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Game 4 (X) Preview: First Big Test

The Jackets head to St. Louis tonight to face a tough team on the road.

Scott Rovak-USA TODAY Sports

Columbus Blue Jackets at St. Louis Blues
Thursday, September 25, 2014 - 8:00 PM EDT
Scottrade Center - St. Louis, Missouri
Opponent Blog: St. Louis Game Time

This will be one of the first big tests for the Jackets, as they travel to a tough place to play and face off with a much more veteran Blues lineup than they saw on Sunday night in Columbus. Expect the intensity to ratchet up a few notches, in other words.

Conversely, while nursing some injuries (and absences, ahem) in camp, the Jackets will be sending a much younger lineup out to the Gateway City. Here's what we know so far:

Blue Jackets Projected Lineup

Forwards

Scott Hartnell--Mark Letestu--Nick Foligno
Dana Tyrell--Nick Moutrey --Jared Boll
Marko Dano--Michael Chaput--Simon Hjalmarsson
Ryan Craig--Lukas Sedlak--Jerry D’Amigo

Defense

Frederic St. Denis
Cody Goloubef
Dalton Prout
Jamie Sifers
Fedor Tyutin
Thomas Larkin
(per the team's website, the pairs were in flux during the morning skate)

Goaltenders

Curtis McElhinney
Anton Forsberg

Blues Lineup

Forwards

David Backes
Ivan Barbashev
Cody Beach
Colin Fraser
Jori Lehtera
Joakim Lindstrom
Peter Mueller
Paul Stastny
Alexander Steen
T.J. Oshie
Vladimir Tarasenko
Yannick Veilleux

Defensemen

Jay Bouwmeester
Chris Butler
Ian Cole
Petteri Lindbohm
Alex Pietrangelo
Nate Prosser

Goaltenders

Brian Elliott
Niklas Lundstrom

The Jackets' top line? Yep. The rest? Welp. As for the Blues, they've got a good bit of their expected forward corps going tonight, not to mention Brian Elliott. Tough sledding, indeed.

This one isn't being streamed online, but you can find it on the radio. Enjoy!