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Weekly Report: March 7, 2011

by Blue Jackets Staff / Columbus Blue Jackets

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


Mon., Mar. 7 at St. Louis Blues, Scottrade Center - 9 p.m. FOX Sports Ohio HD/97.1 The Fan
Wed., Mar. 9 vs. ST. LOUIS BLUES, NATIONWIDE ARENA - 7 p.m. FOX Sports Ohio/97.1 The Fan
Fri., Mar. 11 vs. LOS ANGELES KINGS, NATIONWIDE ARENA - 7 p.m. FOX Sports Ohio HD/97.1 The Fan
Sat., Mar. 12 at Carolina Hurricanes, RBC Center - 7 p.m. ET FOX Sports Ohio HD/97.1 The Fan

BLUE JACKETS AT A GLANCE
Record: 31-26-7, 69 pts. (H: 16-13-2, A: 15-13-5; includes one H loss and one A win in Stockholm, SWE)… Standings: 4th/Central Division, 12th/Western Conference… Leading Scorers: LW Rick Nash (29-27-56, 63 GP)… LW R.J. Umberger (20-28-48, 64 GP)… RW Jakub Voracek (12-30-42, 62 GP)… Leading Goaltenders: Steve Mason (22-16-3, 2.99 GAA, .904 SV%, 3 SO in 43 GP)… Mathieu Garon (9-10-4, 2.55 GAA, .907 SV%, 3 SO in 29 GP).

OPPONENTS AT A GLANCE
ST. LOUIS BLUES –
Head Coach: Davis Payne… Record: 28-28-9 (65 pts.)… Standings: 5th/Central Division, 13th/Western Conference… Leading Scorer: C Alexander Steen (18-29-47, 65 GP)… Leading Goaltender: Jaroslav Halak (19-17-6, 2.63 GAA, .907 SV%, 4 SO, 43 GP)… All-Time Series: The Jackets are 23-26-11 all-time vs. the Blues, including 15-9-5 at home and 8-17-6 on the road… Columbus went 3-2-1 in the series in 2009-10… Fourth and fifth of six meetings this season… Jackets won 8-1 at home on Nov. 10 and 5-2 on the road on Jan. 22, while Blues won 4-1 at home on Dec. 9… The clubs next meet at Columbus on Apr. 3.

LOS ANGELES KINGS – Head Coach: Terry Murray… Record: 36-25-4 (76 pts.)… Standings: 4th/Pacific Division, 8th/Western Conference… Leading Scorer: C Anze Kopitar (20-43-63, 65 GP)… Leading Goaltender: Jonathan Quick (28-17-2, 2.22 GAA, .918 SV%, 6 SO in 48 GP)… All-Time Series: The Jackets are 18-18-3 all-time vs. Los Angeles, including 11-6-2 at home… The Jackets went 1-3-0 vs. the Kings in 2009-10 with all four games decided by three goals or more… Final of four meetings this season… Columbus won 5-3 on Nov. 17, lost 6-4 at Los Angeles on Jan. 8 and 4-3 in a shootout at home on Feb. 16.

CAROLINA HURRICANES – Head Coach: Paul Maurice… Record: 31-26-9 (71 pts.)… Standings: 3rd/Southeast Division, 9th/Eastern Conference… Leading Scorer: C Eric Staal (29-33-62, 65 GP)… Leading Goaltender: Cam Ward (28-21-8, 2.68 GAA, .920 SV%, 2 SO in 38 GP)… All-Time Series: The Jackets are 5-6-0 all-time vs. Carolina, including 2-4-0 on the road… Columbus won lone meeting in 2009-10, 3-2, at home on Nov. 7… Jackets have won the last three games in the series, including their last visit to the RBC Center, 4-1, on Feb. 14, 2009… Lone meeting this season.


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THIS WEEK IN BLUE JACKETS HISTORY

Mar. 9, 2001 –
Deron Quint became the first defensemen in Blue Jackets history to register a hat trick when he scored three goals against Florida goaltender Trevor Kidd to lead Columbus to a 7-6 overtime win over the Panthers at the National Car Rental Center. The only other CBJ defenseman to collect a hat trick is Bryan Berard (Jan. 9, 2006 at Phoenix).

TRANSACTIONS/OhioHealth INJURY REPORT
TRANSACTIONS:
Mar. 6 – Recalled C Kyle Wilson from the Springfield Falcons (AHL)… Mar. 1 – Acquired LW Petr Kalus from the Minnesota Wild in exchange for future considerations and assigned him to Springfield (AHL)… INJURY REPORT: LW Kristian Huselius (Feb. 18 at Chicago) is day-to-day… C Derick Brassard (Feb. 16 vs. Los Angeles) is expected to miss at least two to three weeks… D Anton Stralman (Feb. 27 at Nashville) is expected to miss three to four weeks… C Andrew Murray (Mar. 3 at Edmonton) is out indefinitely… Man Games Lost to Injury: 157.

LAST WEEK’S RESULTS
Mar. 1 – at Vancouver 2, COLUMBUS 1 (SO): Roberto Luongo (20 saves; 6-of-8 SO) outdueled Steve Mason (25 saves; 5-of-8 SO) and Raffi Torres scored the winning goal in the eighth round of the shootout to lead the Western Conference-leading Canucks. Vancouver led 1-0 after the first period on a Mason Raymond goal before the Jackets tied the game at 1-1 on a second period tally by Scottie Upshall… Mar. 3 – at Edmonton 4, COLUMBUS 2: Leading 2-0 after one period, Edmonton pushed the lead to 3-0 just 14 seconds into the second on a goal by Jordan Eberle before holding off a Columbus comeback. Jan Hejda’s goal cut the lead to 3-1 late in the second period and Scottie Upshall scored at 15:38 of the third before the Oilers sealed the game with an empty net goal at the 19:48 mark. Devan Dubnyk made 26 saves for the Oilers, while Mathieu Garon stopped all 23 shots he faced in relief of Steve MasonMar. 4 – at Calgary 4, COLUMBUS 3: The Flames scored a pair of power play goals just 1:21 apart midway through the second period to break a 2-2 tie en route to the win. Craig Rivet scored in his CBJ debut to give the club an early 1-0 lead before goals by Olli Jokinen and Jarome Iginla put the Flames ahead 2-1. Antoine Vermette’s goal early in the second tied the game and Jan Hejda scored in the third to get the Jackets within 4-3. Miikka Kiprusoff made 37 saves – including a pair of penalty shot attempts by Matt Calvert and Vermette – to earn the win in net. Steve Mason made 24 saves for the Jackets.

WESTERN CONFERENCE PLAYOFF RACE AT A GLANCE
The Blue Jackets enter the week with 69 pts. through 64 games and rank 12th in the Western Conference standings. The club is eight points out of seventh place and seven points out of eighth. Through games played on Sunday, Mar. 6, the teams ahead of Columbus are:
1) Vancouver, 93 pts. (67 GP)
2) Detroit, 86 pts. (66 GP)
3) San Jose, 82 pts. (66 GP)
4) Chicago, 80 pts. (66 GP)
5) Calgary, 79 pts. (68 GP)
6) Phoenix, 78 pts. (67 GP)
7) Dallas, 77 pts. (65 GP)
8) Los Angeles, 76 pts. (65 GP)
9) Minnesota, 75 pts. (66 GP)
10) Anaheim, 75 pts. (66 GP)
11) Nashville, 75 pts. (66 GP)

JACKETS LOOK TO STAY HOT AT HOME
Columbus has gone 4-1-1 in its last six games at Nationwide Arena. During that span, the club has outscored its opponents 21 (3.50) to 14 (2.33) and has a 198 (33.0) to 167 (27.8) advantage in shots on goal. The club has also dominated special teams play, converting 7-of-25 power play chances (28.0 pct.) and successfully killing off all 19 opponent power play opportunities. The Jackets have killed off 21-straight opponent power plays at home since allowing a goal by Chicago's Duncan Keith on Feb. 1.

TEAM NEWS & NOTES
The Blue Jackets have gone 11-6-4 in their last 21 games, 8-4-2 in their last 14, but enter the week looking to halt a four-game winless streak (0-3-1)… Columbus had gone 6-0-2 with six-straight wins on the road prior to its current 0-3-1 skid… Three of the last four games have been decided by one goal with a fourth decided by two, including an empty net tally… With a 15-13-5 record through 33 road games this season, the club has already surpassed the total number of road wins of eight of its previous nine seasons and is one win shy of the club record of 16 set in 2008-09 (16-18-7)… Columbus has 18 games remaining in the regular season – 10 at home and eight on the road.

TRIO OF NEWCOMERS MAKE IMMEDIATE IMPACT
The newest Blue Jackets – RW Scottie Upshall, D Sami Lepisto and D Craig Rivet – wasted little time making an impact on the club. Upshall scored a goal in each of his first two games – at Vancouver on Mar. 1 and at Edmonton on Mar. 3 – and added four penalty minutes and 10 shots on goal, while averaging 18:35 TOI in his first three games. Lepisto, acquired with Upshall from Phoenix for Rostislav Klesla on Feb. 28, collected two penalty minutes, had an "even" plus/minus rating and logged 18:58 TOI in three games. Rivet, who was claimed off waivers from Buffalo on Feb. 26, made his CBJ debut at Calgary on Mar. 4 and scored a goal, was +1 and logged 14:37 TOI.

PLAYER NOTES
C Antoine Vermette scored his 50th goal as a Blue Jacket and added an assist at Calgary on Mar. 4 to give him 50-65-115 in 162 games since the joining the club in 2009 (.710 points per game)… RW Jakub Voracek collected 0-2-2 at Calgary on Mar. 4 to record his 10th multi-point game of the season and raise his totals to 3-7-10 in the last 12 games… D Jan Hejda has scored goals in back-to-back games and has 3-12-15 in his last 40 games after being held to 1-0-1 in his first 21 of the season… D Kris Russell has picked up 1-5-6 in his last six games… C Samuel Pahlsson played in his 700th career NHL game at Calgary on Mar. 4… C Derek MacKenzie has notched 2-8-10 in his last 17 games after being held without a point in the previous 14 outings.

RICK NASH, VERIZON WIRELESS OFFERING VIP EXPERIENCE
The Blue Jackets, Rick Nash and Verizon Wireless are teaming up on a special promotion in which one lucky fan will win four tickets to a game, a meet & greet with the Jackets captain and an autographed jersey. Enter to win the Blue Jackets VIP Experience from Verizon by texting NASH to 8603 or visiting www.verizonwireless.com/nhl_bluejackets. Standard message and date rates may apply. There is no purchase necessary to enter or win but contestants must be legal, U.S. residents and 18-years or older.

OFFICIAL VIEWING PARTY SET FOR MONDAY'S ST. LOUIS GAME
Fans are invited to attend the Blue Jackets' Official Viewing Party on Monday, March 7, when the Jackets take on the St. Louis Blues at 9 p.m. on FOX Sports Ohio HD. The viewing party will be held at the Roosters located on Henderson Road and will include prize and ticket giveaways, drink specials courtesy of Three Olives and Labatt Blue and more.

SIXTH ALUMNI NIGHT FEATURING MARC DENIS SET FOR FRIDAY, MARCH 11
The Blue Jackets' sixth Alumni Night of their 10th Season, presented by FOX Sports Ohio, is scheduled for Friday, Mar. 11 when the team hosts the Los Angeles Kings and welcomes back Marc Denis. Acquired from Colorado in 2000, Denis went 84-146-37 with a 3.01 GAA, .905 SV% and 12 shutouts in 266 games with Columbus from 2000-06. The franchise’s all-time leader among goaltenders in games and minutes played, wins and saves, Denis set a then-NHL record for minutes played when he logged 4,511 in 2002-03. His best season was 2003-04 when he went 21-36-12 with a 2.56 GAA, .918 SV% and five shutouts in 66 games. Denis will drop the ceremonial first puck prior to the game and sign autographs for fans after the game’s conclusion on the Nationwide Arena concourse. In addition, all fans in attendance will receive a Rick Nash Third-Jersey bobblehead courtesy of FOX Sports Ohio.

UPCOMING PROMOTIONS
Friday, Mar. 11 vs. Los Angeles –
TIM HORTONS JACKETS PACK – This ticket package features one ticket, a $10 food/beverage voucher, Blue Jackets hat, CBJ 10th season travel mug and Timbits 10-count Snack Pack.… HAT TRICK COMBO – This package features a lower bowl ticket, a pre-game buffet and post-game drink in the Labatt Blue Zone for just $50 per person, a savings of $28.

ST. PATRICK'S DAY JERSEY AUCTION RETURNS
In recognition of St. Patrick's Day, the Columbus Blue Jackets Foundation will once again host a special auction featuring a full team set of authentic, green practice jerseys adorned with a Shamrock patch and Irish-themed nameplates unique to each player. The players will wear the jerseys during pre-game warm-ups prior to Wednesday’s game vs. St. Louis. Fans may bid on the jerseys at the display located on the main concourse behind section 115 during the following home games – Wednesday vs. St. Louis, Mar. 11 vs. Los Angeles, Mar. 15 vs. Boston and Mar. 17 vs. Detroit. All jerseys will have a starting bid of $150 with bids being accepted through the end of the second intermission of the March 17 game. Proceeds benefit the Blue Jackets Foundation. Click here for more

CBJ FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES 10 FINALISTS FOR 10TH SEASON $10,000 ASSIST
The Columbus Blue Jackets Foundation announced that the following central Ohio non-profit organizations have been selected as the 10 finalists for the Foundation's "10th Season $10,000 Assist" initiative: Boys and Girls Club, Charity Newsies, Citizens for Humane Action, Flashes of Hope, For Hope, Local Matters, Nellie's Catwalk for Kids, Ronald McDonald House, Star House and YWCA. The winning organization will be awarded a $10,000 check at the Blue Jackets-New Jersey Devils game on Sunday, Mar. 20. Fans are encouraged to visit the Columbus Blue Jackets Foundation page on facebook to vote. Voting is underway now through Monday, March 14 at 5 p.m. ET. Visitors may vote once per day per e-mail address.

VOTE NOW FOR BLUE JACKETS "GLASS-SHATTERING HIT OF THE YEAR"
Safelite AutoGlass presents the Blue Jackets Glass Shattering Hit of the Year. Eight hits have been selected and each week, two Blue Jackets go head-to-head with your vote determining who wins and moves on. The voting runs through April 8 when your votes decide the winner. Each week, one lucky voter will be selected randomly to receive a signed Blue Jackets jersey. Voting begins on Tuesday and this week's contestants are Jared Boll and Chris Clark. Up for grabs is a Jared Boll-signed jersey.VOTE AND WIN

THIS WEEK ON JACKETS TV AT BLUEJACKETS.COM
Monday – Top Five Plays of the Week… Game Day Coverage at St. Louis…
Tuesday – Behind the Bench with Scott Arniel…
Wednesday – Game Day Coverage vs. St. Louis… Scott Howson Report…
Thursday – One-on-One with forward Scottie Upshall…
Friday – Game Day Coverage vs. Los Angeles…
Saturday – Game Day Coverage at Carolina.

PODCASTS ON BLUEJACKETS.COM
"NHL INSIDER" hosted by Jeff Rimer, takes a look at the latest news about the team and the NHL and is available each Wednesday… This week's scheduled guest is TV analyst Darren Pang… "BROADCASTER'S ROUNDTABLE" features an in-depth discussion of all things CBJ and NHL by the club's broadcast team. This month's episode debuts Monday… "WHERE ARE THEY NOW?" catches up with former Jackets goaltender Marc Denis and debuts on Wednesday… "BLUE JACKETS WEEKLY" offers up the latest team news, a look at the week ahead, including opponent previews, upcoming promotions and more… "DRIVE TO THE NET" is a live discussion that lets fans interact with team radio broadcasters during the second intermission of each radio game broadcast. Fans can submit comments by email to radioactive@BlueJackets.com or Twitter at www.Twitter.com/CBJRadio... "BLUE JACKETS REPLAY" is a game night recap featuring highlights and post-game commentary from team players and Head Coach Scott Arniel. All Blue Jackets podcasts are available at www.BlueJackets.com and via iTunes.

BLUE JACKETS ON FOX SPORTS OHIO
FOX Sports Ohio is the home of Blue Jackets hockey with 75 live telecasts, including 67 in high definition. Game night coverage includes the BLUE JACKETS LIVE pre-game (begins 30 minutes prior to the start of each game) and post-game shows… BLUE JACKETS SLAP SHOTS offers an inside look at all things Blue Jackets. Tune in every Monday at 6 p.m. on FOX Sports Ohio.

BLUE JACKETS ON THE RADIO
Blue Jackets Morning Skate can be heard on the Wheeling Island Hotel & Casino Blue Jackets Radio Network and WBNS-FM Sports Radio 97.1 The Fan on Sundays from 10 to 11 a.m. with hosts Bob McElligott and Mark Wyant… The Coach Arniel Show can be heard on WBNS-FM Sports Radio 97.1 The Fan every week during the season, as Jackets head coach Scott Arniel is joined by Jeff Rimer and 97.1 The Fan’s Scott Torgerson. This week's show is scheduled for Thursday, Mar. 10 at 6 p.m.

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.

ASK A JACKET, WIN A PRIZE
Each week through the end of the regular season, the Jackets are giving fans the chance to ask a question of their favorite player and win a special item signed by that player. Check out the team’s Facebook page at Facebook.com/OfficialColumbusBlueJackets each week to find out how to submit a question and later in the week a video of the player answering the chosen question will be posted. This week's selected fan will receive an autographed Blue Jackets flag.

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 www.BlueJackets.com and www.ticketmaster.comSeason & Group Tickets: For information on season tickets, as well as a variety of available mini-season 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… White Castle Rush CBJ student tickets: Student tickets are available for $15 (upper bowl) and $25 (lower bowl) 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.

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