Columbus Blue Jackets Weekly Report: March 11, 2013
COLUMBUS TAKES ON VANCOUVER, CHICAGO AND PHOENIX AT NATIONWIDE ARENA THIS WEEK
Jackets enter the week riding five-game winning and seven-game regulation unbeaten streaks, both one shy of club records
THIS WEEK’S GAME SCHEDULE/BROADCASTS (Times ET)
Tuesday, Mar. 12 vs. VANCOUVER CANUCKS, NATIONWIDE ARENA, 7 p.m. - FOX Sports Ohio/Sports Radio 97.1 The Fan
Thursday, Mar. 14 vs. CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS, NATIONWIDE ARENA, 7 p.m. - FOX Sports Ohio/Sports Radio 97.1 The Fan
Saturday, Mar. 16 vs. PHOENIX COYOTES, NATIONWIDE ARENA, 7 p.m. - FOX Sports Ohio/CD 102.5 FM
LAST WEEK’S RESULTS
Mar. 10: Columbus 3 at Detroit 2, SO (Brassard- G, 3 SOG; Umberger- G, +2 rating; Foligno- A, 4 hits; Johansen- A, 9 FOW, 1st career shootout goal; Bobrovsky- 21 saves)
Mar. 9: Detroit 0 at Columbus 3 (Atkinson- G; Johnson- G, 26:03 TOI; Foligno- G, 5 SOG; Brassard- A, 10 FOW; Gillies- 5 hits; Bobrovsky- 30 saves, 1st career shutout)
Mar. 7: Vancouver 1 at Columbus 2, OT (Calvert- 1st career overtime goal, 5 SOG; Umberger- G; Erixon- 5 blocked shots; MacKenzie- 4 hits; Anisimov- 13 FOW; Bobrovsky- 34 saves)
Mar. 5: Edmonton 3 at Columbus 4, SO (MacKenzie- G; Prospal- G, A; Johnson- G, 3 blocked shots, 26:53 TOI; Anisimov- GWG in shootout, 13 FOW; Bobrovsky- 21 saves)
BLUE JACKETS AT A GLANCE
Record: 10-12-4 (24 pts.) – 5th/Central Division, 13th/Western Conference… Home: 7-4-3 (17 pts.)… Road: 3-8-1 (7 pts.)
Leading Scorers: LW Vinny Prospal (9-5-14, 26 GP)... D Fedor Tyutin (1-13-14, 26 GP)… C Mark Letestu (5-8-13, 24 GP)… C/LW Derick Brassard (4-9-13, 24 GP)… LW Nick Foligno (3-10-13, 26 GP)… D Jack Johnson (3-8-11, 22 GP)
CANUCKS AT A GLANCE
Record: 11-7-6 (28 pts.)… Head Coach: Alain Vigneault
Players to Watch: LW Daniel Sedin, C Henrik Sedin, G Roberto Luongo
CBJ Record All-Time Series: 15-23-7 (9-10-4 at home)… Columbus is 8-8-3 in its last 19 meetings with the Canucks.
This Season: Second of three meetings… The Jackets defeated the Canucks 2-1 in overtime last Thursday at Nationwide Arena… Season series finale is March 26 at Vancouver’s Rogers Arena.
BLACKHAWKS AT A GLANCE
Record: 21-2-3 (45 pts.)… Head Coach: Joel Quenneville
Players to Watch: RW Patrick Kane, C Jonathan Toews, RW Marian Hossa
CBJ Record All-Time Series: 28-35-9 (15-16-5 at home)… Columbus’ last home win vs. Chicago came on March 25, 2010
This Season: Season series finale… The Blackhawks earned a 3-2 win at Nationwide Arena on Jan. 26, a 1-0 home win on Feb. 24 and a 4-3 shootout victory at United Center on March 1.
COYOTES AT A GLANCE
Record: 12-10-3 (27 pts.)… Head Coach: Dave Tippett
Players to Watch: RW Shane Doan, D Keith Yandle, RW Radim Vrbata
CBJ Record All-Time Series: 16-24-6 (10-10-2 at home)… Columbus has won its last three home games vs. Phoenix.
This Season: Season series finale… The Coyotes defeated the Blue Jackets at Jobing.com Arena by scores of 5-1 on Jan. 23 and 5-3 (EN goal) on Feb. 16.
PRACTICE SCHEDULE, MARCH 12-18
Tuesday, Mar. 12: 10 a.m. ET – Nationwide Arena
Wednesday, Mar. 13: 11 a.m. ET – Nationwide Arena
Thursday, Mar. 14: 10 a.m. ET – Nationwide Arena
Friday, Mar. 15: 11 a.m. ET – Nationwide Arena
Saturday, Mar. 16: 10 a.m. ET – Nationwide Arena
Sunday, Mar. 17: No Practice Scheduled
Monday, Mar. 18: 10:30 a.m. ET – Nationwide Arena
OhioHealth INJURY REPORT
• C Brandon Dubinsky (day-to-day, lower body injury); placed on Injured Reserve Feb. 20
• D James Wisniewski (out four to six weeks, broken foot); placed on Injured Reserve Feb. 26 retroactive to Feb. 24
• D John Moore (out two to three weeks, shoulder injury); placed on Injured Reserve March 4
• RW Derek Dorsett (out for the season, broken clavicle); placed on Injured Reserve March 8
• C Artem Anisimov (day-to-day, lower body injury)
2012-13 Man Games Lost to Injury: 70
NEWS & NOTES
• Columbus has won five-straight games and earned at least one point in its last seven outings (5-0-2); both marks are one shy of the franchise records – 6 wins from Mar. 24-Apr. 3, 2006 and 4-0-2-2 from Jan. 15-Feb. 6, 2001, respectively.
• Columbus continues to be the most responsible team in the NHL when it comes to puck possession, having recorded a league-low 100 giveaways this season. St. Louis ranks second with 128.
• Columbus currently leads the Western Conference in fighting majors (25) and PIM (393).
• Columbus currently ranks second in the Western Conference in total team hits (646).
• Columbus currently ranks 3rd in the Western Conference in come-from-behind victories (6).
• Columbus has killed off 27 of their last 28 penalties and now rank fifth in the NHL with a PK% of 85.7.
• G Sergei Bobrovsky was named the NHL’s First Star of the Week for the week ending Mar. 10 after going 4-0-0 with a 0.77 GAA, .972 SV% and 1 SO in four games. He is 6-1-1 with a 1.63 GAA and a .941 SV% in his last eight appearances.
• LW Nick Foligno has tallied 1-6-7 in his last seven games played.
• D Jack Johnson currently ranks 3rd in the NHL in Time On Ice (26:24/game)
• RW Jared Boll is currently T-2nd in the NHL in fighting majors (8) and ranks 4th in PIM (74).
• C Ryan Johansen is currently on a career-best four-game point streak (0-4-4).
UPCOMING GAME NIGHT PROMOTIONS
• THURSDAY, MAR. 12 vs. CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS – TIM HORTONS JACKETS PACK: This package is available for Thursday and Friday games starting at $30 per person and includes one ticket, a Blue Jackets hat, a $10 food voucher, a Tim Hortons travel mug and a 10-pack of Timbits. The first 13,000 fans in attendance for this game will also receive a free Blue Jackets workout towel courtesy of OhioHealth.
• SATURDAY, MAR. 16 vs. PHOENIX COYOTES – DISPATCH FAMILY VALUE PACK: This package is available for Saturday and Sunday games starting at $25 per person and includes one AEP Power Level (upper bowl) ticket, one hot dog, one Pepsi, one popcorn, and one OhioHealth Ice Haus skate pass. A lower bowl package is available for $59 per person. The first 5,000 fans age 12 & under in attendance for this game will also receive a free R.J. Umberger youth collectible puck courtesy of Nationwide Insurance.
• Huntington Green Seats: A minimum of 250 tickets are available for just $10 at the Big Lots Box Office at Nationwide Arena two hours prior to every home game.
• Papa John’s Rush CBJ student tickets: While supplies last, college and high school students can purchase tickets for $15 (AEP Power Level) and $25 (Lower Level) at the Big Lots Box Office beginning one hour prior to all home games or online most game days at 12 p.m. at www.BlueJackets.com/Rush. Limit two per person with valid student I.D.
• Military Appreciation Offer – Active members of the armed services may present current military identification at the Big Lots Box Office at Nationwide Arena to redeem a pair of complimentary tickets for any game this season.
GREEN, IRISH-THEMED JERSEYS RETURN IN TIME FOR ST. PATRICK’S DAY
The Columbus Blue Jackets Foundation will once again host a special auction featuring a full team set of authentic, autographed, green practice jerseys adorned with a Shamrock patch in recognition of St. Patrick’s Day. The players will wear the jerseys during pre-game warm-ups on Saturday, March 16 preceding that night’s game vs. the Phoenix Coyotes. Proceeds from the jersey auction will benefit the team’s charitable foundation. Fans may bid on individual practice-worn jerseys at the Bud Light Terrace display located behind section 115 during home games this Thursday and Saturday. For more information on the Foundation’s mission and areas of giving, visit www.BlueJacketsFoundation.org.
AEP ENERGY ULTIMATE FAN SWEEPSTAKES
• Fans that enroll with AEP Energy for electricity savings at www.aepretailenergy.com/bluejackets will be entered for the chance to win four tickets in the Time Warner Cable HD Lounge, dinner, watch warm-ups from the penalty box, and receive a Zamboni® ride and an autographed jersey when the Blue Jackets host the Anaheim Ducks on March 31.
WIN JACKETS TICKETS AND PAPA JOHN’S PIZZA PARTY AT WORK
• During the current season, fans can enter to win 20 tickets to one of the following Blue Jackets home games – Mar. 19 vs. NSH, Apr. 7 vs. MIN and Apr. 27 vs. NSH – and can score a free Papa John’s Pizza Party at their office. Contest entry can be found at www.BlueJackets.com/PapasPizzaParty. All winning offices will have their Papa John’s Pizzas and tickets delivered by Stinger.
NATIONWIDE VIP EXPERIENCE
• Nationwide Insurance will award a lucky sweepstakes winner a special VIP Game Experience at one of the following Blue Jackets remaining home games – Mar. 14 vs. CHI, Mar. 19 vs. NSH or Apr. 12 vs. STL. The winner will receive tickets in the Nationwide Fan Lounge, $25 food/beverage voucher, $50 FOX Sports Ohio Blue Line gift card and a variety of special, behind-the-scenes experiences. Entry can be found at www.bluejackets.com/nationwidevip.
BOB EVANS CARRY OUT SWEEPSTAKES
Fans who place a carry out order from a local participating Bob Evans Restaurant have the chance to enter the Bob Evans Carry Out Sweepstakes to win four tickets to a Blue Jackets game and watch pre-game warm-ups from the Bob Evans Carry Out Penalty Box. Ten fans and each entrant will also receive a bounce-back coupon from Bob Evans to use on a future carry out order. For more information, visit www.BlueJackets.com/BobEvansCarryOut.
VERIZON BLUE JACKETS FAN FACE-OFF
The Blue Jackets and Verizon have teamed up to give 12 lucky fans the chance to win two Party Tower tickets (includes food and beverage) to the March 22 game vs. the Calgary Flames, a James Wisniewski jersey and the opportunity to meet the Jackets defenseman after the game. Entry can be found at www.verizoninsider.com/bluejackets.
WIN A STONE COLD ICE CREAM SOCIAL WITH STINGER
Throughout March, fans can enter to win an ice cream party with Stinger at a local Cold Stone Creamery location. Winners will be selected monthly and entry can be found at www.BlueJackets.com/ColdStone.
BLUE JACKETS ON TV & RADIO
• FOX Sports Ohio: 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 gives fans an up close look at the club, its players, coaches and personalities on and off the ice and airs each Monday at 6 p.m.
• 97.1 The Fan: SUNDAY MORNING SKATE can be heard on the Columbus Blue Jackets Radio Network and Sports Radio 97.1 The Fan on Sundays from 10 to 11 a.m… THE COACH’S SHOW with Todd Richards airs on Wednesdays from 7 to 8 p.m. (time and day subject to change).
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• Single Game: Tickets starting at $26 are on sale at the Big Lots Box Office at Nationwide Arena, FOX Sports Ohio Blue Line Team Store at the Mall at Tuttle Crossing and OhioHealth Chiller Ice Rinks (Easton, Dublin, North) and 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.