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Weekly Report: Blue Jackets Visit Montreal Tuesday, Open Five-Game Homestand Thursday

by Blue Jackets Staff / Columbus Blue Jackets

THIS WEEK’S GAME SCHEDULE/BROADCASTS (Times ET)
Tuesday, Dec. 6 at Montreal Canadiens, Bell Centre, 7:30 p.m. – FS Ohio HD/Sports Radio 97.1 The Fan
Thursday, Dec. 8 vs. Nashville Predators, Nationwide Arena, 7 p.m. – FS Ohio HD/Sports Radio 97.1 The Fan
Saturday, Dec. 10 vs. Boston Bruins, Nationwide Arena, 7 p.m. – FS Ohio HD/Sports Radio 97.1 The Fan

BLUE JACKETS AT A GLANCE
Record:
7-16-3, 17 pts. (5-7-1, 11 pts. at home, 2-9-2, 6 pts. on the road)… Standings: 5th/Central Division… 15th/Western Conference… Leading Scorers: LW Vinny Prospal (6-14-20, 26 GP)… RW Rick Nash (8-11-19, 26 GP)… Goaltenders: Curtis Sanford (4-3-2, 2.10 GAA, .926 SV%, 0 SO in 10 GP)… Steve Mason (3-12-1, 3.63 GAA, .875 SV%, 0 SO in 16 GP).

OPPONENTS AT A GLANCE
MONTREAL CANADIENS –
Head Coach: Jacques Martin… Record: 11-11-5, 27 pts… Standings: 5th/Northeast Division… 10th Eastern Conference… Lead the NHL in blocked shots (450) and are second (tied) in penalty kill percentage (89.1 percent)… Leading Scorer: C Tomas Plekanec (6-16-22, 27 GP)… Leading Goaltender: Carey Price (10-8-5, 2.23 GAA, .919 SV%, 2 SO in 23 GP)… All-Time Series: Jackets are 5-4-1, including 3-2-1 on the road… Columbus won the lone meeting between the clubs last season by a score of 3-0 at Nationwide Arena on Nov. 2… Canadiens won the last meeting in Montreal, 5-3, on Nov. 24, 2009… This Season: Only meeting.

NASHVILLE PREDATORS – Head Coach: Barry Trotz… Record: 12-10-4, 28 pts… Standings: 4th/Central Division… 11th/Western Conference… Rank eighth in the NHL in blocked shots (396) and are ninth in power play percentage (19.0 percent)… Leading Scorer: C Craig Smith (8-13-21, 16 GP)… Leading Goaltender: Pekka Rinne (10-8-4, 2.57 GAA, .921 SV%, 3 SO in 23 GP)… All-Time Series: Jackets are 19-36-10, including 14-14-4 at home… 15 of the last 18 games have been decided by two goals or less, including eight in OT/SO… Columbus snapped a 17-game winless skid at Nashville in the most recent meeting between the clubs on Nov. 19… Jackets went 2-3-1 in 2010-11… This Season: Third of six meetings… Nashville won 3-2 at Columbus on Oct. 7… Jackets won 4-3 (OT) at Nashville on Nov. 19… Next game is Dec. 22 at Nashville.

BOSTON BRUINS – Head Coach: Claude Julien… Record: 16-7-1, 33 pts… Standings: 1st/Northeast Division… 2nd/Eastern Conference… Defending Cup champs have gone 13-0-1 their last 14 games… Leading Scorer: C Tyler Seguin (12-12-24, 24 GP)… Leading Goaltender: Tim Thomas (12-4-0, 1.93 GAA, .936 SV%, 3 SO in 17 GP)… All-Time Series: Jackets are 5-4-2 all-time, including a 3-2-1 mark at home… Columbus is 2-0-2 in the last four since a 2-0 loss at Boston on Dec. 15, 2007… This Season: Second of two meetings… Boston won first game 2-1 (SO) on Dec. 17.


CLICK HERE FOR THE PRACTICE SCHEDULE FOR DEC. 6-12 (times subject to change)


TRANSACTIONS
Dec. 2 – Activated LW Kristian Huselius off injured reserve.

OhioHEALTH INJURY REPORT
D Radek Martinek (head, Oct. 21 at Detroit; injured reserve) is out indefinitely… Games Missed Due to Injury: 111.

LAST WEEK’S RESULTS
NOV. 29 – at Vancouver 4, BLUE JACKETS 1:
Three players registered multi-point games for the Canucks, while Cory Schneider stopped 47-of-48 shots to lead Vancouver to the win. The 48 shots by the Blue Jackets set franchise records for shots in a road game and shots in a regulation game. Alexandre Burrows, Ryan Kesler and Daniel Sedin had a goal and assist each. Samuel Pahlsson scored shorthanded at 4:27 of the third to cut the Canucks’ lead to 2-1, but Kesler scored 1:28 later to put the game away… DEC. 1 –BLUE JACKETS 4, at Calgary 3 (SO): Trailing 3-1 late in the third, Columbus scored twice in the final 4:55 of regulation to force overtime and Rick Nash scored the only goal of the shootout to give the Jackets a road win. Nikita Nikitin notched his first three-point game with 1-2-3, including his first goal of the season at 15:55 of the third and an assist on Nash’s game-tying goal with 57.1 seconds left in regulation. Curtis Sanford stopped 32 shots in regulation and overtime, as well as all three Flames’ shooters in the shootout… DEC. 2 – at Edmonton 6, BLUE JACKETS 3: Columbus took at 2-1 lead into the third period, but Edmonton scored five times in the final frame to record the win. Derek Dorsett had his first two-goal game, including his first career shorthanded goal, but the Oilers had five players register multi-point games, capped by a Ryan Jones hat trick. Jones’ first two goals were sandwiched around a Ladislav Smid goal in the first 8:06 of the third period to give Edmonton a 4-2 edge. Dorsett’s second cut the lead to 4-3, but Ales Hemsky (15:57) and Jones’ third (empty net, 19:22) sealed the win for the Oilers.

NEWS & NOTES
After opening the season 2-12-1 the first 15 games, Columbus has gone 5-4-2 its last 11 games… The Blue Jackets have gone 9-for-51 (17.6 percent) on the power play the last 12 games after going 6-for-65 (9.2 percent) the season’s first 14 games… The penalty kill has killed off 14-of-16 (87.5 percent) opponent power plays the last six games after going 18-of-25 (72.0 percent) the previous seven games… Columbus has fired 30-or-more shots on goal in 18-of-26 games and ranks eighth in the NHL in shots on goal per game (32.2), while allowing fewer than 30 shots in 13-of-26 games and ranking 10th in the NHL in shots against per game (29.1)… The club is 6-4-1 when scoring the first goal of the game, compared to 1-12-2 when the opponent scores first.

Dorsett

DORSETT NOTCHES A PAIR OF FIRSTS: RW Derek Dorsett registered the first multi-goal game of his NHL career with two goals at Edmonton on December 2. His first goal was the first shorthanded goal of his NHL career, while his two-point outing matched a career high (set three times previously). He has 4-2-6 the last 13 games after being held to 1-0-1 the season’s first 13 games. He had two hits against the Oilers to push his season total to 70, which ranks 18th in the NHL in that category.

NIKITIN BREAKS OUT WITH THREE-POINT GAME: D Nikita Nikitin snapped a 40-game goalless skid with his first of the season at Calgary on December 1. He had last scored Feb. 6 at Tampa Bay (with St. Louis). He added two assists on the night to mark the first three-point game of his NHL career. He has assists in seven of 10 games since being acquired by from St. Louis on November 11. He has played 23-plus minutes in all but two games, including 27:21 against the Flames.

MacKenzie

MacKENZIE INCHES CLOSER TO CBJ PLUS/MINUS MARK: C Derek MacKenzie enters this week’s games with assists in back-to-back games. He had gone 21 games without an assist prior to registering assists at Calgary on December 1 and at Edmonton on December 2. He was +2 against the Oilers and is now +6 on the season to lead the Jackets in that category. He has been plus or even in 24 of 26 games this season and is +20 for his Blue Jackets career, which has spanned 125 games from 2007-11. The franchise record for plus/minus rating stands at +23 by defenseman Jan Hejda set in 302 games from 2007-11.

MISCELLANEOUS PLAYER NOTES
C Mark Letestu scored his fourth goal of the season and third power play goal at Edmonton on December 2. After being held without a goal 11 games prior to being acquired by Columbus on Nov. 8, he has scored four goals the last 12 games. His three power play goals are one shy of matching his career high of four set last season. He is expected to play his 100th career NHL game against Boston on Saturday as he has recorded 19-14-33 in 97 games… LW Rick Nash has points (4-3-7) in five of the last eight games after being held to 0-2-2 the previous six games… D James Wisniewski has assists in back-to-back games and has points in nine of his last 17 games… LW R.J. Umberger played the 500th game of his NHL career at Edmonton on December 2. He has registered 126-155-281 during his career with Philadelphia and Columbus and has played in a Blue Jackets record 272-straight games, a streak that began Oct. 10, 2008… D Marc Methot has 1-3-4 the last 11 games after being held pointless the previous 45 games.

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.

NASCAR-themed “NATIONWIDE NIGHT” SET FOR THURSDAY, DEC. 8
NASCR Nationwide Series Champion Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and members of his No. 6 Roush Fenway Racing Ford team visit the Blue Jackets on Thursday, Dec. 8 as they take on the Nashville Predators. Fans can visit the Bud light Terrace for autographs during the first intermission and test their driving skills in the NASCAR Nationwide Series race simulator and take photos with the show car and championship trophy throughout the evening.
Click here to read the full press release and to watch a preview video including highlights of Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

UPCOMING PROMOTIONS
Dec. 10 vs. Boston –
POST-GAME TEAM AUTOGRAPH SESSION Presented by Nationwide Insurance… DISPATCH 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 CLICK HERE.

COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS CELEBRATE HOLIDAY SEASON WITH TOY DRIVE
In celebration of the spirit of the season, the Blue Jackets invite fans to join them in supporting the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program by donating a new and unwrapped toy during collections at home games on Thursday, Dec. 8 and Saturday, Dec. 10. The Blue Jackets players’ wives and girlfriends, known as the Lady Jackets, will be collecting the toys alongside volunteers from Central Ohio Lima Company 3rd Battalion 25th Marines on the designated game nights.

LADY JACKETS PRESENT PLAYER FAVORITE BASKET SILENT AUCTION AND RAFFLE
The Blue Jackets players’ wives and girlfriends present Player Favorite Basket Silent Auction and Raffle featuring customized gift baskets filled with a variety of items that reflect the personality and off-ice interests of each individual Blue Jacket. The baskets will be available for bidding or raffle during the four home games Dec. 10-17. Proceeds will benefit CHOICES, central Ohio’s leading organization addressing domestic violence.

2012 PUCKS AND PAWS CALENDAR AVAILABLE DEC. 8
The Columbus Blue Jackets Foundation announces the release of the 2012 Pucks and Paws Calendar presented by Petland. The calendar features Blue Jackets players alongside assistance dogs and puppies in training from Canine Companions for Independence®, the nation’s largest non-profit provider of trained assistance dogs to children, adults and veterans with physical disabilities. Priced at $15, the calendar will be available starting Thursday, Dec. 8 and features players pictured with the dogs and puppies from Canine Companions include Rick Nash, Jared Boll, Grant Clitsome, Derek MacKenzie and Marc Methot while photos of Matt Calvert, Mark Dekanich, Steve Mason, R.J. Umberger, Antoine Vermette and James Wisniewski also feature the player’s personal pets alongside dogs from Canine Companions. Fans can purchase the calendar at the Foundation Kiosk during Blue Jackets home games or at www.BlueJacketsFoundation.org.

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).

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.

PAPA JOHN’S FUTURE JACKETS
Fan can enter to win the opportunity of a lifetime for their mini-mite, mite or squirt hockey team. Future Jackets presented by Papa John’s is the chance to play during intermission at five select Blue Jackets games. Winners receive 50 game tickets and each child receives a T-shirt for participating. To enter now, visit www.BlueJackets.com/PapasFutureJackets.

SPORTCLIPS MAN MAKEOVER
Fans in need of a new look can enter the Sport Clips Haircuts Man Makeover Contest by uploading their photo to www.BlueJackets.com/ManMakeover. One lucky winner will be selected to receive a makeover courtesy of Sport Clips and their new haircut will be revealed in-arena on Jan. 14. The winner will also receive four game tickets and a ride on the Zamboni® ice resurfacer machine. Four runner-ups will also receive game tickets.

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); Lady Jackets Player Favorite Basket Assembly; Ohio Sled Hockey Plays at Nationwide Arena; 1-on-1 with Jeff Carter; a feature on Blue Jackets prospect T.J. Tynan; coverage of the Blue Jackets in Montreal on Monday and Tuesday; 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.

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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