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Jackets Game 79 Preview: Ovy and the Caps Come to Town

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The Jackets and their depleted defense corps are hosting the NHL's top team tonight- the Washington Capitals. The Caps are without a doubt a favorite to win the Stanley Cup, they have arguably the league's best player; they have a defense that contributes significant offense; and they have unbelievable depth. Their only Achilles heel may be goaltending.

The Jackets have made two lineup changes- out are Kris Russell (injury) and Trevor Frischmon (sent to Syracuse). In are Nathan Paetsch and callup Greg Moore. Moore was acquired from the Islanders for depth defenseman Dylan Reese. Moore has been scoring at a decent clip for the Crunch, and I'm sure the Jackets are just trying to get a glimpse of what they have in him.

Matty Garon will get the start, likely against Theodore.

Fearless Prediction: Jake Voracek scores his 50th point of the season (Take 3).

Game Time: 7:00ET

Opponent's Blog: Japers' Rink

Game Page: Capitals vs Blue Jackets coverage

TSN Preview: Capitals vs Blue Jackets preview

TV: FSN

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

More after the jump...

From the Columbus Dispatch:

The Jackets are 5-1-1 in their past seven games in Nationwide Arena. They are looking to rebound after a 3-2 loss in Detroit in which they lost a controversial goal ruling and potentially two players, goaltender Steve Mason (shoulder) and defenseman Kris Russell (upper body), to injury. The Capitals lead the league in goals and points.

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
Antoine Vermette
Rick Nash
R.J. Umberger
Derick Brassard
Jakub Voracek
Andrew Murray
Samuel Pahlsson
Derek Dorsett
Tomas Kana
Greg Moore
Michael Blunden

Fedor Tyutin Marc Methot
Mike Commodore
Nathan Paetsch
Grant Clitsome
Anton Stralman

Mathieu Garon
Steve Mason

EXTRA: None

INJURED/SICK: Derek MacKenzie, Chris Clark, Kris Russell, Jared Boll, Jan Hejda, Rostislav Klesla

Washington Capitals

Alexander Ovechkin
Nicklas Backstrom
Mike Knuble
Brooks Laich
Tomas Fleischmann
Alexander Semin
Boyd Gordon
Eric Belanger
Eric Fehr
Jason Chimera
David Steckel
Matt Bradley

Mike Green
Jeff Schultz
Tom Poti
Shaone Morrisonn
Joe Corvo
John Erskine

Jose Theodore
Semyon Varlamov