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Weekly Report: December 14, 2009

by Blue Jackets Staff / Columbus Blue Jackets

THIS WEEK'S GAME SCHEDULE/BROADCASTS (Times ET)TV/Radio


Mon., Dec. 14 vs. NASHVILLE PREDATORS, Nationwide Arena - 7 p.m.FSO HD/1460, CD101
Tue., Dec. 15 at Minnesota Wild, Xcel Energy Center - 8 p.m.No TV/1460, CD101
Thu., Dec. 17 vs. PHOENIX COYOTES, Nationwide Arena - 7 p.m.FSO HD/1460, CD101
Sat., Dec. 19 at Colorado Avalanche, Pepsi Center - 9 p.m.FSO HD/1460

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

BLUE JACKETS AT A GLANCE
Record:
14-12-6, 34 pts. (Central Division: 4th place; Western Conference: 12th place)… Streak: 0-1-1… Home: 8-5-3, 19 pts. (0-1-0)… Road: 6-7-3, 15 pts. (0-3-3)… Last Week’s Results: 1-1-1… Dec. 9 – at COLUMBUS 3, Florida 0… Dec. 10 – at Nashville 4, COLUMBU 3 (SO)… Dec. 12 – Anaheim 3, at COLUMBUS 1.

OPPONENTS AT A GLANCE
NASHVILLE PREDATORS:
Record: 18-11-3, 39 pts. (Central Division: 2nd place)… Head Coach: Barry Trotz… The Predators have gone 15-5-2 after enduring a stretch of 1-6-1 from Oct. 10-24… Nashville has the best record of any team in the NHL that has been outscored by the opposition this season (Nashville GF-83, GA-88)… Players to Watch: C Jason Arnott (leads club with 11-9-20, 4 PPG in 26 games)… RW J.P. Dumont (has 5-15-20 in 25 games)… G Pekka Rinne (13-6-2, 2.61 GAA, .909 SV%, 2 SO in 23 games)… Jackets vs. Predators: 15-31-7 (11-12-2 at home, 4-19-5 on the road)… The Jackets posted a winning record in the series for the first time since 2000-01 with a 3-2-1 mark in 2008-09… Nashville has earned a pair of 4-3 shootout wins at home in the first two meetings this season – Nov. 21 and Dec. 10.

MINNESOTA WILD: Record: 15-14-3, 33 pts. (Northwest Division: 5th place)… Head Coach: Todd Richards (first season)… Minnesota is 8-2-1 in its last 11 games with eight of those contests decided by one-goal… The Wild ranks 11th in the NHL in penalty killing (82.1 pct.)… Players to Watch: C Mikko Koivu (leads club with 9-21-30, 4 PPG, 112 shots in 32 games)… LW Andrew Brunette (has 10-18-28, 7 PPG in 32 games)… G Niklas Backstrom (13-10-3, 2.50 GAA, .911 SV%, 1 SO in 26 games)… Jackets vs. Wild: 15-13-4 (11-4-1 at home, 4-9-3 on the road)… Eighteen of the 32 all-time meetings have been decided by one goal or less (17 by one goal with one tie)… The Jackets were 1-2-1 vs. Minnesota in 2008-09… Columbus won the first meeting this season, 2-1, in the season-opener at Nationwide Arena on Oct. 3.

PHOENIX COYOTES: Record: 19-11-2, 40 pts. (Pacific Division: 3rd place)… Head Coach: Dave Tippett… The Coyotes rank fourth in the NHL in goals-against, allowing just 2.22 per game… Phoenix enters the week having gone 6-0-1 in its last seven games… Players to Watch: G Ilya Bryzgalov (18-8-2, 1.95 GAA, .928 SV%, 4 SO in 28 games)… LW Shane Doan (leads club with 7-12-19, 4 PPG in 32 games)… C Robert Lang (has 7-10-17 in 32 games)… Jackets vs. Coyotes: 12-17-5 (7-9-1 at home, 5-8-4 on the road)… Columbus had gone 5-2-1 vs. Phoenix between 2006-08 before being swept in the four-game season series a year ago… The Jackets won the first meeting this season, 2-0, on Oct. 10 behind Mathieu Garon's 36-save shutout in his CBJ debut… The Coyotes earned a 4-1 win at Nationwide Arena on Oct. 28 despite being outshot 32 to 23.

COLORADO AVALANCHE: Record: 19-10-6, 44 pts. (Northwest Division: 1st place)… Head Coach: Joe Sacco… Colorado has gone 4-1-0 in its last five games… The Avs are outscoring opponents by 1.16 goals in 5-on-5 play, which ranks ninth in the NHL… Players to Watch: C Paul Stastny (leads club with 8-26-34 in 35 games)… LW Wojtek Wolski (has 13-20-33 in 35 games)… G Craig Anderson (16-7-5, 2.57 GAA, .920 SV%, 3 SO in 29 games)… Jackets vs. Avalanche: 8-23-2 (5-11-1 at home, 3-12-1 on the road)… Columbus is 6-2-0 in its last eight games vs. Colorado, including a 4-0-0 mark in 2008-09… The Avs won the first meeting this season, 3-2, at Nationwide Arena on Dec. 5.


PRACTICE SCHEDULE, DEC. 15-21 (subject to change) - CLICK HERE


OhioHealth INJURY REPORT

RW Derek Dorsett
(Dec. 12 vs. Anaheim) is expected to miss four weeks… D Rostislav Klesla (Injured Reserve on Dec. 1 retroactive to Nov. 30) is expected to miss six weeks… Man Games Lost to Injury: 101.

ROSTER REPORT
Dec. 14 –
Placed RW Derek Dorsett on Injured Reserve… Dec. 12 – Activated LW Fredrik Modin off Injured Reserve… Assigned C Derek MacKenzie to the Syracuse Crunch (AHL)… Dec. 9 – Activated RW Derek Dorsett off Injured Reserve… Dec. 8 – Acquired D Brandon Bell and C Tomas Kana from St. Louis in exchange for LW Pascal Pelletier.

HOCKEY HOLIDAYS
Beginning with the Dec. 14 game vs. Nashville, the Blue Jackets will play 11 games in 20 days, culminating with the Jan. 2 home game vs. Colorado. The club will play six games at home and five on the road and the only back-to-back off days during that stretch are Dec. 24-25. The club will play four-straight road games between Dec. 19-26 – Dec. 19 at Colorado, Dec. 21 at Phoenix, Dec. 23 at Dallas and Dec. 26 at Detroit. Ten of the 11 games will come against Western Conference opponents with the exception being the Dec. 29 game at the New York Islanders.

NASH CONTINUES HIS POINT PER GAME PACE
RW Rick Nash continues to be on pace to have his best offensive season as he has tallied 16-17-33 in 32 games. He is on pace to register 41-44-85 in 82 games. He scored a career-high 41 goals in 2003-04 and registered career highs in assists and points in 2008-09 with 40-39-79 in 78 outings. He has collected 1-2-3 in his last two games and has picked up a point in 21-of-32 games this season. The club is 9-7-5 when he collects a point and 5-5-1 when he is shut out. Nash has registered four assists in his last six games after collecting just two helpers in his previous 13 games.

TORRES KEYS POWER PLAY AND HIS GOALS USUALLY MEAN WINS
LW Raffi Torres has tallied 10-6-16 in 29 games this season and is already closing in on his scoring totals from the 2008-09 campaign when he notched 12-8-20 in 51 games. He leads the club and ranks 10th in the NHL with six power play goals, which are two more than he scored in the previous three seasons (165 games). Since Torres joined the Blue Jackets prior to last season, the club has gone 16-2-1 in games in which he has scored a goal.

NEWS & NOTES
The Blue Jackets have gone 2-6-4 since Nov. 21 and have not posted back-to-back wins since a three-game winning streak from Nov. 13-19… Columbus ranks fourth in the NHL on the power play at 23.0 pct… LW Fredrik Modin fired off four shots in 12:16 in his season debut on Dec. 12 vs. Anaheim after being activated from Injured Reserve earlier that day. The game marked his first since Mar. 5, 2009 at Nashville… LW Kristian Huselius has tallied 6-9-15 in his last 15 games… RW R.J. Umberger scored his 10th goal of the season on Dec. 12 vs. Anaheim and has picked up 4-4-8 in his last seven games… LW Jason Chimera scored a goal in three-straight games from Dec. 3-9 after enduring a 13-game goalless drought… C Derick Brassard has collected 1-7-8 in his last 12 games.

BLUE JACKETS' "12 GAMES OF CHRISTMAS" GIVEWAYS START TODAY
The Columbus Blue Jackets will be spreading holiday cheer to fans by giving away one prize package everyday for 12 days in the 12 Games of Christmas giveaway. The giveaway began today and continues through December 25. For a complete list of each day's prizes and to register, click on http://bluejackets.nhl.com/club/page.htm?id=59314. The winners will be contacted at 11 a.m. each day, unless otherwise noted.

JACKETS FOR JACKETS COAT DRIVE ENDS THURSDAY
Fans are encouraged to bring new or gently used jackets of all sizes to upcoming Blue Jackets home games at Nationwide Arena through this Thursday, Dec. 17. All jackets collected will be donated to the Salvation Army's "Coats for Columbus" program and provided to local families in need. All donors will receive vouchers for discounts on Blue Jackets tickets and skating passes at all Chiller Ice Rinks. Jackets will also be accepted at the Dispatch Ice Haus, the Chiller Ice Rinks, and at the FOX Sports Ohio Blue Line team store locations at Nationwide Arena and The Mall at Tuttle Crossing.

JACKETS, ATLAS BUTLER GIVING A LUCKY FAN A FURNACE, TWO SEASON TICKETS
The Blue Jackets and Atlas Butler are giving fans the chance to win a new high-efficiency furnace, two 2010-11 season tickets and an autographed jersey. To enter, fans can click on www.bluejackets.com/contests. All registrants will receive a free furnace safety inspection courtesy of Atlas Butler and have a chance to purchase discounted tickets to select games through February. Fans can also register in-arena during home games on Dec. 17, Jan. 2 and Jan. 16.

HOLIDAY PACKS PRESENTED BY GIANT EAGLE ON SALE NOW
Fans can give the gift of hockey with the Blue Jackets Holiday Pack presented by Giant Eagle, a Blue Jackets gift box containing two or more tickets to three different games, an autographed puck and a $10 Giant Eagle gift card. Purchasers may select from four different sets of games which come with a puck signed by one of four players – Steve Mason, R.J. Umberger, Antoine Vermette or Jakub Voracek. The packs start at $156 and are available through Thursday, Dec. 24. Additional tickets may be added to orders and payment plans featuring 50% down at time of purchase and 50% due on Jan. 15, 2010 are available on credit card orders. Holiday Packs may be purchased online at www.BlueJackets.com, by phone at (800) NHL-COLS or in person at the Nationwide Arena Ticket Office and the FOX Sports Ohio Blue Line at The Mall at Tuttle Crossing.

SEVERAL CBJ NEW YEAR'S EVE PACKAGES AVAILABLE
The Blue Jackets have several packages available for their New Year's Eve game vs. the Nashville Predators including:
New Year’s Eve Family Fun Pack – This enhanced edition of the Dispatch Family Value Pack starts at $25 per person and includes a game ticket, Sugardale hot dog, Pepsi, popcorn, UDF ice cream cone voucher and free admission to the Stinger's New Year's Eve Family Skate presented by 10TV at the Dispatch Ice Haus from 4-7 p.m. In addition to the pre-game open skate, families will enjoy hot chocolate and cookies and a visit by some animals from the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium from 4-5 p.m. Finally, all kids will also receive a street hockey stick.

Crowne Plaza Downtown New Year's Eve Hockey Package – This features a pair of lower bowl tickets to the game, valet parking at the hotel, champagne toast at midnight, overnight accommodations and a New Year's Day Breakfast Buffet. The Crowne Plaza Downtown is located just two blocks from Nationwide Arena. Packages start at $279. To order, call the hotel at (614) 461-2642.

Blue Jackets/Hyatt Regency New Year's Eve Party Combo – This package includes a game ticket and post-game party at the Hyatt Regency. Guests must be age 21 and over. The party includes access to all entertainment areas, beverages, hors d'oeuvres and champagne toast at midnight. Entertainment includes 17th Floor, Soul Kitchen, Lt. Dan's New Legs, Basic Rock Outfit, DJ Marino, Monaco, Chris Logsdon, The Fabulous Johnson Brother, Reaganomics, DJ Ant and Eldorado Karaoke. Upper bowl ticket and party admission is $145. Lower bowl ticket and party admission is $169. To order, call the hotel at (614) 463-1234.

Rush CBJ presented by easyColumbus.com – A limited number of Rush CBJ student seats are available for advance purchase. Advance orders placed through BlueJackets.com will include a Blue Jackets long sleeve T-shirt. Offer is good for the first 500 tickets sold. A valid student ID must be presented at the box office the night of the game to receive tickets and T-shirts.

"SUBWAY® FRESH SEATS" OFFERS 4 SUBS, 4 STUBS
Fans visiting participating central Ohio SUBWAY® locations can take advantage of the "4 Subs, 4 Stubs" promotion that provides all those who purchase four foot-long subs in one transaction a voucher redeemable for four select Blue Jackets tickets for just $5 each and four Blue Jackets/SUBWAY co-branded T-shirts. SUBWAY Fresh Seats are available for the following games: Dec. 14 vs. Nashville, Jan. 18 vs. St. Louis, Feb. 4 vs. Dallas, Mar. 2 vs. Vancouver and Mar. 15 vs. Edmonton. There are only 250 Fresh Seats available for each designated game. When the allotted tickets are gone, the voucher may be used as a $5 discount on select area tickets. This offer is redeemable only at the Nationwide Arena Ticket Office and fans may visit www.bluejackets.nhl.com/freshseats to check ticket availability in advance.

BLUE JACKETS, LABATT BLUE INTRODUCE "1000 TICKET GIVEAWAY"
The Blue Jackets and Labatt Blue are kicking off their new corporate partnership and the 2009-10 season with the Labatt Blue "1000 Ticket Giveaway," which rewards 500 lucky fans with a pair of tickets to an upcoming Blue Jackets game. Fans will find specially-marked 12-bottle packs of Labatt Blue and Labatt Blue Light at participating grocery and convenience stores across central Ohio. Each will contain a unique personal identification number (PIN) and instructions to visit the contest website, www.labattblueus.com/bluejackets to complete the online entry form. A total of 500 instant winners will be randomly selected through Dec. 31, 2009. The sweepstakes is open only to legal US residents in the state of Ohio who are 21 years of age or older. No purchase is necessary to enter or win. For complete rules, visit the contest website above.

UPCOMING PROMOTIONS
Monday, Dec. 14 vs. Nashville –
GIANT EAGLE ADVANTAGE CARD NIGHT: Fans who present their Giant Eagle Advantage Card at the Nationwide Arena Box Office can save $10 on upper bowl and $15 on lower bowl tickets… CHIPOTLE HOT ZONE: The package includes a ticket in section 201 and a free Chipotle burrito coupon for just $25.

Thursday, Dec. 17 vs. Phoenix – BLUE JACKETS CALENDAR GIVEWAY COURTESY OF SUBWAY: The first 15,000 fans in attendance with receive a free Blue Jackets 2010 calendar courtesy of Subway… ALL YOU CAN EAT PACK: presented by Time Warner Cable includes a game ticket to the exclusive AAA Sky Terrace and an all you can eat buffet of hot dogs, chicken fingers, popcorn, peanuts, Pepsi and more for just $39.

BLUE JACKETS VIEWING LOCATIONS
Fans can follow the Jackets on television throughout the 2009-10 season at a number of official viewing locations. This select group of restaurants and bars will offer a unique atmosphere for fans gathering to watch the Blue Jackets, along with tickets, T-shirts and poster giveaways. Also, each of the 10 partners will host one exclusive viewing party that will be highlighted by the presence of Blue Jackets personalities and include additional giveaways. Visit www.BlueJackets.nhl.com/viewinglocations for complete information on all viewing locations and register to win one grand prize – four season tickets for the 2010-11 season and one team autographed pub mirror.

BLUE JACKETS ON THE RADIO
The Ken Hitchcock Show with the Blue Jackets head coach and FOX Sports Ohio play-by-play man Jeff Rimer airs on WBNS Sports Radio 97.1 The Fan on Wednesdays from 6 to 7 p.m… Breakfast with the Blue Jackets can be heard on the Blue Jackets Radio Network and Sports Radio 97.1 The Fan on Sundays from 10 to 11 a.m. with hosts Mark Wyant and members of the Blue Jackets broadcast team.

BLUE JACKETS ONLINE/SOCIAL MEDIA
Fans can follow the Blue Jackets online, watch game highlights, press conferences and exclusive behind-the-scenes video content on Jackets TV at the newly re-designed 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. Become a fan on the club's official Facebook ® page to get the latest club news and promotions, videos, photos, updates and interact with other Blue Jackets fans at www.facebook.com/OfficialColumbusBlueJackets.

TICKET INFORMATION
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 (800) 745-3000 or online at BlueJackets.com and Ticketmaster.com… Season & Group Tickets: For information on season tickets, six-game, 10-game and 20-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… Rush CBJ presented by easyColumbus Student Tickets: College students with a valid, full-time student I.D. can purchase two tickets in select lower level ($25) and upper level ($15) seats beginning one hour before game time at the Nationwide Arena Ticket Office as part of the club's Rush CBJ program. Seat locations are subject to availability.

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