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Game 59 Preview: Un-Hitched Jackets face on the Stars

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Hitch is out, Claude Noel is in. This will be the first game with Noel at the helm of the Jackets. The opponent tonight is the Dallas Stars, who are struggling on the road. Combine that fact with the way teams usually respond to a coaching change, and this game looks good for the Jackets.

Steve Mason gets the start tonight, likely against Marty Turco. I doubt Noel will shuffle the lines very much, but personally I'd like to see Jurcina get back in the lineup in place of Methot. I'm eager to see how the young guys respond tonight, I'm thinking they will have very good games down the stretch.

As usual against Dallas, this game will likely be chippy. You know Dors will be nice and pissed tonight.

Fearless Prediction: As is the case with most coach firings, the Jackets will come out inspired and will win tonight.

Game Time: 7:00pm ET

Opponent's Blog: Defending Big D

Game Page: Stars vs Blue Jackets coverage

TSN Preview: Stars vs Blue Jackets preview

TV: FSN

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

More after the jump...

From the Columbus Dispatch:

Claude Noel will work his first game as Blue Jackets interim coach. Four of the Blue Jackets' seven goals against the Stars this season have come on the power play. The Stars are 1-9-2 on the road since Dec. 11, the only win coming against hapless Edmonton.

Jackets Links:

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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
Raffi Torres
Derick Brassard
Jakub Voracek
Kristian Huselius
Samuel Pahlsson
Fredrik Modin
Jared Boll
Derek Dorsett
Chris Clark

Fedor Tyutin Anton Stralman
Mathieu Roy
Jan Hejda
Kris Russell
Marc Methot

Steve Mason
Mathieu Garon

EXTRA: Milan Jurcina, Andrew Murray

INJURED/SICK: Mike Commodore, Rostislav Klesla

Dallas Stars

James Neal
Brad Richards
Loui Eriksson
Brenden Morrow
Steve Ott
Jamie Benn
Jere Lehtinen
Mike Modano
Fabian Brunnstrom
Krys Barch
Warren Peters
Toby Petersen

Nicklas Grossman
Stephane Robidas
Matt Niskanen
Mark Fistric
Karlis Skrastins
Trevor Daley

Marty Turco
Alex Auld