Game 40 Preview: Chimmer-less Jackets host the Wings

The big news today is the trade that sent Jason Chimera to the Capitals for Chris Clark and Milan Jurcina. However, the other big piece of news that could happen tonight is much less exciting. If the CBJ lose tonight, they will set a franchise record of ten straight losses.

The team is not only without Chimmer tonight, but Umberger may also be out tonight. He's a game-time decision with an undisclosed injury. Jurcina and Clark won't be in the lineup tonight. Steve Mason should get the start. This game could go either way- either the team responds to the trade and comes out flying, or the undermanned squad will come out flat, like lambs being led to slaughter. 

The Wings showed that regardless of their injury woes, they are still a dominant team. Todd Bertuzzi scored both goals last time these teams played, one of which was a lucky bounce. Bert's line of himself, Datsyuk and Holmstrom needs to be contained. Special teams will also be important tonight- the Jackets need to take advantage of powerplays. The one thing that is working for the Jackets needs to be at it's best tonight if the Jackets want to win.

 

Fearless Prediction : Today's trade was a wakeup call, and knowing that if they lose tonight it will be a franchise futility mark, the boys go out and get a win.

 

Game Time: 7:00pm ET

Opponent's Blog: Winging It In Motown

Game Page: Red Wings vs Blue Jackets Coverage

TSN Preview: Red Wings vs Blue Jackets Preview

TV: FSN Ohio

Radio: WBNS-AM (1460); WWCD-FM (101.1)

 

More after the jump...

 

From the Columbus Dispatch:

A loss tonight by the Blue Jackets would be their 10th straight, a franchise record. In the past seven meetings, including a four-game playoff sweep by Detroit in April, the Red Wings have outscored the Jackets 33-9. The Blue Jackets have lost five of their past six games in Nationwide Arena.

 

Jackets Links:

Columbus Blue Jackets / Columbus Blue Jackets Schedule

Columbus Blue Jackets Roster / Columbus Blue Jackets Stats

 

Here are the lineups for tonight's tilt:

Columbus Blue Jackets

Kristian Huselius
Antoine Vermette
Rick Nash
Alexandre Picard
Derick Brassard
Jakub Voracek
Fredrik Modin Samuel Pahlsson
Jared Boll
Raffi Torres
Michael Blunden
Andrew Murray

 

Fedor Tyutin Anton Stralman
Mike Commodore
Kris Russell
Jan Hejda
Mathieu Roy

 

Steve Mason
Mathieu Garon

 

EXTRA: Andrew Murray

 

INJURED: R.J. Umberger, Marc MethotRostislav Klesla, Derek Dorsett

 

 

Detroit Red Wings

Todd Bertuzzi
Pavel Datsyuk
Tomas Holmstrom
Ville Leino
Valtteri Filppula
Drew Miller
Kris Draper
Darren Helm
Patrick Eaves
Brad May
Justin Abdelkader
Kirk Maltby

 

Nicklas Lidstrom
Brian Rafalski
Brad Stuart
Brett Lebda
Doug Janik
Derek Meech

 

Jimmy Howard
Chris Osgood



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