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Game 26 Open Thread: Suck back, reload.

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BUFFALO NY - DECEMBER 03: Drew Stafford #21 of the Buffalo Sabres scores Buffalo's third goal against Mathieu Garon #32 of the Columbus Blue Jackets at HSBC Arena  on December 3 2010 in Buffalo New York.  (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)
BUFFALO NY - DECEMBER 03: Drew Stafford #21 of the Buffalo Sabres scores Buffalo's third goal against Mathieu Garon #32 of the Columbus Blue Jackets at HSBC Arena on December 3 2010 in Buffalo New York. (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)
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Things were going so well- the Jackets were second in the conference, just a point behind the conference-leading Detroit Red Wings. Looking ahead at the schedule the Jackets had a home and home against those very Red Wings, with first place in the conference up for grabs.

The result? The Jackets were swept by Detroit, and those losses began what is now a five-game winless skid.

The most recent loss was a 7-2 drubbing by the Pittsburgh Penguins at home. The game was over before the first period ended, and Steve Mason was pulled in favor of Mathieu Garon.

There will almost undoubtedly be shakeups in the lineup, personally I am hoping for Nikita Filatov to get some action with Brassard and Voracek again, or perhaps opposite Rick Nash. If he can get things going, the setbacks with Kristian Huselius' injury won't be as pronounced.

Mathieu Garon will be starting tonight.

Poll

The Jackets are 0-fer in the new third sweaters. Should they ditch them?

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  • 38%
    Yes
    (19 votes)
  • 61%
    No
    (30 votes)
49 votes total Vote Now