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Weekly Report: Busy Week For Blue Jackets Includes Three-of-Four Games at Home

by Blue Jackets Staff / Columbus Blue Jackets

THIS WEEK’S GAME SCHEDULE/BROADCASTS (Times ET)
Tuesday, Dec. 13 vs. Vancouver Canucks, Nationwide Arena, 7 p.m. – FS Ohio HD/Sports Radio 97.1 The Fan
Thursday, Dec. 15 vs. Los Angeles Kings, Nationwide Arena, 7 p.m. – FS Ohio HD/Sports Radio 97.1 The Fan
Saturday, Dec. 17 vs. Tampa Bay Lightning, Nationwide Arena, 7 p.m. – FS Ohio HD/Sports Radio 97.1 The Fan
Sunday, Dec. 18 vs. St. Louis Blues, Scottrade Center, 7 p.m. – FS Ohio HD/Sports Radio 97.1 The Fan

BLUE JACKETS AT A GLANCE
Record:
8-17-4, 20 pts. (5-8-2, 12 pts. at home, 3-9-2, 8 pts. on the road)… Standings: 5th/Central Division… 15th/Western Conference… Leading Scorers: LW Vinny Prospal (7-16-23, 29 GP)… RW Rick Nash (9-12-21, 29 GP)… Goaltenders: Curtis Sanford (5-4-3, 2.45 GAA, .909 SV%, 0 SO in 13 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: 18-10-1, 37 pts… Standings: 2nd/Northwest Division… 6th Western Conference… Have NHL’s top power play (26.4 pct.) and are fourth in penalty killing (87.1 pct.)… Leading Scorer: LW Daniel Sedin (12-22-34, 29 GP)… Leading Goaltender: Cory Schneider (7-4-0, 2.02 GAA, .934 SV%, 2 SO in 15 GP)… All-Time Series: Jackets are 13-22-7, including 7-10-4 at home… Jackets went 0-2-2 in 2010-11 and are 0-6-3 since a 5-3 win at Vancouver on Oct. 5, 2009… This Season: Third of four meetings… Canucks won 3-2 at Nationwide Arena on Oct. 10 and 4-1 at home on Nov. 29 … Next game is Mar. 17 at Vancouver.

LOS ANGELES KINGS – Head Coach: Terry Murray… Record: 13-12-4, 30 pts… Standings: 4th/Pacific Division… 12th/Western Conference… Have lost four-straight games heading into their current four-game road trip that begins Tuesday in Boston… Leading Scorer: C Anze Kopitar (10-18-28, 29 GP)… Leading Goaltender: Jonathan Quick (11-8-4, 2.10 GAA, .931 SV%, 4 SO in 23 GP)… All-Time Series: Jackets are 18-19-3, including 11-7-2 at home… This Season: First of four meetings… Next game is Jan. 7 at Los Angeles.

TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING – Head Coach: Guy Boucher… Record: 12-15-2, 26 pts… Standings: 4th/Southeast Division… 13th/Eastern Conference… Are 7-4-0 at home… Enter the week having gone 1-6-0 in their last seven games… Leading Scorer: C Steven Stamkos (16-14-30, 29 GP)… Leading Goaltender: Mathieu Garon (6-7-1, 2.70 GAA, .909 SV%, 1 SO in 18 GP)… All-Time Series: Jackets are 4-4-3, including a 3-1-1 mark at home… Columbus suffered a 3-2 SOL at Tampa Bay in the lone meeting last season on Jan. 18… This Season: First of two meetings… Next game is Jan. 24 at Tampa Bay.

ST. LOUIS BLUES – Head Coach: Ken Hitchcock… Record: 17-9-3, 37 pts… Tied for the league lead in goals-against, allowing 2.13 per game… Standings: 3rd/Central Division… 5th/Western Conference… Leading Scorers: C T.J. Oshie (9-10-19, 29 GP)… C Alex Steen (9-10-19, 29 GP)… Leading Goaltender: Brian Elliott (12-2-0, 1.45 GAA, .947 SV%, 4 SO in 15 GP)… All-Time Series: Jackets are 23-28-13, including 8-17-7 on the road… Columbus went 2-2-2 in 2010-11 with four of the six games decided by three or more goals… This Season: Second of six meetings… Blues won 2-1 at Columbus on Nov. 27… Next game is Feb. 14 at Columbus.


CLICK HERE FOR PRACTICE SCHEDULE, DEC. 13-19 (times subject to change)


TRANSACTIONS
Dec. 9 –
Assigned F Cody Bass to 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… RW Derek Dorsett (lower body, Dec. 10 vs. Boston) is day-to-day… Games Missed to Injury: 117.

LAST WEEK’S RESULTS
DEC. 6 – BLUE JACKETS 3, at Montreal 2 (SO):
Rick Nash scored the game-winner in the shootout as the Blue Jackets earned the win and concluded their four-game Canadian road trip with a record of 2-2-0. The Jackets took 1-0 and 2-1 leads on goals by Vinny Prospal and R.J. Umberger only to see the Canadiens score late in the first (Andrei Kostitsyn) and third (Brian Gionta) periods to tie the game. Curtis Sanford made 18 saves for Columbus, while Carey Price made 26 saves for Montreal… DEC. 8 – Nashville 4, at BLUE JACKETS 3 (OT): The Predators erased a 3-1 deficit in the game’s final 1:36 on goals by Patric Honqvist and Sergei Kostitsyn (power play) to tie the game and won it on Colin Wilson’s goal 1:45 into overtime. The Jackets jumped out to a 2-0 lead on goals by Jeff Carter and Antoine Vermette and following a Mike Fisher tally pushed the advantage to 3-1 on a Derek Dorsett goal 1:24 into the third. The team’s combined for just 14 PIM in the game… DEC. 10 – Boston 5, at BLUE JACKETS 3: Columbus got goals from Rick Nash and Jeff Carter to take a 2-0 lead midway through the first before the defending Stanley Cup champs scored twice late in the period to tie the game at 2-2. Zdeno Chara’s power play goal early in the second gave Boston a 3-2 lead, which it held until R.J. Umberger scored at 16:02 of the second to tie the game at 3-3 heading into the third period. Joe Corvo’s second goal of the game gave the Bruins a 4-3 lead and Chris Kelly scored a power play goal late to seal the win. Tuukka Rask made 11 saves in the third period to pick up the win in relief of Tim Thomas (22 saves-25 shots), while Curtis Sanford made 24 saves for Columbus.

Vinny Prospal

JACKETS TO HONOR VINNY PROSPAL PRIOR TO SATURDAY’S GAME VS. TAMPA BAY
The Blue Jackets will honor LW Vinny Prospal in a ceremony prior to Saturday’s game vs. the Tampa Bay Lightning to commemorate his playing in the 1,000th game of his NHL career on Nov. 25 vs. the Buffalo Sabres. That night, Prospal became the 268th player in NHL history to reach 1,000 games. Prospal, who appeared in 468 games with Tampa Bay in three stints with the club, has registered 234-469-703 in 1,007 games with the Blue Jackets, NY Rangers, Ducks, Lightning, Panthers, Senators and Flyers since making his NHL debut with Philadelphia on Mar. 5, 1997 vs. New Jersey. He picked up his 700th career point with an assist on Dec. 1 at Calgary and leads the Blue Jackets in points and assists and ranks second in goals with 7-16-23 in 29 games this season.

NEWS & NOTES
After opening the season 2-12-1 the first 15 games, Columbus has gone 6-5-3 its last 14 outings… The Blue Jackets rank fourth in the NHL in hits (718) and are 11th in face-off percentage (50.8 pct.)… The club is also among NHL leaders in shots on goal (9th/31.9 per game) and fewest shots allowed (7th/28.6 per game)… Columbus has gone 3-2-2 on the road since opening the season with a 0-7-1 mark in its first eight away games… The Jackets are 2-3 in shootouts this season with wins in their last two…After this week’s schedule that includes four games in six nights, the club will only play one game – Dec. 22 at Nashville – in the following seven days.

PLAYER NOTES
RW Rick Nash has tallied 5-4-9 – and added two shootout game-winning goals – with 44 shots on goal in his last 11 games to raise his season totals to 9-12-21 in 29 games… RW Derek Dorsett (day-to-day with lower body injury) has scored four goals in his last seven games and has set a career high with six, which ranks third on the club… D Nikita Nikitin has tallied 1-9-10 in 14 games since joining Columbus from St Louis and is averaging 25:20 TOI with the Jackets… C Jeff Carter has scored goals in back-to-back games for the second time this season… LW R.J. Umberger has tallied 2-1-3 in his last three games… D James Wisniewski has collected 1-9-10 in his last 11 games… C Samuel Pahlsson has 1-4-5 in his last six games after being held to 0-2-2 in his first 23 outings.

HALL OF FAMER CRAIG PATRICK JOINS JACKETS HOCKEY OPERATIONS STAFF
Craig Patrick was named senior advisor, hockey operations for the Blue Jackets on Dec. 7. One of the most respected figures in hockey during a playing, coaching and management career that has spanned nearly four decades, he served as the executive vice president and general manager of the Pittsburgh Penguins from 1989-2006 and helped lead the club to two Stanley Cup titles (1991 and 1992), five division championships and 11 playoff berths. In 2001, Patrick was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame, becoming the fourth member and third generation of his family to enter the Hall, joining his grandfather Lester, his father Lynn and his great-uncle Frank. He was named Sporting News NHL Executive of the Year three times, won the 2000 Lester Patrick Award for contributions to hockey in the United States and was inducted into the United States Hockey Hall of Fame in 1996. He also served as general manager of the NY Rangers from 1981-86, was general manager of the 2002 U.S. Olympic Team (silver medal) and was assistant general manager/assistant coach for the gold medal winning 1980 U.S. Olympic Team.

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. 17 vs. Tampa Bay –
BLUE JACKETS 2012 CALENDAR GIVEAWAY – All fans in attendance receive a 2012 Blue Jackets calendar courtesy of SUBWAY® restaurants… 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.

JOHANSEN, MOORE AUTOGRAPH SIGNING ON TUESDAY, DECEMBER 20TH
Blue Jackets C Ryan Johansen and D John Moore 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.

HOLIDAY PICK ‘EM PACKS ON SALE NOW THROUGH DECEMBER 23RD
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 HERE

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 through this Saturday’s game vs. Tampa Bay. Proceeds will benefit CHOICES, central Ohio’s leading organization addressing domestic violence.

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.

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); a look at the latest Season Ticket Holder Morning Skate event; the Ohio Blades sled hockey team’s visit to Nationwide Arena; a feature on the Blue Jackets Holiday Community Service Day held this week; the latest edition of Jackets Say What?; and an interview with head coach Scott Arniel.

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.com Season & 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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