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Jackets Game 2 (X) Preview: Welcome Home, Boys

Welcome back to Nationwide Arena, Jackets Fans! It's the first pre-season game at home after last night's squad won down in Atlanta, and the Jackets are icing what should be a very exciting lineup to take on the Washington Capitals. Keep an eye on what Mike's dubbed the "6-7-8" line of Filatov, Brassard, and Voracek. The recently extended Steve Mason will be starting, and 2010 first round pick Ryan Johansen will also be making his NHL debut, centering Rick Nash and RJ Umberger.

On the opposing side, Jason Chimera returns to Columbus, while the Caps will have Semyon Varlamov in goal. No Alexander Ovechkin, Mike Green, or Niklas Backstrom tonight, but they are bringing Alexander Semin, Brooks Laich, and Tomas Fleischmann to provide an offensive punch.

This should be a great night to come out and enjoy some hockey!

Fearless Prediction: Brassard, Johansen register multi-point games.

Game Time: 7:00ET

Opponent's Blog:  Japer's Rink

TV: None

Radio: WWCD-FM (101.1) / 1460 AM /

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


                                                        F1: Nikita Filatov, Derick Brassard, Jake Voracek
                                                        F2: R.J. Umberger, Ryan Johansen, Rick Nash
                                                        F3: Max Mayorov, Sammy Pahlsson, Chris Clark
                                                        F4: Petr Straka, Trevor Frischmon, Jared Boll

                                                                        D1: Jan Hejda-David Savard
                                                                        D2: John Moore-Dalton Prout
                                                                        D3: Fedor Tyutin-Ted Ruth
                                                                        D4: Austin Madiasky

                                                                                G1: Steve Mason
                                                                                G2: Daren Machesney


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

Washington Capitals

                       F1: Brooks Laich, Tomas Fleischmann, Alexander Semin
F2: Jason Chimera, David Steckel, Eric Fehr
 F3: Matt Hendricks, Cody Eakin, Joel Rechlicz
           F4: Kyle Greentree, Mathie Perrault, Andrew Gordon

D1: John Erskine, Karl Alzner
D2: Brian FaheyJeff Schultz 
      D3: Sean Collins, John Carlson
D4: Tyler Sloan

        G1: Semyon Varlamov
G2: Braden Holtby

Extra: Marcus Johansson (Center)