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Resilient Blue Jackets Host Avalanche, Devils Before Three-Game Canadian Road Trip

by Blue Jackets Staff / Columbus Blue Jackets

THIS WEEK'S GAME SCHEDULE (Times ET)


Tue., Jan. 13   COLORADO AVALANCHE, Nationwide Arena - 7 p.m. FSO HD/CD101
Fri., Jan. 16     NEW JERSEY DEVILS, Nationwide Arena - 7 p.m.        FSO/1460, CD101
Sun., Jan. 18  at Vancouver Canucks, General Motors Place - 8 p.m. FSO HD/1460, CD101
FSO – FOX Sports Ohio; 1460 – WBNS-AM 1460 The Fan; CD101 – CD101.1 FM


BLUE JACKETS AT A GLANCE
Record: 20-18-4, 44 pts./3rd Central Division… Streak: Won two-straight… Home: 12-6-1, won two-straight… Road: 8-12-3, won last game… Last Week's Results: 2-1-0… Jan. 6 – at Detroit 3, Columbus 2; Jan. 9 – Columbus 3, at Washington 0; Jan. 10 – at Columbus 4, Minnesota 2.

 

OPPONENTS AT A GLANCE
COLORADO AVALANCHE (22-19-1, 45 pts./3rd Northwest Division):
Head Coach Tony Granato… The Avs have gone 6-3-0 in their last nine games and have won three in a row… C Joe Sakic, C Paul Stastny and former Blue Jackets captain D Adam Foote are currently on Injured Reserve… Colorado is led by LW Ryan Smyth (14-17-31, 42 games), RW Milan Hejduk (13-18-31, 42 games) and LW Wojtek Wolski (11-14-25, 41 games; NHL's First Star for week ending Jan. 5)… G Peter Budaj is 13-18-1 with a 2.82 GAA and .901 SV% and one shutout in 33 games… The Blue Jackets are 6-22-2 all-time vs. the Avalanche, including 3-10-1 at home… The Jackets have won four of the last six meetings, including both at Pepsi Center this season, 4-2 on Oct. 30 and 6-1 on Jan. 2… Columbus was 1-12-1 on the road in the series prior to this season.

NEW JERSEY DEVILS (24-15-3, 51 pts./3rd Atlantic Division): Head Coach Brent Sutter… The Devils have lost three of their last four after going 16-5-1 from Nov. 15-Jan. 4… New Jersey is 11-7-2 on the road this season and ranks sixth in the NHL in goals-against (2.57 per game) … Club is led by LW Zach Parise (24-25-49, 42 games), LW Patrik Elias (19-29-48, 42 games) and RW Brian Gionta (10-26-36, 41 games)… G Scott Clemmensen is 15-9-1 with a 2.38 GAA and .918 SV% in 26 games place of injured All-Star Martin Brodeur... Jackets are 3-4-1 all-time vs. the Devils, including 3-2-0 at home… New Jersey won the last meeting, 1-0, at home on Oct. 28, 2006… Columbus earned a 3-2 overtime win on Dec. 11, 2005 in the last game at Nationwide Arena.

VANCOUVER CANUCKS (22-17-5, 49 pts./2nd Northwest Division): Head Coach Alain Vigneault… Vancouver, which began the season going 8-1-2 in its first 11 games, is 1-2-2 in its last five… The Canucks are 11-9-3 despite being outscored 73 to 66… Vancouver’s offense is led by LW Daniel Sedin (21-24, 45, 5 GWG in 44 games) and his twin brother, C Henrik Sedin (7-34-41, 44 games)… Former Buckeye C Ryan Kesler has 9-13-22 in 44 games… G Roberto Luongo is 11-5-2 with a 2.17 GAA, .928 SV%, 5 SO in 19 games… The Blue Jackets are 11-15-4 in the all-time series, including 4-9-1 on the road… Columbus is 11-9-1 vs. Vancouver since the start of the 2002-03 season… The Jackets won both games at Nationwide Arena this season, 4-2 on Oct. 21 and 3-2 on Dec. 1.
 

SCHEDULE, JAN. 13-19 (times subject to change)
Tuesday, Jan. 13        Nationwide Arena  - 10:30 a.m. ET
Wednesday, Jan. 14  Dispatch Ice Haus - 11 a.m. ET
Thursday, Jan. 15      Dispatch Ice Haus - 10:30 a.m. ET
Friday, Jan. 16            Nationwide Arena - 10:30 a.m. ET
Saturday, Jan. 17       GM Place, Vancouver - 2:30 p.m. PT
Sunday, Jan. 18         GM Place, Vancouver - 10:30 a.m. PT
Monday, Jan. 19         Rexall Place, Edmonton - 2:30 p.m. MT

 

OhioHealth INJURY REPORT
LW Raffi Torres (arthroscopic knee surgery; Injured Reserve, Dec. 2) is expected to miss two to four weeks… LW Jason Chimera (Injured Reserve, Dec. 18) is expected to miss at least one week… 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 at least one week… C Jiri Novotny (Injured Reserve, Jan. 6) will miss at least one week… G Pascal Leclaire (Injured Reserve, Jan. 8) will miss at least one week… LW Rick Nash (lower body, Jan. 6 at Detroit; Injured Reserve on Jan. 12) is day-to-day… Man Games Lost to Injury: 132.

 

PLAYER NOTES
NASH EARNS FOURTH-STRAIGHT ALL-STAR NOD: LW Rick Nash was named to the Western Conference All-Star Team last week and is expected to play in his fourth-straight ASG when the game is held at Bell Centre in Montreal on Sunday, Jan. 25. Nash leads the Blue Jackets in goals, assists and points with 17-22-39 in 40 games, has also scored a team-high four game-winning goals and has a +9 plus/minus rating. After being shutout in his All-Star debut in 2004 (Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul, MN), he notched 2-2-4 in the 2007 ASG at American Airlines Center in Dallas. At last year's game at Atlanta’s Philips Arena, he set an ASG record when he scored just :12 into the game, surpassing the previous mark for fastest goal to start the game (:19 by Detroit's Ted Lindsay in 1950) and went on to collect the 15th hat trick in the game's history.

MASON SELECTED TO PLAY IN NHL YOUNGSTARS GAME: Rookie G Steve Mason was selected to the NHL's YoungStars Game presented by Upper Deck, to be held at Bell Centre in Montreal on Saturday, Jan. 24. He is 15-9-1 with a 1.75 goals-against average, .938 save percentage and six shutouts in 25 games this season and leads the NHL in GAA, SV% and SO. He has allowed two goals or less in 16 of his last 20 starts, surrendered just two even-strength goals in his last eight and made 45 saves to record his sixth shutout of the season at Washington on Jan. 9. Mason is the fourth Blue Jacket in club history selected for the YoungStars Game, joining Rostislav Klesla (2002, 2003), Rick Nash (2003) and Nikolai Zherdev (2004).

FILATOV BECOMES FIRST CBJ ROOKIE TO COLLECT HAT TRICK: Three days after being recalled from Syracuse (AHL), C/LW Nikita Filatov became the first rookie in franchise history to collect a hat trick when he scored three goals against Minnesota's Josh Harding in a 4-2 win at Nationwide Arena. The hat trick was the 13th by a Blue Jacket and first since Rick Nash's vs. Edmonton on Dec. 31, 2007. Filatov (18 years, 230 days) joins Pittsburgh's Jordan Staal (the youngest player in NHL history to record a hat trick at 18 years, 153 days vs. Toronto on Feb. 10, 2007) as the only current NHL players to collect hat tricks prior to their 19th birthdays. He has scored four goals on nine shots in six games with Columbus this season; tallied 8-3-11 in seven games, won a bronze medal and was named to the All-Tournament Team with Russia at the 2009 World Junior Championships; and collected 7-10-17 in 23 games with Syracuse.

MISCELLANEOUS: LW Fredrik Modin played in the 800th game of his NHL career vs. Minnesota on Jan. 10 and has registered 219-215-434 and 405 penalty minutes during his career… Rookie RW Jakub Voracek collected a career-high three assists vs. Minnesota on Jan. 10… C R.J. Umberger has tallied 12-9-21 in 42 games this season, including 7-2-9 in nine games vs. Eastern Conference opponents… C Manny Malhotra has picked up 1-5-6 in his past eight games.
 

TEAM NOTES
JACKETS WRAP UP SEASON'S LONGEST ROAD TRIP WITH A 4-2-0 MARK:
The Blue Jackets entered their longest road trip of the season – six games – on Dec. 29 having gone 0-6-1 in their previous seven games away from Nationwide Arena. The club responded by posting a 4-2-0 mark during the trip – Dec. 29 – 2-0 win at Los Angeles, Dec. 31 – 2-0 win at Anaheim; Jan. 2 – 6-1 win at Colorado; Jan. 3 – 5-2 loss at St. Louis; Jan. 6 – 3-0 loss at Detroit; Jan. 9 – 3-0 win at Washington. In beating the Capitals at Verizon Center, the Jackets handed Washington only its second regulation loss at home of the season (18-2-1). Columbus outscored its opponents 15 to 9 in the six games.

HOME SWEET HOME: The Blue Jackets have gone 12-6-1 at Nationwide Arena this season, outscoring their opponents 53 to 48. The club is 7-1-0 in its last eight games at home and has outscored the opposition 20 to 10 during that span. Beginning with last Saturday's 4-2 win over Minnesota, Columbus will play 11-of-16 games at Nationwide Arena, including nine of its first 11 following the All-Star break (Jan. 22-25).

JACKETS FEAST ON THE EAST: Columbus has compiled a 7-1-1 record vs. Eastern Conference opponents this season, which is second-best among all Western Conference clubs (San Jose, 8-1-0). Since suffering a 3-1 loss at home to the NY Rangers on Oct. 24 and falling 4-3 in overtime at the NY Islanders on Nov. 3, the Jackets have won their last seven games against the East, beating Montreal, Atlanta, NY Islanders, Philadelphia and Washington twice.


UPCOMING PROMOTIONS

JAN. 13 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… 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.… 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.

JAN. 16 VS. NEW JERSEY: "FS Ohio White Out Night" – All fans are encouraged to wear white when the Jackets face the Devils and everyone in attendance will receive the annual Blue Jackets "White Out Night" t-shirt courtesy of FOX Sports Ohio… All You Can Eat Pack - This package includes one ticket in the AAA Sky Terrace and an All You Can Eat Buffet for just $39.

"CHIPOTLE, CD101 HOT ZONE" DEBUTS TUESDAY NIGHT
Chipotle and CD101, the FM radio home of Blue Jackets hockey, are looking for the loudest and most energetic fans to sit in the Chipotle/CD101 Hot Zone during select games at Nationwide Arena. For just $30, fans can get a ticket in section 101 and a coupon for a free Chipotle Burrito. Chipotle/CD101 Hot Zone tickets are available for the following games: Tuesday vs. Colorado, Feb. 3 vs. St. Louis, Feb. 10 vs. Colorado, Feb. 18 vs. Dallas and Mar. 10 vs. Boston. To order tickets, visit www.BlueJackets.com.


PLAYERS IN THE COMMUNITY

Wednesday, Jan. 14 – "Anheuser Busch Celebrity Bartending Appearance": Blue Jackets players Mike Commodore, Jared Boll and Marc Methot will serve as celebrity bartenders on Wednesday from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Frog, Bear & Wild Boar Bear, located in the Arena District in front of Nationwide Arena. The tips collected by the players will be donated to the Columbus Blue Jackets Foundation.

Wednesday, Jan. 14 – "Blue Jackets Book Jackets Celebrity Reading": Blue Jackets D Ole-Kristian Tollefsen will be reading to children at the New Albany Library located at 200 Market Street. on Wednesday, January 14 from 7 to 8 p.m. as part of the Blue Jackets Book Jackets Program presented by Univar in partnership with the Columbus Metropolitan Library.

TEST DRIVE A TOYOTA, GET BLUE JACKETS TICKETS
The Columbus Blue Jackets and the Central Ohio Toyota Dealers are teaming up for a special promotion in which prospective car customers that test drive a Toyota vehicle at participating dealerships will receive a voucher redeemable for a pair of tickets to an upcoming home game. The offer runs through the month of January. Vouchers for January and February game tickets are redeemable at the Nationwide Arena Ticket Office while supplies last. The promotion is part of a three-year corporate partnership between the Blue Jackets and the Central Ohio Toyota Dealers that is highlighted by the naming rights to the Toyota Tundra Tower inside Nationwide Arena and also includes prominent signage around the upper level fascia inside the arena bowl and a pair of dasherboard advertisements.

"BREAKING DOWN THE GAME" AT WWW.BLUEJACKETS.COM
Tune into "Breaking Down the Game" exclusively on the "Jackets Insider Channel" on Jackets TV at www.BlueJackets.com. Blue Jackets coaches break down key plays from previous games, utilizing computer graphics to direct the viewer's attention to highlighted players or other pertinent elements and explaining the plays as they unfold. Each episode of "Breaking Down the Game" will be available by 1 p.m. on the following dates this month: January 14, 26 and 28.
 

BLUE JACKETS ON THE RADIO
The Coach's Show with Ken Hitchcock airs on WBNS Sports Radio 1460 The Fan 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 and AM 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
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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