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Weekly Report: Sixth Place Blue Jackets Play Four Games this Week, Including Two at Home

by Blue Jackets Staff / Columbus Blue Jackets

THIS WEEK'S GAME SCHEDULE (Times ET)


Tue., Mar. 24  at Tampa Bay Lightning, St. Pete Times Forum - 7:30 p.m.  FSO HD/1460, CD101
Thu., Mar. 26  CALGARY FLAMES, NATIONWIDE ARENA - 7 p.m.                FSO/1460, CD101
Sat., Mar. 28   at St. Louis Blues, Scottrade Center - 8:30 p.m.                      FSO/1460, CD101
Sun., Mar. 29  ST. LOUIS BLUES, NATIONWIDE ARENA - 5 p.m.                 FSO/1460, CD101

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


BLUE JACKETS AT A GLANCE

Record:
38-28-6, 82 pts./3rd Central Division… Streak: Won two-straight… Home: 23-11-2, won last game… Road: 15-17-4, won three-straight… Last Week's Results: 2-0-0… Mar. 18 – at Columbus 4, Chicago 3 (OT)… Mar. 21 – Columbus 3, at Florida 1.


WESTERN CONFERENCE "MARCH TO THE PLAYOFFS"

Standings as of Mar. 23 (*division leaders)

  Team
GP Record Pts. Games Left Games Left - Home Games Left - Away Opp. this Week
1. X-*San Jose 72 48-14-10 106 10 4 6 at CHI, at NSH, PHX
2.
X-*Detroit
72 48-15-9 105 10 6 4 at CGY, at EDM, NYI, NSH
3. *Calgary 71 41-24-6 88 11 5 6 DET, at PIT, at CBJ, MIN
4. Chicago 71 38-22-11 87 11 7 4 SJ, NJ, VAN
5. Vancouver 71 38-24-9 85 11 4 7 at DAL, at STL, at COL, at CHI
6. Columbus 71 38-28-6 82 10 5 5 at TB, CGY, at STL, STL
7. Edmonton 72 35-28-9 79 10 7 3 DET, at PHX, at ANA, MIN
8. Nashville 72 35-30-9 77 10 5 5 ANA, SJ, LA, at DET
9. Anaheim 72 35-31-6 76 10 4 6 at NSH, at COL, EDM, COL
10. Minnesota
72 34-30-8 76 10 4 6 at NYR, at NYI, at CGY, at EDM,
11. St. Louis 72 33-30-9 75 10 4 6 LA, VAN, CBJ, at CBJ
12. Dallas
72 33-31-8 74 10 5 5 VAN, LA, FLA

 


OPPONENTS AT A GLANCE

TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING (23-33-16, 63 pts./5th Southeast Division):
Interim Head Coach Rick Tocchet… Tampa Bay is 3-3-4 in its last 10 games, including 0-1-2 in its last three… The Lightning have played 20 games decided in overtime or a shootout, which is tied for the third-most in the NHL (4-6-10)… Club is led by RW Martin St. Louis (27-46-73 in 72 games), All-Star C Vincent Lacavalier (29-38-67, 10 PPG and six GWG in 72 games) and LW Ryan Malone (24-17-41 in 62 games)… G Mike Smith is 14-18-9 with a 2.62 GAA, .916 SV% and two shutouts in 41 games… The Blue Jackets are 3-4-1 all-time vs. the Lightning, including 1-3-0 on the road… Columbus won the last meeting, 5-3, at home on Mar. 9, 2008… The Lightning won the last game at the St. Pete Times Forum, 4-2, on Jan. 13, 2006.

CALGARY FLAMES (41-24-6, 88 pts./1st Northwest Division): Head Coach Mike Keenan… Since going 9-1-2 from Feb. 9-Mar. 5, the Flames have gone 2-5-0 in their last seven… Calgary ranks third in the NHL on the power play (84.0 pct.) and has allowed a league-high 15 shorthanded goals… Club is led by All-Star RW Jarome Iginla (31-52-83, 10 PPG in 71 games), LW Mike Cammalleri (35-37-72, 18 PPG in 70 games) and C Olli Jokinen (29-25-54 in 65 games; 8-4-12 in eight games as a Flame)… G Miikka Kiprusoff is 41-18-5 with a 2.85 GAA, .904 SV% and four shutouts in 66 games… The Blue Jackets are 16-13-2 all-time vs. Calgary, including an 11-3-1 mark at home… The Jackets earned a 3-1 win at home on Nov. 8 and suffered a 5-4 shootout loss at Calgary on Jan. 21 and a 4-1 road loss on Feb. 24.

ST. LOUIS BLUES (33-30-9, 75 pts./5th Central Division): Head Coach Andy Murray… The Blues have gone 19-9-6 since Jan. 3… St. Louis is 10-5-4 vs. the Central Division this season, which is second only to Detroit's 14-4-1 mark… The Blues are led by RW Brad Boyes (29-32-61, 15 PPG, 10 GWG in 72 games), RW David Backes (24-21-45, 155 PIM in 72 games) and C Keith Tkachuk (21-18-39, 13 PPG in 69 games)… G Chris Mason is 19-20-6 with a 2.48 GAA, .915 SV% and four SO in 47 games… The Blue Jackets are 18-21-9 all-time vs. St. Louis, including 12-7-5 at home… Columbus has gone 13-10-4 vs. the Blues since the start of the 2005-06 season… The Blues won the first two meetings this season, 5-2, at Scottrade Center on Jan. 3 and 4-2 at Nationwide Arena on Feb. 3, while the Jackets took the last encounter, 4-3, at home on Feb. 18.



SCHEDULE, Mar. 24-30 (times subject to change)

Tuesday, Mar. 24        St. Pete Times Forum, Tampa, FL - 11:30 a.m. ET
Wednesday, Mar. 25  Dispatch Ice Haus - 12 p.m. ET
Thursday, Mar. 26       Nationwide Arena - 10:30 a.m. ET
Friday, Mar. 27             Dispatch Ice Haus - 11 a.m. ET
Saturday, Mar. 28        Scottrade Center, St. Louis, MO - 11:30 a.m. CT
Sunday, Mar. 29          No Practice Scheduled (Game vs. St. Louis, 5 p.m.)
Monday, Mar. 30          Dispatch Ice Haus - 11 a.m. ET

 

OhioHealth INJURY REPORT

C Derick Brassard (dislocated shoulder, Dec. 18) will miss the rest of the season… LW Fredrik Modin (Mar. 5 at Nashville) is day-to-day… D Ole-Kristian Tollefsen (Injured Reserve, Feb. 21) is expected to miss four to six weeks… LW Jason Chimera (Injured Reserve, Mar. 2) is expected to miss four to five weeks… Man Games Lost to Injury: 294.


INDIVIDUAL NOTES

TORRES CONTINUES TO THRIVE IN THE CLUTCH:
LW Raffi Torres has picked up 8-3-11 and is +4 in his past 18 games and has now registered 10-6-16 with a -1 plus/minus rating in 41 games this season. He collected his first multi-goal game as a Blue Jacket when he scored at 17:14 and 18:27 of the third period at Florida on Saturday to turn a 1-0 deficit into a 2-1 lead en route to a 3-1 victory. His second goal was his fifth game-winning goal of the season, which ties him for the club lead with Rick Nash, and was his third game-winner in the last six outings.

UMBERGER PLAYS 300TH GAME, BUILDS ON CAREER GOAL TOTAL: C R.J. Umberger tallied 1-1-2 vs. Chicago on Mar. 18 and played in the 300th game of his NHL career at Florida on Mar. 28. He has tallied 24-18-42 in 72 games this season, setting a career high in goals (20, 2005-06 with Philadelphia), and has 9-7-16 his past 24 games. His five multi-goal games are one shy of the club record of six, which is shared by Rick Nash (2003-04 & 2007-08) and Geoff Sanderson (2002-03). He has five multi-goal games in his last 60 contests after recording seven the first 239 games of his career.

MISCELLANEOUS: LW Rick Nash leads the Blue Jackets in goals, assists and points with 34-33-67 in 68 games and is seven goals and two points shy of his career highs in those categories (41 goals in 2003-04; 69 points in 2007-08). His 33 assists are a new career high (31 in 2007-08) and mark the fourth-straight season he has improved that number… C Antoine Vermette has tallied 5-3-8 in seven games with Columbus after collecting 9-19-28 in 62 games with Ottawa. He scored his first career overtime goal vs. Chicago on Mar. 18 and Columbus is 6-1-0 since he joined the club… The Blue Jackets have eight players who have scored 10 or more goals this season – LW Rick Nash (34), C R.J. Umberger (24), LW Kristian Huselius (20), C Jason Williams (15), C Antoine Vermette (14), C Derick Brassard (10), C Manny Malhotra (10) and LW Raffi Torres (10) – compared to five players who tallied 10 or more last season.

 


TEAM NOTES

COLUMBUS SETS FRANCHISE RECORDS FOR WINS, POINTS:
With a 38-28-6 mark through 72 games, the Blue Jackets are enjoying the best season in franchise history and have already set club records for wins (35, 2005-06) and points (80, 2007-08)… The club has also tied marks for home wins at 23-11-2 (23, 2005-06) and road wins at 15-17-4 (15, 2006-07)... Columbus has won three-straight road games, which is one shy of the club record of four set from Dec. 2-12, 2006 (at Edmonton, Colorado, St. Louis and Dallas).

JACKETS PLAY FINAL GAME VS. EAST: The Blue Jackets play their final game against an Eastern Conference opponent on Tuesday at Tampa Bay before finishing the season with nine games vs. Western Conference clubs, including seven-straight against the Central Division from Mar. 28-Apr. 10… Columbus has gone 13-3-1 in games against Eastern Conference teams this season, outscoring the opposition 47 to 26… G Steve Mason has gone 12-1-0 with a 1.06 goals-against average, .965 save percentage and six shutouts in 13 games against the Eastern Conference.

MISCELLANEOUS: Since beginning the season 3-6-0 in their first nine games, the Jackets have gone 35-22-6… Columbus has posted a 16-8-1 record since the All-Star break… The Jackets have gone 14-5-1 since Feb. 7 with 18 of those 20 games coming against teams that are currently .500 or better (3-0 win vs. Colorado on Feb. 10 and 5-4 win vs. Los Angeles on Mar. 3 are the exceptions)… Since Dec. 27, the Blue Jackets have averaged 16,699 fans at 19 home games with six sellout crowds of 18,144 or more… Through 36 home games, the club's average attendance is 15,401. Last year, Columbus averaged 14,509 in 41 home games with two sellouts.

 


UPCOMING PROMOTIONS

THURSDAY, MAR. 26 VS. CALGARY FLAMES:
"All You Can Eat Pack – This package includes one ticket in the AAA Sky Terrace and an All You Can Eat Buffet for just $39… "Schwebel's GIANT Deal" offers two tickets and one Stinger's Kids Meal (hot dog, small soda, chips and cookies) for just $45… "Rush CBJ Student Tickets presented by Raising Canes" – High School and College students can get Blue Jackets tickets for student prices one hour before games at the Nationwide Arena Ticket Office. Upper bowl seats are just $15, lower bowl seats are just $25.

SUNDAY, MAR. 29 VS. ST. LOUIS BLUES: Dispatch/97.1 The Fan Family Night and appearance by The Cartoon Network's Ben 10 – The package includes four tickets, four Sugardale hot dogs, four small Pepsi products, four popcorns and four coupons for Wendy's Frostys, UDF ice cream cones and Dispatch Ice Haus skating passes. Prices start as low as $25 per person… In addition, kids can meet "Ben 10" from The Cartoon Network, presented by Time Warner Cable… "Schwebel's GIANT Deal" offers two tickets and one Stinger's Kids Meal (hot dog, small soda, chips and cookies) for just $45… "Rush CBJ Student Tickets presented by Raising Canes” – High School and College students can get tickets for student prices one hour before games at the Nationwide Arena Ticket Office. Upper bowl seats are just $15, lower bowl seats are just $25.

 


PROMOTIONS & CONTESTS

"DESINATIONWIDE" CONTEST TO GIVE A LUCKY FAN TWO TICKETS TO NATIONWIDE ARENA EVENTS FOR ONE YEAR:
Donatos Pizza, Pepsi, the Columbus Blue Jackets, Nationwide Arena and QFM96 radio are teaming up to present the fifth annual "Destinationwide" contest in which one lucky fan will win a pair of tickets to nearly every game, concert and special event at Nationwide Arena over the next year. The grand prize winner will be announced at the Blue Jackets "Fan Appreciation Night" game on Saturday, April 11 against the Minnesota Wild. Fans can enter by registering online at www.qfm96.com today through Sunday, March 29. Beginning Monday, March 30, QFM96's morning show, Wags & Elliott, will draw two qualifiers from the registrant pool each weekday morning between 6 a.m. and 10 a.m. Each qualifier will win a Blue Jackets pack of merchandise, a $25 Donatos gift card, a Pepsi prize pack, and an invitation to the Blue Jackets "Fan Appreciation Night" on Saturday, April 11. The 10 qualifiers plus one "wild card" entrant selected at the game will be highlighted during an in-game break where Wags & Elliott will facilitate a random drawing for the grand prize winner.

THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH "MARCH TO THE PLAYOFFS" TICKET OFFER AT GIANT EAGLE: The Blue Jackets and The Columbus Dispatch have introduced a "March to the Playoffs" ticket offer in which shoppers who buy The Columbus Dispatch at participating Giant Eagle locations will find an insert containing a special discount offer for select Blue Jackets home games in March. The specially-marked newspapers will be in stores throughout the month and allow customers to take advantage of a $10 discount off select upper level seating areas and $15 off select lower level seats. The discounts may be redeemed online at BlueJackets.nhl.com/dispatch.htm or in person at the Nationwide Arena Ticket Office. Fans may choose from the following games – Mar. 26 vs. Calgary and Mar. 31 vs. Nashville.

TIM HORTONS INTRODUCES "STINGER" DONUT: As the Blue Jackets "March to the Playoffs," team partner Tim Hortons has introduced the Stinger Donut, a specially-themed vanilla dip donut adorned with colorful sprinkles, which is available at all central Ohio Tim Hortons stores through the end of the season. In addition, fans are reminded to celebrate every Jackets home victory with a free donut. The day after a win at Nationwide Arena, fans may show their game ticket at participating central Ohio Tim Hortons stores to receive one free donut with the purchase of a coffee.

JACKETS ALERTS FROM VERIZON WIRELESS: The "Jackets Alerts" program gives fans the opportunity to sign up to have breaking team news, game information and exclusive offers sent directly to their Verizon Wireless phone. By texting the word JACKETS to 79376, fans will be automatically signed up for the 2008-09 season. Standard messaging rates apply and service availability is on a carrier by carrier basis and based on handset compatibility.

FANS – SHOW THE BLUE JACKETS HOW YOU "CARRY THE FLAG": BlueJackets.com is giving fans the opportunity to show how they Carry the Flag! The team's official website is looking for creative content provided by fans about their favorite NHL team. Fans can visit www.BlueJackets.com and submit creative game previews or recaps (pdf, doc, txt), videos (wmv), photos (jpg, jpeg, gif formats no bigger than 1000 x 1000 pixels) or audio clips (mp3 or mpg) and the best submissions will be posted on the team’s website.


BLUE JACKETS ON THE RADIO

The Coach's Show with Ken Hitchcock airs on WBNS Sports Radio 97.1 The Fan and AM1460 on Wednesdays from 3 to 4 p.m. with the Jackets Head Coach, FOX Sports Ohio's Jeff Rimer and WBNS Radio's Bruce Hooley… Breakfast with the Blue Jackets can be heard on the Wheeling Island Hotel Casino Radio Network, including flagship station Sports Radio 97.1 The Fan and AM1460 on Sundays from 10 to 11 a.m. with hosts Mark Wyant and members of the Blue Jackets broadcast team.


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.com... SEASON & GROUP TICKETS: For information on season tickets, six-game and 10-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.

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