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Jackets Game 3 (X) Preview: At Home to Face the Pens

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The Jackets are back home again tonight to face the Penguins. They currently sit at 1-1 in the preseason standings, and look to go above .500 with a victory over a Pens team that will not dress stars Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin or Jordan Staal.

The Jackets are going with an interesting lineup, with a seemingly heavy emphasis on forward pairs. You see Juice playing with Vermette, with young sniper Tomas Kubalik rounding out the line; two-thirds of the potential top line in Springfield with Kyle Wilson and Chad Kolarik joined by Umberger; checkers Ethan Moreau and Sammy Pahlsson are likely to start the season together, and tonight they are joined by Mike Blunden. The fourth line has likely fourth line linemates Andrew Murray and Chris Clark playing with Tom Sestito.

Fearless Prediction: Anton Stralman scores a PP goal!

Game Time: 7:00ET

Opponent's Blog: Pensburgh

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

Kristian Huselius
Antoine Vermette
Tomas Kubalik
R.J. Umberger
Kyle Wilson
Chad Kolarik
Ethan Moreau
Samuel Pahlsson
Michael Blunden
Tom Sestito
Andrew Murray
Chris Clark

Rostislav Klesla
Anton Stralman
Grant Clitsome
Mike Commodore
Marc Methot
Cody Goloubef

Mathieu Garon
David LeNeveu

EXTRA: Jonathan Sigalet, Dalton Prout

INJURED/SICK: Gustaf Wesslau, Steve Delisle, Kris Russell, Tomas Kana

Pittsburgh Penguins

Chris Kunitz
Mark Letestu
Mike Comrie
Matt Cooke
Maxime Talbot
Aaron Asham
Nick Johnson
Dustin Jeffrey
Chris Conner
Eric Godard
Craig Adams
Mike Rupp

Alex Goligoski
Simon Despres
Paul Martin
Ben Lovejoy
Steve Wagner
Deryk Engelland

Brent Johnson
John Curry