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Weekly Report: November 30, 2009

by Blue Jackets Staff / Columbus Blue Jackets

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


Mon., Nov. 30ST. LOUIS BLUES, Nationwide Arena - 7 p.m.          FSO HD/1460, CD101
Tue., Dec. 1at Chicago Blackhawks, United Center - 8 p.m.           VERSUS HD/1460, CD101
Thu., Dec. 3TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS, Nationwide Arena - 7 p.m. FSO HD/1460, CD101
Sat., Dec. 5COLORADO AVALANCHE, 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:
12-9-4, 28 pts. (Central Division: 4th place; Western Conference: 11th place)… Streak: 0-3-2… Home: 6-2-3, 15 pts. (1-0-1)… Road: 6-7-1, 13 pts. (lost three-straight, 0-3-1 in last four games)… Last Week’s Results: 0-3-1… Nov. 23 – at NY Rangers 7, COLUMBUS 4… Nov. 24 – at Montreal 5, COLUMBUS 3… Nov. 26 – at Ottawa 2, COLUMBUS 1… Nov. 28 – Calgary 4, at COLUMBUS 3 SO.

OPPONENTS AT A GLANCE
ST. LOUIS BLUES:
Record: 10-9-5, 25 pts. (Central Division: 5th place)… Head Coach: Andy Murray… The Blues are 5-1-3 on the road, outscoring the opposition 27 to 22… The Blues rank eighth in the NHL in penalty killing (83.0 pct.) and 30th on the power play (12.4 pct.)… Players to Watch: D Erik Johnson (leads club with 3-14-17, +8 in 24 games)… LW David Perron (has 9-7-16 in 24 games)… G Chris Mason (7-7-4, 2.24 GAA, .925 SV%, 0 SO in 18 games)… Jackets vs. Blues: 18-23-10 (12-8-5 at home, 6-15-5 on the road)… Columbus is 2-9-1 in its last 12 vs. St. Louis, including a 1-4-1 mark last season with the lone win coming on Feb. 18, 2009, 4-3 at home… Prior to that stretch, the Jackets had posted a 9-1-4 mark vs. the Blues between Jan. 20, 2006-Nov. 4, 2007… This is the first meeting of the 2009-10 season between the clubs.

CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS: Record: 16-6-3, 35 pts. (Central Division: 1st place)… Head Coach: Joel Quenneville… The Blackhawks are 10-2-1 at home and have outscored their opponents 42 to 32 in those games… Chicago leads the NHL with five shorthanded goals, four of which have been scored on the road… Players to Watch: RW Patrick Kane (leads club with 9-16-25 in 25 games)… D Duncan Keith (has 5-17-22, +11 in 25 games)... G Cristobal Huet (12-5-2, 2.12 GAA, .911 SV%, 1 SO in 20 games)… Jackets vs. Blackhawks: 24-22-5 (14-9-3 at home, 10-13-2 on the road)… The Jackets have gone 20-13-3 vs. Chicago since the start of the 2003-04 season, including a 3-1-2 mark in 2008-09… Ten of the 51 meetings between the teams have been decided in overtime/shootouts with five of those coming in the last seven outings (Jackets 3-2 in those games).

TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS: Record: 6-11-7, 19 pts. (Northeast Division: 5th place)… Head Coach: Ron Wilson… The Leafs have gone 4-2-4 in their last 10 road games to improve their road mark to 4-5-4… The Leafs have been outscored this season 89 (3.71 GA per game) to 67 (2.79 GF per game)… Players to Watch: D Tomas Kaberle (leads club with 2-23-25 in 24 games)… LW Niklas Hagman (has 13-4-17, 4 PPG in 23 games)... C Matt Stajan (has 7-10-17, 5 PPG in 23 games)… Jackets vs. Maple Leafs: 2-4-1 (1-1-0 at home, 1-3-1 on the road)… Columbus won the lone meeting last season, 4-3 in a shootout, at Air Canada Centre on Feb. 19, 2009… The Leafs had won the previous three meetings… In the two previous meetings at Nationwide Arena, the Jackets won 4-3 in overtime on Mar. 20, 2003 and suffered a 4-2 loss on Oct. 20, 2006.

COLORADO AVALANCHE: Record: 14-8-5, 33 pts. (Northwest Division: 2nd place)… Head Coach: Joe Sacco… Colorado has gone 3-5-3 in its last 11 games… The Avs have posted a 9-8-5 record vs. Western Conference clubs and are 5-0-0 vs. the East... Players to Watch: C Paul Stastny (leads club with 6-19-25 in 27 games)… LW Wojtek Wolski (has 9-13-22 in 27 games)… G Craig Anderson (13-7-5, 2.67 GAA, .918 SV%, 2 SO in 25 games)… Jackets vs. Avalanche: 8-22-2 (5-10-1 at home, 3-12-1 on the road)… The Jackets have gone 7-3-0 in the last 10 meetings after posting just one win (5-4 in OT on Feb. 28, 2004) in the first 22… Columbus is 6-1-0 in its last seven games vs. Colorado, including a 4-0-0 mark in 2008-09.


PRACTICE SCHEDULE, DEC. 1-7 (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… RW Derek Dorsett (Injured Reserve on Nov. 23 retroactive to Nov. 19) is out at least one week.


ROSTER REPORT

Nov. 27 –
Assigned LW Tom Sestito to the Syracuse Crunch (AHL)… Recalled LW Alexandre Picard from Syracuse (AHL).

JACKETS LOOK TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF FLURRY OF HOME GAMES
The Blue Jackets began a stretch of playing eight of their next 11 games at Nationwide Arena with a 4-3 SOL vs. the Calgary Flames on Nov. 28. Games at Chicago (Tuesday), Nashville (Dec. 10) and Minnesota (Dec. 15) are the lone road contests between Nov. 28-Dec. 17. The home games during that span include visits by St. Louis (Monday), Toronto (Thursday), Colorado (Saturday), Florida (Dec. 9), Anaheim (Dec. 12), Nashville (Dec. 14) and Phoenix (Dec. 17). The Blue Jackets are currently 6-2-3 at Nationwide Arena.

HUSELIUS STAYS HOT
After missing the previous four games due to injury, LW Kristian Huselius returned to the lineup Nov. 13 vs. Anaheim and has collected 5-6-11 with points in seven of the eight games he's played since. He has raised his season totals to 10-10-20 in 21 games to rank second on the club in goals and points. He is also tied for the club lead with two game-winning goals and ranks second (tied) in power play goals with four.

STRALMAN ADDS OFFENSIVE PUNCH FROM THE BLUELINE
D Anton Stralman leads all CBJ defensemen in goals and points with 4-11-15 in 23 games. He ranks second to Fedor Tyutin in assists and is tied for second among all players on the club with four power play goals. After being held to 1-3-4 in his first 10 games with the club, he has notched 3-8-11 in his last 13. In addition, three of his four multi-point games have come in his last seven outings. Stralman is also tied for the club lead in power play scoring with 4-6-10.

TORRES CONTINUES TORRID PLAY
LW Raffi Torres has tallied 1-3-4 in six games since returning to the lineup after missing two games due to injury Nov. 13-16. His three assists in the past four games come after he collected one in his first 19 outings. He has notched 9-4-13 in 23 outings, ranking third on the club in goals and leading all Blue Jackets with five power play goals. His five goals with the man advantage are one more than he scored in the past three seasons combined (165 games).

NEWS & NOTES
LW R.J. Umberger has collected 2-2-4 in his last five games after being held to 0-1-1 in his previous six outings… D Fedor Tyutin has tallied points in five of the past seven games (0-7-7) to raise his season totals to 1-13-14 in 25 games… RW Rick Nash collected 0-2-2 at Montreal on Nov. 24 after being shutout in back-to-back games for the first time this season at Nashville on Nov. 21 and NY Rangers on Nov. 23. He continues to lead the club in goals, assists (tied) and points with 15-13-28 in 25 games… C Antoine Vermette recorded his first multi-goal game with two goals at Montreal on Nov. 24 and has tallied 3-4-7 in his last eight games. He played in his 400th NHL game against his former Senators teammates at Ottawa on Nov. 26… RW Jared Boll recorded a "Gordie Howe" hat trick at NY Rangers on Nov. 23 as he picked up a goal, an assist and a fight. The game was his first multi-point game of the season and third of his NHL career. He added a goal Nov. 28 vs. Calgary.

JACKETS FOR JACKETS COAT DRIVE UNDERWAY
Columbus Blue Jackets captain Rick Nash and the Dispatch Media Group are partnering again in support of the 3rd annual "Jackets for Jackets" coat drive to help keep local families warm this winter. Fans are encouraged to bring new or gently used jackets of all sizes to upcoming Blue Jackets home games at Nationwide Arena between Nov. 28 and 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.

ANTOINE VERMETTE AUTOGRAPH SESSION, CELEBRITY BARTENDING ON MONDAY, DEC. 7
Blue Jackets C Antoine Vermette will be meeting fans and signing autographs at The FOX Sports Ohio Blue Line Team Store at The Mall at Tuttle Crossing on Monday, December 7, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m… Blue Jackets players Mike Commodore, Steve Mason, Derick Brassard and R.J. Umberger will be at the Frog, Bear & Wild Boar Bar on Monday, December 7, from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. as part of the Anheuser Busch Celebrity Bartending series to benefit the Columbus Blue Jackets Foundation.

UPCOMING PROMOTIONS
Monday, Nov. 30 vs. St. Louis –
GUYS NIGHT OUT PACK: The package includes two tickets, two beers (must be 21 and over) and two Skyline cheese coneys for just $60… 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.

Thursday, Dec. 3 vs. Toronto – 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.

MEET THE TEAM AUTOGRAPH SESSION PRESENTED BY NATIONWIDE SET FOR SATURDAY NIGHT
Saturday, Dec. 5 vs. Colorado –
Fans will be able to meet their favorite Blue Jackets players following Saturday's game against the Colorado Avalanche during the annual "Meet the Team Autograph Session" presented by Nationwide… 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… 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.

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.

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.comSeason & 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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