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Blue Jackets Weekly Report: Dec. 18-31
Blue Jackets play eight games between now and end of calendar year

Monday, 12.18.2006 / 12:00 AM / News
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Blue Jackets Weekly Report: Dec. 18-31
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(NOTE: DUE TO THE CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY, THERE WILL BE NO WEEKLY REPORT ON MONDAY, DECEMBER 25)

THIS WEEK'S GAME SCHEDULE - Dec. 18-31
Columbus Blue Jackets (11-17-3, 25 pts./4th Place - Central Division)
Date - Opponent/Arena - Time (ET) - Television/Radio Information
Mon. Dec. 18 - Detroit Red Wings, Nationwide Arena - 7 p.m. - VERSUS/WBNS-AM 1460 The Fan, CD101.1 FM
Tue., Dec. 20 - at Detroit Red Wings, Joe Louis Arena - 7:30 p.m. - FSN Ohio/WBNS-AM1460 The Fan, CD101.1 FM
Fri., Dec. 22 - Vancouver Canucks, Nationwide Arena - 7 p.m. - FSN Ohio/WBNS-AM 1460 The Fan, CD101.1 FM Sat.,
Dec. 23 - at New York Islanders, Nassau Coliseum - 7 p.m. - FSN Ohio/WBNS-AM 1460 The Fan, CD101.1 FM
Tue., Dec. 26 - Boston Bruins, Nationwide Arena - 7 p.m. - VERSUS/WBNS-AM 1460 The Fan, CD101.1 FM
Thu. Dec. 28 - Detroit Red Wings, Nationwide Arena - 7 p.m. - FSN Ohio HD/WBNS-AM 1460 The Fan, CD101.1 FM
Fri. Dec. 29 - at Minnesota Wild, Xcel Energy Center - 8 p.m. - FSN Ohio/WBNS-AM 1460 The Fan, CD101.1 FM
Sun., Dec. 31 - Chicago Blackhawks, Nationwide Arena - 7 p.m. - FSN Ohio HD/WBNS-AM 1460 The Fan, CD101.1 FM

OPPONENTS AT A GLANCE
Detroit Red Wings (19-8-4, 42 pts./2nd, Central Div.)
D Nicklas Lidstrom (8-time All-Star, 4-time Norris Trophy winner)

Vancouver Canucks (17-15-1, 35 pts./3rd, Northwest Div.)
LW Markus Naslund (5-time All-star has 12-10-22 in 33 games)

New York Islanders (16-12-3, 35 pts./3rd, Atlantic Div.)
G Rick DiPietro (1st pick of 2000 Draft, 13-9-1, 2.80 GAA, .913 SV%)

Boston Bruins (15-13-2, 32 pts./5th, Northeast Div.)
D Zdeno Chara (2006 2nd Team All-Star, 2004 1st Team All-Star)

Minnesota Wild (16-14-2, 34 pts./4th, Northwest Div.)
LW Brian Rolston (2-time US Olympian lead club with 15-13-28)

Chicago Blackhawks (14-13-5, 33 pts./3rd, Central Div.)
RW Martin Havlat (Has 11-11-22 in 13 games)

PRACTICE SCHEDULE
Tue., Dec. 19 - Nationwide Arena - 11. a.m. ET
Wed., Dec. 20 - Joe Louis Arena - 11:30 a.m. ET
Thu., Dec. 21 - Dispatch Ice Haus - 11 a.m. ET
Fri., Dec. 22 - Nationwide Arena - 10:30 a.m. ET
Sat., Dec. 23 - Nassau Coliseum (tentative) - 11:30 a.m. ET
Sun., Dec. 24 - No Practice Scheduled
Mon., Dec. 25 - No Practice Scheduled
Tue, Dec. 26 - Nationwide Arena - 10:30 a.m. ET
Wed., Dec. 27 - Dispatch Ice Haus - 11 a.m. ET
Thu., Dec. 28 - Nationwide Arena - 10:30 a.m. ET
Fri., Dec. 29 - Xcel Energy Center (tentative) - 11:30 a.m. CT
Sat., Dec. 30 - Dispatch Ice Haus - 11 a.m. ET
Sun., Dec. 31 - Nationwide Arena - 10:30 a.m. ET
Mon., Jan. 1 - Nationwide Arena - 11 a.m. ET

Practices last 60-90 minutes with media availability following. Practices in the Dispatch Ice Haus are open to the public.

LAST WEEK'S RESULTS
Dec. 12 at Dallas (W, 3-1)
Norrena makes 25 saves, Jackets score two in third to pick up first-ever win at Dallas

Dec. 14 at Phoenix (SOL, 4-5)
Nash has 1-2-3 as Jackets rally from 4-2 deficit before Comrie nets lone shootout goal

Dec. 16 at Chicago (L, 4-6)
Hawks lead 5-1 after first and hold on; Vyborny (CBJ) and Havlat (CHI) each tally 1-2-3

ROSTER REPORT
RECENT TRANSACTIONS: Dec. 17 - Assigned D Filip Novak to Syracuse Crunch (AHL)… Dec. 16 - Activated D Duvie Westcott off Injured Reserve… Dec. 15 - Assigned LW Alexandre Picard to Syracuse Crunch (AHL)… Dec. 12 - Loaned RW Jaroslav Balastik to HV71 (Sweden).

OhioHealth INJURY REPORT: D Bryan Berard (back injury, surgery on Oct. 19) is expected to miss approximately three months… G Pascal Leclaire (knee sprain, Dec. 10 vs. Ottawa) will be sidelined indefinitely… D Adam Foote (lower body injury, Dec. 10 vs. Ottawa) is day-to-day… Man Games Lost to Injury - 80.

TEAM NOTES
The Jackets have earned a point in a club record five-straight road games (4-0-1).

Columbus is 6-4-1 under new head coach Ken Hitchcock. The Blue Jackets have outscored the opposition 37 to 24 under Hitchcock after being outscored 64 to 42 prior to his joining the club. The club is 5-1-1 in its last seven games, scoring three or more goals in each of those contests. Columbus scored three or more goals in nine of its first 24 games.

PLAYER NOTES
RW David Vyborny, who leads the Blue Jackets in scoring with 7-20-27 in 31 games, is riding a season-high five-game scoring streak (3-6-9) after going a season-high six consecutive games without a point from Nov. 24 to Dec. 5. Last week, he collected 3-2-5 in three games and scored a goal in each outing.

LW Rick Nash tallied 2-3-5, had a plus/minus rating of +4 and logged over 19:00 of ice time per game in three contests last week. His goal vs. the Blackhawks was the 100th of his NHL career, making him the first player in team history to score 100 goals as a Blue Jacket. In his last five outings, he has registered 4-5-9 with four multi-point games.

C Sergei Fedorov has tallied 5-7-12 and is +6 in his last 11 games.

D Anders Eriksson is riding a four-game point scoring streak (0-5-5).

D Ron Hainsey has notched 2-6-8 in his last eight games.

C Alexandre Svitov has 2-1-3 in his last eight games after picking up 1-1-2 in his first 21 games of the season.

LW Fredrik Modin has picked up 5-3-8 in his last nine games.

PLAYER MILESTONES
RW Anson Carter is three goals shy of 200 in his NHL career (197-212-409 in 641 games).

RW David Vyborny is three goals shy of 100 in his NHL career (97-157-254 in 426 games).

LW Fredrik Modin is eight goals shy of 200 in his NHL career (192-187-389 in 690 games).

UPCOMING PROMOTIONS/IN THE COMMUNITY
Dec. 22 vs. Vancouver - Free Pre-Game Skate: Fans can bring their skates to the Dispatch Ice Haus, the official practice facility of the Blue Jackets, located on the west side of Nationwide Arena for a free pre-game skate. Fans with a ticket for that night's game can skate for free from 5:45 to 6:45 p.m.

Dec. 26 vs. Boston - Post-Game Holiday Skate: Power 107 and the Blue Jackets present the "Blue Jackets Holiday Skate" following that night's game with the Bruins. The special $23 package includes one ticket to the game, a one-hour post-game skate on the Nationwide Arena ice, free skate rental from the Dispatch Ice Haus and free Donatos Pizza and Pepsi snack after the game.

Dec. 31 vs. Chicago - New Year's Eve Ultimate Hockey Pack: For just $40, fans receive one ticket to the Blue Jackets-Blackhawks game, one ticket to that afternoon's USHL game between the Ohio Junior Blue Jackets and Indianapolis Ice (12:30 p.m. start) and one Blue Jackets fleece helmet hat.

BLUE JACKETS ON THE RADIO
The Doug MacLean Show airs on WBNS Sports Radio 1460 The Fan on Wednesdays from 3-4 p.m. with the Blue Jackets President and General Manager, FSN Ohio's Jeff Rimer and 1460 the Fan's Bruce Hooley. ^ Between the Pipes with the Blue Jackets can be heard on the Blue Jackets Radio Network and flagship station Sports Radio 1460 the Fan on Sundays from 10-11 a.m. with hosts Mark Wyant and members of the Blue Jackets broadcast team.

TICKET INFORMATION
Individual game and group tickets for Blue Jackets games at Nationwide Arena are on sale now at the Nationwide Arena Ticket Office, the Chiller Easton, the Chiller Dublin and Chiller North, all Ticketmaster Ticket Centers, by phone at (614) 431-3600 or via the internet at www.BlueJackets.com and www.ticketmaster.com.

For information on season tickets or 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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