The Jackets' camp contingent plays its third game in two nights, going up against the Hurricanes who are making their preseason debut. The Jackets cut their roster down by five, sending Oliver Bjorkstrand, Dillon Heatherington, Oscar Dansk, Josh Anderson, and Nick Moutrey back to their junior clubs.
Carolina will ice several of their bigger names, including Eric Staal, Alexander Semin, Jeff Skinner, and Cam Ward. Also playing will be top draft pick Elias Lindholm. For Columbus, Brandon Dubinsky and Marian Gaborik are back in action. Curtis McElhinney will get the nod again tonight, backed up by Mike McKenna.
Of note is the Columbus defense contingent, which features four of the likely regulars in Fedor Tyutin, Nikita Nikitin, Tim Erixon, and Jack Johnson.
This game isn't on TV or radio, but it appears the Jackets' website will stream audio via their game blog.
Columbus Blue Jackets
(2-1-0 in pre-season)
*Note: there weren't line combinations, so much as a list of skaters sent to Carolina
(0-0-0 in pre-season)
|Drayson Bowman||Eric Staal||Alexander Semin|
|Jeff Skinner||Elias Lindholm||Nathan Gerbe|
|Chris Terry||Jeremy Welsh||Zac Dalpe|
|Nicolas Blanchard||Brett Sutter||Kevin Westgarth|
|Tim Gleason||Mike Komisarek|
|Michal Jordan||Brett Bellemore|
|Jay Harrison||Ryan Murphy|
This is the first of two preseason matchups for these two squads, who will get to know each other quite well in the new divisional format.