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WEEKLY REPORT: NOVEMBER 21, 2011

by Blue Jackets Staff / Columbus Blue Jackets

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

Monday, Nov. 21 vs. CALGARY FLAMES, NATIONWIDE ARENA, 7 p.m. – FS Ohio HD/ WWCD-Radio 102.5 FM
Wednesday, Nov. 23 at New Jersey Devils, Prudential Center, 7 p.m. – FS Ohio HD/ WWCD-Radio 102.5 FM
Friday, Nov. 25 vs. BUFFALO SABRES, NATIONW
IDE ARENA, 7 p.m. – FS Ohio HD/ WWCD-Radio 102.5 FM
Sunday, Nov. 27 vs. ST. LOUIS BLUES, NATIONWIDE ARENA, 6 p.m. – FS Ohio HD/97.1 The Fan

BLUE JACKETS AT A GLANCE

Record: 4-13-2, 7 pts. (3-6-1, 7 pts. at home, 1-7-1, 3 pts. on the road)…
Standings: 5th/Central Division… 15th/Western Conference…
Leading Scorers: LW Vinny Prospal (6-9-15, 19 GP)… RW Rick Nash (4-10-14, 19 GP)…
Goaltenders: Curtis Sanford (1-0-1, 1.64 GAA, .933 SV%, 0 SO in 3 GP)… Steve Mason (3-12-1, 3.63 GAA, .875 SV%, 0 SO in 16 GP).

OPPONENTS AT A GLANCE
CALGARY FLAMES – Head Coach: Brent Sutter… Record: 8-9-1, 17 pts… Have won two of their last three games and are 4-4-0 on the road this season… Standings: 5th/Northwest Division… 13th/Western Conference… Leading Scorer: LW Alex Tanguay (3-10-13, 18 GP)… Leading Goaltender: Miikka Kiprusoff (8-7-0, 2.34 GAA, .923 SV%, 0 SO in 15 GP)… All-Time Series: Jackets are 20-16-4, including 14-4-2 at home… Columbus went 1-2-1 in 2010-11, losing the season series for just the second time (2003-04, 1-3-0-0)… This Season: First of four meetings… Next game is Dec. 1 at Calgary.

NEW JERSEY DEVILS – Head Coach: Peter DeBoer… Record: 10-7-1, 21 pts… Have gone 6-2-0 in their last eight games… Standings: 4th/Atlantic Division… 9th-T/Eastern Conference… Leading Scorer: C Patrick Elias (8-10-18, 18 GP)… Leading Goaltender: Johan Hedberg (6-4-1, 2.45 GAA, .914 SV%, 1 SO in 11 GP)… All-Time Series: Jackets are 3-7-1 all-time, including 0-3-1 on the road… Devils won the lone meeting in 2010-11, 3-0, at Columbus on Mar. 20… This Season: Only meeting.

BUFFALO SABRES
– Head Coach: Lindy Ruff… Record: 12-8-0, 24 pts… Rank second in NHL in penalty killing at 90.3 pct… Standings: 1st/Northeast Division… 2nd/Eastern Conference… Leading Scorer: LW Thomas Vanek (11-13-24, 20 GP)… Leading Goaltender: Jhonas Enroth (7-2-0, 2.06 GAA, .931 SV%, 1 SO in 11 GP)… All-Time Series: Jackets are 7-5-1 all-time, including 3-1-1 at home… Buffalo won both meetings in 2010-11 to snap Columbus’ four-game winning streak in the series… This Season: Second of two meetings this season… Buffalo won 4-2 at home on Oct. 27.

ST. LOUIS BLUES – Head Coach: Ken Hitchcock… Record: 10-7-2, 22 pts… The Blues rank third in the NHL, allowing 2.13 goals-against per game… Standings: 4th/Central Division… 8th/Western Conference… Leading Scorers: C Alex Steen (7-6-13, 19 GP) and C T.J. Oshie (6-7-13, 19 GP)… Leading Goaltender: Brian Elliott (7-1-0, 1.43 GAA, .947 SV%, 2 SO in 9 GP)… All-Time Series: Jackets are 23-27-13, including 15-10-6 at home… Columbus went 2-2-2 in 2010-11 with four of the six games decided by three or more goals… This Season: First of six meetings… Next game is Dec. 18 at St. Louis.

CLICK HER FOR PRACTICE SCHEDULE, NOV. 21-26 (times subject to change)

TRANSACTIONS

Nov. 21 – Added G Allen York to the roster on emergency recall from the Springfield Falcons (AHL)… Assigned LW Matt Calvert to Springfield (AHL).

OhioHEALTH INJURY REPORT
D Radek Martinek (head, Oct. 21 at Detroit; injured reserve) will miss at least one week…
LW Kristian Huselius (torn pectoral muscle, surgery on July 14; injured reserve) is expected to miss four to six months…
G Steve Mason (upper body, Nov. 21) is day-to-day… Games Missed Due to Injury: 95.

LAST WEEK’S RESULTS
NOV. 15 – Wild 4, at BLUE JACKETS 2: Columbus outshot Minnesota 45 to 24 but Cal Clutterbuck’s goal at 7:38 of the third period broke a 2-2 tie and Devin Setoguchi’s empty net tally sealed the comeback win for the visitors. The Blue Jackets jumped out to a 2-0 lead on a shorthanded goal by Antoine Vermette and a power play tally by Mark Letestu in the game’s first 10:42 but the Jackets were stymied by Wild goaltender Niklas Backstrom, who stopped 43-of-45 shots to earn the win…
NOV. 17 – at Bruins 2, BLUE JACKETS 1 (SO): David Krejci’s shootout game-winner lifted the defending Stanley Cup champions to the 2-1 SO win as the Jackets earned their first road point of the season thanks to a 26-save performance by goaltender Curtis Sanford. Columbus took a 1-0 lead at 2:49 of the second on a Derek MacKenzie power play goal before Boston tied the game just 1:35 later on a goal by Adam McQuaid. Tuuka Rask made 30 saves for the Bruins who converted 2-of-3 in the shootout to the Jackets’ 1-of-3…
NOV. 19 – BLUE JACKETS 4, at Predators 3 (OT): James Wisniewski’s first goal as a Blue Jacket 2:43 into overtime lifted Columbus to its first win at Nashville since Apr. 3, 2006 and its first road win of the season. Columbus battled back from 1-0 and 2-1 deficits to take a 3-2 lead on goals by Jeff Carter, Vinny Prospal and R.J. Umberger before the Predators tied the game at 14:24 of the third on a Nick Spaling goal. Curtis Sanford made 27 saves to outduel Pekka Rinne (25 saves) and earn the win in net.

NEWS & NOTES
Columbus is 2-1-1 in its past four games and has earned points in back-to-back games for the first time this season after a 2-1 SOL at Boston on Nov. 17 and a 4-3 OT win at Nashville on Nov. 19… The win over the Predators snapped a 17-game drought in Nashville (0-12-5) since Apr. 3, 2006…

The Blue Jackets have converted 12-of-65 on the power play (18.5 pct.) over their last 15 games, including 4-of-11 (36.4 pct.) in the past three, to raise their season total to 12-of-85 (14.1 pct.)… The club ranks 11th in the NHL in penalty killing at home (85.3 pct.)... Since allowing 19 goals in three games from Nov. 3-10, the Jackets have allowed 10 in the past four, including one empty goal.

PROSPAL CLOSING IN ON 1,000TH NHL GAME: LW Vinny Prospal is three games shy of No. 1,000 in his NHL career and could reach the milestone on Friday when the Blue Jackets host the Buffalo Sabres. Columbus’ leader in goals and points this season with 6-9-15 in 19 outings, Prospal has registered 233-462-695 and 523 penalty minutes in 997 games with Columbus, NY Rangers, Tampa Bay, Philadelphia, Anaheim, Florida and Ottawa since making his debut with the Flyers on Mar. 5, 1997 vs. New Jersey.

ENTER SANDMAN: G Curtis Sanford made his first NHL start since Jan. 13, 2009 (with Vancouver at New Jersey) on Nov. 17 at Boston and stopped 26-of-27 shots in a 2-1 SOL. He then made 27 saves in a 4-3 OT win at Nashville to record his first win since Dec. 28, 2008 when he made 18 saves in a 3-0 win over Ottawa with the Canucks. Sanford, who missed 12 games due to injury between Oct. 18-Nov. 15, is 1-0-1 with a 1.64 goals-against average and .933 save percentage in three games this season.

VERMETTE HITS 200 AND 300, RESPECTIVELY: C Antoine Vermette played in his 200th-straight game as a Blue Jacket and assisted on James Wisniewski’s overtime goal to record the 300th point of his NHL career at Nashville on Nov. 19. Vermette, who scored his first goal of the season vs. Minnesota on Nov. 15, has 134-166-300 in 559 career games. His games played streak is the third-longest in club history – R.J. Umberger (265, Oct. 10, 2008-current) and Jason Chimera (243, Oct. 9, 2005 to Apr. 5, 2008).

MISCELLANEOUS PLAYER NOTES
D James Wisniewski scored his first goal as a Blue Jacket with the OT game-winner at Nashville on Nov. 19. He added an assist vs. the Predators for his second multi-point game and has 1-6-7 in 11 games… C Jeff Carter collected his first goal as a Jacket at Nashville on Nov. 19… LW R.J. Umberger scored his 76th goal as a Blue Jacket at Nashville on Nov. 19 and is now tied with Nikolai Zherdev for fourth on the club’s all-time goals list (Geoff Sanderson is third with 88)… D Grant Clitsome has collected 3-2-5 in his last six games… RW Rick Nash tallied 0-2-2 at Nashville for his first multi-point game since Oct. 12 vs. Colorado (1-1-2).

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
Nov. 25 vs. Buffalo – TIM HORTONS JACKETS PACK – Fans receive a game ticket, $10 food/beverage voucher, Blue Jackets hat, CBJ-Tim Hortons travel mug with voucher for a free coffee fill-up at participating Tim Hortons locations and Timbits 10-count snack pack. Prices start at $30 per person, which is a savings of $28… 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.
Nov. 27 vs. St. Louis – WINTER HAT GIVEAWAY Presented by AAA – The first 3,000 fans 12-under receive a Blue Jackets winter hat courtesy of AAA… 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.

HOLIDAY PICK ‘EM PACKS ON SALE NOW
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 https://oss.ticketmaster.com/html/flexdiff_pickevents.htmI?l=EN&CNTX=fbbb66f2c19c072cf98f85145d9593ef.

FLORIDA FLY AWAY
The Blue Jackets, FOX Sports Ohio and Columbia Gas have teamed up to offer the Florida Fly Away Giveaway, a contest where fans have a chance to win a player autographed puck and a trip for two to Florida. Fans who watch the Blue Jackets on FOX Sports Ohio will be given a Florida Fly Away keyword. They can visit FOXSportsOhio.com or BlueJackets.com to find the Florida Fly Away entry page to enter the keyword for the chance to win a nightly prize of a puck autographed by a Blue Jackets player. Fans can also text the keyword to 37664 for a chance to win. Each game through Tuesday, Nov. 29 offers a new chance to win and one fan will be randomly selected from the 12 nightly qualifiers to win the Florida trip, which includes round-trip airfare from Columbus; accommodations at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort; and tickets to watch the Blue Jackets play the Tampa Bay Lightning on Jan. 24. For complete rules, visit http://www.foxsportsohio.com/pages/florida_fly_away/.

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). SCORE PIZZA AND TICKETS TO THE DEC. 10 GAME VS. BOSTON Fans can score a free Papa John’s Office Pizza Party and 20 tickets to the Saturday, Dec. 10 game vs. the Boston Bruins in the Papa John’s Pizza Party at Work contest. Fans can enter at www.BlueJackets.com/PapasPizzaParty and the winning office will have the pizzas and tickets delivered by Blue Jackets mascot, Stinger.

BUD LIGHT ULTIMATE FAN EXPERIENCE SWEEPSTAKES
The Blue Jackets and Bud Light are giving fans the chance to win four Time Warner Cable HD Lounge tickets to the Dec. 15 home game vs. the Los Angeles Kings, dinner before the game, the opportunity to watch warm-ups from the penalty box, ride the Zamboni® and take home a game worn jersey. To enter now, visit www.BlueJackets.com/BudLightFanExperience or look for in-store displays with a QR code for entry at participating United Dairy Farmers in Central Ohio.

WIN A NIGHT IN THE MILLER LITE POWER PLAY SUITE
In conjunction with Giant Eagle, Miller Lite and Sports Radio 97.1 The Fan, the Blue Jackets are offering fans the chance to win tickets in the Miller Lite Power Play Suite for games on Feb. 28 vs. Detroit and Mar. 28 vs. Detroit. Entry to the contest can be obtained through a QR code found on Miller Lite point-of-sale materials at area Giant Eagle locations or through Sports Radio 97.1 The Fan’s website at the following link – http://10tv.solutionsbyweb.com/thefan/superior/m/page.cfm.

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.

JACKETS FOR JACKETS COAT DRIVE
The Blue Jackets and WBNS 10-TV are partnering again in support of the fifth annual “Jackets for Jackets” coat drive to help keep central Ohio families warm this winter. Fans are encouraged to help by bringing new or gently used jackets of all sizes to three upcoming Blue Jackets games at Nationwide Arena: Monday, Nov. 21 (vs. Calgary), Friday, Nov. 25 (vs. Buffalo) and Sunday, Nov. 27 (vs. St. Louis). All of the jackets collected will be donated to the Salvation Army and then redistributed to local families in need.

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); memories and thoughts of Jackets players about Thanksgiving; more behind-the-scenes footage of the team’s annual fathers road trip that found players’ dads on the road with the team last week in Boston and Nashville; as well as complete pre- and post-game coverage of all four Blue Jackets games this week.

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.

NEW 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 returns each week this season on FOX Sports Ohio. 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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