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Emergency Game Thread #62: Jackets @ Penguins

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Dear hockey gods, please let the Russian Beast be somnolent after gorging on the Tampa defense yesterday...  (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
Dear hockey gods, please let the Russian Beast be somnolent after gorging on the Tampa defense yesterday... (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
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Did we forget about doing a preview for this game? Maaaaybe. Stupid afternoon starts. Sundays are for sleep, coffee, and a leisurely bathroom visit with the paper.

The Pittsburgh Penguins are coming off an 8-1 decimation of the Tampa Lightning that featured an Evgeni Malkin hat trick and the flatlining of Dwayne Roloson's trade value, while the Jackets will see the debut of Jack Johnson and Darryl Boyce in Union Blue. Amid it all, the bitter undercurrents swirl that this could well be the last time we see #61 in a Columbus uniform. Will it be a better farewell than the match against Colorado, or are we set to feel yet more heartbreak as one of the East's juggernauts keeps rolling towards the playoffs?

Columbus will be in the Thirds for this game, while the Pens will wear their road whites. Barring a last minute surprise, here are today's lines:

Columbus Blue Jackets:

Umberger - Brassard - Nash

Prospal - Letestu - Atkinson

Boyce - Pahlsson - Dorsett

Gillies - Mackenzie - Johansen

Tyutin - Nikitin

Johnson - Wisniewski

Moore - Lebda

Sanford

Mason

Pittsburgh Penguins:

Kunitz - Malkin - Neal

Sullivan - Staal - Dupuis

Cooke - Vitale - Asham

Tangradi - Adams - Park

Orpik - Letang

Michalek - Martin

Niskanen - Engelland

Thiessen

Fleury

Interesting to see the Pens giving Brad Theissen the start in his first NHL game, especially with Fleury being lights out yesterday. I won't lie, Marge. It doesn't seem, on paper, like this is going to be pretty...but you have to hope. Sometimes the strangest things can happen when your back is against the wall.