WEEKLY REPORT: Blue Jackets Visit Predators and Lightning Prior to All-Star Break

This week’s games are the second and third of six-straight on the road for Columbus

Monday, 01.23.2012 / 2:59 PM / News
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WEEKLY REPORT: Blue Jackets Visit Predators and Lightning Prior to All-Star Break

THIS WEEK'S GAME SCHEDULE/BROADCASTS (Times ET)
Monday, Jan. 23 at Nashville Predators, Bridgestone Arena, 8 p.m. – FS Ohio HD/Sports Radio 97.1 The Fan
Tuesday, Jan. 24 at Tampa Bay Lightning, St. Pete Times Forum, 7:30 p.m. – FS Ohio HD/Sports Radio 97.1 The Fan

BLUE JACKETS AT A GLANCE
Record: 13-28-6, 32 pts. (8-13-3, 19 pts. at home, 5-15-3, 13 pts. on the road)… Standings: 5th/Central Division… 15th/Western Conference… Leading Scorers: RW Rick Nash (16-16-32, 47 GP)… LW Vinny Prospal (9-21-30, 47 GP)… Goaltenders: Curtis Sanford (8-10-4, 2.51 GAA, .914 SV%, 1 SO in 24 GP)… Steve Mason (5-17-2, 3.40 GAA, .883 SV%, 0 SO in 25 GP).

OPPONENTS AT A GLANCE
NASHVILLE PREDATORS –
Head Coach: Barry Trotz… Record: 28-16-4, 60 pts… Standings: 4th/Central Division… 6th/Western Conference… Have won 10 of their last 12 games and have NHL’s No. 2 power play (21.2 pct.)… Leading Scorer: RW Martin Erat (11-22-33, 40 GP)… Leading Goaltender: Pekka Rinne (26-11-4, 2.43 GAA, .924 SV%, 4 SO in 43 GP)… All-Time Series: Jackets are 19-38-11, including 5-23-6 on the road… 17 of the last 21 games have been decided by two goals or less, including nine in OT/SO… Jackets went 2-3-1 in 2010-11… This Season: Final of six meetings… Nashville won 3-2 on Oct. 7, 4-3 (OT) on Dec. 8 at Columbus, 6-5 at home on Dec. 22 and 3-0 at Columbus on Jan. 19… Jackets won 4-3 (OT) at Nashville on Nov. 19, snapping a 17-game winless skid at Nashville.

TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING – Head Coach: Guy Boucher… Record: 20-23-4, 44 pts… Standings: 4th/Southeast Division… 13th/Eastern Conference… Are 12-7-1 and have outscored the opposition 70 to 64 at home… Leading Scorer: C Steven Stamkos (32-20-52, 47 GP)… Leading Goaltender: Mathieu Garon (13-13-2, 2.95 GAA, .901 SV%, 1 SO in 32 GP)… All-Time Series: Jackets are 4-5-3, including a 2-3-2 mark on the road… Columbus suffered a 3-2 SOL at Tampa Bay in the lone meeting last season on Jan. 18… This Season: Final of two meetings… Lightning won 3-2 at Columbus on Dec. 17.


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TRANSACTIONS

Jan. 23:
Activated LW R.J. Umberger off injured reserve… Recalled LW Dane Byers from the Springfield Falcons (AHL)… Jan. 20: Assigned LW Dane Byers to Springfield (AHL)… Jan. 19: Signed D Brett Lebda to a one-year contract… Jan. 17: Placed LW R.J. Umberger on injured reserve.

OhioHEALTH INJURY REPORT
D Radek Martinek (post-concussion symptoms, Oct. 22 at Detroit) will miss the rest of the 2011-12 season… 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 out six weeks… C Jeff Carter (shoulder, Jan. 8 at Anaheim) is week-to-week… D Nikita Nikitin (lower body, Jan. 21 at Detroit) is out indefinitely... Games Missed to Injury: 193.

LAST WEEK’S RESULTS
Jan. 17 – at BLUE JACKETS 4, Edmonton 2:
Curtis Sanford made 21 saves and the Blue Jackets got goals from four different players to overcome an early 2-0 deficit and earn the win. The Oilers used goals by Anton Lander and Ben Eager 8:50 into the game to build a 2-0 lead before the Jackets tied the game on second period tallies by Ryan Johansen and Derick Brassard. Derek MacKenzie scored the eventual game-winner 32 seconds into the third period and Derek Dorsett sealed the win with an empty net goal at the 19:38 mark. Columbus went 2-of-2 on the power play and held Edmonton to 0-of-3 with the man advantage… Jan. 19 – Nashville 3, at BLUE JACKETS 0: Pekka Rinne made 38 saves as Nashville won despite being outshot 38 to 25 by the Blue Jackets. Following a scoreless first period, the Predators took a 2-0 lead on goals by Martin Erat and Mike Fisher in the second period. Shea Weber’s power play goal into an empty net at 19:28 iced the game as the Jackets were shut out for the first time this season. Steve Mason stopped 22-of-24 shots in net for Columbus… Jan. 21 – at Detroit 3, BLUE JACKETS 2 (SO): Detroit won its franchise record 16th-straight home game thanks to Valtteri Filppula’s goal in the fourth round of the shootout. The Blue Jackets took 1-0 and 2-1 leads on goals by Ryan Russell and Nikita Nikitin only to see Detroit answer with goals by Niklas Kronwall and Nicklas Lidstrom. Curtis Sanford made 29 saves in net for Columbus, while Jimmy Howard made 17 saves for Detroit. The Jackets went 1-of-3 on the power play, while Detroit conveted 1-of-4 power play chances.

TEAM NOTES
The Blue Jackets are in the midst of playing six-straight games on the road – three before the All-Star Break (3-2 SOL at Detroit on Jan. 21, Jan. 23 at Nashville and Jan. 24 at Tampa Bay) and three after (Jan. 31 at San Jose, Feb. 1 at Los Angeles and Feb. 3 at Anaheim) – before returning home to host Minnesota on Feb. 7… Columbus has killed off 49-of-60 opponent power plays (81.7 pct.) over the past 18 games since Dec. 13… The Jackets have converted 3-of-8 power play chances (37.5 pct.) over the past three games to snap a 1-of-24 drought… The Blue Jackets are 7-10-6 in one-goal games this season with their 10 losses the most in the NHL… Columbus is tied for sixth in the NHL in face-off percentage at 51.9 percent.

JACKETS SIGN FORMER WING, LEAF BRETT LEBDA; MARTINEK OUT FOR THE SEASON
The Blue Jackets signed D Brett Lebda to a one-year contract on Jan. 19, which was the same day the club announced that D Radek Martinek would miss the rest of the season due to post-concussion symptoms. Lebda has registered 19-53-72 with 215 penalty minutes and a +17 plus/minus rating in 367 career NHL games with the Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs and helped Detroit win the 2008 Stanley Cup championship. This season, he appeared in 26 games with the Springfield Falcons, Columbus’ American Hockey League affiliate, and collected 1-9-10 and 18 penalty minutes with an even plus/minus rating. Martinek, who was signed as a free agent last July, scored one goal in seven games with Columbus before suffering a concussion at Detroit on Oct. 21.

Ryan Johansen

JOHANSEN TO APPEAR AT THIS WEEKEND’S ALL-STAR FESTIVITIES
C Ryan Johansen was one of 12 rookies selected last week to participate at the 2012 NHL All-Star Weekend in Ottawa this weekend. The 12 rookies, along with the 42 All-Stars, will participate in the 2012 Molson Canadian NHL All-Star Skills Competition on Saturday, January 28 at Scotiabank Place (7 p.m.). Johansen, 19, has tallied 7-8-16 with 20 penalty minutes and a +3 plus/minus rating in 41 games this season. He is tied for the NHL lead among rookies with three game-winning goals and is tied for 10th in goals and points. Ryan will be writing a daily blog on BlueJackets.com about his experience in Ottawa this weekend. The All-Star Game will take place Sunday at 4 p.m. ET (NBC Sports Network).

SANFORD CONTINUES TO SHINE
G Curtis Sanford has gone 3-3-1 with a 1.96 goals-against average, .931 save percentage and one shutout in seven starts during the month of January. He has stopped 201-of-216 shots faced in those games, allowed two goals or less five time and made 30 or more saves on four occasions. For the season, he is 8-10-4 with a 2.51 GAA, .914 SV% with one shutout in 24 games.

PLAYER NOTES
RW Rick Nash has tallied 6-2-8 in the last 11 games… C Derick Brassard has racked up 5-5-10 in his last 15 games compared to 2-3-5 in his first 24 games… C Antoine Vermette, who has picked up 2-5-7 in his last 11 games, has won 37-of-53 face-offs in the past three games and ranks fourth-T in the NHL in face-off win percentage (57.7 percent)… LW Ryan Russell scored his second career goal at Detroit on Jan. 21 in his eighth game since being recalled from Springfield (AHL)… RW Derek Dorsett, who ranks fourth in the NHL with 109 PIM, has doubled his career high for goals and is four points shy of matching his personal best in points with 8-5-13 in 45 games.

OFFICIAL WATCH PARTY RETURNS THIS TUESDAY
Watch the Blue Jackets take on the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday, Jan. 24, at Roosters in New Albany (5511 New Albany Road West) when the Official Blue Jackets Viewing Party returns. Club mascot, Stinger, along with in-arena host Mike Todd, the Pepsi Power Patrol and KIA Ice Crew will be on hand beginning at 7 p.m. with tickets and other prizes.

CAREER FAIR SET FOR THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 9
The Columbus Blue Jackets will hold its seventh annual Career Fair on Thursday, Feb. 9 at Nationwide Arena starting at 12:30 p.m. The event gives current college students, recent graduates and experienced professionals access to hiring personnel from the area’s professional sports teams, college programs and other leading businesses. The complete registration package includes entry to the career fair, a panel discussion featuring sports executives, a free Blue Jackets hat and a ticket to that night’s game vs. the Dallas Stars. More information and online registration is available at BlueJackets.nhl.com/careerfair2012. Advance registration is $26 and day-of the event registration is $36. Additional game tickets may also be purchased for $26. For more information, call (614) 246-3972.

UPCOMING PROMOTIONS
Sunday, Feb. 12 vs. Anaheim -
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… 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.

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.

WIN A NIGHT IN THE MILLER LITE POWER PLAY SUITE
In conjunction with Giant Eagle, Miller Lite and 97.1 The Fan, the Blue Jackets are offering fans the chance to win tickets in the Miller Lite Power Play Suite when the club hosts the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday, Feb. 28. Fans can enter by using the in-store QR code found on Miller Lite point-of-sale materials at area Giant Eagle locations or at 97.1 The Fan’s website: www.971thefan.com. Winners and their guests will receive free food and beverage and a gift bag courtesy of Giant Eagle and the Blue Jackets.

PAPA JOHN’S FUTURE JACKETS
Coaches and parents are encouraged to enter to win the opportunity of a lifetime for their mini-mite, mite or squirt hockey team. The Future Jackets presented by Papa John’s gives teams the chance to play during an intermission at select Blue Jackets home games. Winners receive 50 game tickets, gift bags and T-shirts and entry can be found at www.BlueJackets.com/PapasFutureJackets.

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: 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 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 is available now 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); Small Talk, which gives the Jackets’ youngest fans the chance to ask questions of their favorite players; All-Star Weekend covereage; 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. CLICK HERE TO VIEW

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 Columbus Blue Jackets Coach’s Show with Todd Richards airs on Sports Radio 97.1 The Fan on Wednesdays from 7 to 8 p.m. The show will return on Wednesday, February 8.

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.

TICKET INFORMATION
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.comHuntington 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.

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