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Game 44 Preview: Struggling Jackets crawl into Vancouver

I'm running out of things to type in this space. How can I spin things towards the positive when the team has lost 20 of their past 23 games? The new "It starts now" mantra the team has adopted started off with a thud on Saturday when the team was beaten by the Avs. The Jackets will be in tough tonight against the Canucks.

Brass is moving up the second line to start the game tonight, he'll play wing with Vermmy and Jake. Pic is out with a cut above his knee, and Raffi has the flu so Murr-Dogg and MacKenzie will slot into the lineup. MacKenzie was called up on emergency recall.

Fearless Prediction : Chris Clark scores a goal.

Game Time: 10:00pm ET

Opponent's Blog: Nucks Misconduct

Game Page: Blue Jackets vs Canucks coverage

TV: None

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

More after the jump...

From the Columbus Dispatch:

How much more water can the S.S. Blue Jacket take on before an SOS is sounded? The Jackets have lost 20 of the past 23 and 12 straight on the road. Coach Ken Hitchcock is turning back to goaltender Steve Mason, reneging on his "win and you're in" policy. The Canucks are good at home, going 16-6, although the Jackets spoiled their home opener this season.

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
R.J. Umberger
Rick Nash
Derick Brassard
Antoine Vermette
Jakub Voracek
Fredrik Modin Samuel Pahlsson
Chris Clark
Andrew Murray
Derek MacKenzie
Jared Boll

Fedor Tyutin Anton Stralman
Milan Jurcina
Kris Russell
Jan Hejda
Mathieu Roy

Steve Mason
Mathieu Garon

EXTRA: Mike Commodore

INJURED: Alexandre Picard, Raffi Torres, Marc Methot, Rostislav Klesla, Derek Dorsett

Vancouver Canucks

Daniel Sedin
Henrik Sedin
Alex Burrows
Mason Raymond
Ryan Kesler
Mikael Samuelsson
Tanner Glass
Kyle Wellwood
Steve Bernier
Darcy Hordichuk
Alexandre Bolduc
Rick Rypien

Willie Mitchell
Sami Salo
Shane O"Brien
Christian Ehrhoff
Alexander Edler
Aaron Rome

Roberto Luongo
Andrew Raycroft