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Weekly Report - Oct. 25: Blue Jackets Host Flyers, Oilers before Visiting Avalanche this Week

by Blue Jackets Staff / Columbus Blue Jackets

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


Mon., Oct. 25vs. PHILADELPHIA FLYERS, NATIONWIDE ARENA - 7 p.m. FOX Sports HD/97.1 The Fan
Thu., Oct. 28vs. EDMONTON OILERS, NATIONWIDE ARENA - 7 p.m. FOX Sports HD/97.1 The Fan
Sat., Oct. 30at Colorado Avalanche, Pepsi Center - 9 p.m. FOX Sports Ohio HD/CD101 at 102.5 FM

BLUE JACKETS AT A GLANCE
Record:
4-3-0, 8 pts. (H: 1-3-0, A: 3-0-0; includes 1 H loss and 1 A win in Stockholm, SWE)… Standings: 5th/Central Division, 8th-T/Western Conference… Leading Scorers: LW R.J. Umberger (4-1-5, 7 GP)… LW Kristian Huselius (3-2-5, 7 GP)… Leading Goaltenders: Mathieu Garon (1-0-0, 2.00 GAA, .913 SV%, 1 GP)… Steve Mason (3-3-0, 3.18 GAA, .900 SV%, 6 GP).

OPPONENTS AT A GLANCE
PHILADELPHIA FLYERS –
Head Coach: Peter Laviolette… Record: 3-3-1 (7 pts.)… Standings: 4th/Atlantic Division, 10th/Eastern Conference… Leading Scorers: C Mike Richards (1-5-6, 7 GP)… RW Danny Briere (5-0-5, 7 GP)… Leading Goaltender: Brian Boucher (1-1-1, 2.33 GAA, .889 SV%, 3 GP)… All-Time Series: Jackets are 1-5-3 all-time vs. Philadelphia, including 1-2-2 at home… Columbus dropped the lone meeting last season, 5-3, at Philadelphia on Jan. 19… The Jackets’ lone win was 3-0 on Dec. 27, 2009 in the last meeting at Nationwide Arena… 2010-11: This is the lone meeting between the clubs this season.

EDMONTON OILERS – Head Coach: Tom Renney… Record: 2-4-0 (8 pts.)… Standings: 5th/Northwest Division, 15th/Western Conference… Leading Scorers: D Ryan Whitney (0-6-6, 6 GP)… C Shawn Horcoff (3-2-5, 6 GP)… Leading Goaltender: Nikolai Khabibulin (2-4-0, 3.21 GAA, .901 SV%, 1 SO, 6 GP)… All-Time Series: Jackets are 11-19-6 all-time vs. Edmonton, including 6-8-4 at home… Columbus went 3-1-0 in 2009-10, winning the season series for the first time… 2010-11: First of four meetings… Clubs next meet on Dec. 16 at Edmonton.

COLORADO AVALANCHE – Head Coach: Joe Sacco… Record: 4-4-0 (8 pts.)… Standings: 2nd/Northwest Division, 9th-T/Western Conference… Leading Scorers: RW Chris Stewart (5-5-10, 8 GP)… D John-Michael Liles (0-1-10, 8 GP)… Leading Goaltender: Craig Anderson (3-4-0, 3.15 GAA, .907 SV%, 7 GP)… All-Time Series: Jackets are 8-26-2 all-time vs. Colorado, including 3-14-1 on the road… The Jackets went 0-4-0 vs. the Avalanche in 2009-10 after posting a 4-0-0 mark in 2008-09… 2010-11: First of four meetings… Clubs next meet on Nov. 12 at Columbus.


PRACTICE SCHEDULE FOR OCTOBER AND NOVEMBER 1 - CLICK HERE


THIS WEEK IN BLUE JACKETS HISTORY

Oct. 27, 2000 –
Marc Denis made 32 saves to lead the Blue Jackets to a 3-2 win over the Washington Capitals, marking the first win in franchise history at Nationwide Arena. Kevin Dineen, Jamie Heward and Steve Heinze scored goals against Capitals netminder Olaf Kolzig.

TRANSACTIONS/OhioHEALTH INJURY REPORT
TRANSACTIONS:
Oct. 25 – Activated RW Jared Boll off Injured Reserve… Oct 20 – Placed LW Ethan Moreau (broken hand, Oct. 19 vs. Anaheim – four to six weeks) on Injured Reserve… Oct. 19 – Placed D Mike Commodore (upper body – day-to-day) on Injured Reserve… Added D Nick Holden to the roster on emergency recall from Springfield (AHL)… INJURY REPORT: C Andrew Murray (lower body injury, Oct. 1 at Washington; out 2-3 weeks)… D Kris Russell (lower body injury) is day-to-day.

LAST WEEK'S RESULTS
Oct. 20 – at COLUMBUS 3, ANAHEIM 1:
Steve Mason made 31 saves and Rick Nash scored a pair of goals to lead the Jackets to their first home win of the season. Derek MacKenzie scored the other goal for Columbus, which was outshot 32 to 22 in the game. Columbus killed off all five Anaheim power play attempts in the game… Oct. 22 – CALGARY 6, at COLUMBUS 2: Rene Bourque collected a hat trick and added an assist and Jarome Iginla had 0-3-3 to lead the Flames to the win. The Jackets had closed a 2-0 deficit to 2-1 on a Derek Dorsett goal late in the first period before Bourque scored twice, including shorthanded at 5:08 of the second, to give the Flames a 4-1 lead. Jan Hejda's first goal made it 4-2 midway through the second but that was as close as Columbus would get. The Flames held a slim 23 to 22 edge in shots… Oct. 23 – COLUMBUS 3, at CHICAGO 2: Antoine Vermette's goal at 6:29 of the third period capped a Blue Jackets comeback to earn the club their third win in as many road games. The Blackhawks took a 2-0 lead into the second period on goals by Patrick Sharp and Jonathan Toews before Derick Brassard cut the lead to 2-1 with :37 left in the period and R.J. Umberger's power play goal 1:33 into the third tied the game at 2-2. Steve Mason made 30 saves to outduel Corey Crawford (37 saves) in net.

TEAM NEWS & NOTES
Columbus has won its first three road games for the first time in club history with each coming by scores of 3-2 (vs. San Jose on Oct. 9 in Stockholm; at Minnesota on Oct. 16 and at Chicago on Oct. 23… The Blue Jackets have played three of 18 sets of back-to-back games so far this season and have gone 3-3-0 in those games with both wins coming in the third game… Prior to this season, Columbus was 68-63-19 in the first game of back-to-backs and 47-82-21 in the second… The Jackets are 38-56-10 all-time in October, but have gone 21-17-2 in the month since 2007.

NASH NETS 35TH MULTI-GOAL GAME
LW/RW Rick Nash scored two goals vs. Anaheim on Oct. 20 to record the 35th multi-goal game of his career and his first since Mar. 30, 2010 vs. Tampa Bay. His 35 multi-goal games are more than the next three players on the Blue Jackets’ all-time list combined – Geoff Sanderson – 12; David Vyborny – 11; and R.J. Umberger – 9). Nash enters this week five assists shy of 200 in his NHL career (230-195-425 in 524 games).

UMBERGER SET TO PLAY IN 400TH NHL GAME
LW R.J. Umberger will play in his 400th NHL game tonight (Oct. 25) when the Jackets host his former club, the Philadelphia Flyers. Umberger, who has registered 102-120-222 in 399 career games, scored his team-leading fourth goal at Chicago on Saturday and is now tied for the team lead in points with 4-1-5 in seven games. He has scored two shorthanded goals, one power play goal and one even-strength goal so far this season. Umberger has also played in 174-straight games since Apr. 2, 2008, including all 171 with the Blue Jackets.

PLAYER NOTES
G Steve Mason has made 30 or more saves in four of his six starts this season… C Derek MacKenzie scored goals in back-to-back games at Minnesota on Oct. 16 and vs. Anaheim on Oct. 20 and added 0-1-1 vs. Calgary on Oct. 22 to record the first three-game point streak of his NHL career… C Antoine Vermette picked up his first multi-point game with 1-1-2 at Chicago on Oct. 23… After being held to one shot in his first two games, C Derick Brassard has fired off 19 in his last five games. He led the club with six and scored his first goal of the season at Chicago on Oct. 23… D Marc Methot collected 0-2-2 at Chicago on Oct. 23 to match his career high for assists and record the third multi-point game of his career... RW Chris Clark is two goals shy of 100 in his NHL career (98-104-202 in 559 games).

UPCOMING PROMOTIONS
Saturday, Nov. 6 vs. Minnesota: "HOCKEY NIGHT IN COLUMBUS" –
Come celebrate the past, present and future of amateur and professional hockey in Ohio's Capital city… DISPATCH FAMILY VALUE PACK – This ticket package features an upper bowl ticket, Sugardale hot dog, Pepsi, popcorn, UDF ice cream cone coupon and Ice Haus skate pass for $25 per person, which is a savings of 50 percent… 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.


THIS WEEK ON JACKETS TV AT BLUEJACKETS.COM

Monday – Game Day Preview vs. Flyers; Complete post-game coverage; Top Five Plays of the Week; Hockey Fights Cancer Night
Tuesday – Behind the Bench with Scott Arniel
Wednesday – Flashes of Hope photo shoot feature with CBJ players and pediatric cancer patients and their families
Thursday – Game Day Preview vs. Oilers; Complete post-game coverage; One on One with Antoine Vermette
Friday – 60 Seconds with Steve Mason
Saturday – Game Day Preview at Colorado


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 guest is former NHLer and TV analyst Eddie Olczyk… BEYOND THE BOARDS hosted by Bob McElligott, who sits down with goaltender Steve Mason this week… "BLUE JACKETS WEEKLY" is hosted by a member of the Blue Jackets radio team and 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 roundtable discussion that lets fans interact with team radio broadcasters George Matthews, Bob McElligott and Mark Wyant during the second intermission of each radio game broadcast. Fans can submit their comments and opinions by e-mailing them to radioactive@BlueJackets.com or via Twitter at 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.

BLUE JACKETS ON FOX SPORTS OHIO
Blue Jackets hockey returns to FOX Sports Ohio in 2010-11 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 is new in 2010 and 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 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 Sports Radio 97.1The Fan on Wednesdays from 6 to 7 p.m. as the Jackets head coach is joined by Jeff Rimer and 97.1 The Fan's Scott Torgerson.

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.

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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