Game 74 Preview: Keep it Goin'

Russell LaBounty-USA TODAY Sport

Coming off a huge win over the Wings, the Jackets need to stick to their winning ways against the shorthanded Pens.

Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Pittsburgh Penguins

March 28, 2014 - 7:00 pm EST
Nationwide Arena, Columbus Ohio
Radio - WBNS 97.1 - TV - Fox Sports Ohio
Opponent's Blog: Pensburgh
Penguins vs Blue Jackets coverage

With Sergei Bobrovsky still feeling the effects of his illness, Curtis McElhinney gets the start for the Jackets tonight.

The Jackets have lost all four previous meetings to the Penguins, but have a prime opportunity to steal the finale this evening. The Pens are without Evgeni Malkin, and of course Kris Letang. They've been on a bit of a skid lately as well, including a loss to the Kings last night.

The Jackets, on the other hand, have been off since Tuesday and should be well-rested against the tired Pens. The points are there to be taken.

Some things to look out for this evening:

  • Johansen is sitting on 29 goals. The crowd would love to see the 30th.
  • McElhinney was terrific in relief of Bob on Tuesday. This will be a big opportunity for him.
  • Nathan Horton needs a goal. You read it here first- he'll get one tonight.

Projected Lineups

Columbus Blue Jackets
(37-29-6, 80 Points; 4th division, 7th conference)

Boone Jenner
Ryan Johansen Nathan Horton
Matt Calvert
Brandon Dubinsky
Cam Atkinson
Nick Foligno
Artem Anisimov
R.J. Umberger
Derek MacKenzie
Mark Letestu Blake Comeau
Dalton Prout
Jack Johnson
Fedor Tyutin
James Wisniewski
Nick Schultz David Savard
Curtis McElhinney
Mike McKenna

Pittsburgh Penguins
(46-22-5, 97 Points; 1st division, 2nd conference)

Chris Kunitz Sidney Crosby Lee Stempniak
Jussi Jokinen
Brandon Sutter
James Neal
Taylor Pyatt
Marcel Goc
Brian Gibbons
Tanner Glass
Craig Adams
Jayson Megna
Brooks Orpik Robert Bortuzzo
Olli Maatta Matt Niskanen
Simon Despres Rob Scuderi
Marc-Andre Fleury
Jeff Zatkoff

Season Series

11/01/13 - Columbus 2 at Pittsburgh 4
11/02/13 - Pittsburgh 3 at Columbus 0
12/09/13 - Columbus 1 at Pittsburgh 2
12/29/13 - Pittsburgh 5 at Columbus 3
03/28/14 - Pittsburgh at Columbus

Head to Head Stats

Pittsburgh
Columbus
3.03 (5) GPG 2.76 (14)
2.48 (11) GAPG 2.69 (14)
23.7% (2) PP% 17.3% (18)
85.6% (4) PK% 82.1% (14)
Sidney Crosby, 34 G leader Ryan Johansen, 29
Sidney Crosby, 62 A leader James Wisniewski, 36
Sidney Crosby, 96 Pts leader Ryan Johansen, 54
Tanner Glass, 83 PIM leader Brandon Dubinsky, 94
20-14-3 Road/Home 20-13-3
3/27 @ Carolina, L 3-2 Last Game 3/25 vs. Detroit, W 4-2
4-5-1 Last 10 5-4-1

Needless to say, this one's huge.

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