Weekly Report: Nov. 7, 2011
Blue Jackets host Blackhawks, Jets at Nationwide Arena this week
THIS WEEK’S GAME SCHEDULE/BROADCASTS (Times ET)
Thursday, Nov. 10 vs. CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS, 7 p.m. – FS Ohio HD/97.1 The Fan
Saturday, Nov. 12 vs. WINNIPEG JETS, 7 p.m. – FS Ohio HD/97.1 The Fan
BLUE JACKETS AT A GLANCE
Record: 2-11-1, 5 pts. (2-4-1, 5 pts. at home, 0-7-0, 0 pts. on the road)… Standings: 5th/Central Division… 15th/Western Conference… Leading Scorers: LW Vinny Prospal (5-6-11, 14 GP)… RW Rick Nash (4-7-11, 14 GP)… Leading Goaltender: Steve Mason (2-10-1, 3.70 GAA, .869 SV%, 0 SO in 13 GP).
OPPONENTS AT A GLANCE
CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS – Head Coach: Joel Quenneville… Record: 8-3-3, 19 pts… Lead Western Conference in goals scored with 46 (3.29), while ranking ranking 28th in NHL on the power play at 9.4 pct. (5-of-53)… Standings: 1st/Central Division… 2nd/Western Conference… Leading Scorer: C Patrick Kane (4-11-15, 14 GP)… Leading Goaltender: Corey Crawford (6-3-2, 2.65 GAA, .911 SV% in 11 GP)… All-Time Series: Jackets are 28-28-8 all-time, including 15-12-5 at home… Columbus was 2-3-1 in 2010-11, including 0-2-1 at Nationwide Arena… This Season: Second of six meetings this season… Blackhawks won 5-2 at home on Oct. 29… Next game is Dec. 26 at Chicago.
WINNIPEG JETS – Head Coach: Claude Noel… Record: 5-7-2, 12 pts… Jets have gone 4-3-1 in their last seven games since getting off to a 1-4-1 start… Standings: 5th/Southeast Division… 13th/Eastern Conference… Leading Scorer: C Nik Antropov (3-8-11, 12 GP)… Leading Goaltender: Ondrej Pavelec (4-5-2, 3.09 GAA, .900 SV%, 1 SO in 12 GP)… All-Time Series: Jackets went 8-5-0 all-time vs. the former Atlanta Thrashers, including 4-2-0 at home… Columbus won the lone meeting in 2010-11, 3-0, at Atlanta on Nov. 4, 2010… This Season: Only meeting.
Nov. 7 – Assigned LW Alexandre Giroux to Springfield (AHL)… Nov. 5 – Recalled RW Cam Atkinson from Springfield (AHL).
OhioHEALTH INJURY REPORT
C Jeff Carter (foot, Oct. 15 at Dallas; injured reserve) is week-to-week… D Radek Martinek (head, Oct. 21 at Detroit; injured reserve) will miss at least one week… G Curtis Sanford (lower body, Oct. 17 practice) is expected to miss two to four weeks… RW Jared Boll (broken thumb, Sept. 30 vs. Carolina; injured reserve on Oct. 1) is expected to miss at least four to six weeks… LW Kristian Huselius (torn pectoral muscle, surgery on July 14; injured reserve) is expected to miss four to six months… G Mark Dekanich (lower body injury, Sept. 20 vs. Winnipeg; injured reserve) is out two to four weeks… Games Missed Due to Injury: 82.
LAST WEEK’S RESULTS
OCT. 25 – at BLUE JACKETS 4, Red Wings 1: The Maple Leafs scored four goals in their first 11 shots to take a 4-0 lead early in the second period and went on to win despite being outshot 39 to 18 by Columbus. Clark MacArther scored two goals and Joffrey Lupul added two assists to lead Toronto, while goaltender Ben Scrivens made 28 saves to win his NHL debut. Rookie Ryan Johansen’s goal midway through the second period spoiled the shutout bid… NOV. 5 – at Flyers 9, BLUE JACKETS 2: The Flyers jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the game’s first 3:09, pushed the lead to 5-0 after one period and 8-0 after two en route to the win. Jakub Voracek and James Van Riemsdyk tallied 1-2-3 to lead the Flyers, while Derek Dorsett and Grant Clitsome scored for the Jackets.
NEWS & NOTES
Columbus leads the NHL in hits with 381 (27.2 per game)… The Blue Jackets have killed off 18-of-21 opponent power plays (85.7 pct.) over the past six games compared to 18-of-28 (64.3 pct.) in its first eight games… The Blue Jackets rank fourth in the NHL in shots-against per game (27.9) but stand 30th in goals-against (3.71)… The club ranks 13th-tied in shots per game (30.0 pct.) but is 26th in scoring (2.21).
NASH IS ONE POINT SHY OF 500: RW Rick Nash became the first player to appear in 600 games as a Blue Jacket at Ottawa on Oct. 22 and fired off his 2,000th career shot at Buffalo on Oct. 27. The next milestone Nash is poised to reach is 500 points as the Jackets captain is one point shy of becoming the first player in club history to reach that plateau. With 4-7-11 in 14 games this season, he has now tallied 263-236-499 in 605 career games.
ROOKIE JOHANSEN CONTINUES TO MAKE STRIDES: C/RW Ryan Johansen has tallied 3-2-5 in his last seven games after being held without a point in his first four NHL games. The club’s first pick, fourth overall, in the 2010 Entry Draft, he is just the third player in NHL history whose first two career goals were game-winners (Oct. 25 vs. Detroit and Oct. 30 vs. Anaheim). The others were Marc Sturm (San Jose, 1997) and Howie Meeker (Toronto, 1946) *courtesy of Elias Sports Bureau*.
VERMETTE MATCHES VYBORNY’S GAMES PLAYED STREAK: C Antoine Vermette played in his 194th-straight game with the Blue Jackets at Philadelphia on Nov. 5, which matches David Vyborny (194, Oct. 17, 2002 to Dec. 20, 2005) for the third-longest streak in franchise history. R.J. Umberger’s current streak of 260-straight is the longest, while Jason Chimera’s 243 consecutive games from Oct. 9, 2005 to Apr. 5, 2008 ranks second.
BUD LIGHT CELEBRITY BARTENDING EVENT SLATED FOR TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 8
Fans are invited to join Blue Jackets players Derick Brassard, Marc Methot and Derek Dorsett at the R Bar in the Arena District on Tuesday, November 8 for the Bud Light Celebrity Bartending event from 7 to 9 p.m. Numerous activities and prize giveaways are planned for the night with all tips received by the players donated to the Columbus Blue Jackets Foundation.
MILITARY APPRECIATION NIGHT SET FOR THURSDAY’S GAME VS. CHICAGO
The Blue Jackets will celebrate Military Appreciation Night when they host the Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday, November 10. Numerous military groups will be in attendance at the game and participating in a variety of in-game activities. Blue Jackets players will be wearing special camouflage practice jerseys during pre-game warm ups that will be signed and auctioned that night and on Saturday, November 12 with proceeds benefiting the Student Veterans Affairs Fund at The Ohio State University. A special 50/50 raffle also will take place as well with a portion of the proceeds benefiting Operation Buckeye (for more information, visit www.OperationBuckeye.org). In addition, all active or retired military personnel will receive a free ticket with an accompanying paid admission at the Nationwide Arena Box Office. The offer will also be good for the November 21 game vs. Calgary.
Nov. 12 vs. Winnipeg – TIM HORTONS JACKETS PACK – Fans receive a game ticket, $10 food/beverage voucher, Blue Jackets hat, CBJ-Tim Hortons travel mug with voucher for a free coffee fill-up at participating Tim Hortons locations and Timbits 10-count snack pack. Prices start at $30 per person, which is a savings of $28… DISPATCH FAMILY VALUE PACK – Fans receive a game ticket, hot dog, Pepsi, popcorn, UDF ice cream cone coupon and OhioHealth Ice Haus Skate Pass. Packages start at $25 per person, which is a savings of 50%, and lower level packages are available starting at $59 per person… SQUARE SMALL BUSINESS NIGHT – All fans receive a Square card reader and Blue Jackets hat courtesy of Square… GIANT EAGLE TURKEY SHOOT – All fans are invited down to ice level after the game to take a shot on goal for the chance to win a Giant Eagle gift card that can be applied toward a Thanksgiving turkey or other items.
FLORIDA FLY AWAY
The Blue Jackets, FOX Sports Ohio and Columbia Gas have teamed up to offer the Florida Fly Away Giveaway, a contest where fans have a chance to win a player autographed puck and a trip for two to Florida. Beginning Thursday, November 3, fans who watch the Blue Jackets on FOX Sports Ohio will be given a Florida Fly Away keyword. They can visit FOXSportsOhio.com or BlueJackets.com to find the Florida Fly Away entry page to enter the keyword for the chance to win a nightly prize of a puck autographed by a Blue Jackets player. Fans can also text the keyword to 37664 for a chance to win. Each game through Tuesday, November 29 offers a new chance to win and one fan will be randomly selected from the 12 nightly qualifiers to win the Florida trip, which includes round-trip airfare from Columbus; accommodations at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort; and tickets to watch the Blue Jackets play the Tampa Bay Lightning on January 24. For complete rules, visit http://www.foxsportsohio.com/pages/florida_fly_away.
BUY PEPSI OR DIET PEPSI AND SAVE ON BLUE JACKETS TICKETS
Fans who purchase specially marked cans of Pepsi and Diet Pepsi at local retailers will receive an offer to save up to $12 on a ticket for select Blue Jackets home games. Simply bring the cans to the Nationwide Arena Box Office for $12 off a Lower Level ticket and $8 off an AEP Power Level ticket for any home game through November 21.
PAPA JOHN’S MONDAYS
Fans get free toppings on Papa John’s pizza (large cheese for $9.99) every Monday for each goal scored by the Blue Jackets in their most recent game. Fans can double the toppings after a win! Order by phone or at www.papajohns.com (promo code CBJMonday).
SCORE PIZZA AND TICKETS TO THE DEC. 10 GAME VS. BOSTON
Fans can score a free Papa John’s Office Pizza Party and 20 tickets to the Saturday, December 10 game vs. the Boston Bruins in the Papa John’s Pizza Party at Work contest. Fans can enter at www.BlueJackets.com/PapasPizzaParty and the winning office will have the pizzas and tickets delivered by Blue Jackets mascot, Stinger.
BUD LIGHT ULTIMATE FAN EXPERIENCE SWEEPSTAKES
The Blue Jackets and Bud Light are giving fans the chance to win four Time Warner Cable HD Lounge tickets to the December 15 home game vs. the Los Angeles Kings, dinner before the game, the opportunity to watch warm-ups from the penalty box, ride the Zamboni® and take home a game worn jersey. To enter now, visit www.BlueJackets.com/BudLightFanExperience and look for in-store displays with a QR code for entry at participating United Dairy Farmers locations across Central Ohio beginning November 1.
WIN A NIGHT IN THE MILLER LITE POWER PLAY SUITE
In conjunction with Giant Eagle, Miller Lite and Sports Radio 97.1 The Fan, the Blue Jackets are offering fans the chance to win tickets in the Miller Lite Power Play Suite for games on November 10 vs. Chicago, February 28 vs. Detroit and March 28 vs. Detroit. Entry to the contest can be obtained through a QR code found on Miller Lite point-of-sale materials at area Giant Eagle locations or through Sports Radio 97.1 The Fan’s website at the following link – http://10tv.solutionsbyweb.com/thefan/superior/m/page.cfm.
THIS WEEK ON JACKETS TV AT BLUEJACKETS.COM
This week’s scheduled Jackets TV programming includes: the Top 5 Plays of the Week (vote for your favorite); a visit by Blue Jackets coaches and players to the local VA Ambulatory Care Center; a recap of the first Bud Light Celebrity Bartending event; a one-on-one interview with Jackets defenseman James Wisniewski; 60 Seconds with Jackets rookie Ryan Johansen; complete coverage of Military Appreciation Night activities; as well as complete pre- and post-game coverage.
STAY CONNECTED WITH THE JACKETS
Fans can follow the Blue Jackets online, watch game highlights, press conferences and exclusive behind-the-scenes video content on Jackets TV at 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. “Like” the club’s official Facebook® page and get the latest club news and promotions, videos, photos, updates and interact with other fans at www.facebook.com/OfficialColumbusBlueJackets. Check out great videos on the club’s YouTube channel as well at www.YouTube.com/BlueJacketsNHL.
NEW BLUE JACKETS MOBILE APP NOW AVAILABLE
The Blue Jackets official mobile app gives fans a new way to follow the team using their smart phones and mobile devices. The app is currently available in the iTunes and Android Market app stores. Fans can download the NHL GameCenter app and select the Blue Jackets as their favorite team to access the team’s schedule/results, game play-by-play, statistics, NHL standings, game photos, player profiles and updated news. iPhone and iPad users can track shots and goals with the 3D Ice Tracker. All users will also be able to watch features from Jackets TV at BlueJackets.com and purchase single game tickets from within the app.
BLUE JACKETS ON FOX SPORTS OHIO
Blue Jackets hockey returns to FOX Sports Ohio in 2011-12 with 79 live telecasts in high definition. Game night coverage includes the BLUE JACKETS LIVE pre- (begins 30 minutes prior to the start of each game) and post-game shows… BLUE JACKETS SLAP SHOTS returns each week this season on FOX Sports Ohio. Check it out Mondays at 6 p.m.
BLUE JACKETS ON THE RADIO
The AlarmForce Blue Jackets Sunday Morning Skate can be heard on the Wheeling Island Hotel & Casino Blue Jackets Radio Network and Sports Radio 97.1 The Fan on Sundays from 10 to 11 a.m. with hosts Bob McElligott and Mark Wyant… The Coach’s Show with Scott Arniel airs on Sports Radio 97.1 The Fan on Wednesdays from 7 to 8 p.m.
BLUE JACKETS “PRESS BOX” AT BLUEJACKETS.COM
The Blue Jackets have created a “Press Box” microsite on BlueJackets.com with daily updates of the following: press releases, news articles, media clips, game notes, post-game notes, videos posted on Jackets TV, post-game audio, weekly reports, as well as NHL stats and standings and a link to the 2011-12 interactive media guide. The site is located under the “News” module at the top of the BlueJackets.com home page or at the following link – http://bluejackets.nhl.com/pressbox.
Single Game: Tickets starting at $26 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 www.ticketmaster.com… Season & Group Tickets: For information on full and partial season ticket plans starting at $15 per game and group tickets, call (614) 246-PUCK or (800) NHL-COLS or visit www.BlueJackets.com… 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… White Castle Rush CBJ student tickets: Student tickets are available for $15 (AEP Power Level) and $25 (Lower Level) at the box office beginning one hour prior to all home preseason games or online beginning at 12 p.m. on game days at BlueJackets.com.