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Weekly Report: Blue Jackets Embark On Four-Game Canadian Road Trip

by Blue Jackets Staff / Columbus Blue Jackets

THIS WEEK’S GAME SCHEDULE/BROADCASTS (Times ET)
Tuesday, Nov. 29 at Vancouver Canucks, Rogers Arena, 10 p.m. – FS Ohio HD/ WWCD-Radio 102.5 FM
Thursday, Dec. 1 at Calgary Flames, Scotiabank Saddledome, 9 p.m. – FS Ohio HD/Sports Radio 97.1 The Fan
Friday, Dec. 2 at Edmonton Oilers, Rexall Place, 9:30 p.m. – FS Ohio HD/Sports Radio 97.1 The Fan

BLUE JACKETS AT A GLANCE
Record:
6-14-3, 15 pts. (5-7-1, 11 pts. at home, 1-7-2, 4 pts. on the road)… Standings: 5th/Central Division… 15th/Western Conference… Leading Scorers: LW Vinny Prospal (6-13-19, 23 GP)… RW Rick Nash (7-10-17, 23 GP)… Goaltenders: Curtis Sanford (3-1-2, 1.38 GAA, .947 SV%, 0 SO in 7 GP)… Steve Mason (3-12-1, 3.63 GAA, .875 SV%, 0 SO in 16 GP).

OPPONENTS AT A GLANCE
VANCOUVER CANUCKS –
Head Coach: Alain Vigneault… Record: 13-9-1, 27 pts… Standings: 2nd/Northwest Division… 6th Western Conference… Rank 7th in the NHL in scoring (3.00 goals per game) and lead NHL in power play (25.2 pct.)… Leading Scorer: LW Daniel Sedin (6-19-25, 23 GP)… Leading Goaltender: Cory Schneider (6-4-0, 2.02 GAA, .931 SV%, 2 SO in 12 GP)… All-Time Series: Jackets are 13-21-7, including 6-11-3 on the road… Columbus is 6-6-3 in its last 15 games vs. Vancouver… Jackets went 0-2-2 in 2010-11… This Season: Second of four meetings… Canucks won 3-2 at Nationwide Arena on Oct. 10… Next game is Dec. 13 at Columbus.

CALGARY FLAMES – Head Coach: Brent Sutter… Record: 9-12-1, 19 pts… Rank 10th in the NHL in 5 on 5 goals for/against ratio (1.06)… Standings: 5th/Northwest Division… 13th/Western Conference… Leading Scorer: LW Alex Tanguay (4-12-16, 22 GP)… Leading Goaltender: Miikka Kiprusoff (9-9-0, 2.46 GAA, .916 SV%, 0 SO in 18 GP)… All-Time Series: Jackets are 21-16-4, including 6-12-2 on the road… Columbus went 1-2-1 in 2010-11, losing the season series for just the second time (2003-04, 1-3-0)… This Season: Second of four meetings… Columbus won 4-1 at home on Nov. 21… Next game is Dec. 27 at Columbus.

EDMONTON OILERS – Head Coach: Tom Renney… Record: 12-9-2, 26 pts… Oilers are 7-2-1 at home, outscoring their opponents 31 to 20… Standings: 3rd/Northwest Division… 9th/Western Conference… Leading Scorers: LW Ryan Smyth (12-12-24, 23 GP) and rookie C Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (10-14-24, 23 GP)… Leading Goaltender: Nikolai Khabibulin (9-4-2, 1.87 GAA, .936 SV%, 2 SO in 15 GP)… All-Time Series: Jackets are 13-21-6 all-time, including 5-13-2 on the road… Columbus went 2-2-0 in 2010-11 as the home team won all four meetings… This Season: First of four meetings… Next game is Jan. 17 at Columbus.


CLICK HERE FOR THIS WEEK'S PRACTICE SCHEDULE, NOV. 29-DEC. 5 (times subject to change)


TRANSACTIONS

Nov. 27 – Assigned G Allen York to the Springfield Falcons (AHL).

OhioHEALTH INJURY REPORT
D Radek Martinek (head, Oct. 21 at Detroit; injured reserve) will miss at least one week… LW Kristian Huselius (torn pectoral muscle, surgery on July 14; injured reserve) is expected to miss four to six months… Games Missed Due to Injury: 106.

LAST WEEK’S RESULTS
NOV. 21 – at BLUE JACKETS 4, Calgary 1:
Jeff Carter scored a pair of goals and Vinny Prospal collected three assists to lead the Jackets to the win. Carter and Antoine Vermette scored in the game’s first 6:45 as Columbus jumped out to an early 2-0 lead and pushed it to 3-0 on Carter’s second goal early in the second period. Mark Giordano’s power play goal midway through the second was the lone blemish for Jackets goaltender Curtis Sanford, who made 27 saves in net. Rick Nash added an empty net goal late to round out the scoring… NOV. 23 – at New Jersey 2, BLUE JACKETS 1 (SO): Martin Brodeur made 35 saves, including 18 in the third period and overtime, and stopped both Columbus shootout attempts to lift the Devils to the win. Jared Boll’s third period goal erased New Jersey’s 1-0 lead that came on a second period goal by Dainius Zubrus and forced the extra session. Curtis Sanford made 23 saves for the Jackets, who out shot the Devils 36 to 24 in the game… NOV. 25 – at BLUE JACKETS 5, Buffalo 1: Rick Nash scored two goals, while Ryan Johansen, Jeff Carter and James Wisniewski tallied a pair of assists as the Jackets registered their most lopsided win of the season. Columbus got first period goals from Mark Letestu and Nash and second period tallies just 12 seconds apart from Marc Methot and R.J. Umberger to build a 4-0 lead just 4:29 into the middle period. Jordan Leopold’s goal at 8:01 of the second got Buffalo on the board, but Nash’s second just 6:06 later wrapped up the scoring. Curtis Sanford made 28 saves to earn the win, while the Jackets chased Jhonas Enroth (14 saves-18 shots) who was replaced by Drew MacIntyre (15 saves-16 shots) following Umberger’s goal… NOV. 27 – at BLUE JACKETS vs. St. Louis: Curtis Sanford stopped 27 of 29 shots, but David Backes’ power play goal at 7:49 of the third snapped a 1-1 tie and handed Columbus the loss. After a scoreless first period, Derek Dorsett scored at 5:06 of the second only to be matched by former Blue Jacket Kris Russell at 19:52.

NEWS & NOTES
Columbus is 3-1-2 in its past six games and earned points in five-straight games Nov. 17-25 for the first time since Feb. 11-25… The club is 4-1-0 in games in which it is leading after the first period and 5-1-0 in games in which it is leading after two periods… The Blue Jackets have converted 8-of-39 on the power play (20.5 pct.) over their last nine games, after going 1-of-20 the previous five games… The club ranks fifth (tied) in the NHL in shots against per game (28.4) and is ninth in shots on goal per game (31.2)... Since allowing 19 goals in three games from Nov. 3-10, the Jackets have allowed 16 in the past eight.

JACKETS FIND ROAD LEGS: After starting the season 0-7-0 on the road, the Blue Jackets have earned points in their last three road games with a 1-0-2 mark. Columbus has wrapped a pair of 2-1 shootout losses – at Boston on Nov. 17 and at New Jersey on Nov. 23 – around a 4-3 overtime win at Nashville on Nov. 19. In those three games, the club has allowed just five goals in regulation and overtime, converted 3-of-14 power play chances (21.4 pct.) and killed off six-of-eight opponent power plays (75.0 pct.) with both PP goals-against coming at Nashville. Last year, Columbus set franchise records for road wins (17) and points (42) in a season.

Prospal

PROSPAL PLAYS 1,000TH NHL GAME; EYES 700TH POINT: LW Vinny Prospal played the 1,000th game of his NHL career against Buffalo on November 25. He became the 268th player in NHL history to play in 1,000 or more games. He has collected 233-466-699 in 1,001 career games with Philadelphia, Ottawa, Florida, Tampa Bay, Anaheim, NY Rangers and Columbus since making his debut with the Flyers on Mar. 5, 1997 vs. New Jersey. He was Philadelphia’s second pick, 71st overall, in the 1993 Entry Draft and was signed as a free agent by the Blue Jackets on July 23, 2011.

UMBERGER MOVES INTO FOURTH ON CBJ ALL-TIME GOALS LIST: LW R.J. Umberger scored his third goal of the season against Buffalo on Friday. The goal was his 77th of his Blue Jackets career, moving him one ahead of Nikolai Zherdev for fourth on the franchise’s all-time list. He now trails Geoff Sanderson, who is third on the list with 88 goals with Columbus. Umberger, who has played in a franchise record 269-straight games, is three games shy of 500 for his career.

MISCELLANEOUS PLAYER NOTES
C Mark Letestu has scored three goals in nine games since being acquired by Columbus on Nov. 8. He had been held without a goal the previous 11 games… C Ryan Johansen has collected 5-5-10 his last 16, including his third multi-point game Nov. 25 vs. Buffalo… D Fedor Tyutin has assists in four of the past five games and has 2-8-10 the last 16 games after being held to 0-1-1 the first eight games of the season. In 265 games with the Blue Jackets, he has tallied 24-80-104 compared to 15-52-67 in 251 games with the New York Rangers… LW Rick Nash has goals in two of the past three games, including his first multi-goal game of the season Nov. 25 vs. Buffalo… D James Wisniewski has 1-9-10 in 15 games this season and has played 25-plus minutes in all but two games… RW Derek Dorsett enters the week with points in back-to-back games, as well as 2-2-4 the last 10 games. He had been held to 1-0-1 the first 13 games. He ranks third in the NHL in penalty minutes (64) and is 11th (tied) in hits (62).

CARTER, NASH, UMBERGER ON NHL ALL-STAR BALLOT
Blue Jackets forwards Jeff Carter, Rick Nash and R.J. Umberger are among the players that appear on the 2012 NHL All-Star Fan Balloting™. Polls are open to hockey fans worldwide online at NHL.com/vote and via mobile devices through Wednesday, Jan. 4. Fans can vote via text message using any wireless carrier by texting their favorite player’s last name to the shortcode 81812. When the voting concludes, the top six vote-getters by position – three forwards, two defensemen and one goaltender – will take part in the 2012 Tim Hortons NHL All-Star Game® on Sunday, Jan. 29 at Scotiabank Place in Ottawa. The remaining All-Star Game participants will be announced at a later date.

UPCOMING PROMOTIONS
Dec. 10 vs. Boston –
POST-GAME TEAM AUTOGRAPH SESSION Presented by Nationwide InsuranceDISPATCH FAMILY VALUE PACK – Fans receive a game ticket, hot dog, Pepsi, popcorn, UDF ice cream cone coupon and OhioHealth Ice Haus Skate Pass. Packages start at $25 per person, which is a savings of 50%, and lower level packages are available starting at $59 per person… LABATT BLUE ZONE HAT TRICK COMBO – Get a Lower Level ticket, a pre-game buffet and a post-game drink in the Labatt Blue Zone Pub for just $55 per person.

HOLIDAY PICK ‘EM PACKS ON SALE NOW
The Blue Jackets Holiday Pick ‘Em Pack presented by Subway offers fans two tickets to two games of their choice, a puck autographed by one of the following Blue Jackets players – Rick Nash, Jeff Carter, James Wisniewski, Ryan Johansen, Vinny Prospal or R.J. Umberger (limited quantities available) and a $10 Subway gift card packaged in a holiday gift box. In addition, for every Holiday Pick ‘Em Pack purchased, the Blue Jackets will donate two tickets to A Kid Again, which provides continuing support and lasting memories for children and adolescents with life threatening illness and their families. Packages start at $79 and are on sale now through Friday, Dec. 23 at the Nationwide Arena Ticket Office, the FOX Sports Ohio Blue Line store at The Mall at Tuttle Crossing or online at https://oss.ticketmaster.com/html/flexdiff_pickevents.htmI?l=EN&CNTX=fbbb66f2c19c072cf98f85145d9593ef.

FLORIDA FLY AWAY WRAPS UP THIS TUESDAY
The Blue Jackets, FOX Sports Ohio and Columbia Gas have teamed up to offer the Florida Fly Away Giveaway, a contest where fans have a chance to win a player autographed puck and a trip for two to Florida. Fans who watch the Blue Jackets on FOX Sports Ohio will be given a Florida Fly Away keyword. They can visit FOXSportsOhio.com or BlueJackets.com to find the Florida Fly Away entry page to enter the keyword for the chance to win a nightly prize of a puck autographed by a Blue Jackets player. Fans can also text the keyword to 37664 for a chance to win. The Tuesday, Nov. 29 game at Vancouver offers the final chance to win and be eligible to be randomly selected from the 12 nightly qualifiers to win the Florida trip, which includes round-trip airfare from Columbus; accommodations at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort; and tickets to watch the Blue Jackets play the Tampa Bay Lightning on Jan. 24. For complete rules, visit http://www.foxsportsohio.com/pages/florida_fly_away.

PAPA JOHN’S MONDAYS
Fans get free toppings on Papa John’s pizza (large cheese for $9.99) every Monday for each goal scored by the Blue Jackets in their most recent game. Fans can double the toppings after a win! Order by phone or at www.papajohns.com (promo code CBJMonday).

SCORE PIZZA AND TICKETS TO THE DEC. 10 GAME VS. BOSTON
Fans can score a free Papa John’s Office Pizza Party and 20 tickets to the Saturday, Dec. 10 game vs. the Boston Bruins in the Papa John’s Pizza Party at Work contest. Fans can enter at www.BlueJackets.com/PapasPizzaParty and the winning office will have the pizzas and tickets delivered by Blue Jackets mascot, Stinger.

BUD LIGHT ULTIMATE FAN EXPERIENCE SWEEPSTAKES
The Blue Jackets and Bud Light are giving fans the chance to win four Time Warner Cable HD Lounge tickets to the Dec. 15 home game vs. the Los Angeles Kings, dinner before the game, the opportunity to watch warm-ups from the penalty box, ride the Zamboni® and take home a game worn jersey. To enter now, visit www.BlueJackets.com/BudLightFanExperience or look for in-store displays with a QR code for entry at participating United Dairy Farmers in Central Ohio.

WIN A NIGHT IN THE MILLER LITE POWER PLAY SUITE
In conjunction with Giant Eagle, Miller Lite and Sports Radio 97.1 The Fan, the Blue Jackets are offering fans the chance to win tickets in the Miller Lite Power Play Suite for games on Feb. 28 vs. Detroit and Mar. 28 vs. Detroit. Entry to the contest can be obtained through a QR code found on Miller Lite point-of-sale materials at area Giant Eagle locations or through Sports Radio 97.1 The Fan’s website at the following link – http://10tv.solutionsbyweb.com/thefan/superior/m/page.cfm.

SUBWAY FOUR SUBS, FOUR STUBS OFFER RETURNS
Fans can visit any Columbus-area Subway restaurant and buy four Footlongs™ and receive a voucher for four Blue Jackets tickets for only $5 each (while supplies last). Vouchers are to be redeemed at the Nationwide Arena Box Office and the offer is valid for the following games: Dec. 13 vs. Vancouver, Jan. 17 vs. Edmonton, Jan. 19 vs. Nashville, Feb. 7 vs. Minnesota, Feb. 14 vs. St. Louis and Feb. 21 vs. San Jose. If $5 seats sell out, the vouchers are valid for $5 off a full-price ticket for the above games. Each voucher also includes a free Blue Jackets/Subway T-shirt.

SKYLINE CHILI BLUE JACKETS FAMILY FOUR PACK
Fans can visit their local Skyline Chili restaurant to enter to win four tickets to a weekend home game, a $40 Skyline Chili gift card and a group photo with Blue Jackets mascot, Stinger. Ten winners will be chosen throughout the season with the contest concluding on Mar. 9, 2012.

THIS WEEK ON JACKETS TV AT BLUEJACKETS.COM
This week’s scheduled Jackets TV programming includes: the Top 5 Plays of the Week (vote for your favorite); “Small Talk” as Blue Jackets players answer questions submitted by their youngest fans; “Roommates” which pits Derek Dorsett vs. Ryan Johansen to see which of the two road roommates knows the other one the best; daily coverage of the upcoming road trip; as well as complete pre- and post-game coverage of all three Blue Jackets games this week.

STAY CONNECTED WITH THE JACKETS
Fans can follow the Blue Jackets online, watch game highlights, press conferences and exclusive behind-the-scenes video content on Jackets TV at BlueJackets.com. Fans can also get up-to-the-minute news and stories by following the Blue Jackets on Twitter at www.twitter.com/BlueJacketsNHL. “Like” the club’s official Facebook® page and get the latest club news and promotions, videos, photos, updates and interact with other fans at www.facebook.com/OfficialColumbusBlueJackets. Check out great videos on the club’s YouTube channel as well at www.YouTube.com/BlueJacketsNHL.

NEW BLUE JACKETS MOBILE APP NOW AVAILABLE
The Blue Jackets official mobile app gives fans a new way to follow the team using their smart phones and mobile devices. The app is currently available in the iTunes and Android Market app stores. Fans can download the NHL GameCenter app and select the Blue Jackets as their favorite team to access the team’s schedule/results, game play-by-play, statistics, NHL standings, game photos, player profiles and updated news. iPhone and iPad users can track shots and goals with the 3D Ice Tracker. All users will also be able to watch features from Jackets TV at BlueJackets.com and purchase single game tickets from within the app.

BLUE JACKETS MEDIA GUIDE AVAILABLE AT iTUNES STORE
The Columbus Blue Jackets 2011-12 Interactive Media Guide is available for free at the iTunes Store as fans now can download the media guide to their computer, iPad or iPhone. The guide contains interactive player bios, as well as detailed team historical and statistical information and records.

BLUE JACKETS ON FOX SPORTS OHIO
Blue Jackets hockey returns to FOX Sports Ohio in 2011-12 with 79 live telecasts in high definition. Game night coverage includes the BLUE JACKETS LIVE pre- (begins 30 minutes prior to the start of each game) and post-game shows… BLUE JACKETS SLAP SHOTS has returned to FOX Sports Ohio each week during the 2011-12 season. Check it out Mondays at 6 p.m.

BLUE JACKETS ON THE RADIO
The AlarmForce Blue Jackets Sunday Morning Skate can be heard on the Wheeling Island Hotel & Casino Blue Jackets Radio Network and Sports Radio 97.1 The Fan on Sundays from 10 to 11 a.m. with hosts Bob McElligott and Mark Wyant… The Coach’s Show with Scott Arniel airs on Sports Radio 97.1 The Fan on Wednesdays from 7 to 8 p.m.

BLUE JACKETS “PRESS BOX” AT BLUEJACKETS.COM
The Blue Jackets have created a “Press Box” microsite on BlueJackets.com with daily updates of the following: press releases, news articles, media clips, game notes, post-game notes, videos posted on Jackets TV, post-game audio, weekly reports, as well as NHL stats and standings and a link to the 2011-12 interactive media guide. The site is located under the “News” module at the top of the BlueJackets.com home page or at the following link – http://bluejackets.nhl.com/pressbox.

TICKET INFORMATION
Single Game:
Tickets starting at $26 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 www.BlueJackets.com and www.ticketmaster.comSeason & Group Tickets: For information on full and partial season ticket plans starting at $15 per game and group tickets, call (614) 246-PUCK or (800) NHL-COLS or visit www.BlueJackets.com… 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… White Castle Rush CBJ student tickets: Student tickets are available for $15 (AEP Power Level) and $25 (Lower Level) at the box office beginning one hour prior to all home preseason games or online beginning at 12 p.m. on game days at www.BlueJackets.com... Military Appreciation Ticket: All active service personnel receive a free ticket to Blue Jackets home games by showing a valid, current military I.D. at the Nationwide Arena Box Office.

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