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"'Get busy livin', or get busy dyin'.' That's goddamn right." --Andy and Red

Russell LaBounty-USA TODAY Sport

Columbus Blue Jackets at Anaheim Ducks

April 17, 2013 - 10:00pm EDT
Honda Center - Anaheim, California
Radio - WBNS 97.1 - TV - Fox Sports Ohio
Opponents Blog: Anaheim Calling
SBN Game Page

There's not much time left, and tonight marks the first game of the final back-to-back of the season. Thankfully, both games are in basically the same city, and after tomorrow's game the Jackets have just three more games over the final nine days of the season.

But, for those to matter, these next two have to matter. And the Jackets, who seem to be pulling rabbits out of their hats every night of late, will have to hope there are a few more of those fluffy bastards waiting.

The Ducks have already clinched, and have seen Chicago pull away. That said, they aren't exactly clear of LA at this point, so there's no reason for them to coast too much. Even still, they've been a bit, shall we say, lackluster of late. They've lost two straight, and are fighting some injuries on defense.

Speaking of injuries on defense, the lineup is subject to change. Per Todd Richards, if Adrian Aucoin can't go, Tim Erixon will take his spot. If Nikita Nikitin can't go, AHL callup David Savard will draw in.

Alright, boys. Must win, part four. #Lumbus

Projected Lineups

Columbus Blue Jackets
(20-16-7, 47 Points; 4th division, 9th conference)

Vinny Prospal Mark Letestu Marian Gaborik
Matt Calvert Brandon Dubinsky Cam Atkinson
R.J. Umberger Ryan Johansen Nick Foligno
Blake Comeau Derek MacKenzie Jared Boll
Fedor Tyutin Jack Johnson
Nikita Nikitin Dalton Prout
James Wisniewski Adrian Aucoin
Sergei Bobrovsky
Michael Leighton

Anaheim Ducks
(27-10-5, 59 Points; 1st Division, 2nd Conference)

Bobby Ryan Ryan Getzlaf Corey Perry
Emerson Etem Andrew Cogliano Teemu Selanne
Daniel Winnik Saku Koivu Radek Dvorak
Matt Beleskey David Steckel Kyle Palmieri
Sheldon Souray Francois Beauchemin
Bryan Allen Sami Vatanen
Toni Lydman Ben Lovejoy
Viktor Fasth
Jonas Hiller

Season Series

02/18/13 - Columbus 2 at Anaheim 3
03/31/13 - Anaheim 1 at Columbus 2 (OT)
04/17/13 - Columbus at Anaheim

Head to Head

Anaheim Columbus
2.83 (7) GPG 2.35 (26)
2.43 (8) GAPG 2.46 (11)
20.9% (7) PP% 12.7% (29)
79.7% (22) PK% 84.3% (8)
Ryan Getzlaf, 14 G leader Marian Gaborik, 12
Ryan Getzlaf, 30 A leader Vinny Prospal / Fedor Tyutin, 16
Ryan Getzlaf, 44 Pts leader Vinny Prospal, 27
Corey Perry, 66 PIM leader Jared Boll, 93
16-6-0 Home/Road 7-11-2
4/13 @ Los Angeles, L 2-1 Last Game 4/15 @ Colorado, W 4-3 (OT)
5-4-1 Last 10 7-3-0