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Jackets Game 1 (X) Preview: Jackets in Atlanta

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The Jackets are on the road in Atlanta tonight, to take on the Thrashers in the opening game of their preseason schedule. As you'll see with the lineups posted below, the usual pattern of the home team dressing big-name players and the road team going with the fringe players getting looks holds true. The Jackets have a lot of muckers and grinders in their lineup, with most of the forwards penciled in for Springfield. One player I find intriguing thus far is Oliver Gabriel- he was an invite to development camp, then was asked to participate in Traverse City, and performed well enough to get the invite to main camp. He was a teammate of first round pick Ryan Johansen in Portland of the WHL last season. Gabriel is looking to earn an entry-level contract with Columbus. He's only 19 however so if he doesn't make the Jackets he has to be returned to junior.

Pre-season doesn't count for much standings-wise, but it will be interesting to see how some individuals perform tonight.

Jackets hockey is back!

Fearless Prediction: Matt Calvert scores!

Game Time: 7:00ET

Opponent's Blog: Bird Watcher's Anonymous

TV: None

Radio: WWCD-FM (101.1)

More after the jump...

From the Columbus Dispatch:

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

Matt Calvert
Derek MacKenzie
Derek Dorsett
Tom Sestito
Kyle Wilson
Mike Blunden
Oliver Gabriel
Andrew Murray
Dan Fritsche
Dalton Smith
Ben Guite
Kyle Neuber

Brent Regner
Marc Methot
Jonathan Sigalet
Mike Commodore
Nick Holden
Nate Guenin

Mathieu Garon
David LeNeveu

EXTRA: Cody Goloubef, Mike Ratchuk

INJURED/SICK: Gustaf Wesslau, Steve Delisle, Mathieu Corbeil

Atlanta Thrashers

Evander Kane
Alexander Burmistrov
Anthony Stewart
Nigel Dawes
Bryan Little
Fredrik Pettersson
Danick Pacquette
Riley Holzapfel
Akim Aliu
Ben Eager
Patrick Rissmiller
Spencer Machacek

Ron Hainsey
Jamie Sifers
Arturs Kulda
Freddy Meyer
Boris Valabik
Andrey Zubarev

Ondrej Pavelec
Drew MacIntyre