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
Radio: WWCD-FM (101.1) / 1460 AM / www.bluejackets.com
More after the jump...
From the Columbus Dispatch:
Here are the lineups for tonight's tilt:
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
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 Fahey, Jeff Schultz
D3: Sean Collins, John Carlson
D4: Tyler Sloan
G1: Semyon Varlamov
G2: Braden Holtby
Extra: Marcus Johansson (Center)