Weekly Report: Blue Jackets Host Red Wings, Visit Avalanche and Coyotes this Week
After playing seven of nine games at home, Columbus in the midst of playing three of four on the road
THIS WEEK’S GAME SCHEDULE/BROADCASTS (Times ET)
Tuesday, Feb. 28 vs. DETROIT RED WINGS, NATIONWIDE ARENA, 7 p.m. – FS Ohio HD/Sports Radio 97.1 The Fan
Thursday, Mar. 1 at Colorado Avalanche, Pepsi Center, 9 p.m. – FS Ohio HD/Sports Radio 97.1 The Fan
Saturday, Mar. 3 at Phoenix Coyotes, Jobing.com Arena, 8 p.m. – FS Ohio HD/Sports Radio 97.1 The Fan.
BLUE JACKETS AT A GLANCE
Record: 18-37-7, 43 pts. (11-17-3, 25 pts. at home, 7-20-4, 18 pts. on the road)… Standings: 5th/Central Division… 15th/Western Conference… Leading Scorers: RW Rick Nash (21-22-43, 62 GP)… LW Vinny Prospal (11-28-39, 62 GP)… Goaltenders: Curtis Sanford (10-14-4, 2.57 GAA, .914 SV%, 1 SO in 30 GP)… Steve Mason (8-22-3, 3.49 GAA, .886 SV%, 0 SO in 34 GP).
OPPONENTS AT A GLANCE
DETROIT RED WINGS – Head Coach: Mike Babcock… Record: 41-19-3, 85 pts… Standings: 1st/Central Division… 2nd/Western Conference… Wings have gone 0-2-1 since a six-game winning streak… Leading Scorer: C Pavel Datsyuk (16-43-59, 59 GP)… Leading Goaltender: Jimmy Howard (32-13-2, 2.09 GAA, .923 SV%, 5 SO in 47 GP)… All-Time Series: Jackets are 18-37-11 including 11-15-7 at home… Columbus has gone 10-15-4 vs. the Wings over the past four-plus seasons compared to 8-22-6 from 2000-07… Jackets went 2-3-1 in 2010-11… This Season: Fourth of six meetings… Red Wings won 5-2 at Joe Louis Arena on Oct. 21 and 3-2 SO at home on Jan. 21, while the Jackets won 4-1 at home on Oct. 25… Next game is Mar. 26 at Detroit.
COLORADO AVALANCHE – Head Coach: Joe Sacco… Record: 32-27-4, 68 pts… Standings: 2nd/Northwest Division… 10th/Western Conference… Club is 6-2-2 in its last 10 games with wins in three-straight… Leading Scorer: C Ryan O’Reilly (15-34-49, 62 GP)… Leading Goaltender: Semyon Varlamov (17-18-2, 2.83 GAA, .904 SV%, 3 SO in 37 GP)… All-Time Series: Jackets are 9-29-4, including 3-15-2 on the road… Jackets went 1-2-1 in 2010-11… This Season: Third of four meetings… Colorado won 3-2 in OT on Oct. 12 and 5-0 on Feb. 24 at Nationwide Arena … Next game is Apr. 5 at Colorado.
PHOENIX COYOTES – Head Coach: Dave Tippett… Record: 32-21-9, 73 pts… Standings: 1st/Pacific Division… 3rd/Western Conference… Club has gone 10-0-1 in February with wins in five-straight games… Leading Scorer: LW Ray Whitney (18-39-57, 62 GP)… Leading Goaltender: Mike Smith (28-14-7, 2.27 GAA, .926 SV%, 4 SO in 49 GP)… All-Time Series: Jackets are 14-21-6, including 5-11-4 on the road… Blue Jackets went 1-3-0 in 2010-11… This Season: Second of four meetings… The Jackets won 4-3 at home on Jan. 13… Next game is Mar. 6 at Columbus.
Feb. 27 – Acquired two fourth round picks in the 2012 Entry Draft and D Taylor Ellington from Vancouver in exchange for C Samuel Pahlsson… D Grant Clitsome was claimed off waivers by Winnipeg… Feb. 25 – Assigned D David Savard to Springfield Falcons (AHL)… Claimed C Darryl Boyce off waivers from Toronto… Feb. 24 – Recalled RW Cam Atkinson from Springfield (AHL)… Feb. 23 – Acquired D Jack Johnson and a first round pick in either the 2012 or 2013 Entry Draft from Los Angeles in exchange for C Jeff Carter… Feb. 22 – Acquired a second round pick in 2012 Entry Draft, a conditional fifth round pick in the 2013 Entry Draft and G Curtis McElhinney from Phoenix in exchange for C Antoine Vermette… Feb. 22 – Activated D Nikita Nikitin off injured reserve… Placed RW Jared Boll 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… D Marc Methot (broken jaw, Feb. 9 vs. Dallas) is out indefinitely… LW Kristian Huselius (lower body, Dec. 6 at Montreal) is week-to-week… LW Jared Boll (foot, Feb. 9 vs. Dallas) is week-to-week… Games Missed to Injury: 285.
LAST WEEK’S RESULTS
Feb. 21 – at BLUE JACKETS 6, San Jose 3: Jeff Carter collected his second hat trick of the season, while R.J. Umberger, David Savard and Rick Nash each tallied 1-1-2 to lead Columbus to the win. The Blue Jackets jumped out to a 4-0 lead before the Sharks cut the margin to 4-2 with goals just 26 seconds apart early in the second period. Goals by Savard and Carter sealed the win as Columbus went 3-of-7 on the power play. Steve Mason made 38 saves to pick up the win in net… Feb. 24 – Colorado 5, at BLUE JACKETS 0: Semyon Varlamov made 28 saves and David Jones tallied 2-1-3 to lead Colorado to the win. The Avalanche broke open a close game with three goals in the third period and held the Jackets scoreless on four power play attempts. Steve Mason made 20 saves in net for the Jackets… Feb. 26 – at Pittsburgh 4, BLUE JACKETS 2: The Blue Jackets had their three-game road regulation unbeaten streak snapped as the Pens scored four-straight goals to erase a 1-0 deficit and held on for the win. Rick Nash’s shorthanded goal gave Columbus a 1-0 lead at 9:49 of the second period before Evgeni Malkin tallied on the power play at the 19:12 mark to tie the game at 1-1. Goals by Pascal Dupuis, Kris Letang and Joe Vitale pushed the advantage to 4-1 before Columbus’ Vinny Prospal scored at 15:07 of the third to round out the scoring. Curtis Sanford made 36 saves for the Jackets, including 15 in the first period, while Brad Thiessen made 22 saves for Pittsburgh.
JACKETS ACQUIRE D JACK JOHNSON, C DARRYL BOYCE, FIVE DRAFT PICKS PRIOR TO TRADE DEADLINE
The Blue Jackets made three trades prior to today’s trade deadline that brought the club D Jack Johnson and a first round pick in either the 2012 or 2013 Entry Draft (from Los Angeles for C Jeff Carter); a 2012 second round pick and conditional 2013 fifth round pick (from Phoenix along with G Curtis McElhinney for C Antoine Vermette); claimed C Darryl Boyce off waivers (Toronto) and added a pair 2012 fourth round picks (from Vancouver, along with D Taylor Ellington for C Samuel Pahlsson).
The Blue Jackets have gone 5-5-1 in their last 11 games… The Blue Jackets have converted 12-of-45 on the power play (26.7 pct.) in their last 11 games, scoring at least one goal in eight of those games… Columbus had earned points in three-straight road games prior to a 4-2 loss at Pittsburgh on Feb. 26.
NASH HAS GOALS IN THREE OF LAST FOUR, INCLUDING FIRST SHORTHANDED TALLY SINCE 2009
LW Rick Nash scored a shorthanded goal this past Sunday at Pittsburgh. It was his first shorthanded goal since scoring shorthanded goals in back-to-back games Oct. 17-20, 2009, a span of 205 games. He has goals in three of the last four games after being held to one goal the previous 10 games. He also has points in eight of the last 11 games (4-6-10), while collecting 8-8-16 the last 23 games and 17-14-31 the last 44 games. He leads the team in shots with 236, ranking third in the NHL.
LW Vinny Prospal snapped a seven-game goalless skid with his 11th of the season Sunday at Pittsburgh. He has points in seven of the last 12 games, recording 2-7-9 during that stretch after being held pointless the previous nine games. He leads the club in assists, ranks second in points and is third (tied) in goals… D Nikita Nikitin picked up an assist Sunday at Pittsburgh, his 18th of the season. He has set career highs in goals (2), assists, points (20) and games played (41-tied), bettering his marks of 1-8-9 set in 41 games last season. He has points in six of the last eight games, with 1-5-6 during that stretch after being held to 0-1-1 the previous seven games… RW Cam Atkinson recorded an assist Sunday at Pittsburgh. It was the first assist of his career, coming in his seventh career NHL game… D Jack Johnson made his Blue Jackets debut Sunday against the Penguins and had three blocked shots in 22:33 of ice time.
Tuesday, Feb. 28 vs. Detroit – TIM HORTONS JACKETS PACK (available every Friday home game and select other home games) – 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… $10,000 TUESDAYS – A total of $10,000 in prizes will be given away each Tuesday home game for the remainder of the season. This Tuesday night’s prizes are iPad2s.
Tuesday, Mar. 6 vs. Phoenix – $10,000 TUESDAYS – A total of $10,000 in prizes will be given away each Tuesday home game for the remainder of the season.
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).
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.
PETLAND PRESENTS 2012 PUCKS AND PAWS CALENDAR, FAVORITE PET CONTEST
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. Fans can purchase the calendar at the Foundation Kiosk during Blue Jackets home games or at www.BlueJacketsFoundation.org. Starting Feb. 14, fans can upload their pet’s photo at www.BlueJackets.com/FavoritePet for the chance to be featured on a dasherboard during one Blue Jackets game at Nationwide Arena. The winning pet owner will also receive pet food for a year, a $500 Petland gift card, tickets to the game in which they’ll be featured on the dasher, a signed jersey and 2012 Pucks & Paws Calendar.
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); coverage of the 2012 NHL Trade Deadline; One-on-One with Jackets forward Colton Gillies; a feature on forward R.J. Umberger and the Umberger Performance facility he opened in his hometown of Pittsburgh; complete practice and 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 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.
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… 2013 All-Star Game: The 2013 NHL All-Star Game is coming to Columbus Jan. 26-27, 2013. Fans can guarantee access to seats for both the game and Skills Challenge now by reserving a full or partial season ticket plan for the Blue Jackets’ 2012-13 season… 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.