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Columbus Blue Jackets at Vancouver Canucks

March 17, 2012 - 10:00pm EDT
Rogers Arena - Vancouver, British Columbia
Radio - WBNS FM 97.1 - TV - Fox Sports Ohio
Opponents Blog: Nucks Misconduct

Put down your Guinness and... wait. Don't put down your Guinness. You're gonna need it, most likely.

A playoff hungry Canucks team is waiting at home for the Jackets, who kick off their final 12 games over a 22-day stretch. Look out.

This is also the last 10:00 PM start time of the season! Hooray! At least it's on a day devoted to imbibing the spirits of the Oirish (of which I am half-one, though the more oft-lamented Protestant kind... I digress...).

Columbus is coming off a nearly-number-one-lottery-seed clinching 3-0 loss in Edmonton Wednesday night, and the Canucks are coming off two straight losses themselves. Nothing gets you right like playing the Jackets.

We'll get our first look at Sammy Pahlsson as a Canuck tonight, as he mans the center of their third line. Derek Dorsett looks to be back as well for Columbus, as is Steve Mason.

Vancouver is clinging to their division lead, so I suspect they're going to have a little extra juice to grab these gettable two points.

Projected Lineups

Columbus Blue Jackets
(22-41-7, 51 Points; 5th division, 15th conference)

R.J. Umberger Derick Brassard Rick Nash
Vinny Prospal Mark Letestu Cam Atkinson
Colton Gillies Ryan Johansen Derek Dorsett
Dane Byers Darryl Boyce Jared Boll
Jack Johnson James Wisniewski
Aaron Johnson Nikita Nikitin
John Moore Brett Lebda
Steve Mason
Curtis Sanford

Vancouver Canucks
(42-20-8, 92 Points; 1st Division, 2nd Conference)

Daniel Sedin Henrik Sedin Mason Raymond
Chris Higgins Ryan Kesler David Booth
Alexandre Burrows Samuel Pahlsson Jannik Hansen
Zack Kassian Maxim Lapierre Dale Weise
Alexander Edler Kevin Bieksa
Chris Tanev Dan Hamhuis
Marc-Andre Gragnani Sami Salo
Cory Schneider
Roberto Luongo

Season Series:

10/10/11 - Vancouver 3 at Columbus 2 - RECAP
11/29/11 - Columbus 1 at Vancouver 4 - RECAP
12/13/11 - Vancouver 1 at Columbus 2 - SO - RECAP
03/17/12 - Columbus at Vancouver

Head to Head

Vancouver Columbus
3.03 (4) GPG 2.26 (28)
2.43 (5) GAPG 3.16 (29)
21.1% (3) PP% 15.2% (25)
85.8% (6) PK% 76.7% (30)
Daniel Sedin, 28 G leader Rick Nash, 24
Henrik Sedin, 55 A leader Vinny Prospal, 33
Henrik Sedin, 68 Pts leader Rick Nash, 47
Maxim Lapierre, 120 PIM leader Derek Dorsett, 192
20-10-4 Home/Road 9-22-4
3/14 vs. Phoenix, L 5-4 Last Game 3/14 @ Edmonton, L 3-0
4-4-2 Last 10 4-6-0