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Weekly Report: Blue Jackets Begin Season's Longest Road Trip with Four Games this Week

by Blue Jackets Staff / Columbus Blue Jackets


Mon., Dec. 29 at Los Angeles Kings, STAPLES Center, 10:30 p.m. No Local TV/1460, CD101
Wed., Dec. 31 at Anaheim Ducks, Honda Center, 9 p.m. - FSO(HD)/1460, CD101
Fri., Jan. 2 at Colorado Avalanche, Pepsi Center, 9 p.m. - FSO/1460, CD101
Sat., Jan. 3 at St. Louis Blues, Scottrade Center, 8:30 p.m. - FSO(HD)/1460, CD101

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


Record: 15-16-4, 34 pts./4th Central Division… Streak: Won last game… Home: 11-6-1, won last game… Road: 4-10-3, 0-5-1 in last six… Last Week's Results: 1-1-0… Dec. 23 – Los Angeles 3, at Columbus 0; Dec. 27 – at Columbus 3, Philadelphia 0.

LOS ANGELES KINGS (15-15-6, 36 pts./4th Pacific Division): Head Coach: Terry Murray… Los Angeles is 5-4-2 in its last 11 games, including a pair of wins over Columbus… The Kings average 2.61 goals per game (19th in NHL) and allow 2.67 goals-against per contest (ninth in NHL)… Club is led by C Anze Kopitar (10-19-29, 36 games), RW Dustin Brown (13-13-26, 36 games) and RW Alexander Frolov (16-9-25, 36 games)… G Jonathan Quick is 2-2-0 with a 1.88 GAA, .933 SV% and two shutouts (including last week vs. Columbus) in five games… Jackets are 14-14-2 all-time vs. the Kings, including 59-9-1 at STAPLES Center… Columbus earned a point in all four meetings last season (3-0-1)… The Kings won the two meetings this season, 3-0 at STAPLES Center on Dec. 6 and 3-0 at Nationwide Arena on Dec. 23.

ANAHEIM DUCKS (19-14-4, 42 pts./2nd Pacific Division): Head Coach Randy Carlyle… Since opening the season 1-5-0, the Ducks have posted an 18-9-3 record… Ducks have gone 10-7-2 at home and 9-7-2 on the road and are 5-4-1 in their last 10 overall… C Ryan Getzlaf leads the club with 14-28-42 in 36 games… RW Corey Perry (9-23-32, 37 games) and RW Teemu Selanne (14-13-27, 33 games) are also players to watch… G Jean-Sebastien Giguere is 11-8-3 with a 2.96 GAA, .910 SV% and two shutouts in 24 games… The Blue Jackets are 13-13-4 in the all-time series, including 5-7-3 on the road… Anaheim has won seven of the last nine meetings, including one shootout and one overtime decision… The Ducks earned a 3-2 win at Nationwide Arena on Oct. 27 and a 5-3 win at Honda Center on Dec. 7.

COLORADO AVALANCHE (18-16-1, 37 pts./3rd-T Northwest Division): Head Coach Tony Granato… The Avs have posted a 7-4-1 record in December and have won two in a row… Colorado is 8-1 in games decided in overtime or the shootout, which ranks third in the NHL… RW Milan Hejduk has 13-14-27 in 35 games, while LW Ryan Smyth has 12-13-25 in 35 games… Leading scorer Paul Stastny (10-21-31, 34 games) is injured… G Peter Budaj is 12-15-1 with a 2.79 GAA and .901 SV% and one shutout in 29 games… The Blue Jackets are 5-22-2 all-time vs. the Avalanche, including 2-12-1 on the road… The Jackets and Avalanche split the season series last year as the home team won all four games… Jackets won 4-2 at Pepsi Center on Oct. 30.

ST. LOUIS BLUES (14-19-3, 31 pts./5th Central Division): Head Coach Andy Murray… St. Louis is 9-8-2 at home and 5-11-1 on the road… The Blues are 2-8-0 in their last 10 games, but one of those wins was 3-2 over NHL-leading San Jose on Dec. 27… Blues are led by RW Brad Boyes (17-15-32 and 10 PPG, 36 games), C Keith Tkachuk (13-13-26, 36 games) and C Patrik Berglund (12-13-25, 31 games)… G Manny Legace is 10-7-1 with a 3.25 GAA and .889 SV% in 20 games… The Blue Jackets are 17-19-9 all-time vs. St. Louis, including 6-13-4 on the road… Columbus has gone 12-8-4 vs. the Blues since the start of the 2005-06 season… This is the first meeting of the season between the Central Division foes.


SCHEDULE, DEC. 30-JAN. 5 (times subject to change)
Tuesday, Dec. 30       Toyota Sports Center, El Segundo, CA - 1:30 p.m. PT
Wednesday, Dec. 31 No Practice Scheduled
Thursday, Jan. 1         Pepsi Center, Denver - 2:30 p.m. MT
Friday, Jan. 2               Pepsi Center, Denver - 11:30 a.m. MT
Saturday, Jan.3           Scottrade Center, St. Louis - 11:30 a.m. CT
Sunday, Jan. 4            No Practice Scheduled
Monday, Jan. 5            Dispatch Ice Haus - 10:30 a.m. ET


LW Raffi Torres (arthroscopic knee surgery; Injured Reserve, Dec. 2) is expected to miss two to four weeks… D Ole-Kristian Tollefsen (arthroscopic knee surgery – Injured Reserve, Dec. 17) is expected to miss four to six 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… Man Games Lost to Injury: 92.


MASON MAKING CASE FOR CALDER, ALL-STAR CONSIDERATION: Rookie G Steve Mason continues to play his way into any discussion of Calder Trophy candidates and All-Star Game consideration. He is 10-7-1 with a 1.87 goals-against average, .932 save percentage and three shutouts in 18 games since being called up from Syracuse (AHL) in early November. He leads the NHL in goals-against average, is tied for second in shutouts and ranks third in save percentage. He has allowed two goals or less in 12 of his 18 starts, including nine of the last 11. He made 20 saves to beat Philadelphia 3-0 on Dec. 27, recording his third shutout of the season.

MISCELLANEOUS: LW Rick Nash has tallied 5-6-11 in his last 13 games and continues to lead the club with 15-15-30 in 35 outings… C R.J. Umberger has collected 2-3-5 in has last five games after enduring a seven-game point drought… C Manny Malhotra scored his fourth goal of the season and won 15-of-17 face-offs in a 3-0 win over Philadelphia on Dec. 27… He leads the club and is among NHL leaders in face-off percentage (58.5 percent)… D Jan Hejda scored his second goal of the season and third of his career vs. Philadelphia on Dec. 27. The goal was also his first career game-winning goal.


JACKETS END CALENDAR YEAR HOT ON HOME ICE: Since enduring a three-game home losing streak from Nov. 12-26, the Blue Jackets posted a 6-1-0 mark in their last seven games at Nationwide Arena. The club outscored its opponents 16 to 8 during that span and successfully killed off 24-of-26 opponent power plays.

JACKETS LOOKING TO REBOUND AWAY FROM HOME: Columbus begins its longest stretch of road games (six) this week looking to halt a season-high seven-game winless streak. The club has gone 0-6-1 on the road since going 3-0-2 from Oct. 30-Nov. 22. The club has been outscored 27 to 14 during the drought.

COLUMBUS FEASTS ON THE EAST: The Blue Jackets have posted a 6-1-1 record in eight games against Eastern Conference opponents this season. Since suffering a 3-1 home loss to the NY Rangers on Oct. 24 and a 4-3 overtime loss at the NY Islanders on Nov. 3, the club has won six in a row vs. the East – Nov. 7 – 4-3 vs. Montreal, Dec. 14 – 6-1 at Buffalo, Nov. 22 – 2-0 at Atlanta, Nov. 29 – 3-0 vs. Washington, Dec. 13 – 3-1 vs. NY Islanders and Dec. 27 – 3-0 vs. Philadelphia.



JAN. 10 VS. MINNESOTA: "AAA Rally Towel Night" – Fans in attendance will receive a Blue Jackets rally towel courtesy of AAA… 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.

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.


Tune into "Breaking Down the Game" exclusively on the "Jackets Insider Channel" on Jackets TV at 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. with the next one airing on January 5. The complete schedule for next month includes episodes on January 7, 10, 11, 14, 17, 23, 28 and 31.

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.


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 and 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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