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Game Preview #19 - How About We Try Not To Get Smoked This Time?

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Tuesday sucked. Let's hope this game does not suck.

Russell LaBounty-USA TODAY Sports

Boston Bruins at Columbus Blue Jackets

November 21, 2014 - 7:00 pm EST
Nationwide Arena - Columbus, Ohio
Radio - WBNS 97.1 - TV - Fox Sports Ohio
Opponent's Blog: Stanley Cup of Chowder

Welp. That last game? It's stink still lingers.

First of all, my apologies for the lateness and shortness of this preview. Couldn't be helped. Sometimes real life and jobs get in the way.

At any rate, the Jackets get a couple more guys back as Calvert and Skille draw in. Some other moves with Michael Chaput going to Springfield and Adam Cracknell moving to center on the fourth line. Interesting. Also, Kevin Connauton gets his first start as a Blue Jacket.

I don't know what to say about this. After Tuesday, anyone telling you they have any barometer on this team right now is just kidding themselves. One school of thought says they'll come out buzzing, looking to make amends. One other school of thought says they're a fragile team that can be broken early if they give up a quick goal.

Who the hell knows?

Projected Lineups

Columbus Blue Jackets
(6-11-1, 13 Points; 8th division, 15th conference)

Boone Jenner Ryan Johansen Nick Foligno
Scott Hartnell Artem Anisimov Cam Atkinson
Matt Calvert Alexander Wennberg Jack Skille
Brian Gibbons Adam Cracknell Jared Boll
Jack Johnson Dalton Prout
Jordan Leopold David Savard
Kevin Connauton James Wisniewski
Sergei Bobrovsky
Curtis McElhinney

Boston Bruins
(12-8-0, 24 Points; 4th Division, 6th Conference)

Milan Lucic David Krejci Seth Griffith
Matt Fraser Patrice Bergeron Reilly Smith
Chris Kelly Carl Soderberg Loui Eriksson
Simon Gagne Gregory Campbell Daniel Paille
Dennis Seidenberg Dougie Hamilton
Kevan Miller Torey Krug
Matt Bartkowski Joe Morrow
Niklas Svedberg
Tuukka Rask

Season Series

11/21/14 - Boston at Columbus
12/27/14 - Boston at Columbus
01/17/15 - Columbus at Boston

Head to Head Stats

Boston Columbus
2.60 (19) GPG 2.44 (23)
2.45 (10) GAPG 3.56 (30)
21.6% (8) PP% 23.6% (4)
78.7% (21) PK% 75.0% (26)
four tied, 5 G leader Nick Foligno, 9
Patrice Bergeron, 10 A leader Ryan Johansen, 14
Patrice Bergeron, 15 Pts leader Ryan Johansen, 20
Milan Lucic, 33 PIM leader Jared Boll, 30
4-4-0 Road/Home 3-6-0
7-3-0 Last 10 2-7-1
11/18 vs. St. Louis, W 2-0 Last Game 11/18 vs. Detroit, W 5-0