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Weekly Report: November 2-9

by Blue Jackets Staff / Columbus Blue Jackets

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


Wed., Nov. 4SAN JOSE SHARKS, Nationwide Arena - 7 p.m.       FSO HD/CD101
Thu., Nov. 5at Atlanta Thrashers, Philips Arena - 7 p.m.                FSO HD/1460, CD101
Sat., Nov. 7CAROLINA HURRICANES, Nationwide Arena - 7 p.m. FSO HD/1460, CD101

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


BLUE JACKETS AT A GLANCE

Record:
7-5-1, 15 pts. (Central Division: 2nd place; Western Conference: 9th place)… Streak: 1-0-1… Home: 3-1-1, 7 pts. (0-1-1 in last two)… Road: 4-4-0, 8 pts. (won last game)… Last Week’s Results: 1-1-1… Oct. 28 – Phoenix 4, at COLUMBUS 1… Oct. 30 – Pittsburgh 4, at COLUMBUS 3 SO… Nov. 1 – COLUMBUS 5, at Washington 4 OT.


OPPONENTS AT A GLANCE

SAN JOSE SHARKS:
Record: 10-4-1, 21 pts. (Pacific Division: 1st place)… Head Coach: Todd McLellan… Sharks enter the week having won five games in a row… Club has played 10 of its first 15 games on the road, going 6-4-0… Players to Watch: C Patrick Marleau (has 11-10-21, +6 in 15 games); C Joe Thornton (has 3-16-19 in 15 games)… LW Dany Heatley (has 9-8-17 in 15 games)… Jackets vs. Sharks: 10-20-3 (9-6-1 at home, 1-14-2 on the road)… The home team has won 11 of the last 12 meetings (4-2 San Jose win at Columbus on Feb. 27, 2008)… The teams split four games last year with the home team winning each game… Heatley’s hat trick led the Sharks to a 6-3 home win over Columbus in the first meeting this season on Oct. 8.

ATLANTA THRASHERS: Record: 5-4-1, 11 pts. (Southeast Division: 3rd place)… Head Coach: John Anderson… Thrashers have gone 4-1-1 on the road this season, but are just 1-3-0 at home… Atlanta is averaging 3.40 goals per game and is tied for second in the NHL on the power play at 27.8 pct. (10-of-36)… All-Star LW Ilya Kovalchuk (has 9-1-10, 3 PPG in eight games) is sidelined due to injury… Players to Watch: C Rich Peverley (leads team with 6-7-13, 4 PPG in 10 games)… C Nik Antropov (has 0-10-10 in 10 games)… Jackets vs. Thrashers: 5-5-0 (3-2-0 at home, 2-3-0 on the road)… The Jackets hold a 24 to 21 edge in goals in the all-time series… Columbus has won three of the last four meetings dating back to the 2003-04 season, including the last two by 2-0 scores – at Atlanta on Nov. 22, 2008 and at Columbus on Dec. 26, 2007.

CAROLINA HURRICANES: Record: 2-8-3, 7 pts. (Southeast Division: 5th place)… Head Coach: Paul Maurice… The Canes have dropped nine-straight games (0-6-3) heading into the week… Carolina ranks 29th in the NHL in goals scored (2.15 per game) and goals allowed (3.85 per game)… Players to Watch: LW Ray Whitney (former Jacket leads club with 4-4-8 in 13 games)… LW Jussi Jokinen (has 3-5-8 in 13 games)… C Eric Staal (has 3-2-5, 34 PIM in 13 games)… Jackets vs. Hurricanes: 4-6-0 (2-2-0 at home, 2-4-0 on the road)… The Jackets have won two-straight in the series after going 2-6-0 in the first eight meetings… The Jackets earned a 5-1 win at Carolina on Feb. 14, 2009 in the lone meeting last year.


PRACTICE SCHEDULE, NOV. 3-9 (subject to change) - CLICK HERE


OhioHealth INJURY REPORT

D Jan Hejda
(Oct. 13 vs. Calgary; Injured Reserve on Oct. 16 retroactive to Oct. 13) is expected to miss four to six weeks… LW Fredrik Modin (Sept. 18 at Minnesota; Injured Reserve on Sept. 29) is expected to miss four to six weeks… C/RW Andrew Murray (Injured Reserve on Oct. 20) is expected to miss at least four weeks.

ROSTER REPORT
Oct. 28 –
Assigned D Mathieu Roy to the AHL's Syracuse Crunch… Oct. 27 – Placed C/RW Andrew Murray on Injured Reserve.

BLUE JACKETS TO PLAY FIVE OF THE NEXT SIX GAMES AT HOME
After beginning the season by playing eight of its first 13 games on the road, Columbus will play five of its next six games on home ice. The club carries a 7-5-1 mark into the stretch that includes home games vs. San Jose (Wednesday), Carolina (Saturday), Detroit (Nov. 11), Anaheim (Nov. 13) and Edmonton (Nov. 16). The lone road game during that span is Thursday's visit to Atlanta. The Blue Jackets are currently 3-1-1 at home and are 23-9-3 at Nationwide Arena since Nov. 29, 2008.

JACKETS FEAST ON THE EAST
The Blue Jackets play two of their three games this week against Atlanta and Carolina of the Eastern Conference's Southeast Division… The Jackets are 1-0-1 vs. the East this season after going 13-3-2 vs. the conference in 2008-09, which was the best record of any Western Conference team in the NHL… Since suffering a 2-0 loss at Boston on Dec. 15, 2007, Columbus has posted a 19-4-4 record vs. Eastern Conference opponents… The club has also played 11 consecutive games without suffering a regulation loss to a team from the Southeast Division, going 9-0-2 since a 5-2 loss vs. Florida on Nov. 21, 2007.

TEAM NEWS & NOTES
The Blue Jackets rank 11th in the NHL on the power play at 22.8 pct. (13-of-57)… Last year, the club ranked 30th in the league at 12.7 pct. and didn't score its 13th power play goal until its 128th power play opportunity of the season in game no. 27 on Dec. 7 at Anaheim… Columbus enters the week ranked ninth in the NHL in scoring, averaging 3.23 goals per game (42 in 13 games), and is the highest-scoring team in the Central Division – Detroit (3.17), Chicago (2.92), St. Louis (2.42) and Nashville (2.08)… RW Rick Nash scored two goals vs. Pittsburgh on Oct. 30 and added 1-2-3 vs. Washington on Nov. 1 to raise his season totals to 9-11-20 in 13 games… He ranks fourth in the NHL in points, sixth (tied) in goals and seventh (tied) in assists, while also tying for the league lead with two shorthanded goals… LW Raffi Torres has tallied 6-1-7 in 13 games, ranking second on the club in goals and leading the team with four power play tallies, which is tied for fourth in the NHL… After being held to 0-1-1 in his previous six games, C/LW R.J. Umberger has collected 2-4-6 in his last six outings… RW Jakub Voracek snapped a three-game pointless skid with 0-2-2 at Washington on Nov. 1 to raise his season totals to 4-6-10 in 13 games, which ranks third on the club… D Mike Commodore has 0-3-3 and is +4 in five games since returning to the lineup.

PROSPECT KUBALIK HAS BIG WEEKEND
Blue Jackets prospect Tomas Kubalik was named the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League’s Offensive Player of the Week last week after tallying 4-7-11 and was +7 in four games with Victoriaville. The Blue Jackets' sixth pick, 135th overall, in the 2008 Entry Draft, he racked up a career-high 1-7-8 and was +5 in an 11-2 win over Rouyn-Noranda on Friday night. In 17 games this season, he has notched 7-17-24.


IN THE COMMUNITY

ANHEUSER-BUSCH CELEBRITY BARTENDING KICKS OFF TONIGHT

Anheuser-Busch presents Celebrity Bartending with the Blue Jackets with the first of two stops tonight at the R Bar in the Arena District. The event, hosted by QFM 96's Archie, runs from 7-9 p.m. with Blue Jackets captain Rick Nash, forward Jared Boll and defensemen Kris Russell and Marc Methot serving up $3 16 oz. Bud Lights from 7:30-8:30 p.m. Archie will be giving out prizes throughout the night, while all tips raised will benefit the Blue Jackets Foundation. At the end of the night, the players’ jerseys will be auctioned off with proceeds going to the Blue Jackets Foundation as well.

HOCKEY FEST 2009 TO BENEFIT BLUE JACKETS FOUNDATION SET FOR SUNDAY, NOV. 15 AT NATIONWIDE ARENA
Hockey Fest offers fans a unique opportunity to personally interact with their favorite Blue Jackets players and personalities in a casual setting. Featured attractions include interactive game stations with players; autograph alley; player photo opportunities in the penalty boxes and with Steve Mason and the Calder Trophy; locker room tours; auctions and more. General admission tickets starting at $10 and Hockey Fest Club VIP packages are on sale now at the Nationwide Arena Ticket Office and through Ticketmaster. Game cards and passes for select player opportunities and locker room tours are also available for advance purchase. Visit www.BlueJacketsFoundation.org for more information.

UPCOMING PROMOTIONS
Saturday, Nov. 7 vs. Carolina –
GIANT EAGLE TURKEY SHOOT: Fans can come down to the ice following Saturday's game to participate in this annual promotion for the chance to win a turkey courtesy of Giant Eagle… DISPATCH FAMILY VALUE PACK: This special pack includes a game ticket, hot dog, popcorn, Pepsi, a voucher for UDF ice cream and Dispatch Ice Haus skate pass for just $25 per person… ALL YOU CAN EAT PACK: The package includes a 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… COORS LIGHT ICE COLD PUB HAT TRICK PACK: Fans can enjoy an All You Can Eat pre-game buffet in Coors Light Ice Cold Pub starting two and half hours before game time, then watch the game in lower level seats and get a free drink after the game back in the pub. A limited number of tickets are available for each game.

MILITARY APPRECIATION NIGHT ON WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 11
The Blue Jackets host the Detroit Red Wings on Wednesday, November 11, and celebrate Veteran's Day with a special Military Appreciation Night. The night will include special recognition of military personnel, concourse displays from the Ohio Historical Society and more.

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 contest website that launches this Friday. The winner will be announced during the November 21 telecast of the Blue Jackets-Predators game.

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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