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Weekly Report: October 12-18

by Blue Jackets Staff / Columbus Blue Jackets

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


Tue., Oct. 13 CALGARY FLAMES, Nationwide Arena - 7 p.m.      No Local TV/1460, CD101
Sat., Oct. 17 LOS ANGELES KINGS, 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: 3-1-0, 6 pts. (Central Division: 1st place; Western Conference: 2nd place-T)… Streak: 1-0-0… Home: 1-0-0, 2 pts… Road: 2-1-0, 4 pts.… Last Week's Results: 2-1-0… Oct. 5 – COLUMBUS 5, at Vancouver 3… Oct. 8 – at San Jose 6, COLUMBUS 3… Oct. 10 – COLUMBUS 2, at Phoenix 0.

OPPONENTS AT A GLANCE

CALGARY FLAMES: Record: 4-1-0, 8 pts. (Northwest Division: 1st place)… The Flames have outscored their opponents 19 to 17 in five games and had a season-opening four-game winning streak snapped in a 5-2 loss vs. Dallas on Oct. 9… Calgary has converted 7-of-15 power plays (46.7 pct.)… Head Coach: Brent Sutter… Players to Watch: LW Rene Bourque (leads club with 3-4-7, 2 PPG in five games)… D Dion Phaneuf (has 3-2-5, 2 PPG in five games)… G Miikka Kiprusoff (4-0-0, 2.95, .910 SV% in four games)… Jackets vs. Flames: 17-13-2 (12-3-1 at home, 5-10-1 on the road)… The home team has won 11 of the past 13 meetings in the series, including six in a row since a 3-1 Calgary win at Nationwide Arena on Dec. 18, 2007… The Jackets posted a 2-1-1 mark last year, including a 5-0 win at home in the final meeting on Mar. 26, 2009.

LOS ANGELES KINGS: Record: 3-1-0, 6 pts. (Pacific Division: 1st place)… The Kings are averaging a league-high 4.25 goals per game (17 in four games)… Los Angeles enters the week having won its last three games… Head Coach: Terry Murray… Players to Watch: C Anze Kopitar (tied for fifth in the NHL in scoring with 3-6-9 in four games)… LW Ryan Smyth (has 4-3-7, 3 PPG in four games)… G Jonathan Quick (3-1-0, 3.50 GAA, .881 SV% in four games)… Jackets vs. Kings: 16-14-2 (10-5-1 at home, 6-9-1 on the road)… The two teams split four games last season with each team winning once at home and once on the road… The Jackets won the final two meetings of 2008-09, 2-0 at Los Angeles on Dec. 29, 2008 and 5-4 at home on Mar. 3, 2009.


PRACTICE SCHEDULE, SEPT. 13-19 (subject to change) - CLICK HERE


OhioHealth INJURY REPORT

LW Fredrik Modin (Sept. 18 at Minnesota; Injured Reserve on Sept. 29) is expected to miss four to six weeks… D Mike Commodore (Injured Reserve on Oct. 3 retroactive to Sept. 19) is day-to-day.


ROSTER REPORT
Oct. 8 –
Acquired LW Jordan LaVallee-Smotherman from the Atlanta Thrashers in exchange for future considerations and assigned him to the Syracuse Crunch (AHL).


BLUE JACKETS LOOK TO SURPASS BEST START IN CLUB HISTORY
The Blue Jackets have posted a 3-1-0 mark in their first four games for the second time in franchise history thanks to an opening night 2-1 win at home over Minnesota on Oct. 3 and a 2-1-0 road trip that included wins at Vancouver and Phoenix around a loss at San Jose. Columbus also started the 2003-04 campaign 3-1-0, including a season-opening loss at Atlanta and three-straight home wins over the NY Rangers, Vancouver and Chicago.

GARON MAKES CBJ HISTORY
G Matieu Garon made 36 saves to lead Columbus to a 2-0 win at Phoenix on Oct. 10 and became the first goaltender in franchise history to record a shutout in his first start as a Blue Jacket. The previous mark for quickest shutout by a Blue Jackets goaltender was Dan LaCosta, who registered his first career shutout with 31 saves vs. Colorado on Feb. 10, 2009 in his second start (fourth game). G Steve Mason picked up his first shutout in his sixth game/start with 15 saves at Atlanta on Nov. 22, 2008. Last Saturday marked the 15th shutout of Garon's NHL career and his first since Feb. 4, 2008 when he made 24 saves against Calgary while playing for the Edmonton Oilers.

TEAM NEWS & NOTES
RW Rick Nash has tallied 2-5-7 in his last three games and is now just four goals shy of 200 in his NHL career (196-165-361 in 445 games)… . D Jan Hejda leads the club with a +7 plus/minus rating, which is tied for second in the NHL, and has been a “plus” player in all four games this season. Since joining the club prior to the 2007-08 campaign, Hejda is +50 in 167 games… LW Kristian Huselius is riding a three-game points streak (1-3-4)… D Mathieu Roy, who was added to the lineup on emergency recall on Oct. 3, has tallied 0-2-2 and is +3 in three games... The Blue Jackets enter the week ranked second in the NHL in penalty killing at 93.4 percent, having killed off 17-of-18 opponent power plays, including the last 15 in a row.

SATURDAY IS HOCKEY FIGHTS CANCER NIGHT IN PARTNERSHIP WITH OHIOHEALTH
The Blue Jackets host the Los Angeles Kings on Hockey Fights Cancer Night in partnership with OhioHealth on Saturday, October 17. The Columbus Blue Jackets Foundation, OhioHealth and Fraternal Order of Police Lodge No. 9 will welcome young cancer heroes and their families to this annual game, which is part of the NHL's Hockey Fights Cancer month. Several pediatric cancer patients will participate in various in-game elements including a ceremonial puck drop, honorary stick kid and Zamboni rides and a post-game reception with some of their favorite Blue Jackets players. In addition, thanks to Relay Gear and F.O.P. Lodge 9, 100 percent of sales of the foundation's Hats For HEROES hats will be donated to the fight against pediatric cancer.


UPCOMING PROMOTIONS

Tuesday, Oct. 13 vs. Calgary –
ALL YOU CAN EAT PACK includes a game 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… CHIPOTLE/CD101 HOT ZONE offers the loudest and most energetic fans a ticket in section 201 and a coupon for a free Chipotle burrito for just $25. That represents a savings of $26 off of regular pricing thanks to Chipotle & CD101… GIANT EAGLE ADVANTAGE CARD NIGHT offers fans who bring their Giant Eagle Advantage Card to the Nationwide Arena Box Office $15 off lower level and $10 off upper level seats to that night's game.

Saturday, Oct. 17 vs. Los Angeles – DISPATCH FAMILY VALUE PACK includes a game ticket, hot dog, popcorn, Pepsi and Dispatch Ice Haus skating pass for just $25 per person… GUYS NIGHT OUT PACK includes two tickets, two beers and two Skyline cheese coney dogs for just $60 (must be 21 years of age or older)… COORS LIGHT ICE COLD PUB HAT TRICK COMBO offers a pre-game buffet in the Coors Light Ice Cold Pub starting two and half hours before game time, a lower level game ticket and a free drink after the game in the pub. A limited number of tickets are available for each game. For more information and available ticket prices, visit BlueJackets.com.

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 web site, 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 web site above.

RICK NASH, TIME WARNER CABLE SUPPORT ADULT LITERACY PROGRAMS
For the second year in a row, Blue Jackets captain Rick Nash is serving as the spokesman for Time Warner Cable's month-long adult literacy campaign. During the month of October, Time Warner Cable will donate $5 of every connection fee from its Road Runner high speed Internet and Digital Phone services to adult literacy programs throughout its Mid-Ohio Division service area.

BLUE JACKETS VIEWING PARTIES
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 BlueJackets.nhl.com/viewinglocations for complete information on all viewing locations and parties 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 at its new time 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 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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