh, Mellon Arena, 7:30 p.m. No TV/1460, CD101
Friday at Minnesota, Xcel Energy Center, 8 p.m. No TV/1460, CD101
Saturday at Nashville, Sommet Center, 8 p.m. No TV/1460, CD101

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

OPPONENTS AT A GLANCE PITTSBURGH PENGUINS: Head Coach Dan Bylsma… Defending Stanley Cup champions… Went 45-28-9 (99 pts.) and finished second to New Jersey in Atlantic Division in 2008-09… Evgeni Malkin (35-78-113, 82 games) and Sidney Crosby (33-70-103, 77 games) finished first and third in the NHL in scoring… Teams split two games last season with Pittsburgh winning 4-1 at home on Feb. 6 and Columbus earning a 4-3 shootout win at home on Mar. 12… Teams meet again in the preseason at Nationwide Arena on Sept. 24 and in the regular season on Oct. 30.

MINNESOTA WILD: Head Coach Todd Richards (first season)… Went 40-33-9 (89 pts.) last season and finished in ninth place in the Western Conference… Leading scorer Mikko Koivu (20-47-67, 79 games) returns as does Vezina Trophy finalist Niklas Backstrom (37-24-8, 2.33 GAA, .923 SV%, eight shutouts in 71 games)… Columbus was 1-2-1 vs. Minnesota last year… Teams meet again in the preseason at Nationwide Arena on Sept. 21 and four times during the regular season, including opening night in Columbus on Oct. 3.

NASHVILLE PREDATORS: Head Coach Barry Trotz… Went 40-34-8 (88 pts.) in 2008-09 and were the only Central Division team not to make the playoffs… Led by C Jason Arnott (33-24-57, 65 games) and D Shea Weber (23-30-53, 81 games; tied for second among NHL defensemen in goals)… Jackets went 3-2-1 vs. Nashville last season after going 1-13-2 the previous two seasons… Clubs meet again in the preseason finale at Nationwide Arena on Sept. 27 and six times during the regular season.

(at Dispatch Ice Haus unless noted)

Tuesday Playing Group - 9 a.m.; Team 2 - 11 a.m.; Team 3 - 1:15 p.m.
Wednesday Group A - 10 a.m.; Group B - 12 p.m. -- 11 a.m. scrimmage
Thursday Group A - 10 a.m.; Group B - 12 p.m. -- 11 a.m. scrimmage
Friday Playing Group - 10 a.m.; Non-playing Group - 11:30 a.m.
Saturday Playing Group - 10 a.m.; Non-playing Group - 11:30 a.m.
Sunday Group A - 10 a.m.; Group B - 12 p.m.
Monday Playing Group (NWA) - 10 a.m.; Non-playing Group - 11:30 a.m.

OhioHealth INJURY REPORT No Injuries to Report.

ROSTER REPORT Signed C Derick Brassard to a four-year contract extension (through 2013-14) on Sept. 4… Signed RW Derek Dorsett to a two-year contract extension (through 2011-12) on Sept. 12.

ROOKIE CAMP RECAP Blue Jackets prospects participated in the annual NHL Prospects Tournament in Traverse City, Michigan from Sept. 6-10. Columbus posted a 1-2-1 record – beating St. Louis 5-4; falling 2-1 to Minnesota and 4-3 to Dallas and suffering a 5-4 shootout loss against Atlanta. Matt Calvert led the Jackets in scoring with 4-3-7 in four games.

OWNERS TOURNAMENT RESULTS Team Wolfe defeated Team Crane 5-1 in the championship game of the Blue Jackets Owners Tournament held during the first two days of training camp. Rick Nash collected a hat trick to lead Team Wolfe in the final played today. In the consolation game, Team Pizzuti beat Team McConnell 5-3 as Jonathan Sigalet scored two goals and Nikita Filatov added a goal and an assist. In Sunday’s first round games, Team Crane beat Team McConnell 3-2 in a shootout with 2009 first round draft pick John Moore scoring the deciding goal in the fifth round of the shootout. Team Wolfe erased a 3-0 deficit by scoring four times in a span of 2:30 early in the second period (games were two periods in length) to earn a 5-3 win over Team Pizzuti. Jon Mirasty, Kris Russell, Kristian Huselius, Nash and Grant Clitsome were the goal scorers and goaltender Mathieu Garon did not allow a goal while playing in net for one period for each team.

2009 TOP PICK JOHN MOORE TO SIGN AUTOGRAPHS THIS SUNDAY D John Moore, the Blue Jackets first-round pick in the 2009 Entry Draft, will be signing autographs on Sunday, Sept. 20 from 3:30-4:30 p.m. at the North High Street Giant Eagle located at 2801 North High Street, just north of Broadway. Also this Sunday, fans may visit Stinger at the Lancaster Giant Eagle (1394 Ety Shops Way) from 12-1 p.m. and members of the Pepsi Power Patrol at the Blacklick store (6867 East Broad Street) from 1-2 p.m. Schedule of team appearances is subject to change.

PRESEASON TICKET PROMOTIONS Rush CBJ presented by EasyCOLUMBUS: College student tickets are available for $15 (upper bowl) and $25 (lower bowl) at the box office beginning one hour prior to all home preseason games… Monday, Sept. 21 vs. Minnesota (7 p.m.) and Sunday, Sept. 27 vs. Nashville (5 p.m.) – Dispatch Family Value Pack Night: $25 per person package includes a ticket, Pepsi drink, Sugardale hot dog, popcorn and Dispatch Ice Haus skating pass… Tuesday, Sept. 22 vs. Boston (7 p.m.) – All You Can Eat Night in the AAA Sky Terrace: $39 per person package includes a ticket and all-you-can-eat buffet of hot dogs, popcorn soda and more… Thursday, Sept. 24 vs. Pittsburgh (7 p.m.) – Guys Night Out Pack: $60 package includes two tickets, two beers (21-and-over) and two Skyline Cheese Coney Dogs.

Starting today through Sunday, Sept. 27, Columbus-area shoppers who purchase four 12-packs of Pepsi or Diet Pepsi (regular or caffeine free) in a single transaction at Central Ohio Giant Eagle or other participating grocery and convenience stores can receive two tickets to selected home games. Purchasers need to bring the on-pack sticker and register receipt to the Nationwide Arena Ticket Office for two tickets to a designated Blue Jackets home game, courtesy of Pepsi. Tickets may only be redeemed at the box office between 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday or 10a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday, while supplies last. For more information, visit

“HOCKEY: IT’S IN YOUR BLOOD” DRIVE SET FOR SEPT. 23 – BEAT THE PREDATORS! Fans can join the Blue Jackets and OhioHealth in supporting local patients in need by giving blood when the club hosts the annual “Hockey: It’s in Your Blood” Drive at Nationwide Arena on Wednesday, Sept. 23, from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. All donors will receive two Blue Jackets game tickets, have a chance to win a ride on the Zamboni during a game at Nationwide Arena and receive a voucher for a special ticket offer to Red Cross Night when the Jackets host the Calgary Flames on Oct. 13.

In addition, the Nashville Predators are hosting their own blood drive and have issued a challenge to see which team’s fans can give the most blood. So, get in the game to help save lives! To schedule your appointment to donate blood, call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE today, or visit

OPENING NIGHT IS FRIDAY, OCT. 3 VS. MINNESOTA WILD The Blue Jackets open their ninth NHL season on Saturday, Oct. 3 vs. Minnesota Wild. All fans in attendance will receive a 2009-10 schedule magnet presented by Donatos and a commemorative Steve Mason Calder Trophy Poster. In addition, the Calder Memorial Trophy will be on display in the arena throughout the night. Tickets are on sale now at Nationwide Arena, the FOX Sports Ohio Blue Line store at The Mall at Tuttle Crossing, the Chiller Ice Rinks, Ticketmaster Ticket Centers, online at and or by phone at (800) 745-3000.

BLUE JACKETS ON THE RADIO The Coach’s Show with Ken Hitchcock airs on WBNS Sports Radio 97.1The Fan on Wednesdays from 3 to 4 p.m. with the Blue Jackets Head Coach, FOX Sports Ohio’s Jeff Rimer… Breakfast with the Blue Jackets can be heard on the Blue Jackets Radio Network and Sports Radio 97.1 The Fan 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 (800) 745-3000 or online at and… Season & Group Tickets: For information on season tickets, six-game, 10-game and 20-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.

-- CBJ --

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