Weekly Report: Four-Game Road Trip Concludes Tuesday, Blue Jackets Start Four-Game Homestand Friday
Back-to-Back home games this weekend vs. Phoenix and San Jose
THIS WEEK’S GAME SCHEDULE/BROADCASTS (Times ET)
Tuesday, Jan. 10 at Chicago Blackhawks, United Center, 8:30 p.m. – FS Ohio HD/WWCD 102.5 FM
Friday, Jan. 13 vs. PHOENIX COYOTES, NATIONWIDE ARENA, 7 p.m. – FS Ohio HD/ Sports Radio 97.1 The Fan
Saturday, Jan. 14 vs. SAN JOSE SHARKS, NATIONWIDE ARENA, 7 p.m. – FS Ohio HD/Sports Radio 97.1 The Fan
BLUE JACKETS AT A GLANCE
Record: 11-25-5, 27 pts. (6-11-3, 15 pts. at home, 5-14-2, 12 pts. on the road)… Standings: 5th/Central Division… 15th/Western Conference… Leading Scorers: RW Rick Nash (14-15-29, 41 GP)… LW Vinny Prospal (9-21-30, 41 GP)… Goaltender: Curtis Sanford (6-8-3, 2.49 GAA, .914 SV%, 1 SO in 19 GP).
OPPONENTS AT A GLANCE
CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS – Head Coach: Joel Quenneville… Record: 24-13-5, 53 pts… Standings: 3rd/Central Division… 5th/Western Conference… Leading Scorer: RW Marian Hossa (17-27-44, 41 GP)… Leading Goaltender: Corey Crawford (15-10-3, 2.86 GAA, .901 SV%, 0 SO in 30 GP)… All-Time Series: Jackets are 28-30-8 all-time against Chicago, including 13-17-3 at United Center… Blue Jackets went 2-3-1 in 2010-2011… This Season: Fourth of six meetings… Chicago won 5-2 at United Center Oct. 29 and 4-1 Dec. 26… Chicago won 6-3 at Nationwide Arena Nov. 10… Next game is Feb. 18 at Columbus.
PHOENIX COYOTES – Head Coach: Dave Tippett… Record: 20-17-5, 45 pts… Standings: 4th/Pacific Division… 11th/Western Conference… Leading Scorer: LW Ray Whitney (14-22-36, 42 GP)… Leading Goaltender: Mike Smith (16-11-4, 2.43 GAA, .922 SV%, 2 SO in 31 GP)… All-Time Series: Jackets are 13-21-6, including 8-10-2 at home… Blue Jackets went 1-3-0 in 2010-11… This Season: First of four meetings… Next game is Mar. 3 at Phoenix.
SAN JOSE SHARKS – Head Coach: Todd McLellan… Record: 23-11-4, 50 pts… Standings: 1st/Pacific Division… 3rd/Western Conference… Leading Scorers: LW Patrick Marleau (15-18-33, 38 GP)… C Joe Thornton (8-25-33, 38 GP)… Leading Goaltender: Antti Niemi (18-7-4, 2.28 GAA, .919 SV%, 1 SO in 30 GP)… All-Time Series: Jackets are 13-24-4, including 10-8-2 at home… Columbus went 2-2-0 in 2010-11, including a split of games played in Stockholm… This Season: Second of four meetings… San Jose won 2-1 at HP Pavilion at San Jose on Jan. 5… Next game is Jan. 31 at San Jose.
Jan. 8: Added LW Tomas Kubalik to the roster on emergency recall from Springfield (AHL). Jan. 6: Placed LW Kristian Huselius on injured reserve. Added C Ryan Russell to the roster on emergency recall from Springfield (AHL). Jan. 3: Placed D James Wisniewski on injured reserve.
OhioHEALTH INJURY REPORT
D Radek Martinek (upper body, Oct. 22 at Detroit) is out indefinitely. LW Kristian Huselius (lower body, Dec. 6 at Montreal) is listed as week-to-week. D James Wisniewski (ankle, Dec. 29 at Dallas) is out six weeks. C Mark Letestu (hand, Jan. 5 at San Jose) is week-to-week. C Ryan Johansen (Jan. 7 at Los Angeles) is day-to-day. C Jeff Carter (shoulder, Jan. 8 at Anaheim) is day-to-day… Games Missed to Injury: 152.
LAST WEEK’S RESULTS
Jan. 5 – at San Jose 2, BLUE JACKETS 1: The Blue Jackets struck early at 2:13 in the first with Vinny Prospal’s eighth goal of the season but were soon answered with a Ryan Clowe power play goal at 13:01. Joe Thornton made it 2-1 for the Sharks at 4:44 of the second, which proved to be the game-winning goal. Curtis Sanford stopped 37-of-39 shots, while the Jackets were outshot 39-24. Jan. 7 – BLUE JACKETS 1, at Los Angeles 0: Curtis Sanford stopped all 31 shots he faced to log his first shutout since Dec. 8, 2008 to lead the Blue Jackets to the win. Grant Clitsome scored the lone goal at 11:25 of the second period. The Jackets killed all eight of the Kings’ power play attempts. Jan. 8 – at Anaheim 7, BLUE JACKETS 4: Anaheim struck four times in the first period, while Columbus rallied to within two twice but could not pull any closer. Corey Perry had a hat trick and Teemu Selanne scored two goals to lead the Ducks. Rick Nash had two goals for the Jackets, while Vinny Prospal had a goal and an assist on the night.
NEWS & NOTES
Richards Named Interim Head Coach for Remainder of 2011-12 Season: The Blue Jackets relieved Head Coach Scott Arniel of his duties behind the bench and named Assistant Coach Todd Richards as the club’s interim head coach for the remainder of the 2011-12 season, club Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Scott Howson announced Monday. Richards, who joined the club as an assistant coach on June 20, 2011, will make his debut behind the Blue Jackets bench on Tuesday when the club visits the Chicago Blackhawks.
Team Notes: The Blue Jackets are in the midst of playing eight of their 12 games in January on the road… Following Tuesday’s game at Chicago, the club returns home for a four-game homestand that starts with back-to-back home games Friday and Saturday… Columbus went 1-for-3 on the power play Jan. 8 at Anaheim, snapping a six-game, 0-for-15 skid… Despite Sunday’s loss at Los Angeles, the Jackets have gone 2-2-0 on the road the last four games after going 1-4-0 the previous five road games.
LW Rick Nash has multi-goal games in two of the past five games after scoring his team leading 13th and 14th goals of the season Sunday at Los Angeles. He has scored 10 goals the last 22 games after being held to four goals the first 19 games of the season… C Derick Brassard snapped a four-game goalless skid with his fifth of the season against the Kings on Sunday. He has tallied 3-5-8 the last 13 games after being held to 0-1-1 the previous 12 games… D Grant Clitsome has points in back-to-back games after notching an assist on Brassard’s goal. He had been held pointless the previous 22 games. The assist was his first since Nov. 17 at Boston, a span of 20 games… LW Vinny Prospal has goals in two of the last three games, including his ninth of the season against Los Angeles on Sunday, after going the previous 11 games without a goal. In his last 17 games, he has recorded 2-9-11, while dating back to last season, he has 17-36-53 his last 70 games.
“HOCKEY ‘N HEELS” TO BE HELD THIS SATURDAY
The Blue Jackets invite female fans to a special “Hockey ‘N Heels” event on Saturday, Jan. 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 Defenseman James Wisniewski, 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
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, Feb. 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 5:30 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.BlackTieBlueJackets.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.
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); on the road game day interviews from Chicago; Jackets “Say What?”, one-on-one interview with Curtis Sanford and Jeff Rimer; Hockey ‘N Heels feature; complete practice/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.
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 OhioHealth Chiller Easton, OhioHealth Chiller Dublin, OhioHealth 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.