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Weekly Report: Blue Jackets Visit Predators Thursday, Play Four the Week After Christmas

by Blue Jackets Staff / Columbus Blue Jackets

THIS WEEK’S GAME SCHEDULE/BROADCASTS (Times ET)
Thursday, Dec. 22 at Nashville Predators, Bridgestone Arena, 8 p.m. – FS Ohio HD/WWCD 102.5 FM
Monday, Dec. 26 at Chicago Blackhawks, United Center, 8:30 p.m. – FS Ohio HD/Sports Radio 97.1 The Fan
Tuesday, Dec. 27 vs. Calgary Flames, Nationwide Arena, 7 p.m. – FS Ohio HD/Sports Radio 97.1 The Fan
Thursday, Dec. 29 at Dallas Stars, American Airlines Center, 8:30 p.m. – FS Ohio HD/Sports Radio 97.1 The Fan
Saturday, Dec. 31 vs. Washington Capitals, Nationwide Arena, 7 p.m. – FS Ohio HD/WWCD 97.1 The Fan

BLUE JACKETS AT A GLANCE
Record: 9-20-4, 22 pts. (6-10-2, 14 pts. at home, 3-10-2, 8 pts. on the road)… Standings: 5th/Central Division… 15th/Western Conference… Leading Scorers: LW Vinny Prospal (7-19-26, 33 GP)… RW Rick Nash (10-12-22, 33 GP)… Goaltenders: Curtis Sanford (5-5-3, 2.42 GAA, .914 SV%, 0 SO in 15 GP)… Steve Mason (4-14-1, 3.52 GAA, .880 SV%, 0 SO in 19 GP).

OPPONENTS AT A GLANCE
NASHVILLE PREDATORS –
Head Coach: Barry Trotz… Record: 17-11-4, 38 pts… Standings: 4th/Central Division… 7th/Western Conference… Enter Tuesday’s game at Washington riding a five-game winning streak… Leading Scorers: D Shea Weber (8-16-24, 32 GP)… C Craig Smith (8-16-24, 32 GP)… Leading Goaltender: Pekka Rinne (15-9-4, 2.48 GAA, .924 SV%, 3 SO in 29 GP)… All-Time Series: Jackets are 19-36-11, including 5-22-6 on the road… 16 of the last 19 games have been decided by two goals or less, including nine in OT/SO… Jackets went 2-3-1 in 2010-11… This Season: Fourth of six meetings… Nashville won 3-2 on Oct. 7 and 4-3 (OT) on Dec. 8 at Columbus… Jackets won 4-3 (OT) at Nashville on Nov. 19, snapping a 17-game winless skid at Nashville… Next game is Jan. 19 at Columbus.

CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS – Head Coach: Joel Quenneville… Record: 21-8-4, 46 pts… Standings: 1st/Central Division… 1st/Western Conference… NHL’s fifth-highest scoring team (3.24) have won five-straight heading into this week’s action… Leading Scorer: RW Marian Hossa (15-21-36, 32 GP)… Leading Goaltender: Corey Crawford (12-7-2, 3.00 GAA, .896 SV% in 23 GP)… All-Time Series: Jackets are 28-29-8 all-time, including 13-16-3 on the road… Columbus was 2-3-1 in 2010-11, including 2-1-0 at United Center… This Season: Third of six meetings… Blackhawks won 5-2 at home on Oct. 29 and 6-3 at Nationwide Arena on Nov. 10… Next game is Jan. 10 at Chicago.

CALGARY FLAMES – Head Coach: Brent Sutter… Record: 14-15-4, 32 pts… Standings: 5th/Northwest Division… 12th/Western Conference… Flames are 8-5-2 at home (38 GF-39 GA) and 6-10-2 on the road (44 GF-55 GA)… Leading Scorer: C Ollie Jokinen (11-16-27, 33 GP)… Leading Goaltender: Miikka Kiprusoff (14-11-2, 2.54 GAA, .913 SV%, 2 SO in 28 GP)… All-Time Series: Jackets are 22-16-4, including 15-4-2 at home… Columbus went 1-2-1 in 2010-11, losing the season series for just the second time (2003-04, 1-3-0)… This Season: Third of four meetings… Columbus won 4-1 at home on Nov. 21 and 4-3 (SO) at Calgary on Dec. 1… Next game is Mar. 18 at Calgary.

DALLAS STARS – Head Coach: Glen Gulutzan… Record: 18-12-1, 37 pts… Standings: 2nd/Pacific Division… 8th/Western Conference… Stars rank ninth in NHL in penalty killing (84.5 pct.) and fifth-T with four shorthanded goals… Leading Scorer: LW Jamie Benn (8-19-27, 31 GP)… Leading Goaltender: Richard Bachman (3-1-0, 2.08 GAA, .931 SV% 1 SO in 5 GP) in replace of injured Kari Lehtonen (13-4-1, 2.34 GAA, .926 SV% in 19 GP)… All-Time Series: Jackets are 13-24-5, including 6-13-2 on the road… Columbus is 10-8-4 vs. Dallas since the start of the 2006-07 season… Jackets went 2-2-0 in 2010-11… This Season: Third of four meetings… Stars won 4-2 at Dallas on Oct. 15 and 3-2 at Columbus on Oct. 18… Next game is Feb. 9 at Columbus.

WASHINGTON CAPITALS – Head Coach: Dale Hunter… Record: 16-14-1, 33 pts… Standings: 3rd/Southeast Division… 11th/Eastern Conference… Have gone 10-5-1 at home (52 GF-47 GA) and 6-9-0 on the road (39 GF-49 GA)… Leading Scorer: C Nicklas Backstrom (11-21-32, 31 GP)… Leading Goaltender: Tomas Vokoun (12-8-0, 2.81 GAA, .906 SV%, 1 SO in 22 GP)… All-Time Series: Jackets are 4-5-4, including 2-3-2 at home… Columbus suffered a 4-3 OTL at Washington on Mar. 31 in lone meeting of 2010-11… Caps won 3-2 in last visit to Columbus on Apr. 3, 2010, snapping the Jackets’ three-game winning streak in the series… This Season: Only meeting.


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TRANSACTIONS
Dec. 12 –
Added C Dane Byers to the roster on emergency recall from the Springfield Falcons (AHL).

OhioHEALTH INJURY REPORT
D Radek Martinek (head, Oct. 21 at Detroit; injured reserve) is out indefinitely… LW Kristian Huselius (lower body, Dec. 6 at Montreal) is week-to-week… Games Missed to Injury: 130.

LAST WEEK’S RESULTS
Dec. 13 – at BLUE JACKETS 2, Vancouver 1 (SO):
Steve Mason made 30 saves and Rick Nash scored the winner in the shootout as the Blue Jackets earned their first win in their last 10 games vs. the Canucks. Jeff Carter’s power play goal in the first period gave Columbus a 1-0 lead before Maxim Lapierre tied the game midway through the third period. The Jackets converted 1-of-3 on the power play while holding NHL’s top unit scoreless on four chances with the man advantage… Dec. 15 – Los Angeles 2, at BLUE JACKETS 1: Despite being outshot 26 to 14 through two periods, Columbus led 1-0 thanks to a Jeff Carter goal and the goaltending of Curtis Sanford. The Kings scored twice in a span of 3:39 early in the third – Davis Drewiske at 4:33 and Dustin Brown at 8:12 – and held on for the win. Sanford made a career-high 39 saves in net for the Jackets, while Jonathan Quick made 25 saves for LA… Dec. 17 – Tampa Bay 3, at BLUE JACKETS 2: The Blue Jackets twice cut two-goal deficits to one but couldn’t get the equalizer and suffered their third one-goal loss of a five-game homestand. Blair Jones and Eric Brewer gave the Lightning a 2-0 lead after one before the Jackets’ R.J. Umberger cut the lead to 2-1 at 5:43 of the second period. Steven Stamkos’ 20th goal of the season at the 10:05 mark pushed the Tampa Bay lead to 3-1 but Rick Nash answered just over two minutes later to make the score 3-2. Neither team managed a goal in the third as Mathieu Garon (26 saves) outdueled Steve Mason (25 saves) to earn the win in net… Dec. 18 – at St. Louis 6, BLUE JACKETS 4: The Blues used a four-goal third period and sealed the win with a Patrik Berglund empty net goal to hand the Jackets their third-straight loss. St. Louis led 2-1 after one period before the Jackets used goals by Derek Dorsett and Mark Letestu to take a 3-2 lead after 40 minutes. Alex Steen’s goal 58 seconds into the third tied the game and goals by Jason Arnott and Alex Pietrangelo pushed the Blues advantage to 5-3 before Derick Brassard scored at 15:51 of the third to bring Columbus within one. Jaroslav Halak made 28 saves in net for St. Louis, while Steve Mason stopped 28-of-33 shots for the Jackets.

NEWS & NOTES
Last Sunday’s game at St. Louis began a stretch that has the Blue Jackets playing eight of their next 10 games on the road… Columbus has gone 3-3-2 in eight road games since Nov. 17… Twenty-four different players have scored a goal for the Blue Jackets this season, which is the most in the NHL in 2011-12 (Buffalo – 22)… Columbus has killed off 30-of-36 opponent power plays (83.3 pct.) over the past 13 games and 10-of-10 in the last four outings… After losing their first three shootout games this season, the Blue Jackets have won their last three with LW Rick Nash scoring the winning goal in each…. Only New Jersey’s Ilya Kovalchuk (four) has more SO game deciding goals than Nash.

Vinny Prospal

PLAYER NOTES
RW Rick Nash has tallied 6-5-11 in his last 14 games… LW R.J. Umberger has scored four goals in the past seven games after being held to three in the first 26 games of the season… After being held without a point in seven-straight games, D Fedor Tyutin has collected 0-4-4 in the past two games and matched his career high with three assists at St. Louis on Dec. 18… LW Vinny Prospal leads the Blue Jackets with 7-19-26 in 33 games and dating back to last season with the NY Rangers has 16-33-49 in his last 62 outings… C Jeff Carter had a five-game points streak (4-1-5) snapped at St. Louis on Dec. 18… RW Derek Dorsett has collected 5-2-7 in his last 11 games and has already set a career high with seven goals this season, which is tied for second on the club… C Derick Brassard registered his first multi-point game of the season with 1-1-2 at St. Louis on Dec. 18.

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.

JOHANSEN, MOORE AT FSO BLUE LINE AT MALL AT TUTTLE CROSSING ON TUESDAY
Blue Jackets C Ryan Johansen and D John Moore, the club’s first round draft picks in 2010 and 2009 respectively, will be meeting fans and signing autographs at the FOX Sports Ohio Blue Line store at The Mall at Tuttle Crossing on Tuesday, December 20 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Clitsome

CLITSOME TO READ TO KIDS AT DUBLIN LIBRARY ON TUESDAY, DECEMBER 20TH
D Grant Clitsome will be reading to kids at the Dublin branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library, located at 75 N. High St., on Tuesday, December 20 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. The appearance, which will include a visit by CBJ mascot Stinger, is part of the Columbus Blue Jackets Book Jackets Program Powered by AEP, which encourages students in grades K-8 to spend more of their free time reading. The program helps students become All-Star readers with updated goals. Students keep "score" of minutes read throughout a four-week period and are rewarded with Blue Jackets prizes upon completion.

OFFICIAL VIEWING PARTY THURSDAY NIGHT AT THE R BAR
The Blue Jackets Official Viewing Party is back this Thursday when the Jackets visit the Nashville Predators. Join us for the game, which gets underway at 8 p.m. ET, at the R Bar in the Arena District. Fans are invited to come and meet members of the Pepsi Power Patrol and team mascot, Stinger, as well as win great Blue Jackets prizes throughout the night. Future viewing parties are scheduled for Tuesday, January 24 vs. Tampa Bay (7 p.m. at Roosters in New Albany) and Sunday, February 19 vs. New York Rangers (7 p.m. at Roosters on Olentangy River Road).

UPCOMING PROMOTIONS
Dec. 27 vs. Calgary –
BLUE JACKETS 2012 CALENDAR GIVEAWAY – All fans in attendance receive a 2012 Blue Jackets calendar courtesy of SUBWAY® restaurants… TIM HORTONS JACKETS PACK (every Friday home game) – Fans receive a game ticket, $10 food/beverage voucher, Blue Jackets hat, CBJ-Tim Hortons travel mug with voucher for a free coffee fill-up at participating Tim Hortons locations and Timbits 10-count snack pack. Prices start at $30 per person.

Dec. 31 vs. Washington – NEW YEAR’S EVE FAMILY FUN PACK – Celebrate New Year’s Eve with this special offer that includes the DISPATCH FAMILY VALUE PACK – a game ticket, hot dog, Pepsi, popcorn, UDF ice cream cone coupon and OhioHealth Ice Haus Skate Pass – starting at $25 per person, which is a savings of 50%, with lower level packages available starting at $59 per person. In addition, a free Stinger’s Family Skate will be held in the OhioHealth Ice Haus from 4:30 to 7 p.m… 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 THROUGH NEW YEAR’S EVE
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 Saturday, Dec. 31 at the Nationwide Arena Ticket Office, the FOX Sports Ohio Blue Line store at The Mall at Tuttle Crossing or ONLINE HERE.

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: 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.

2012 PUCKS AND PAWS CALENDAR NOW AVAILABLE
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.

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); an interview with Blue Jackets new Senior Advisor, Hockey Operations Craig Patrick; special holiday messages from Blue Jackets players; a holiday edition of Jackets Ask Jackets; complete game day coverage; and more.

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… DUE TO THE HOLIDAYS, THERE WILL BE NO SHOWS ON DEC. 25 AND JAN. 1… The Coach’s Show with Scott Arniel airs on Sports Radio 97.1 The Fan on Wednesdays from 7 to 8 p.m…DUE TO THE HOLIDAYS, THERE WILL BE NO SHOW ON DEC. 28.

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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