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Game 58 Preview: Jackets in Denver to take on the Avs

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The Jackets are in Denver tonight to face the Avalanche tonight. They have lost three in a row, and the Jackets are coming off of a huge win against the Blues where Matty Garon looked fantastic. He'll get the start again tonight against Anderson. This would be the prime time to kick the Avs while they're down, so to speak, and gain some points. Every game from here out is crucial, so if an opponent is struggling, they must continue to struggle at the hands of the Jackets if the team is even come close to the playoffs.

Stralman and Juice are back from their bout with the flu, and will likely enter into the lineup in place of Methot and MurrDogg. Commie is out with an injury. Man, that guy can't get a break this season.

This has the makings of a gritty game, likely low scoring. The top lines will have to shine for each squad in this one!

Fearless Prediction: Vermette and Umberger have multi-point nights.

Game Time: 9:00pm ET

Opponent's Blog: Mile High Hockey

Game Page: Blue Jackets vs Avalanche coverage

TV: FSN

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

More after the jump...

From the Columbus Dispatch:

A season after sweeping the four-game season series against the Avs for the first time in franchise history, the Blue Jackets might have the favor returned. The Jackets have alternated wins and losses in their past seven games. The Avalanche has lost three straight, its longest pointless streak of the season. Coach Joe Sacco scratched D John-Michael Liles, the team's third-highest paid defenseman, on Sunday night.

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

R.J. Umberger
Antoine Vermette
Rick Nash
Kristian Huselius
Derick Brassard
Jakub Voracek
Fredrik Modin
Samuel Pahlsson
Chris Clark
Raffi Torres
Derek Dorsett
Jared Boll

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

Mathieu Garon
Steve Mason

EXTRA: Marc Methot, Andrew Murray

INJURED/SICK: Mike Commodore, Rostislav Klesla

Colorado Avalanche

Wojtek Wolski
Paul Stastny
Chris Stewart
T.J. Galiardi
Matt Duchene
Brandon Yip
Cody McLeod
Ryan O'Reilly
Justin Mercier
David Koci
Chris Durno
Darcy Tucker

Kyle Quincey
Scott Hannan
Kyle Cumiskey
Adam Foote
Ryan Wilson
Brett Clark

Craig Anderson
Peter Budaj