Game 60 Preview: Shark Bait [Updated w/ Lines]

San Jose Sharks at Columbus Blue Jackets

Febuary 21, 2012 - 7:00pm EST
Nationwide Arena - Columbus, Ohio
Radio - WWCD FM 102.5 - TV - Fox Sports Ohio
Opponents Blog: Fear The Fin
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The Jackets head back home for a couple more games heading into the much-discussed trading deadline on Monday. Here tonight are the San Jose Sharks, as these two wrap up their season series. The Sharks are scuffling a bit, hanging on to their division lead by a thin thread over red-hot Phoenix. They're in the midst of a nine game road trip--this is game six--that has been anything but great: 1-3-1 to this point, including losses in St. Louis, Tampa Bay, Carolina, and Detroit.

The Jackets are getting Nikita Nikitin back tonight, and have placed Jared Boll on IR in his place. James Wisniewski is questionable with a sore groin, as is Aaron Johnson (upper and lower body), and Curtis Sanford is still out. Look for essentially the same lineup as Sunday night, with Nikitin coming in and Ryan Russell the healthy scratch.

Feel the excitement!

Projected Lineups

Columbus Blue Jackets
(17-35-7, 41 Points; 5th division, 15th conference)

R.J. Umberger Derick Brassard Rick Nash
Vinny Prospal Jeff Carter Mark Letestu
Derek Dorsett Samuel Pahlsson Antoine Vermette
Colton Gillies Derek MacKenzie Ryan Johansen
Fedor Tyutin Nikita Nikitin
Grant Clitsome John Moore
Brett Lebda David Savard
Steve Mason
Allen York

San Jose Sharks
(31-19-7, 69 Points; 1st Division, 3rd Conference)

Andrew Desjardins Joe Thornton Joe Pavelski
Patrick Marleau Logan Couture Benn Ferriero
Jamie McGinn Michal Handzus Torrey Mitchell
Brad Winchester John McCarthy Andrew Murray
Dan Boyle Brent Burns
Colin White Jason Demers
Justin Braun Jim Vandermeer
Antti Niemi
Thomas Greiss
Antero Niittymaki

Season Series

01/05/12 - Columbus 1 at San Jose 2 - RECAP
01/14/12 - San Jose 2 at Columbus 1 - RECAP
01/31/12 - Columbus 0 at San Jose 6 - RECAP
02/21/12 - San Jose at Columbus

Head to Head

San Jose Columbus
2.82 (9) GPG 2.25 (28)
2.44 (8) GAPG 3.22 (29)
21.1% (3) PP% 16.3% (20)
78.4% (27) PK% 75.8% (30)
Logan Couture, 25 G leader Rick Nash, 19
Joe Thornton, 40 A leader Vinny Prospal, 25
Joe Thornton, 52 Pts leader Rick Nash, 40
Brad Winchester, 75 PIM leader Derek Dorsett, 177
13-10-5 Road/Home 10-16-3
2/19 @ Detroit, L 3-2 Last Game 2/19 @ NY Rangers, L 3-2 OT
4-5-1 Last 10 4-5-1

Can the Jackets build on some of the momentum they had Sunday night, taking a very good Rangers team to overtime? Can they finally nip the Sharks, after two 2-1 losses and then a 6-0 thumping? Moreover, how many more times will we get to see Rick Nash at Nationwide in a Union Blue sweater? These questions and more... answered tonight.

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