Game Preview #27 - Somethin' Bruin

Jared Wickerham

The Jackets were in full Jekyll mode last night against the Oilers. Tonight they're in Boston hoping the monster doesn't show itself.

Columbus Blue Jackets at Boston Bruins

November 30, 2013 - 7:00pm EST
Nationwide Arena - Columbus, Ohio
Radio - WWCD 102.5 - TV - Fox Sports Ohio
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The Jackets and Bruins meet for the final time this regular season tonight in Boston, with each squad looking to build off of victories yesterday.

The Jackets need to bring the same intensity and work ethic as last night. On paper, these teams are massively mismatched, so to steal a win on the road the Jackets must play their grinding style and take advantage of turnovers and powerplays.

Ryan Johansen is in full beast mode, and I look for him to continue to lead the team while Marian Gaborik, Brandon Dubinsky and Nathan Horton remain sidelined. It's a shame that Horton didn't have an opportunity to face his former club this year.

I thought the fourth line, led by Jack Skille, was great again last night. With Jared Boll and Derek MacKenzie also out of the lineup, Skille, Michael Chaput and newcomer Corey Tropp have to give the Bruins fits whenever they hop on the ice.

At the time of this writing, starters haven't been officially announced, but given the fact both teams played last night a battle of the backups makes sense.

Projected Lineups

Columbus Blue Jackets
(10-13-3, 23 Points; 7th division, 13th conference)

Boone Jenner
Ryan Johansen Nick Foligno
Matt Calvert Artem Anisimov Cam Atkinson
R.J. Umberger Mark Letestu Blake Comeau
Corey Tropp Michael Chaput Jack Skille
Fedor Tyutin Jack Johnson
Ryan Murray James Wisniewski
Nikita Nikitin Dalton Prout
Curtis McElhinney
Sergei Bobrovsky

Boston Bruins
(17-7-2, 36 Points; 1st Division, 1st Conference)

Milan Lucic
David Krejci
Jarome Iginla
Brad Marchand
Patrice Bergeron
Loui Eriksson
Carl Soderberg
Chris Kelly
Reilly Smith
Daniel Paille
Gregory Campbell
Shawn Thornton
Zdeno Chara
Johnny Boychuk
Dougie Hamilton
Dennis Seidenberg
Adam McQuaid
Torey Krug
Chad Johnson
Tuukka Rask

Season Series

10/12/13 - Boston 3 at Columbus 1
11/14/13 - Columbus 2 at Boston 3 (OT)
11/30/13 - Columbus at Boston

Head to Head Stats

Boston
Columbus
2.73 (12) GPG 2.50 (21)
2.00 (2) GAPG 2.92 (23)
17.9% (17) PP% 19.8% (12)
86.2% (4) PK% 78.8% (22)
Milan Lucic, 9 G leader Ryan Johansen, 9
David Krejci, 15 A leader James Wisniewski, 16
David Krejci, 19
Pts leader James Wisniewski, Ryan Johansen 18
Adam McQuaid, 39 PIM leader Brandon Dubinsky, 40
11-3-2 Home / Road 5-6-2
11/29 vs. Rangers, W 3-2 Last Game 11/29 vs. Oilers, W 4-2
7-2-1 Last 10 4-3-3
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