Columbus Blue Jackets Weekly Report: April 15, 2013
Columbus currently trails eighth-place Red Wings by two points in the Western Conference standings
Monday, 04.15.2013 / 5:18 PM / News
By Blue Jackets Staff - Writer
THIS WEEK’S GAME SCHEDULE/BROADCASTS (Times ET) Monday, Apr. 15 vs. Colorado Avalanche, Pepsi Center, 9 p.m. - FOX Sports Ohio/Sports Radio 97.1 The Fan Wednesday, Apr. 17 vs. Anaheim Ducks, Honda Center, 10 p.m. - FOX Sports Ohio/Sports Radio 97.1 The Fan Thursday, Apr. 18 vs. Los Angeles Kings, STAPLES Center, 10:30 p.m. - FOX Sports Ohio/Sports Radio 97.1 The Fan Sunday, Apr. 21 vs. San Jose Sharks, HP Pavilion, 8:00 p.m. - FOX Sports Ohio/Sports Radio 97.1 The Fan LAST WEEK’S RESULTS Apr. 13: Columbus 3 at Minnesota 2, SO (Bobrovsky- 39 saves, 2/2 in shootout; Letestu- GW shootout goal; Prospal- G, A; Dubinsky- 2A, 8 FOW, 2 takeaways; Tyutin- G, 600th career game; Calvert- 7 hits; Atkinson- shootout goal, 3 SOG) Apr. 12: St. Louis 1 at Columbus 4 (Bobrovsky- 31 saves; Atkinson- G, A; Anisimov- GWG, 3 SOG; Johansen- G, 100th career game, 6-for-9 on face-offs; Wisniewski- A, 400th career game, 3 blocked shots; Gaborik- G, 3 SOG) Apr. 9: San Jose 0 at Columbus 4 (Bobrovsky- 30 saves, 4th career shutout; Gaborik- G, A; Calvert- GWG, 5 SOG; Wisniewski- G, 5 blocked shots, 4 hits; Prospal- A, 1,100th career game; Johnson- A, 400th career game) BLUE JACKETS AT A GLANCE Record: 19-16-7 (45 pts.) – 4th/Central Division, 10th/Western Conference… Home: 13-5-5 (31 pts.)… Road: 6-11-2 (14 pts.) Leading Scorers: LW Vinny Prospal (11-15-26, 42 GP)... RW Marian Gaborik (12-13-25, 41 GP)… C Mark Letestu (9-13-22, 40 GP)… C Artem Anisimov (11-7-18, 34 GP)… D Fedor Tyutin (3-15-18, 42 GP) Goaltenders: Sergei Bobrovsky (16-10-6, 2.01 GAA, .932 SV% in 32 GP)… Michael Leighton (0-1-0, 5.08 GAA, .808 SV% in 1 GP) AVALANCHE AT A GLANCE Record: 14-22-6 (34 pts.)… Head Coach: Joe Sacco Players to Watch: C Matt Duchene, LW Gabriel Landeskog, RW Milan Hejduk, C Paul Stastny CBJ All-Time Series: 12-30-4 (5-16-2 on the road) This Season: Final of three meetings… The Jackets dropped a 4-0 decision at Pepsi Center on Jan. 24 and earned a 2-1 OTW at home on Mar. 3. DUCKS AT A GLANCE Record: 27-10-5 (59 pts.)… Head Coach: Bruce Boudreau Players to Watch: C Ryan Getzlaf, RW Bobby Ryan, RW Corey Perry, RW Teemu Selanne CBJ All-Time Series: 22-20-4 (10-10-3 on the road) This Season: Final of three meetings… Anaheim earned a 3-2 home win on Feb. 18… Columbus won 2-1 in OT at home on Mar. 31. KINGS AT A GLANCE Record: 24-14-4 (52 pts.)… Head Coach: Darryl Sutter Players to Watch: C Anze Kopitar, G Jonathan Quick, D Drew Doughty, RW Dustin Brown CBJ All-Time Series: 20-23-3 (8-14-1 on the road) This Season: Final of three meetings… The Kings defeated the Jackets by a score of 4-2 on Feb. 5 and earned a 2-1 victory on Feb. 15 at STAPLES Center. SHARKS AT A GLANCE Record: 21-13-7 (49 pts.)… Head Coach: Todd McLellan Players to Watch: C Joe Thornton, RW Martin Havlat, C Patrick Marleau, D Dan Boyle CBJ All-Time Series: 16-26-4 (3-17-2 on the road) This Season: Final of three meetings… The Jackets won both games at Nationwide Arena, 6-2 on Feb. 11 and 4-0 on Apr. 9. PRACTICE SCHEDULE, APRIL 16 - 22 Tuesday, April 16: 2 p.m. PT – Honda Center, Anaheim, CA Wednesday, April 17: 11:30 a.m. PT – Honda Center, Anaheim, CA Thursday, April 18: 11:30 a.m. PT – STAPLES Center, Los Angeles, CA Friday, April 19: No Practice Scheduled Saturday, April 20: 11:30 a.m. PT – Sharks Ice, San Jose, CA Sunday, April 21: 10:30 a.m. PT – HP Pavilion, San Jose, CA Monday, April 22: No Practice Scheduled OhioHealth INJURY REPORT
C Artem Anisimov (day-to-day, upper body)
2012-13 Man Games Lost to Injury: 117
NEWS & NOTES
The Blue Jackets have won three straight games and are 14-4-5 in their last 23 outings.
Columbus is tied for fourth place in the NHL with nine comeback wins in 2012-13.
The Blue Jackets are tied for third place in the Western Conference with a penalty killing success rate of 84.7 pct.
Columbus leads the Western Conference in fighting majors (32) and ranks fifth in total team hits (1,008).
Having committed only 173 giveaways this season, the Blue Jackets continue to be the most responsible team in the NHL in terms of puck possession. The Blues are in second place with 199.
Columbus ranks seventh in the NHL with a face-off winning pct. of 51.3.
G Sergei Bobrovsky was named the NHL’s First Star of the Week earlier today after going 3-0-0 with a 0.97 GAA and a .971 SV% from Apr. 8-14. Bobrovsky currently ranks second in the NHL with a SV% of .932 and is sixth in GAA (2.01).
RW Marian Gaborik has recorded 3-3-6 in six games played since joining the Blue Jackets on Apr. 3. He is currently tied for third place in the NHL with five game-winning goals this season and is tied for 17th place with 131 shots on goal.
D Jack Johnson currently ranks sixth in the NHL in Time On Ice (26:00/game). LW R.J. Umberger is tied for ninth place in the NHL in blocked shots by a forward (39).
D Dalton Prout has the highest plus/minus rating on Columbus (+10) which is also the second-best rating in the NHL among rookie blueliners.
LW Vinny Prospal has tallied 2-6-8 in his last eight games played and recorded the 159th multi-point game of his NHL career in Saturday night’s 3-2 SOW over Minnesota.
UPCOMING GAME NIGHT PROMOTIONS
SATURDAY, APRIL 27 vs. NASHVILLE PREDATORS – FAN APPRECIATION NIGHT presented by FOX SPORTS OHIO: Free team poster for all fans in attendance; several in-arena contests, giveaways and promotions will also be held throughout the evening. Also a DISPATCH FAMILY VALUE PACK game: This package is available for Saturday & Sunday matches starting at $25 per person and includes a ticket, hot dog, popcorn, Pepsi, Cold Stone Creamery ice cream voucher and an OhioHealth Ice Haus skate pass.
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.
BLUE JACKETS HOLDING “100,000 LIKES CELEBRATION” FACEBOOK SWEEPSTAKES
To mark the milestone of reaching 100,000 Facebook Likes, the Columbus Blue Jackets announced last week the launch of the “100,000 Likes Celebration” with a sweepstakes that gives the club’s followers the chance to win prizes including a Blue Jackets road trip next season and the opportunity to participate in a $100,000 on-ice contest as five lucky fans will each shoot for $20,000. Fans who visit the Blue Jackets official Facebook page (www.facebook.com/ColumbusBlueJackets), and “Like” the page, may register to win. The sweepstakes runs through Saturday, April 27.
The sweepstakes is highlighted by the grand prize of a road trip for two to see the Blue Jackets play the Capitals in Washington D.C. during the 2013-14 season. In addition, five lucky followers will win the opportunity to attend Fan Appreciation Night presented by FOX Sports Ohio on Saturday, April 27 where each will take a shot from center ice for a chance to score $20,000. Lastly, 100 winners will receive a Blue Jackets Facebook T-shirt and 25 winners will get an Ohio Lottery “$100,000 a Year for Life” instant game ticket. Winners will be revealed on BlueJackets.com. For a complete list of prizes and further information, visit www.facebook.com/ColumbusBlueJackets.
WIN JACKETS TICKETS AND PAPA JOHN’S PIZZA PARTY AT WORK
Blue Jackets fans are invited to enter a contest for a chance to win 20 tickets to the team’s Apr. 27 home game vs. Nashville and score a free Papa John’s Pizza Party for their office. Entry forms can be found at www.BlueJackets.com/PapasPizzaParty. All winning contestants will have their Papa John’s Pizzas and tickets delivered to their office by Stinger.
BOB EVANS CARRY OUT SWEEPSTAKES
Fans that 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.
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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