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Blue Jackets Weekly Report: Jan. 8
Blue Jackets begin stretch of six-straight Central Division games this week

Monday, 01.08.2007 / 12:00 AM / News
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Blue Jackets Weekly Report: Jan. 8
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THIS WEEK’S GAME SCHEDULE
Columbus Blue Jackets (16-22-4, 36 pts./4th Place – Central Division)
Tue., Jan. 9 vs. ST. LOUIS BLUES, NATIONWIDE ARENA 7 p.m.
FSN Ohio HD/WBNS-AM1460 The Fan, CD101.1 FM

Fri., Jan. 12 at Nashville Predators, Gaylord Entertainment Center 8 p.m.
FSN Ohio/WBNS-AM1460 The Fan, CD101.1 FM

Sat., Jan. 13 vs. NASHVILLE PREDATORS, NATIONWIDE ARENA 7 p.m.
FSN Ohio/WBNS-AM1460 The Fan, CD101.1 FM

OPPONENTS AT A GLANCE
St. Louis Blues
(13-21-7, 33 pts./5th, Central Division)
RW Bill Guerin (3-time All-Star, U.S. Olympian has 17-13-30 in 40 GP)

Nashville Predators
(28-11-3, 59 pts./1st, Central Division)
LW Paul Kariya (7-time All-Star has 355-480-835 in 781 career games)

PRACTICE SCHEDULE
Tue., Jan. 9 Nationwide Arena 10:30 a.m. ET
Wed., Jan. 10 Nationwide Arena 11:30 a.m. ET
Thu., Jan. 11 Nationwide Arena 10:30 a.m. ET
Fri., Jan. 12 Gaylord Entertainment Center 11:30 a.m. CT
Sat., Jan. 13 Nationwide Arena 10:30 a.m. ET*
Sun., Jan. 14 Nationwide Arena 12 p.m. ET
Mon., Jan. 15 Dispatch Ice Haus 10:30 a.m. ET
*tentative

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

LAST WEEK’S RESULTS
Jan. 3 at Los Angeles (L, 0-3)
Mathieu Garon (26 saves) outdueled Fredrik Norrena (29 saves); Kings score twice in the 3rd

Jan. 5 at Anaheim (W, 4-3)
Jackets trail 3-0 in the 3rd, score three times in final 3:14 to hand Ducks 3rd home loss of year

Jan. 6 at San Jose (L, 2-5)
Ryan Clowe’s 1st hat trick and 5 PPG paced the Sharks; Gilbert Brule led Columbus with 1-1-2

ROSTER REPORT
RECENT TRANSACTIONS: Jan. 2 – Recalled RW Joe Motzko from the Syracuse Crunch (AHL).

OhioHealth INJURY REPORT: D Bryan Berard (back injury, surgery on Oct. 19) is expected to miss approximately three months… G Pascal Leclaire (arthroscopic knee surgery, Dec. 26) is expected to miss approximately six weeks… RW Anson Carter (shoulder injury, Dec. 23 at NY Islanders) is expected to miss 10-14 days… LW Rick Nash (back injury, Jan. 5 at Anaheim) is day-to-day… Man Games Lost to Injury - 112.

TEAM NOTES
The Blue Jackets, who play two of their three games this week at home, have gone 6-2-0 at home under Ken Hitchcock and have scored 34 goals (4.25 per game) in those eight games. The club has scored at least three goals in all eight games and has tallied four or more in six contests.

Columbus’ three games this week are all vs. the Central Division and begins a stretch of six in a row vs. division rivals. The Jackets are 5-8-1 in division play this season, including 3-3-0 in their last six.

Columbus has gone 8-5-2 in its last 15 games vs. Western Conference opponents.

Last Saturday’s 4-3 win at Anaheim marked the second time in club history the Blue Jackets overcame a three-goal deficit to win. Columbus trailed 3-0 with 10:02 left in the third vs. the Ducks. On Mar. 25, 2006, Columbus trailed 3-0 with 12:52 left in the third period at Detroit en route to a 5-4 shootout win. In both games, D Rostislav Klesla scored the Jackets’ first goal.

PLAYER NOTES
C Alexander Svitov set a career high with 0-3-3 at Anaheim on Jan. 5, setting up Columbus’ first three goals in the 4-3 comeback win. In his last 19 games, Svitov has registered 3-6-9 with a +5 plus/minus rating after notching 1-1-2 and -9 in his first 21 games of the season.

D Rostislav Klesla registered the second multi-goal game of his career with two at Anaheim on Jan. 5. He also scored twice at St. Louis on Nov. 9.

RW Nikolai Zherdev enters the week having tallied 1-3-4 in his last five games after a stretch of 11 games in which he picked up 0-1-1.

Rookie C Gilbert Brule picked up his second career multi-point game with 1-1-2 at San Jose on Jan. 6. He also tallied 1-1-2 at St. Louis on Dec. 9.

C Manny Malhotra has scored two of his five goals in the past four games and each has been the game-winner (Dec. 31, 3-1 over Chicago; Jan. 5, 4-3 at Anaheim)

PLAYER MILESTONES
RW Anson Carter is two goals shy of 200 in his NHL career (198-213-411 in 645 games).

C Sergei Fedorov enters the week nine points shy of 1,100 in his career (456-635-1,091 in 1,091 games) and has tallied 25-46-71 in 98 games as a Blue Jacket.

D Adam Foote played in his 900th NHL game at Los Angeles on Jan. 3.

LW Fredrik Modin played in his 700th career game at Anaheim on Jan. 5 and is seven goals shy of 200 in his NHL career (193-188-381 in 701 games).

UPCOMING PROMOTIONS/IN THE COMMUNITY
Tuesday, Jan. 9 vs. St. Louis – Dispatch/Mix 97.1 Family Night: Purchase a Dispatch/Mix 97.1 Family Night package and you’ll receive 4 tickets, 4 Sugardale hot dogs, 4 Pepsis, 4 popcorns, 4 UDF Ice Cream cone coupons, and 4 skate passes to the Dispatch Ice Haus for just $88.

Wednesday, Jan. 10 – Black Tie. Blue Jackets: The Columbus Blue Jackets Foundation will be hosting a fashion show and meet and greet at Saks Fifth Avenue featuring your Blue Jackets players and wives alongside local pediatric cancer heroes at Polaris Fashion Place on Wednesday from 6-8 p.m. Tickets for this limited seating event are $50 (guests will receive a $50 Saks gift certificate) and will benefit the fight against pediatric cancer. This special evening will include hors d'oeuvres and cocktails, a chance to meet the models and bid on exclusive silent auction items.

Saturday, Jan. 13 vs. Nashville – FSN Ohio White Out Night: It’s time to “white out” the Nashville Predators on Saturday, Jan. 13. All fans will receive a “White Out” T-shirt presented by FSN Ohio. For information on all promotions, log on to www.BlueJackets.com or call (614) 246-PUCK.

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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