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The Jackets must put the triumphs of last night's win behind them and gear it right back up, as they take on the hottest team in the NHL.

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Columbus Blue Jackets at Anaheim Ducks

October 24, 2014 - 10:00 pm EDT
Honda Center - Anaheim, California
Radio - WBNS 97.1 - TV - Fox Sports Ohio
Opponent's Blog: Anaheim Calling

How jumbled is the Metro and the East right now? Well, the Jackets won last night and jumped from 6th to 2nd in the Metro, and 12th to 6th in the East. Part of that is a factor of games played, but part of it also is that there's a giant crumpled heap in the middle of this conference right now. It also highlights the importance of how the Jackets are playing while they wait for some injured guys to get healthy.

At any rate, as great as last night's win was, and as important as every game is, tonight's contest is going to be that much tougher. If the Jackets come out slowly like they did last night (on top of being tired already), they will get run over. This Ducks team is firing on all cylinders right now, and after losing their first game they're ripped off six in a row.

The Jackets had an optional skate this morning, and so we don't have much to go on in the way of lineup changes. I'm leaving the projected lineups alone from yesterday, as I think Dalton Prout gets back in after Cody Goloubef had a bit of a hiccup in the third period last night. That said, with respect to who draws in on the fourth line and how the lines shake out, Todd Richards is like the Ohio weather: if you don't like it, wait five minutes.

Also, in case you've forgotten, beyond the chart below in this preview, we do not refer to certain players by their given surnames. Thanks again, Morgan.

Projected Lineups

Columbus Blue Jackets
(4-2-0, 8 Points; 2nd division, 6th conference)

Scott Hartnell Ryan Johansen Nick Foligno
Mark Letestu Artem Anisimov Jack Skille
Matt Calvert Alexander Wennberg Cam Atkinson
Adam Cracknell Michael Chaput Jared Boll
Jack Johnson David Savard
Tim Erixon James Wisniewski
Fedor Tyutin Dalton Prout
Sergei Bobrovsky
Anton Forsberg

Anaheim Ducks
(6-1-0, 12 Points; 1st Division, 1st Conference)

Devante Smith-Pelly Ryan Getzlaf Corey Perry
Andrew Cogliano Ryan Kesler Jakob Silfverberg
Matt Beleskey William Karlsson Rickard Rakell
Emerson Etem Nate Thompson Tim Jackman
Cam Fowler Ben Lovejoy
Francois Beauchemin Hampus Lindholm
Mark Fistric Sami Vatanen
Frederik Andersen
John Gibson

Season Series

10/24/14 - Columbus at Anaheim
03/24/15 - Anaheim at Columbus

Head to Head Stats

Anaheim Columbus
3.43 (3) GPG 3.33 (5)
2.00 (10) GAPG 2.67 (15)
21.4% (12) PP% 16.0% (20)
85.0% (12) PK% 93.8% (2)
Corey Perry, 8 G leader Ryan Johansen, 5
Ryan Getzlaf, 8 A leader Scott Hartnell, 8
Ryan Getzlaf / Corey Perry, 10 Pts leader Nick Foligno / Ryan Johansen, 9
Tim Jackman, 14 PIM leader Jared Boll / Jack Skille, 9
3-0-0 Home/Road 2-1-0
6-1-0 Last 10 4-2-0
10/22 vs. Buffalo, W 4-1 Last Game 10/23 @ San Jose, W 5-4