Weekly Report: Nov. 14, 2011
Blue Jackets Host Wild, Visit Stanley Cup Champion Bruins, Division Foe Predators this Week
THIS WEEK’S GAME SCHEDULE/BROADCASTS (Times ET)
Tuesday, Nov. 15 vs. MINNESOTA WILD, NATIONWIDE ARENA, 7 p.m. – FS Ohio HD/ WWCD-Radio 102.5 FM
Thursday, Nov. 17 at Boston Bruins, TD Garden, 7 p.m. – FS Ohio HD/97.1 The Fan
Saturday, Nov. 19 at Nashville Predators, Bridgestone Arena, 8 p.m. – FS Ohio HD/WWCD-Radio 102.5 FM
BLUE JACKETS AT A GLANCE
Record: 3-12-1, 7 pts. (3-5-1, 7 pts. at home, 0-7-0, 0 pts. on the road)… Standings: 5th/Central Division… 15th/Western Conference… Leading Scorers: LW Vinny Prospal (5-9-14, 16 GP)… RW Rick Nash (4-8-12, 16 GP)… Leading Goaltender: Steve Mason (3-11-1, 3.67 GAA, .875 SV%, 0 SO in 15 GP).
OPPONENTS AT A GLANCE
MINNESOTA WILD – Head Coach: Mike Yeo… Record: 9-5-3, 21 pts… Rank second in the NHL in goals-against average (2.06)… Standings: 1st/Northwest Division… 3rd/Western Conference… Leading Scorer: LW Dany Heatley (5-6-11, 17 GP)… Leading Goaltender: Niklas Backstrom (5-4-2, 2.14 GAA, .927 SV%, 1 SO in 12 GP)… All-Time Series: Jackets are 19-17-4, including 13-5-1 at home… Columbus is 4-2-0 in the last six, including 3-1-0 in 2010-11… All four games last year were decided by one goal… This Season: Second of four meetings… Wild won 4-2 at home on Oct. 8… Next game is Feb. 7 at Columbus.
BOSTON BRUINS – Head Coach: Claude Julien… Record: 8-7-0, 16 pts… Defending Cup champs have won five-straight since a 3-7-0 start… Standings: 4th/Northeast Division… 11th/Eastern Conference… Leading Scorer: C Tyler Seguin (11-9-20, 15 GP)… Leading Goaltender: Tim Thomas (6-4-0, 2.00 GAA, .930 SV%, 1 SO in 11 GP)… All-Time Series: Jackets are 5-4-1 all-time, including a 2-2-0 mark on the road… Columbus is 2-0-1 in the last three since a 2-0 loss at Boston on Dec. 15, 2007… Boston won 3-2 (SO) on Mar. 15 in the lone meeting of 2010-11… This Season: First of two meetings… Next game is Dec. 10 at Columbus.
NASHVILLE PREDATORS – Head Coach: Barry Trotz… Record: 8-5-3, 19 pts… The Preds have played 10-of-16 on the road, going 6-3-1 in those games… Leading Scorers: C Craig Smith (7-7-14, 16 GP) and C David Legwand (5-9-14, 14 GP)… Leading Goaltender: Pekka Rinne (8-4-3, 2.28 GAA, .929 SV%, 3 SO in 15 GP)… All-Time Series: Jackets are 18-36-10, including 4-22-6 on the road… 14 of the last 17 games have been decided by two goals or less, including seven in OT/SO… Columbus’ last win at Nashville was 3-1 on Apr. 3, 2006 (0-12-5 since)… Jackets went 2-3-1 in 2010-11… This Season: Second of six meetings… Nashville won 3-2 at Columbus on Oct. 7… Next game is Dec. 8 at Columbus.
Nov. 8 – Acquired C Mark Letestu from Pittsburgh in exchange for a fourth round pick in the 2012 Entry Draft… Nov. 9 – Assigned RW Cam Atkinson to Springfield (AHL)… Activated D Mark Dekanich off injured reserve and assigned him to Springfield (AHL)… Nov. 10 – Activated RW Jared Boll off injured reserve… Nov. 11 – Acquired D Nikita Nikitin from St. Louis in exchange for D Kris Russell… Nov. 12 – Activated C Jeff Carter off injured reserve… Placed G Curtis Sanford on injured reserve… Nov. 13 – Activated G Curtis Sanford off injured reserve… Assigned G Allen York to Springfield (AHL).
OhioHEALTH INJURY REPORT
D Radek Martinek (head, Oct. 21 at Detroit; injured reserve) will miss at least one week… LW Kristian Huselius (torn pectoral muscle, surgery on July 14; injured reserve) is expected to miss four to six months… Games Missed Due to Injury: 89.
LAST WEEK’S RESULTS
NOV. 10 – Blackhawks 6, at BLUE JACKETS 3: Chicago broke open a close game with three second period goals, including a pair on the power play, to earn the win. Jonathan Toews tallied 2-1-3, including a goal late at 17:09 of the first period that was the first of five-straight by Chicago, to lead the Hawks. Grant Clitsome scored two goals and Vinny Prospal and Fedor Tyutin each collected two assists to lead Columbus… NOV. 12 – at BLUE JACKETS 2, Jets 1: Rookie Ryan Johansen scored two goals and Steve Mason made 35 saves to lead the Blue Jackets to the win. Johansen gave the Jackets a 1-0 lead just 53 seconds into the game and tallied the eventual game-winner at 4:06 of the third as the Jets cut the lead to 2-1 with a Mark Stuart shorthanded goal at the 16:15 mark. Ondrej Pavelec made 25 saves for Winnipeg and both teams were perfect on the penalty kill (Columbus: 4-of-4, Winnipeg: 5-of-5).
NEWS & NOTES
The Blue Jackets have killed off 24-of-29 opponent power plays (82.8 pct.) over the past eight games compared to 18-of-28 (64.3 pct.) in its first eight games, while the power play unit has connected on 8-of-54 (14.8 pct.) over the past 12 games after starting the season 0-of-20… Columbus has gone 3-2-0 in its last five home games after starting the season 0-3-1 at Nationwide Arena… This week begins a stretch that has the Blue Jackets playing seven of their next 11 games on the road between Nov. 15 and Dec. 6… Columbus ranks 12th-T in the NHL in face-off percentage (51.0 pct.).
KID CLUTCH: C/RW Ryan Johansen has tallied 5-2-7 in his last nine 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 has also scored a team-leading three game-winning goals, which is tied for third in the NHL (4 – Johan Franzen, Vinny Lecavalier), and is the first player to score his club’s first three game-winners in a season since Philadelphia’s Brian Propp in 1982-83 (*courtesy of Elias Sports Bureau*). He is tied for the club lead in goals, ranks second in plus/minus rating (+2) and is tied for fourth in points.
NASH HITS 500-POINT MARK: 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 and with an assist on Mark Letestu’s goal on Nov. 10 vs. Chicago became the first player to register 500 points as a Blue Jacket. With 4-8-12 in 16 games this season, he has now tallied 263-237-500 in 608 career games. The next closest player on the Blue Jackets career points list is David Vyborny (2000-08) with 317.
NEWCOMERS MAKE AN IMPACT: C Mark Letestu, acquired from Pittsburgh on Nov. 8, scored a goal in his debut with the club on Nov. 10 vs. Chicago and was +2 on Nov. 12 vs. Winnipeg. He also won 20-of-32 face-offs (62.5 pct.) in those games and now ranks 10th in the NHL in that category at 56.7 pct. (93-of-164)… D Nikita Nikitin, acquired from St. Louis on Nov. 11, picked up an assist on Ryan Johansen’s game-winning goal, logged a career-high 24:57 of ice time, had two hits, two blocked shots and was +1 in his CBJ debut vs. Winnipeg on Nov. 12.
VERMETTE STREAKS ON, EYES 300TH CAREER POINT: C Antoine Vermette enters the week three points shy of 300 in his NHL career with 133-163-297 in 555 career games. He has also played in 197-straight games since joining the Blue Jackets on Mar. 7, 2009, which marks the third-longest streak in franchise history. R.J. Umberger’s current streak of 262-straight is the longest, while Jason Chimera’s 243 consecutive games from Oct. 9, 2005 to Apr. 5, 2008 ranks second.
MISCELLANEOUS PLAYER NOTES
D Grant Clitsome registered the first multi-goal game of his NHL career with two vs. Chicago on Nov. 10 and leads all CBJ defensemen in scoring with 3-5-8 in 15 games… C Derek MacKenzie leads the club in plus/minus rating at +4 and has been even or plus in 15-of-16 games this season (Nov. 3 vs. Toronto, -2)… C Vinny Prospal has assists in three-straight games (0-4-4) and continues to lead the club in scoring with 5-9-14 in 16 outings… RW Jared Boll made his season debut vs. Chicago on Nov. 10 after missing the first 14 games of the season due to injury and has collected seven penalty minutes in two games.
CARTER, NASH, UMBERGER ON NHL ALL-STAR BALLOT
Blue Jackets forwards Jeff Carter, Rick Nash and R.J. Umberger are among the players that appear on the 2012 NHL All-Star Fan Balloting™. Polls opened to hockey fans worldwide online at NHL.com/vote and via mobile devices on Monday, Nov. 14 with voting through Wednesday, Jan. 4. Fans can vote via text message using any wireless carrier by texting their favorite player’s last name to the shortcode 81812. When the voting concludes, the top six vote-getters by position - three forwards, two defensemen and one goaltender – will take part in the 2012 Tim Hortons NHL All-Star Game® on Sunday, Jan. 29 at Scotiabank Place in Ottawa. The remaining All-Star Game participants will be announced at a later date.
Nov. 25 vs. Buffalo – 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… LABATT BLUE ZONE HAT TRICK COMBO – Get a Lower Level ticket, a pre-game buffet and a post-game drink in the Labatt Blue Zone Pub for just $55 per person.
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 Nov. 21.
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, Nov. 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, Nov. 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 Jan. 24. For complete rules, visit http://www.foxsportsohio.com/pages/florida_fly_away.
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, Dec. 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 Dec. 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 or look for in-store displays with a QR code for entry at participating United Dairy Farmers in Central Ohio.
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 Feb. 28 vs. Detroit and Mar. 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.
SUBWAY FOUR SUBS, FOUR STUBS OFFER RETURNS
Fans can visit any Columbus-area Subway restaurant and buy four Footlongs™ and receive a voucher for four Blue Jackets tickets for only $5 each (while supplies last). Vouchers are to be redeemed at the Nationwide Arena Box Office and the offer is valid for the following games: Dec. 13 vs. Vancouver, Jan. 17 vs. Edmonton, Jan. 19 vs. Nashville, Feb. 7 vs. Minnesota, Feb. 14 vs. St. Louis and Feb. 21 vs. San Jose. If $5 seats sell out, the vouchers are valid for $5 off a full-price ticket for the above games. Each voucher also includes a free Blue Jackets/Subway T-shirt.
SKYLINE CHILI BLUE JACKETS FAMILY FOUR PACK
Beginning on Monday, November 14, fans can visit their local Skyline Chili restaurant to enter to win four tickets to a weekend home game, a $40 Skyline Chili gift card and a group photo with Blue Jackets mascot, Stinger. Ten winners will be chosen throughout the season with the contest concluding on Mar. 9, 2012.
JACKETS FOR JACKETS COAT DRIVE
The Blue Jackets and WBNS 10-TV are partnering again in support of the fifth annual “Jackets for Jackets” coat drive to help keep central Ohio families warm this winter. Fans are encouraged to help by bringing new or gently used jackets of all sizes to four upcoming Blue Jackets games at Nationwide Arena: Tuesday, Nov. 15 (vs. Minnesota), Monday, Nov. 21 (vs. Calgary), Friday, Nov. 25 (vs. Buffalo) and Sunday, Nov. 27 (vs. St. Louis). All of the jackets collected will be donated to the Salvation Army and then redistributed to local families in need. Click here for more information
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 behind-the-scenes look at the Flashes of Hope photo shoot featuring CBJ players and local pediatric cancer patients; 60 Seconds with new CBJ center Mark Letestu; video and photo coverage of the team’s annual fathers road trip as dads of Blue Jackets players and coaches hit the road with the team this week for stops in Boston and Nashville; 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 MEDIA GUIDE AVAILABLE AT iTUNES STORE
The Columbus Blue Jackets 2011-12 Interactive Media Guide is available for free at the iTunes Store as fans now can download the media guide to their computer, iPad or iPhone. The guide contains interactive player bios, as well as detailed team historical and statistical information and records.
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 www.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 www.BlueJackets.com... Military Appreciation Ticket: All active service personnel receive a free ticket to Blue Jackets home games by showing a valid, current military I.D. at the Nationwide Arena Box Office.