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Weekly Report: Oct. 31

by Blue Jackets Staff / Columbus Blue Jackets

THIS WEEK’S GAME SCHEDULE/BROADCASTS (Times ET)
Thursday, Nov. 3 vs. TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS, 7 p.m. – FS Ohio HD/97.1 The Fan
Saturday, Nov. 5 at Philadelphia Flyers, Wells Fargo Center, 7 p.m. – FS Ohio HD/97.1 The Fan

BLUE JACKETS AT A GLANCE
Record:
2-9-1, 5 pts. (2-3-1, 5 pts. at home, 0-6-0, 0 pts. on the road)… Standings: 5th/Central Division… 15th/Western Conference… Leading Scorers: LW Vinny Prospal (5-5-10, 12 GP)… RW Rick Nash (4-6-10, 12 GP)… Leading Goaltender: Steve Mason (2-8-1, 3.11 GAA, .889 SV%, 0 SO in 11 GP).

OPPONENTS AT A GLANCE
TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS –
Head Coach: Ron Wilson… Record: 7-3-1, 15 pts… Toronto has outscored its opponents 36 (3.27) to 35 (3.18)… Standings: 1st/Northeast Division… 2nd/Eastern Conference… Leading Scorer: RW Phil Kessel (10-8-18, 11 GP)… Leading Goaltender: James Reimer (4-0-1, 2.58 GAA, .912 SV%, 1 SO in 6 GP)… All-Time Series: Jackets are 3-5-1 all-time, including 1-2-0 at home… Columbus won lone meeting last season, 3-2, at Toronto on Dec. 30… This Season: Only meeting.

PHILADELPHIA FLYERS – Head Coach: Peter Laviolette… Record: 6-4-1, 13 pts… The Flyers have scored an NHL-high 41 goals (3.73) and allowed 36 (3.27)… Standings: 2nd/Atlantic Division… 5th/Eastern Conference… Leading Scorer: RW Claude Giroux (7-8-15, 11 GP)… Leading Goaltender: Ilya Bryzgalov (4-4-1, 3.16 GAA, .880 SV%, 1 SO in 9 GP)… All-Time Series: Jackets are 2-5-3 all-time, including a 0-3-1 mark on the road… Columbus won the lone meeting in 2010-11, 2-1, at home on Oct. 25… This Season: Only meeting.


CLICK HERE FOR PRACTICE SCHEDULE, NOV. 1-7 (times subject to change)


TRANSACTIONS

Oct. 26 –
Assigned D David Savard to Springfield (AHL)… Oct. 27 – Recalled D David Savard from Springfield (AHL)… Activated D Theo Ruth off injured reserve and assigned him to Springfield (AHL)… Oct. 28 – Assigned LW Maksim Mayorov and D David Savard to Springfield (AHL).

OhioHEALTH INJURY REPORT
C Jeff Carter (foot, Oct. 15 at Dallas; injured reserve) is week-to-week… D Radek Martinek (head, Oct. 21 at Detroit; injured reserve) will miss at least one week… D Marc Methot (hand, Oct. 21 at Detroit) is day-to-day… G Curtis Sanford (lower body, Oct. 17 practice) is expected to miss two to four weeks… RW Jared Boll (broken thumb, Sept. 30 vs. Carolina; injured reserve on Oct. 1) is expected to miss at least four to six weeks… LW Kristian Huselius (torn pectoral muscle, surgery on July 14; injured reserve) is expected to miss four to six months… G Mark Dekanich (lower body injury, Sept. 20 vs. Winnipeg; injured reserve) is out two to four weeks… Games Missed Due to Injury: 70.

LAST WEEK’S RESULTS
OCT. 25 – at BLUE JACKETS 4, Red Wings 1:
R.J. Umberger scored 21 seconds into the game and Columbus scored the game’s final three goals en route to their first win of the season. Umberger and rookie Ryan Johansen each tallied 1-1-2 and Grant Clitsome collected a career-high three assists to lead the Blue Jackets attack, while Steve Mason made 30 saves in net. Rookie John Moore and Derek MacKenzie added goals for Columbus, which outshot Detroit 32 to 31… OCT. 27 – at Sabres 4, BLUE JACKETS 2: The Blue Jackets erased a 2-0 deficit and tied the game at 2-2 on a Fedor Tyutin goal at 10:51 of the third period, but the Sabres got goals from Patrick Kaleta at the 14:08 mark and Jason Pominville just 3:28 later to seal the win despite being outshot 43 to 26 by Columbus. Pominville tallied 2-1-3 and Jhonas Enroth made 41 saves to lead Buffalo, while Vinny Prospal added a goal for the Jackets… OCT. 29 – at Blackhawks 5, BLUE JACKETS 2: Chicago’s Viktor Stalberg scored two goals 1:58 apart early in the third period to propel the Hawks to the win. The Jackets overcame 1-0 and 2-1 deficits on goals by Vinny Prospal and Derek MacKenzie to tie the game at 2-2 heading into the third period. Michael Frolik added an empty net goal for Chicago, which got 27 saves from Ray Emery. Allen York made 33 saves in his first NHL start for Columbus… OCT. 30 – at BLUE JACKETS 3, Ducks 1: Steve Mason made 19 saves and the Blue Jackets got goals from Rick Nash, Ryan Johansen and Fedor Tyutin en route to their second-straight win at Nationwide Arena. After Nash and Anaheim’s Bobby Ryan traded goals in the first period, Johansen and Tyutin beat Ducks goaltender Dan Ellis in the second to round out the scoring. James Wisniewski tallied two assists for his first multi-point game as a Jacket.

NEWS & NOTES
The Blue Jackets have gone 2-2-0 in their last four games and are riding a two-game home winning streak… The club has killed off 12-of-14 opponent power plays (85.7 pct.) over the past four games compared to 18-of-28 (64.3 pct.) in its first eight games… The Blue Jackets have scored power play goals in six of the last eight games after being shut out in their first four… Columbus outshot Buffalo 43 to 26 in a 4-2 loss on Oct. 27, falling two shots shy of the club record for shots in a road game (45 – Apr. 8, 2011 at Nashville)… After playing 12 games in 24 days, the club plays four times in the next 15.

Nash

NASH IS TWO POINTS SHY OF 500: RW Rick Nash became the first player to appear in 600 games as a Blue Jacket at Ottawa on Oct. 22 and fired off his 2,000th career shot at Buffalo on Oct. 27. The next milestone Nash is poised to reach is 500 points as the Jackets captain is now just two points shy of becoming the first player in club history to reach that plateau. With 4-6-10 in 12 games this season, he has now tallied 263-235-498 in 604 career games.

THE WIZ OPENS TO RAVE REVIEWS; DEFENSE PARTNER TYUTIN SURGES AS WELL: After missing the first eight games due to suspension, D James Wisniewski has collected 0-4-4 with four penalty minutes, eight shots on goal and a +2 plus/minus rating in his first four games as a Blue Jacket. After being held without a point in his debut vs. Detroit on Oct. 25, he is riding a three-game point streak (0-4-4), including 0-2-2 vs. Anaheim on Oct. 30 for his first multi-point game with the club. Columbus was 0-7-1 prior to his return and has gone 2-2-0 since. Defense partner Fedor Tyutin has also flourished during the past four games as he has 2-1-3 with 11 shots on goal and a +6 plus/minus rating. That compares to his first eight games in which he tallied 0-2-2 and was -3.

MISCELLANEOUS PLAYER NOTES
LW R.J. Umberger, who has played in 261 consecutive games since Apr. 2, 2008 (club record 258-straight as a Blue Jacket), has racked up 1-3-4 in his last four games after being held to 0-1-1 in his first eight outings… G Steve Mason is 2-1-0 with a 2.03 GAA and .922 SV% in his last three games… Rookie C Ryan Johansen has tallied 2-2-4 in his last five games after failing to record a point in his first four NHL contests and has scored the game-winning goal in both of Columbus’ wins this season (Oct. 25 vs. Detroit and Oct. 30 vs. Anaheim)… LW Vinny Prospal scored goals in back-to-back games at Buffalo on Oct. 27 and at Chicago on Oct. 29 and leads the club with 5-5-10 in 12 games… C Derek MacKenzie has scored goals in two of the last four games… C Antoine Vermette, who has appeared in 192 consecutive games with the Blue Jackets, has collected an assist in five of the past six games and is four points shy of 300 for his NHL career (133-163-296 in 551 games).

MARC METHOT TO READ TO KIDS AT GAHANNA LIBRARY ON TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 1
The first Blue Jackets Celebrity Reading appearance of 2011 is scheduled for Tuesday, November 1. Defenseman Marc Methot will be at the Gahanna branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library, located at 310 Granville St., from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. The appearance is part of the Columbus Blue Jackets Book Jackets program Powered by AEP, which encourages students in grades K-8 to spend more of their free time reading. The program helps students become All-Star readers with updated goals. Students keep "score" of minutes read throughout a four-week period and are rewarded with Blue Jackets prizes upon completion. Click here for more information

BUD LIGHT CELEBRITY BARTENDING EVENT SLATED FOR TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 8
Fans are invited to join Blue Jackets players Steve Mason, Marc Methot and Derek Dorsett at the R Bar in the Arena District on Tuesday, November 8 for the Bud Light Celebrity Bartending event from 7 to 9 p.m. Numerous activities and prize giveaways are planned for the night with all tips received by the players donated to the Columbus Blue Jackets Foundation.

MILITARY APPRECIATION NIGHT SET FOR THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 10
The Blue Jackets will celebrate Military Appreciation Night when they host the Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday, November 10. Numerous military groups will be in attendance at the game and participating in a variety of in-game activities. Blue Jackets players will be wearing special camouflage practice jerseys during pre-game warm ups that will be signed and auctioned that night and on Saturday, November 12 with proceeds benefiting the Student Veterans Affairs Fund at The Ohio State University. A special 50/50 raffle also will take place as well with a portion of the proceeds benefiting Operation Buckeye (for more information, visit www.OperationBuckeye.org). In addition, all active or retired military personnel will receive a free ticket with an accompanying paid admission at the Nationwide Arena Box Office. The offer will also be good for the November 21 game vs. Calgary.

SCORE PIZZA AND TICKETS TO THE NOV. 12 GAME VS. WINNIPEG
Fans can score a free Papa John’s Office Pizza Party and 20 tickets to the Saturday, November 12 game vs. the Winnipeg Jets 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.

UPCOMING PROMOTIONS
Nov. 12 vs. Winnipeg –
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… 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… SQUARE SMALL BUSINESS NIGHT – All fans receive a Square card reader and Blue Jackets hat courtesy of Square… GIANT EAGLE TURKEY SHOOT – All fans are invited down to ice level after the game to take a shot on goal for the chance to win a Giant Eagle gift card that can be applied toward a Thanksgiving turkey or other items.

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. Beginning Thursday, November 3, 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, November 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 January 24. For complete rules, visit http://www.foxsportsohio.com/pages/florida_fly_away.

BUY PEPSI OR DIET PEPSI AND SAVE ON BLUE JACKETS TICKETS
Fans who purchase specially marked cans of Pepsi and Diet Pepsi at local retailers will receive an offer to save up to $12 on a ticket for select Blue Jackets home games. Simply bring the cans to the Nationwide Arena Box Office for $12 off a Lower Level ticket and $8 off an AEP Power Level ticket for any home game through November 21.

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 December 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 and look for in-store displays with a QR code for entry at participating United Dairy Farmers locations across Central Ohio beginning November 1.

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 November 10 vs. Chicago, February 28 vs. Detroit and March 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 – http://10tv.solutionsbyweb.com/thefan/superior/m/page.cfm.

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).

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); a new feature called “Small Talk” in which the team’s youngest fans ask questions to Blue Jackets players; the November edition of the Scott Howson Report; Marc Methot’s visit to the Gahanna Library to read with young fans; Derick Brassard and Derek Dorsett visiting Heyl Elementary as part of the After-School All-Stars program; a look back at the team’s first viewing party of the season; complete pre- and post- game day coverage and more.

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 Columbus Blue Jackets official mobile app, through the NHL GameCenter platform, gives fans a new way to follow the team using their smart phones and mobile devices on the Apple and Android operating systems. The app is currently available in the iTunes and Android Market app stores. Fans that download the NHL GameCenter app and select the Blue Jackets as their favorite team will be able to access the team’s schedule and 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 feature videos from Jackets TV at BlueJackets.com and purchase single game tickets from within the app.

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 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.comSeason & 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.

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