Weekly Report: Columbus Blue Jackets Ring in 2012 by Embarking on a Four-Game Road Trip
This week’s action features three games in California as Jackets visit Sharks, Kings and Ducks
THIS WEEK’S GAME SCHEDULE/BROADCASTS (Times ET)
Thursday, Jan. 5 at San Jose Sharks, HP Pavilion at San Jose, 10:30 p.m. – FS Ohio HD/Sports Radio 97.1 The Fan
Saturday, Jan. 7 at Los Angeles Kings, STAPLES Center, 4 p.m. – FS Ohio HD/WWCD 102.5 FM
Sunday, Jan. 8 at Anaheim Ducks, Honda Center, 8 p.m. – FS Ohio HD/Sports Radio 97.1 The Fan
BLUE JACKETS AT A GLANCE
Record: 10-23-5, 25 pts. (6-11-3, 15 pts. at home, 4-12-2, 10 pts. on the road)… Standings: 5th/Central Division… 15th/Western Conference… Leading Scorers: RW Rick Nash (12-15-27, 38 GP)… LW Vinny Prospal (7-20-27, 38 GP)… Goaltenders: Curtis Sanford (5-6-3, 2.66 GAA, .908 SV%, 0 SO in 16 GP)… Steve Mason (5-16-2, 3.33 GAA, .885 SV%, 0 SO in 23 GP).
OPPONENTS AT A GLANCE
SAN JOSE SHARKS – Head Coach: Todd McLellan… Record: 19-11-4, 42 pts… Standings: 3rd/Pacific Division… 10th/Western Conference… Sharks average 2.79 goals-for and 2.41 goals-against per game… Leading Scorer: C Joe Thornton (7-23-30, 34 GP)… Leading Goaltender: Antti Niemi (15-7-4, 2.36 GAA, .916 SV%, 1 SO in 27 GP)… All-Time Series: Jackets are 13-23-4, including 3-15-2 on the road… Columbus won its last game at San Jose after going 1-15-2 in its first 18 visits… Jackets went 2-2-0 in 2010-11, including a split of games played in Stockholm… This Season: First of four meetings… Next game is Jan. 14 at Columbus.
LOS ANGELES KINGS – Head Coach: Darryl Sutter (replaced Terry Murray on Dec. 20)… Record: 19-14-6, 44 pts… Los Angeles has gone 11-9-1 at home and 8-5-5 on the road… Standings: 1st/Pacific Division… 3rd/Western Conference… Leading Scorer: C Anze Kopitar (11-24-35, 39 GP)… Leading Goaltender: Jonathan Quick (17-10-5, 2.05 GAA, .931 SV%, 5 SO in 32 GP)… All-Time Series: Jackets are 18-20-3, including 7-12-1 on the road… Blue Jackets went 1-2-1 in 2010-11… This Season: Second of four meetings… Kings won 2-1 at Columbus on Dec. 15… Next game is Feb. 1 at Los Angeles.
ANAHEIM DUCKS – Head Coach: Bruce Boudreau… Record: 10-21-6, 26 pts… Ducks have gone 3-8-2 since Boudreau replaced Randy Carlyle as head coach on Dec. 1… Standings: 5th/Pacific Division… 14th/Western Conference… Leading Scorer: RW Teemu Selanne (11-25-36, 37 GP)… Leading Goaltender: Jonas Hiller (9-16-6, 3.18 GAA, .897 SV%, 1 SO in 32 GP)… All-Time Series: Jackets are 20-17-4 all-time, including 9-8-3 on the road… Columbus went 2-2-0 in 2010-11… This Season: Second of four meetings this season… Columbus won 3-1 at home on Oct. 30… Next game is Feb. 3 at Anaheim.
CLICK HERE FOR PRACTICE SCHEDULE, JAN. 3-9 (times subject to change)
Dec. 23 – Assigned LW Dane Byers to the Springfield Falcons (AHL)… Dec. 26 – Added LW Dane Byers to the roster on emergency recall from Springfield… Dec. 30 – Assigned LW Dane Byers to the Springfield Falcons (AHL)… Dec. 31 – Recalled D David Savard from Springfield (AHL).
OhioHEALTH INJURY REPORT
D Radek Martinek (head, Oct. 21 at Detroit; injured reserve) is out indefinitely… LW Kristian Huselius (lower body, Dec. 6 at Montreal) is week-to-week… D James Wisniewski (ankle, Dec. 29 at Dallas) is expected to miss six weeks… Games Missed to Injury: 139.
LAST WEEK’S RESULTS
Dec. 26 – at Chicago 4, BLUE JACKETS 1: The Blackhawks used a three-goal second period, including a pair of goals by Viktor Stalberg, to earn the win despite being outshot 38 to 22. Corey Crawford made 37 saves for Chicago, which went 1-of-3 on the power play and held the Jackets scoreless on two man-advantage opportunities. James Wisniewski scored the lone goal for Columbus… Dec. 27 – at Calgary 2, BLUE JACKETS 1 (SO): Jarome Iginla scored the game-tying goal on the power play at 3:06 of the third period and netted the lone marker in the shootout to lift the Flames to their first win in three attempts against Columbus this season. Derick Brassard scored for the Blue Jackets, who got 25 saves from Steve Mason. Miikka Kiprusoff turned aside 27 shots for the Flames, which snapped the Jackets’ shootout winning streak at three… Dec. 29 – BLUE JACKETS 4, at Dallas 1: Rick Nash scored a pair of goals and Steve Mason made a season-high 36 saves as the Jackets snapped a six-game winless streak (0-5-1). After Nash opened the scoring, at 3:50 of the first period, Dallas tied the game at 1-1 on Vernon Fiddler’s goal at the 8:57 mark. Antoine Vermette scored what would be the game-winner at 2:10 of the second period before Nash and Fedor Tyutin (empty net) lit the lamp in the third for Columbus. After being outshot 19 to 9 in the first period, the Jackets held a 20 to 18 edge over the final two periods… Dec. 31 – Washington 4, at BLUE JACKETS 2: The Capitals scored four goals in the third period, including three in a span of 2:53 early in the period, to erase a 2-0 Columbus lead and earn the win. Alex Ovechkin scored twice, Dennis Wideman added 1-1-2 and Tomas Vokoun made 35 saves to lead the Capitals. John Moore and Samuel Pahlsson scored second period goals for the Blue Jackets who outshot Washington 37 to 26 in the game. Steve Mason made 22 saves in net for Columbus.
NEWS & NOTES
The Blue Jackets will play eight of their 12 games in January on the road… Columbus has gone 9-8-3 when scoring the game’s first goal compared to a 1-15-2 mark when falling behind 1-0… Since beginning the season 0-of-20 on the power play in its first four games, Columbus has converted 23-of-136 with the man advantage (16.9 pct.)… The Blue Jackets have allowed 11 goals in their last five home games (2.20) – plus one shootout goal – but have been held to eight goals scored (1.60)… Columbus has gone 4-5-2 in its last 11 road games after a 0-7-0 start.
RW Rick Nash has tallied 8-7-15 in his last 19 games, including his second multi-goal game of the season (two goals) at Dallas on Dec. 29, to raise his season totals to 12-15-27 in 38 games... G Steve Mason, who is three games shy of 200 in his NHL career, has gone 1-1-1 with a 1.96 GAA and .933 SV% (83 saves-89 shots) in his last three starts… Rookie C Ryan Johansen has collected 2-2-4 in his last five games and now has 7-7-14 in 33 games… C Mark Letestu has collected 1-3-4 in his last six games and had a three-game point streak snapped vs. Washington on Dec. 31… Rookie D John Moore registered the first multi-point game of his NHL career with 0-2-2 at Dallas on Dec. 29 and added his second goal of the season vs. Washington on Dec. 31 after collecting 1-0-1 in his first 25 games this season… C Derick Brassard has picked up 2-3-5 in his last six games… C Jeff Carter has collected 7-2-9 in his last 11 outings.
ALL-STAR GAME VOTING CONCLUDES THIS WEDNESDAY, JAN. 4
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 are open to hockey fans worldwide online at NHL.com/vote and via mobile devices 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.
“HOCKEY ‘N HEELS” SET FOR SATURDAY, JANUARY 14
The Blue Jackets invite female fans to a special “Hockey ‘N Heels” event on Saturday, January 14 when the club hosts the San Jose Sharks. The event begins at 5 p.m. and includes a game ticket, hors d’oeuvres & drinks, raffles & prizes, T-shirt, question & answer sessions with Blue Jackets General Manager Scott Howson, Assistant Coach Dan Hinote and one of that night’s game referees, as well as a chalk talk with Lisa Chesson, a former Ohio State player and member of the silver medal-winning 2010 U.S. Olympic Team. The cost is just $50 per person. For more information, call 614/246-PUCK or click here http://bluejackets.nhl.com/club/page.htm?id=72902.
BLACK TIE BLUE JACKETS STYLE SHOW COMING FEBRUARY 16
This year’s Black Tie Blue Jackets Style Show, presented by Kelly BMW, AEP and Capital Style, will be held at Nationwide Arena on Thursday, February 16 to benefit the Columbus Blue Jackets Foundation and the fight against pediatric cancer. The event, which last year raised a record $200,000, begins at 5 p.m. with a Reception and Model Meet & Greet presented by Heidelberg Distributing followed by a sit-down dinner and style show featuring Blue Jackets players, their wives & girlfriends, and pediatric cancer heroes. For more information, visit www.BlueJacketsFoundation.org.
Jan. 13 vs. Phoenix – TIM HORTONS JACKETS PACK (every Friday home game) – 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… 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.
Jan. 14 vs. San Jose – YEARBOOK GIVEAWAY – All fans in attendance receive the Official 2011-12 Columbus Blue Jackets Yearbook… DISPATCH FAMILY VALUE PACK – Fans receive a game ticket, hot dog, Pepsi, popcorn, UDF ice cream cone coupon and OhioHealth Ice Haus Skate Pass – starting at $25 per person, which is a savings of 50%, with lower level packages available starting at $59 per person… 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.
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).
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: 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
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.
2012 PUCKS AND PAWS CALENDAR NOW AVAILABLE
The Columbus Blue Jackets Foundation announces the release of the 2012 Pucks and Paws Calendar presented by Petland. The calendar features Blue Jackets players alongside assistance dogs and puppies in training from Canine Companions for Independence®, the nation’s largest non-profit provider of trained assistance dogs to children, adults and veterans with physical disabilities. Priced at $15, the calendar will be available starting Thursday, Dec. 8 and features players pictured with the dogs and puppies from Canine Companions include Rick Nash, Jared Boll, Grant Clitsome, Derek MacKenzie and Marc Methot while photos of Matt Calvert, Mark Dekanich, Steve Mason, R.J. Umberger, Antoine Vermette and James Wisniewski also feature the player’s personal pets alongside dogs from Canine Companions. Fans can purchase the calendar at the Foundation Kiosk during Blue Jackets home games or at www.BlueJacketsFoundation.org.
SPORTCLIPS MAN MAKEOVER
Fans in need of a new look can enter the Sport Clips Haircuts Man Makeover Contest by uploading their photo to www.BlueJackets.com/ManMakeover. One lucky winner will be selected to receive a makeover courtesy of Sport Clips and their new haircut will be revealed in-arena on Jan. 14. The winner will also receive four game tickets and a ride on the Zamboni® ice resurfacer machine. Four runner-ups will also receive game tickets.
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 look at the New Year’s Eve special kickoff celebration of 200 COLUMBUS; a visit by lucky young fans who won special on-ice practice time with Blue Jackets players Derek Dorsett, Fedor Tyutin and Antoine Vermette; a feature on the NHL’s “Zebras Care” program; on the road reports with the team from California; complete game day coverage; and more.
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.
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 has returned to FOX Sports Ohio each week during the 2011-12 season. 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.