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Weekly Report - Nov. 16: Blue Jackets Host Oilers, Embark on Longest Road Trip of the Season

by Blue Jackets Staff / Columbus Blue Jackets

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


Mon., Nov. 16 EDMONTON OILERS, Nationwide Arena - 7 p.m.      FSO HD/1460, CD101
Thu., Nov. 19 at Dallas Stars, American Airlines Center - 8:30 p.m. FSO HD/CD101
Sat., Nov. 21 at Nashville Predators, Sommet Center - 8 p.m.         FSO/1460, CD101

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

BLUE JACKETS AT A GLANCE
Record:
10-6-2, 22 pts. (Central Division: 3rd place; Western Conference: 7th place)… Streak: 1-0-0… Home: 5-2-2, 12 pts. (won last game)… Road: 5-4-0, 10 pts. (won two-straight)… Last Week’s Results: 1-1-0… Nov. 11 – Detroit 9, at COLUMBUS 1… Nov. 13 – at COLUMBUS 3, Anaheim 2 SO.

OPPONENTS AT A GLANCE
EDMONTON OILERS:
Record: 8-10-2, 18 pts. (Northwest Division: 4th place)… Head Coach: Pat Quinn… Edmonton is 1-2-1 on its current five-game road trip, including 0-2-1 in its last three games… Oilers have gone 6-3-1 at home and 2-7-1 on the road this season… Players to Watch: RW Dustin Penner (leads club with 12-11-23, +10 in 20 games)… RW Ales Hemsky (has 4-14-18 in 17 games)… C Gilbert Brule (former Jacket has 5-5-10, 2 GWG in 17 games)… Jackets vs. Oilers: 8-19-6 (4-8-4 at home, 4-11-2 on the road)… Columbus is 3-4-2 in the past nine games vs. Edmonton… Teams split four games last year with each winning once at home and once on the road… Edmonton won first meeting, 6-4, at home on Oct. 22 overcoming a 4-1 deficit thanks to five-point nights by Penner (2-3-5) and Hemsky (1-4-5).

DALLAS STARS: Record: 8-5-6, 22 pts. (Pacific Division: 4th place)… Head Coach: Marc Crawford… The Stars' eight overtime/shootout games (2-2-4) is tied for the second-most in the NHL (NY Islanders-10, Tampa Bay-8)… Dallas has outscored its opponents 59 (3.10) to 57 (3.00) this season… Players to Watch: C Brad Richards (leads club with 6-14-20 in 17 games)… LW James Neal (has 10-9-19, +6 in 17 games)... G Marty Turco (6-3-4, 2.24 GAA, .920 SV%, 1 SO in 13 games)… Jackets vs. Stars: 8-19-5 (4-9-3 at home, 4-10-2 on the road)… The Jackets have gone 6-3-4 vs. the Stars since Apr. 18, 2006… Prior to that, Columbus was 2-16-1 in the series… The Jackets were 1-1-2 vs. the Stars last season with Dallas winning the final three meetings.

NASHVILLE PREDATORS: Record: 9-8-1, 19 pts. (Central Division: 4th place)… Head Coach: Barry Trotz… The Predators have gone 6-2-0 after enduring a stretch of 1-6-1 from Oct. 10-24… Nashville ranks 30th in the NHL on the power play (11.6 pct.) and 22nd in penalty killing (79.0 pct.)… Players to Watch: RW J.P. Dumont (leads club with 3-9-12 in 11 games)… D Shea Weber (has 5-5-10, 3 PPG in 16 games)… G Pekka Rinne (6-4-0, 2.34 GAA, .915 SV%, 2 SO in 11 games)… Jackets vs. Predators: 15-31-5 (11-12-2 at home, 4-19-3 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… The club had gone just 1-13-2 in the previous two seasons… Columbus’ last win at Nashville came on Apr. 3, 2006 (3-1), which is a span of 11 games (0-9-2).


PRACTICE SCHEDULE, NOV. 17-23 (subject to change) - CLICK HERE


OhioHealth INJURY REPORT

LW Fredrik Modin (Sept. 18 at Minnesota; Injured Reserve on Sept. 29) is sidelined indefinitely… C/RW Andrew Murray (Injured Reserve on Oct. 20) is expected to miss at least four weeks… LW Raffi Torres (Injured Reserve on Nov. 13) is expected to miss at least one week… C Samuel Pahlsson is day-to-day.

ROSTER REPORT
Nov. 15 –
Recalled LW Tom Sestito from the AHL’s Syracuse Crunch… Nov. 13 – Placed LW Raffi Torres on Injured Reserve… Activated LW Kristian Huselius off Injured Reserve.

AND AWAY WE GO…
The Blue Jackets embark on their longest road trip of the season this week as the club will play five games after leaving Columbus Wednesday and returning Thanksgiving night. The trip begins with Western Conference stops in Dallas on Thursday and Nashville on Saturday. Next week, the Jackets play a trio of Eastern Conference opponents, visiting the New York Rangers on Nov. 23, Montreal Canadiens on Nov. 24 and Ottawa Senators on Thanksgiving night. Columbus has posted a 5-4-0 road record this season and are 17-12-4 in their last 33 road contests dating back to Dec. 29, 2008.

SIXTY MINUTES NOT ENOUGH LATELY
After playing 11-straight games decided in regulation to start the season, Columbus has gone to overtime or the shootout in four of its last seven outings, including three-straight from Oct. 30-Nov. 4. The Blue Jackets won the lone contest decided in overtime – 5-4 at Washington on Nov. 1 – and have gone 1-2 in shootouts. After dropping its first two shootouts – 4-3 vs. Pittsburgh on Oct. 30 and 3-2 vs. San Jose on Nov. 4, the Jackets earned their first shootout win of the season with a 3-2 decision over Anaheim on Nov. 13. Columbus owns a 56-53-33 all-time record in games decided by OT/SO, including a 23-25 mark in shootouts.

NASH CONTINUES TO RANK AMONG NHL'S BEST
RW Rick Nash picked up a goal in both games last week to raise his season scoring totals to 13-11-24 in 18 games and enters the week tied for fourth in the NHL in goals (Ovechkin/WSH, Heatley/SJ and Kopitar/LA – 14) and tied for third in points (Kopitar – 31, Gaborik/NYR – 25). He has registered a point in 14-of-18 games with seven multi-point outings and has racked up 7-2-9 in his last seven games with goals in three-straight. He continues to be the only player in the NHL who has scored two or more power play (2), shorthanded (2) and game-winning (2) goals this season.

GARON ANSWERS THE CALL
G Mathieu Garon is 3-1-0 with a 2.60 goals-against average, .923 save percentage and one shutout in seven games this season. He made 32 saves and stopped both Anaheim shootout attempts in a 3-2 win over the Ducks on Nov. 13. In his previous start, he stopped 32-of-35 shots to earn a 4-3 win at Atlanta on Nov. 5 which raised his career record to 27-7-2 in games in which he faces 35 or more shots. He has won 10 consecutive such games dating back to February 2008.

TEAM NEWS & NOTES
The Blue Jackets are 6-0-2 in one-goal games and 3-1-0 in games decided by two goals… By contrast, the Jackets are 1-5-0 in games decided by three or more goals… Six of the club's last seven games have been decided by one goal (4-0-2) with the exception being the 9-1 loss vs. Detroit on Nov. 11, which matched the worst loss in franchise history… Columbus is 3-3-0 when outshooting the opposition, 1-1-1 when shots are tied and 6-2-1 when being outshot… LW Kristian Huselius recorded his third multi-point game of the season, and first since Oct. 22 at Edmonton, with 1-1-2 vs. Anaheim on Nov. 13 in his first game after missing four due to injury… C Antoine Vermette has tallied 10-17-27 in 35 games as a Blue Jacket, including 0-2-2 vs. Anaheim on Nov. 13, to snap a five-game point drought… D Anton Stralman has collected 0-5-5 in his last six games… D Marc Methot leads the club with 36 hits… D Rostislav Klesla leads the club with 35 blocked shots.

UPCOMING PROMOTIONS
Monday, Nov. 16 vs. Edmonton Oilers –
CHIPOTLE/CD101 HOT ZONE: This special offers the loudest and most energetic fans a ticket in section 201 and a coupon for a free Chipotle burrito for just $25. That represents a savings of $26 off of regular pricing thanks to Chipotle & CD101… 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.

FOX SPORTS OHIO "WHITE OUT NIGHT" IS SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 28
FOX Sports Ohio "White Out Night" returns on Saturday, November 28 when the Blue Jackets host the Calgary Flames. All fans in attendance will receive a free Blue Jackets "White Out" T-shirt courtesy of FOX Sports Ohio. The night will also include a variety of giveaways for fans who wear their T-shirt throughout the evening to help the Jackets "white out" the Flames.

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.

JACKETS, PARTNERS OFFER CHANCE TO SEE THE TEAM PLAY ON THE ROAD
FOX SPORTS OHIO
CARRY THE FLAG TO CHICAGO sweepstakes offers fans watching Blue Jackets telecasts on FOX Sports Ohio the chance to win a trip to Chicago. One lucky fan and a guest will receive round-trip airfare, a three-night stay at the W City Center Hotel, $500 spending money and two tickets to see the Blue Jackets play the Blackhawks at the United Center on Thursday, January 14. Fans who tune into Blue Jackets hockey on FOX Sports Ohio between October 30 and November 19 will be given a password to enter the contest at www.carrytheflagtochicago.com. The winner will be announced during the November 21 telecast of the Blue Jackets-Predators game.

NATIONWIDE "FANDEMONIUM SWEEPSTAKES"
The Nationwide Insurance "Fandemonium Sweepstakes" is offering fans a chance to win a Blue Jackets road trip experience including: private charter air for two to St. Paul, Minnesota; two tickets to see the Jackets play the Minnesota Wild at the Xcel Energy Center on Jan. 23; one night hotel stay and $500 spending money. Fans can visit www.bluejacketsfans.com to enter and also visit daily for the chance to win hundreds of prizes courtesy of Nationwide.

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.

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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