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Game 66 Preview: Jackets Continue West Coast Swing Against the Kings

Another late one tonight folks. The Jackets continue their California road trip tonight as they take on the Kings. They really showed up to play on Saturday against the Sharks, but at the end of the day the skill just didn't match the effort. The forwards aren't getting the puck on a consistent basis.

Brass returns tonight after dealing with a burn to his hand. He'll slide in on the second line with Umby and Jake. I'm hopeful that his return will spark some offense from his wingers. The top line was nowhere to be found on Saturday, they need to be noticed five on five. Mase gets the start tonight against Jonathan Quick.

Fearless Prediction: Brass shines in his return. Goal? Sure, why not.

Game Time: 10:30pm ET

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TV: FSN

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

More after the jump...

From the Columbus Dispatch:

The Blue Jackets are winless in their past four games after a 3-0 start to the Claude Noel reign. The Jackets need to reload their power play which has gone 0 for 10 since the Olympic break. The Kings have lost their past two games, but remain in solid playoff position.

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Columbus Blue Jackets Roster / Columbus Blue Jackets Stats

Here are the lineups for tonight's tilt:

Columbus Blue Jackets

Kristian Huselius
Antoine Vermette
Rick Nash
R.J. Umberger
Derick Brassard
Jakub Voracek
Chris Clark
Samuel Pahlsson
Derek Dorsett
Andrew Murray
Michael Blunden
Jared Boll

Fedor Tyutin Anton Stralman
Mike Commodore
Jan Hejda
Kris Russell
Marc Methot

Steve Mason
Mathieu Garon

EXTRA: Nathan Paetsch

INJURED/SICK: Rostislav Klesla

Los Angeles Kings

Ryan Smyth
Anze Kopitar
Dustin Brown
Brad Richardson
Jarret Stoll
Alexander Frolov
Fredrik Modin
Michal Handzus
Wayne Simmonds
Scott Parse
Jeff Halpern
Richard Clune

Drew Doughty
Jack Johnson
Sean O'Donnell
Rob Scuderi
Randy Jones
Matt Greene

Jonathan Quick
Erik Ersberg