WEEKLY REPORT: Blue Jackets Play Four this Week, Including Home-and-Home Set vs. Red Wings
Columbus plays four games in six nights with home games vs. Red Wings and Panthers, road clashes at Detroit and St. Louis
THIS WEEK’S GAME SCHEDULE/BROADCASTS (Times ET)
Monday, Mar. 26 at Detroit Red Wings, Joe Louis Arena, 7:30 p.m. – FS Ohio HD/Sports Radio 97.1 The Fan
Wednesday, Mar. 28 vs. DETROIT RED WINGS, NATIONWIDE ARENA, 7:30 p.m. – NBC Sports Network/97.1 The Fan
Friday, Mar. 30 vs. FLORIDA PANTHERS, NATIONWIDE ARENA, 7 p.m. – FS Ohio HD/Sports Radio 97.1 The Fan
Saturday, Mar. 31 at St. Louis Blues, Scottrade Center, 8 p.m. – FS Ohio HD/WWCD 102.5 FM
BLUE JACKETS AT A GLANCE
Record: 24-44-7, 55 pts. (14-21-3, 31 pts. at home, 10-23-4, 24 pts. on the road)… Standings: 5th/Central Division… 15th/Western Conference… Leading Scorers: RW Rick Nash (26-24-50, 75 GP)… LW Vinny Prospal (13-34-47, 75 GP)… Goaltenders: Curtis Sanford (10-18-4, 2.60 GAA, .911 SV%, 1 SO in 36 GP)… Steve Mason (14-25-3, 3.32 GAA, .895 SV%, 1 SO in 43 GP).
OPPONENTS AT A GLANCE
DETROIT RED WINGS – Head Coach: Mike Babcock… Record: 46-25-5, 95 pts… Standings: 3rd/Central Division… 5th/Western Conference… The Wings snapped a six-game winless streak (0-4-2) with a 5-4 win vs. Carolina last Saturday… Leading Scorers: C Valtteri Filppula (23-39-62, 74 GP)… LW Henrik Zetterberg (21-41-62, 75 GP)… Leading Goaltender: Jimmy Howard (33-15-3, 2.15 GAA, .920 SV%, 6 SO in 52 GP)… All-Time Series: Jackets are 18-38-11, including 11-16-7 at home… Columbus has gone 10-16-4 vs. the Wings over the past four-plus seasons compared to 8-22-7 from 2000-07… Jackets went 2-3-1 in 2010-11… This Season: Fifth and sixth of six meetings… Detroit won 5-2 on Oct. 21 and 3-2 SO on Jan. 21 at Joe Louis Arena and 5-2 at Nationwide Arena on Feb. 28… Columbus won 4-1 at home on Oct. 25.
FLORIDA PANTHERS – Head Coach: Kevin Dineen… Record: 36-24-15, 87 pts… Standings: 1st/Southeast Division… 3rd/Eastern Conference… The Panthers enter the week 0-2-1 in their last three after posting wins in their previous five games… Leading Scorer: LW Tomas Fleischmann (24-32-56, 75 GP)… Leading Goaltender: Jose Theodore (22-14-9, 2.35 GAA, .921 SV%, 3 SO in 49 GP)… All-Time Series: Jackets are 7-4-0, including a 3-2-0 mark at home … The Blue Jackets have won the last four meetings since a 5-2 Florida win at Nationwide Arena on Nov. 21, 2007… Columbus won both meetings last season – 3-2 OT at Florida on Jan. 19, 2011 and 3-2 SO at home on Mar. 29, 2011… This Season: Lone meeting.
ST. LOUIS BLUES – Head Coach: Ken Hitchcock… Record: 47-20-9, 103 pts… Standings: 1st/Central Division… 1st/Western Conference… NHL’s top defensive club, allowing 1.86 goals and 26.3 shots per game… Leading Scorer: C David Backes (23-28-51, 76 GP)… Leading Goaltenders: Jaroslav Halak (25-11-6, 1.90 GAA, .927 SV%, 6 SO in 43 GP)… Brian Elliott (22-9-3, 1.52 GAA, .941 SV%, 8 SO in 35 GP)… All-Time Series: Jackets are 24-31-13, including 16-12-6 at home… Columbus went 2-2-2 in 2010-11 with four of the six games decided by three or more goals… This Season: Final of six meetings… Blues won 2-1 on Nov. 27 and 2-1 on Mar. 11 at Columbus and 6-4 on Dec. 18 and 4-1 on Mar. 10 at home, while Columbus won 2-1 at home on Feb. 14.
Mar. 19 – Added D David Savard to the roster on emergency recall from the Springfield Falcons (AHL)… Added G Allen York to the roster on emergency recall 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… D Marc Methot (broken jaw, Feb. 9 vs. Dallas) is out indefinitely… LW Kristian Huselius (lower body, Dec. 6 at Montreal) is out indefinately… D Fedor Tyutin (hand, Mar. 6 vs. Phoenix) is out indefinitely… G Curtis Sanford (leg, Mar. 18 at Calgary) is out indefinitely… C Derek MacKenzie (upper body, Mar. 6 vs. Phoenix) is week-to-week… D James Wisniewski (upper body, Mar. 18 at Calgary) is week-to-week… Games Missed to Injury: 359.
LAST WEEK’S RESULTS
Mar. 20 – Chicago 5, at BLUE JACKETS 1: The Blackhawks jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the game’s first 8:22 and went on to cap a season sweep of the Blue Jackets. Duncan Keith collected four assists, Patrick Sharp added two goals and Corey Crawford made 24 saves for Chicago, while Rick Nash tallied the lone goal for the Blue Jackets. Chicago was 2-of-2 on the power play, while Columbus went 0-of-2 with the man advantage… Mar. 23 – at BLUE JACKETS 5, Carolina 1: R.J. Umberger collected the third hat trick of his NHL career and Steve Mason made 39 saves as the Jackets won their fifth-straight game vs. the Hurricanes. Columbus held a slim 2-1 lead late in the second period before Umberger scored his second of the game at the 14:36 mark to push the advantage to 3-1. He capped the hat trick at 14:58 of the third. Vinny Prospal and Mark Letestu also scored for the Jackets, while Derick Brassard picked up three assists… Mar. 25 – Edmonton 6, at BLUE JACKETS 3: The Oilers used a five-goal second period to turn a 1-0 deficit into a 5-2 lead and went on to post their first win at Nationwide Arena since Nov. 18, 2008. The Jackets led 1-0 after one period on a goal by Mark Letestu. Edmonton tied the game at 1-1 on a Ryan Jones goal early in the second before Columbus took a 2-1 lead when Rick Nash scored on a penalty shot at the 7:42 mark. The Oilers erupted for four goals in a span of 7:49 and killed off two Columbus power plays at the start of the third period before Derick Brassard’s power play goal cut the lead to 5-3 at 14:22 of the third. Eric Belanger’s empty net goal rounded out the scoring.
The Blue Jackets have gone 11-12-1 in their last 24 games since Feb. 3, but have gone 2-5-0 since a season-best four-game winning streak from Mar. 1-8… Columbus has gone 5-4-1 in its last nine road games… Columbus has held its opponents to two goals or less in seven of 12 games in March, surrendering nine goals and going 6-1-0 in those contests… The club has allowed 22 goals in the other five March contests and is 0-5-0 in those games… The Blue Jackets have scored power play goals in their last two games (2-of-9) after going 0-of-34 in their previous nine outings… Columbus is 2-2 in games decided in overtime this season and 4-5 in shootouts, including a 4-2 mark in its last six shootouts.
UMBERGER RECORDS 22ND HAT TRICK IN BLUE JACKETS HISTORY
LW R.J. Umberger scored three goals in a 5-1 win over Carolina on Mar. 23 to record the 22nd hat trick in franchise history and 13th by a Jacket at Nationwide Arena. The hat trick was the third of Umberger’s NHL career – Nov. 30, 2009 vs. St. Louis and Dec. 11, 2007 vs. Pittsburgh (with the Philadelphia Flyers). He has registered 14-18-32 in 70 games this season, including 11-14-25 in his last 44 outings.
NASH BACK ON TRACK, EYES FIFTH-STRAIGHT 30-GOAL SEASON
RW Rick Nash has scored goals in two of the last three games, including his second career penalty shot goal vs. Edmonton on Mar. 25, to raise his season totals to 26-24-50 in 75 games. With seven games remaining, he needs four goals to hit the 30-goal mark for the fifth-straight season and seventh time in the last eight campaigns.
C Mark Letestu has picked up points in seven of his last 10 games (5-3-8) and has scored a goal in back-to-back contests… G Steve Mason is 9-6-1 with a 2.94 GAA, .915 SV% and one shutout since Feb. 11… D Jack Johnson has tallied 3-6-9 in his last 11 games… C Derick Brassard, who is four assists shy of 100 in his NHL career, has tallied 1-3-4 in the past two games after being held without a point in six-straight and has 11-20-31 in his last 42 games… LW Vinny Prospal has picked up 3-9-12 in his last 16 games… D David Savard has collected 1-2-3 in his last five games.
Wednesday, Mar. 28 vs. Detroit – Rally Towel Giveaway presented by Verizon Wireless – All fans in attendance receive a free Blue Jackets rally towel courtesy of Verizon Wireless.
Friday, Mar. 30 vs. Florida – TIM HORTONS JACKETS PACK – 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, which is a savings of $28… 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… Blue Jackets Poster Giveaway presented by Nationwide Insurance – All fans in attendance will receive a commemorative Blue Jackets poster courtesy of Nationwide Insurance… Columbus Chill 20th Anniversary Celebration – Celebrate the 20th anniversary of the inaugural season of the ECHL’s Columbus Chill and recognize Columbus hockey history. Former Chill players will be involved in various in-game elements throughout the evening with four members of the All-Time Columbus Chill Team participating in the ceremonial puck prior to the game.
Saturday, Apr. 7 vs. NY Islanders – 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… Blue Jackets T-Shirt presented by FOX Sports Ohio – All fans in attendance receive a Blue Jackets t-shirt courtesy of FOX Sports Ohio.
WIN A SUMMER BACKYARD BARBEQUE WITH RYAN JOHANSEN
The Blue Jackets, Giant Eagle and Pepsi are giving fans the chance to win a Summer Backyard Barbeque with CBJ rookie center Ryan Johansen. The grand prize winner will receive a visit from Johansen, who will bring CBJ mascot Stinger along, set up the Blue Jackets street hockey rink and host a barbeque at the winner’s home. All the food will be provided by Giant Eagle with beverages supplied by Pepsi. In addition, the winner will receive a Johansen prize pack, free Pepsi products for a year and a Giant Eagle gift card. Visit participating Central Ohio Giant Eagle locations or click http://bluejackets.nhl.com/club/page.htm?id=77993 to enter.
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).
PETLAND PRESENTS 2012 PUCKS AND PAWS CALENDAR
The 2012 Pucks and Paws Calendar presented by Petland 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.
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); Rick Nash’s visit to the winning school in his 61 Club Good Health Challenge initiative; a behind the scenes look at CBJ defenseman Jack Johnson’s meeting with one of his boyhood idols, former OSU All-American linebacker Andy Katzenmoyer; Blue Jackets’ predictions for the upcoming NCAA men’s basketball Final Four; 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… Due to this week’s game schedule, Coach Richards will join The Common Man & The Torg during their show on Wednesday between 3-6 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.