Weekly Report: Blue Jackets Come Out of All-Star Break with Three-Game, West Coast Trip
This week's games close out a six-game road trip for Columbus, which plays eight of 11 at home following the trip
THIS WEEK’S GAME SCHEDULE/BROADCASTS (Times ET)
Tuesday, Jan. 31 at San Jose Sharks, HP Pavilion at San Jose, 10:30 p.m. – FS Ohio HD/Sports Radio 97.1 The Fan
Wednesday, Feb. 1 at Los Angeles Kings, STAPLES Center, 10:30 p.m. – FS Ohio HD/Sports Radio 97.1 The Fan
Friday Feb. 3 at Anaheim Ducks, Honda Center, 10 p.m. – FS Ohio HD/Sports Radio 97.1 The Fan
BLUE JACKETS AT A GLANCE
Record: 13-30-6, 32 pts. (8-13-3, 19 pts. at home, 5-17-3, 13 pts. on the road)… Standings: 5th/Central Division… 15th/Western Conference… Leading Scorers: RW Rick Nash (17-16-33, 49 GP)… LW Vinny Prospal (9-21-30, 49 GP)… Goaltenders: Curtis Sanford (8-11-4, 2.57 GAA, .912 SV%, 1 SO in 25 GP)… Steve Mason (5-18-2, 3.43 GAA, .882 SV%, 0 SO in 26 GP).
OPPONENTS AT A GLANCE
SAN JOSE SHARKS – Head Coach: Todd McLellan… Record: 27-14-6, 60 pts… Standings: 1st/Pacific Division… 3rd/Western Conference… Leading Scorer: C Joe Thornton (8-30-38, 47 GP)… Leading Goaltender: Antti Niemi (21-10-5, 2.30 GAA, .918 SV%, 3 SO in 37 GP)… All-Time Series: Jackets are 13-25-4, including 3-16-2 on the road… Jackets went 2-2-0 in 2010-11… This Season: Third of four meetings… San Jose won 2-1 on Jan. 5 at home and also won 2-1 Jan. 14 at Nationwide Arena… The road team has won five of the last six meetings (includes a pair of games played in Stockholm).
LOS ANGELES KINGS – Head Coach: Darryl Sutter… Record: 24-16-10, 58 pts… Standings: 2nd/Pacific Division… 7th/Western Conference… Leading Scorer: C Anze Kopitar (15-29-44, 50 GP)… Leading Goaltender: Jonathan Quick (21-12-9, 1.93 GAA, .934 SV%, 6 SO in 42 GP)… All-Time Series: Jackets are 19-20-3, including an 8-12-1 mark on the road… This Season: Third of four meetings… Split the season series to date with a 2-1 Kings victory Dec. 15 at Nationwide Arena and a Blue Jackets 1-0 victory at STAPLES Center on Jan. 7… Los Angeles has won seven of the last nine meetings between the clubs.
ANAHEIM DUCKS – Head Coach: Bruce Boudreau… Record: 18-23-7, 43 pts… Standings: 5th/Pacific Division… 13th/Western Conference… Leading Scorer: RW Teemu Selanne (15-30-45, 48 GP)… Leading Goaltender: Jonas Hiller (15-18-7, 2.81 GAA, .907 SV%, 2 SO in 42 GP)… Ducks are 8-1-1 their last 10 games… All-Time Series: Jackets are 20-18-4, including a 9-9-3 mark on the road… This Season: Third of four meetings… Columbus won 3-1 Oct. 30 at Nationwide Arena, while Anaheim won 7-4 Jan. 8 at Honda Center… The Blue Jackets have won four of the last six meetings in Anaheim.
1/30: Recalled C Andrew Joudrey and D David Savard from Springfield (AHL)… 1/25: Assigned LW Dane Byers to Springfield (AHL)… 1/24: Assigned LW Tomas Kubalik to Springfield (AHL)… 1/23: Activated LW R.J. Umberger off injured reserve… Recalled LW Dane Byers from Springfield (AHL).
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: 205.
LAST WEEK’S RESULTS
Jan. 23 – at Nashville 4, BLUE JACKETS 1: After Rick Nash scored 6:14 into the second to tie the game 1-1, Nashville scored three unanswered to hand Columbus the loss. Mike Fisher scored his first of two goals at 8:07 of the first before Nash knotted the game at 1-1 in the second. Fisher’s second came on the power play at 19:31 of the second period to make it 2-1 heading to the third. Matt Halischuk lit the lamp at 7:37 of the third, before Patric Hornqvist’s power play goal at 16:51 put the game away. Jan. 24 – at Tampa Bay 4, BLUE JACKETS 2: Mike Angelidis opened the scoring at 13:20 of the first, but was matched by Brett Lebda’s first goal as a Blue Jacket at the 15:07 mark. Vincent Lecavalier (8:19, power play) and Martin St. Louis (16:56) scored second period goals to push the Lightning lead to 3-1. Ryan Johansen cut the lead to 3-2 at 5:40 of the third, but Nate Thompson answered at 11:29 to ensure Tampa the win.
BLUE JACKETS, CITY OF COLUMUS TO HOST 2013 ALL-STAR CELEBRATION
The Columbus Blue Jackets and the city of Columbus have been selected to host the 2013 National Hockey League All-Star Celebration, the club and League announced this past Saturday. The official announcement was made by NHL Commissioner Gary B. Bettman during a press conference at this year’s Celebration in Ottawa. The League’s mid-season showcase will take place Saturday, January 26 and Sunday, January 27 and will include the Molson Canadian NHL SuperSkills® and the 60th NHL All-Star Game.
The Blue Jackets are in the midst of playing six-straight games on the road. The trip started prior to the All-Star Break (3-2 SOL at Detroit on Jan. 21, 4-1 L at Nashville Jan. 23 and 4-2 L at Tampa Bay Jan. 24) and continues with games this week at San Jose (Tuesday), Los Angeles (Wednesday) and Anaheim (Friday)… Following the road trip, Columbus will play five of six and eight of 11 games at home during the month of February… The Blue Jackets rank 12th in the NHL in shots per game (30.4) and shots against per game (29.4)… Columbus is sixth in the NHL in face-off percentage at 51.8 percent.
LEBDA 17TH PLAYER TO MAKE BLUE JACKETS DEBUT; SCORES FIRST GOAL WITH CLUB
D Brett Lebda made his Blue Jackets debut Jan. 23 at Nashville. He became the 17th player to make his Blue Jackets debut this season (Atkinson, Bass, Byers, Carter, Gillies, Giroux, Johansen, Letestu, Martinek, Nikitin, Prospal, Russell, Sanford, Savard, Wisniewski, York). The next night in Tampa Bay he scored his first goal with the club, the 27th different player to score a goal for Columbus this season. It was Lebda’s first goal since Feb. 24, 2011 at Montreal as a member of the Toronto Maple Leafs, a span of 14 games. He was signed to a one-year contract Jan. 19.
JOHANSEN RETURNS FROM TRIP TO 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 past weekend. Prior to the weekend, he scored his ninth goal of the season Jan. 24 at Tampa Bay. His nine goals and 17 points rank 10th among NHL rookies. He has goals in two of the last four games after being held goalless the previous nine games. He has 3-3-6 the last 13 games after being held pointless the previous 10 games.
VERMETTE CONTINUES TO BE STRONG IN FACE-OFF CIRCLE
C Antoine Vermette has taken over the Blue Jackets longest active consecutive games played streak, having played in 231-straight entering tonight’s contest. His streak, which is the third-longest in team history, began Mar. 7, 2009 after being acquired by the Blue Jackets on Mar. 4, 2009. He has points in six of the last eight games after picking up an assist Jan. 23 at Nashville. He has 1-5-6 during that stretch after being held to 1-1-2 the previous 13 games. He has won 37 of his last 51 face-offs (72.5 percent) the last three games and ranks seventh in the NHL in face-off win percentage (57.5 percent).
LW R.J. Umberger registered his first multi-point game in nine games with a pair of assists Jan. 24 at Tampa Bay. He has collected 2-8-10 the last 13 games after being held to 2-1-3 the previous nine games. He returned to the lineup Jan. 23 at Nashville after missing the previous five games due to an upper body injury suffered Jan. 8 at Anaheim. The injury brought his Blue Jackets franchise record consecutive games played streak to an end at 288… C Derick Brassard picked up his first assist in five games with a helper Jan. 24 at Tampa Bay. He last had an assist Jan. 13 vs. Phoenix. He has tallied 3-3-6 the last 10 games and has 5-6-11 the last 17 games after being held to 2-3-5 the first 24 games of the season… LW Rick Nash scored his team-leading 17th goal of the season Jan. 23 at Nashville. He has 5-1-6 the last 10 games, as well as 13-8-21 the last 31 games after being held to 1-3-4 the previous 10 games. He has scored 13 goals the last 30 games after being held to four goals the first 19 games of the season. He leads the team in shots with 193, ranking third in the NHL.
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, CLICK HERE or call (614) 246-3972.
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); complete practice and game day coverage; one-on-one with Aaron Johnson 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 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 – www.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.