CBJ Weekly Report (Dec. 16)

Monday, 12.16.2013 / 3:00 PM / News
By BlueJackets.com Staff
THIS WEEK’S GAME/BROADCAST SCHEDULE (Times ET)
Monday, Dec. 16 vs. WINNIPEG JETS, NATIONWIDE ARENA, 7 p.m. – FS Ohio HD/Sports Radio 97.1 The Fan
Thursday, Dec. 19 at Philadelphia Flyers, Wells Fargo Center, 7 p.m. – FS Ohio HD/Sports Radio 97.1 The Fan
Saturday, Dec. 21 vs. PHILADELPHIA FLYERS, NATIONWIDE ARENA, 7 p.m. – FS Ohio HD/WWCD 102.5 FM
PRACTICE SCHEDULE, Dec. 17-23
TuesdayDec. 17:  10:30 a.m. ET – Nationwide Arena (TENTATIVE)
Wednesday, Dec. 18:  10:30 a.m. ET – Nationwide Arena
Thursday, Dec. 19:  11:30 a.m. ET – Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PA
Friday, Dec. 20:  10:30 a.m. ET – Nationwide Arena
Saturday, Dec. 21:  10 a.m. ET – Nationwide Arena
Sunday, Dec. 22 10:30 a.m. ET – Nationwide Arena
Monday, Dec. 23:  11:30 a.m. ET – PNC Arena, Raleigh, NC
LAST WEEK’S RESULTS
Dec. 9 – at Pittsburgh 2, COLUMBUS 1
(McElhinney – 28 saves; Calvert – G; Letestu – A; Johansen – A; Dubinsky – 6 hits, 10 FOW; Johnson – 7 SOG, 2 blocked shots)
 
Dec. 10 – at COLUMBUS 5, New Jersey 4
(McElhinney – 30 saves; Atkinson – 2G, 2A, career-high 4P; Dubinsky – G, 3A, career-high 4P, 6 SOG, + 3 rating; Calvert – G, 5 hits)
 
Dec. 12 – COLUMBUS 4 at NY Rangers 2
(McElhinney – 15 saves; McKenna – 17 saves; Tyutin – 2A: Anisimov – G, 4 blocked shots; Savard – 1st career GWG, +2 rating)
 
Dec. 14 – St. Louis 4 at COLUMBUS 3, OT
(McKenna – 27 saves, 1st NHL start since Nov. 20, 2010; Johansen – G, 14 FOW; Tyutin – G, 6 SOG; Anisimov – G)
 
BLUE JACKETS AT A GLANCE
Record:  14-15-4 (32 pts.) – 5th/Metropolitan Division… Home:  8-7-2 (15 pts.), Road:  6-8-2 (14 pts.)
Leading Scorers:  C Ryan Johansen (12-14-26 in 33 GP)… C Brandon Dubinsky (6-15-21 in 27 GP)… D James Wisniewski (2-16-18 in 28 GP)… LW R.J. Umberger (7-10-17 in 33 GP)… LW Nick Foligno (9-8-17 in 27 GP)… RW Cam Atkinson (9-8-17 in 33 GP)
Goaltender Stats:  Sergei Bobrovsky (10-11-2, 2.72 GAA, .909 SV% in 23 GP)… Curtis McElhinney (4-4-1, 2.26 GAA, .926 SV% in 12 GP)… Mike McKenna (0-0-1, 3.00 GAA, .898 SV% in 2 GP)
OPPONENTS AT A GLANCE
WINNIPEG JETS – Record: 14-15-5 (33 pts.) – 7th/Central Division… Home: 7-8-4 (18 pts.)… Road: 7-7-1 (15 pts.)
Head Coach: Claude Noel… Players to Watch: C Bryan Little, D Dustin Byfuglien, LW Andrew Ladd
All-Time: CBJ, 9-5-0 (5-2-0 at home)… Columbus has won six straight games against Winnipeg/Atlanta dating back to Dec. 26, 2007… This Season:First of two meetings… Next game:  Jan. 11 at Winnipeg.
 
PHILADELPHIA FLYERS – Record: 14-15-4 (32 pts.) – 6th/Metropolitan Division… Home: 8-7-0 (16 pts.)… Road: 6-8-4 (16 pts.)
Head Coach: Craig Berube… Players to Watch: C Claude Giroux, G Steve Mason, C Vincent Lecavalier
All-Time: CBJ, 2-6-3 (2-2-2 at home, 0-4-1 on the road)… Columbus has won their last two games vs. Philadelphia at Nationwide Arena… This Season: First and second of four meetings… Next game: Jan. 23 at Columbus.
OhioHEALTH INJURY REPORT
·         RW Marian Gaborik (Injured Reserve on Nov. 15 – knee sprain, expected to miss four to six weeks)… G Sergei Bobrovsky (Injured Reserve on Dec. 4, expected to miss four to five weeks… D James Wisniewski (upper body, day-to-day)… RW Jared Boll (foot, day-to-day)… RW Nathan Horton (shoulder surgery, out indefinitely)… G Curtis McElhinney (lower body, day-to-day)
Man Games Lost to Injury:  130

TEAM NOTES
·         The Blue Jackets are 5-1-2 in their last eight home games and 9-5-4 in their last 18 games overall.
·         Columbus has killed off 20 of its last 21 penalties and now rank seventh in the NHL in home ice penalty killing pct. (86.2).
·         The Jackets are 36-0-1 when taking a lead into the third period since Jan. 9, 2012.
·         The Blue Jackets rank fourth in the NHL, third in the Eastern Conference, with 990 total team hits.

JACKETS FIFTH-BEST IN THE EAST SINCE EARLY-NOVEMBER
·         Columbus has gone 9-5-4 over its last 18 games, which is the fifth-best record in the Eastern Conference since November 8:
        1) Boston – 18 GP, 13-4-1, 27 pts.
2) Montreal – 18 GP, 12-4-2, 26 pts.
3) Pittsburgh – 18 GP, 12-5-1, 25 pts.
4) Philadelphia – 18 GP, 10-5-3, 23 pts.
5) Columbus – 18 GP, 9-5-4, 22 pts.
PLAYER NOTES
·         C Ryan Johansen is currently riding a career-best eight-game point streak in which he’s tallied 4-6-10. He is now on pace to register 30-35-65 this season.
·         C Brandon Dubinsky currently ranks 11th in the NHL in face-off winning pct. (56.5) and is T-1st in short-handed points (3).
·         D Ryan Murray has logged 650:16 worth of ice time this season, the second-highest total among rookie defensemen behind Nashville’s Seth Jones (741:39). Murray also ranks fourth among first-year blueliners in blocked shots with 52 and is tied for fourth in plus/minus with a rating of +4.
·         LW Nick Foligno currently ranks sixth in the NHL in shooting pct. (19.6) and is tied for sixth in game-winning goals with four.
·         RW Cam Atkinson has tallied 3-3-6 in his last five games and is now on pace to record 22-20-42 this season.
BLUE JACKETS HOSTING NATIONWIDE CHAMPIONS NIGHT ON MONDAY
·         During tonight’s home game versus Winnipeg the Blue Jackets will be helping Nationwide celebrate the champion of the NASCAR Nationwide Series, Austin Dillon.  Throughout the game, several promotions will be held involving either Austin or a member of his Pit Crew.  A Nationwide Series show car will also be on display on the Bud Light Terrace throughout the night for fans to take a look at and get photos with.
BLUE JACKETS DAY OF SERVICE SLATED FOR TUESDAY
·         On Tuesday, December 17, Blue Jackets players will be participating in a day of service by volunteering at three Central Ohio organizations committed to improving the lives of those in need.  The players will be at the following organizations from 1 to 3 p.m. – Furniture Bank of Central Ohio (118 S. Yale Ave.Columbus), Mid-Ohio Foodbank (3960 Brookham DriveGrove City) and St. Stephen’s Community House (1500 East 17th Ave.Columbus).
HOLIDAY PICK ‘EM PACKS ARE BACK
·         Give the gift of hockey with the Blue Jackets Holiday Pick ‘Em Pack.  The package features a Blue Jackets gift box containing two tickets to two games and a holiday-themed autographed puck.  Purchasers may select the two games of their choice as well as the autographed puck from one of seven players – Sergei Bobrovsky, Jared Boll, Brandon Dubinsky, Marian Gaborik, Jack Johnson, R.J. Umberger and James Wisniewski (quantities of each player puck are limited).  Packages, starting at $89, are on sale now through December 23 at www.BlueJackets.com/holidaypack  or by calling 1-800-NHL-COLS.
CURRENT & UPCOMING PROMOTIONS
·         Saturday, December 21 vs. Philadelphia – DISPATCH FAMILY VALUE PACK:  With this offer, fans receive a game ticket, hot dog, Pepsi, popcorn, a voucher for a free Cold Stone Creamery Ice Cream and OhioHealth Ice Haus Skate Pass starting at $30 per person.
·         Nationwide Insurance VIP Sweepstakes – Four times this season, Nationwide Insurance is awarding a lucky sweepstakes winner with a special VIP Game Experience that includes four game tickets in the Nationwide Insurance Fan Lounge, a $50 food/beverage voucher, a jersey, puck, player photo, the chance to watch warm-ups from the team bench and a ride the Nationwide Zamboni during intermission. Fans can enter atwww.BlueJackets.com/NationwideVIP with winners selected for the following games – Jan. 17 vs. Washington, Mar. 21 vs. NY Rangers and Apr. 4 vs. Chicago.
·         Blue Jackets Fantasy Challenge  The Blue Jackets are offering fans the chance to go behind the bench and make the calls the head coach makes through the Blue Jackets Fantasy Challenge.  Fans can visit BlueJackets.com at the link below to register, pick their lineup and Join theBattle!  Over 40 prizes will be awarded throughout the season including autographed pucks and jerseys, game tickets and a suite night!  To play, click HERE.
·         Crown Royal Conversation with the Coach – Crown Royal is giving fans the chance to meet Blue Jackets Head Coach Todd Richards, tour the team dressing room and receive two Time Warner Cable HD Lounge tickets to an upcoming game.  Entry is atwww.BlueJackets.com/CrownRoyal and all fans must be 21 years of age or older to enter.
·         Hollywood Casino Win & Get In to Play Poker with the Jackets – Fans can win a chance to play poker with Blue Jackets players thanks to the Hollywood Casino Win & Get In promotion.  Fans can text ‘HOLLYWOOD’ to 90561 to receive a bounce-back text with a special code and instructions to visit Hollywood Casino’s Player Services.  Upon showing their unique code and registering as a Marquee Rewards Club member, each fan will receive one entry to win a chance to play poker with Blue Jackets players in February.  Fans can enter once during each of the following time periods – Dec. 9-29, Dec. 30-Jan. 12, Jan. 13-26Jan. 27-Feb. 9 – for a maximum of four entries to win a spot at the table.  All fans must be 21 years of age or older.  For more information, visit www.BlueJackets.com/Hollywood. 
 
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TICKET INFORMATION
·         Single Game: Tickets are on sale at the Big Lots Box Office at Nationwide Arena, FOX Sports Ohio Blue Line Team Stores 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.
·         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 starting at $15 at the Big Lots Box Office beginning one hour prior to all home games.  Limit two per person with valid student I.D.
 

SCHEDULE

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Johnson 2 2 1 0 3
M. Calvert 2 2 0 3 2
R. Johansen 2 1 1 -1 2
B. Dubinsky 2 0 2 0 2
D. Savard 2 0 2 1 2
B. Jenner 2 0 2 -1 2
D. MacKenzie 2 1 0 0 1
M. Letestu 2 1 0 1 1
A. Anisimov 2 0 1 -1 1
C. Atkinson 2 0 1 1 1
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Bobrovsky 1 1 0 .905 3.00
 
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