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Weekly Report: October 5-11

by Blue Jackets Staff / Columbus Blue Jackets


Mon., Oct. 5 at Vancouver Canucks, General Motors Place - 10 p.m.    FSO/1460, CD101
Thu., Oct. 8 at San Jose Sharks, HP Pavilion at San Jose - 10:30 p.m. FSO HD/1460, CD101
Sat., Oct. 10 at Phoenix Coyotes, Arena - 9 p.m.               FSO/1460, CD101

FSO – FOX Sports Ohio; 1460 – WBNS-AM 1460 The Fan; CD101 – CD101.1 FM

1-0-0, 2 pts. ('08-'09: Central Div: 3rd place-T; Western Conference: 6th place-T)… Streak: 1-0-0… Home: 1-0-0, 2 pts… Road: 0-0-0, 0 pts.… Last Week’s Results: 1-0-0… Oct. 3 – at Columbus 2, Minnesota 1.

Record: 0-2-0, 0 pts. (Northwest Division: 5th place)… Went 45-27-10, 100 pts. in 2008-09… Head Coach: Alain Vigneault… Players to Watch: G Roberto Luongo (0-2-0, 3.53 GAA, .857 SV% in two games; 33-13-7, 2.32 GAA, .920 SV%, 9 SO in 2008-09); LW Daniel Sedin (0-1-1 in two games; 31-51-82 in 82 games in ’08-09); C Henrik Sedin (0-1-1 in two games; 22-60-82 in 82 games in ’08-09)… Jackets vs. Canucks: 12-16-4 (7-6-3 at home, 5-10-1 on the road)… Columbus is 7-3-0 in the last 10 meetings, including a 3-1-0 mark in 2008-09… Vancouver's 3-1 win at home on Mar. 1, 2009 ended a five-game Blue Jackets winning streak in the series.

SAN JOSE SHARKS: Record: 1-1-0, 2 pts. (Pacific Division: 2nd place)… Went 53-18-11, 117 pts. in 2008-09… Head Coach: Todd McLellan… Players to Watch: C Patrick Marleau (3-0-3 in two games; 38-33-71 in 76 games in 2008-09); C Joe Thornton (1-1-2 in two games; 25-61-86 in 82 games in ’08-09); LW Dany Heatley (0-2-2 in two games; 39-33-72 in 82 games with Ottawa in '08-09)… San Jose roster features former Blue Jackets Jody Shelley and Manny Malhotra, who rank fourth and fifth on Columbus’s all-time games played list with 380 and 344, respectively… Jackets vs. Sharks: 10-19-3 (9-6-1 at home, 1-13-2 on the road)… Columbus’s lone win at San Jose was a 3-2 overtime decision on Jan. 8, 2004… The home team has won 10 of the last 11 meetings (4-2 San Jose win at Columbus on Feb. 27, 2008)… The teams split four games last year with the home team winning each game.

PHOENIX COYOTES: Record: 1-0-0, 2 pts. (Pacific Division: 1st place)… Went 36-39-7, 79 pts. in 2008-09… Head Coach: Dave Tippett (first season with the club)… Players to Watch: LW Shane Doan (0-0-0 in one game; 31-42-73 in 82 games in 2008-09); RW Radim Vrbata (2-0-2 in one game; 27-29-56 in 76 games with Coyotes in 2007-08 before spending most of last season in Czech Republic); G Ilya Bryzgalov (1-0-0, 3.00 GAA, .909 SV% in one game; 26-31-6, 2.98 GAA, .906 SV%, 3 SO in 65 games in ’08-09)… Jackets vs. Coyotes: 11-16-5 (7-8-1 at home, 4-8-4 on the road)… Columbus had posted a 7-3-1 mark in 11-straight games prior to being swept by the Coyotes in the four-game season series in 2008-09… Phoenix was the only team the Jackets played more than once in 2008-09 that they failed to earn at least one win against.



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.

Sept. 28 –
Acquired D Anton Stralman from Calgary in exchange for a third round pick in the 2010 Entry Draft… Sept. 29 – Placed LW Fredrik Modin on Injured Reserve… Assigned LW Alexandre Picard and D Mathieu Roy to Syracuse Crunch (AHL)… Returned LW Matt Calvert to Brandon Wheat Kings (WHL)… Signed D David Liffiton and D Dylan Reese two one-year, two-way NHL/AHL contracts… Released D Martin Skoula… Oct. 3 – Placed D Mike Commodore on Injured Reserve retroactive to Sept. 19… Added D Mathieu Roy to the roster on emergency recall from Syracuse (AHL)… Signed D Rostislav Klesla to a four-year contract extension.

Columbus earned a 2-1 win over Minnesota on Oct. 3 to improve its all-time record on opening night to 4-3-2, including a 3-0-1 mark in the last four… Seven of the nine games have been decided by one goal or less… The club is 3-1-2 when opening the season at Nationwide Arena… The Jackets are 3-4-1 all-time in their first road game of the season, winning two of the past three, including a 5-4 overtime win at Dallas on Oct. 10, 2008.

The sellout crowd of 18,159 at Nationwide Arena for the Blue Jackets-Wild season-opening game was the 130th sellout in franchise history and the seventh in the past 17 regular season games… The club also sold out both its home playoff games last spring… RW R.J. Umberger scored a shorthanded goal vs. the Wild, becoming the first Blue Jacket to do so in a season opener… Columbus's 39 shots on goal vs. Minnesota were its most ever on opening night… With the win, Blue Jackets Head Coach Ken Hitchcock improved his opening night record to 8-2-3 (.731)… 2008-09 Calder Trophy winner G Steve Mason stopped 32-of-33 shots vs. Minnesota with Andrew Brunette's power play goal at 4:43 of the third period spoiling his shutout bid… D Rostislav Klesla, Columbus’s first-ever Entry Draft pick, signed a four-year contract extension on Oct. 3 and then scored the game-winning goal in the third period vs. the Wild. It was Klesla’s first game-winning goal since Dec. 29, 2007 vs. Carolina… The line of LW Jason Chimera-C Sammy Pahlsson-RW R.J. Umberger combined for one goal, nine shots and won 15-of-24 faceoffs (62.5 percent) vs. Minnesota… Pahlsson fired off four shots and won 13-of-21 draws in his CBJ debut… LW Rick Nash is six goals shy of 200 in his NHL career (194-161-355 in 442 games).

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 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.

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, 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.

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.

Through Chipotle's Burritos with the Boys contest, fans can enter to win the chance to watch a Blue Jackets practice and eat a Chipotle lunch with players at Nationwide Arena on Tuesday, November 10. Fans can enter the contest through Tuesday, November 3 by clicking on the following link

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 97.1The 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.

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 Fans can also get up-to-the-minute news and stories by following the Blue Jackets on Twitter at 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

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 and… 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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