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"Now... in the morning, you'll be good as new! Or dead! The important thing is: we'll know." --Dr. Nick Riviera

Russell LaBounty-USA TODAY Sports

Columbus Blue Jackets at Boston Bruins

January 17, 2015 - 7:00 pm EST
TD Garden - Boston, Massachusetts
Radio - WBNS 97.1 - TV - Fox Sports Ohio
Opponent's Blog: Stanley Cup of Chowder

Regarding my intro quote, for the longest time as the roller coaster of this season went up and down, I kept to my mantra that we'd know one way or the other by the All Star Break whether this team could be a playoff contender or not. They'd either be good as new, or dead. The important thing is: we'd know.

Welp.

We pretty much know, eh?

The Jackets finally shook off the shackles of being hemmed in their own zone for an entire game, but it wasn't enough as two quick goals by the Rangers in the second period proved to be too much last night. It doesn't get easier, as they travel to Boston where the resurgent Bruins are no doubt looking for payback for the thrashing in Columbus back in December right after the Christmas break. That game seems so, so long ago, no?

I guess we have a scrap between Dalton Prout and Milan Lucic to look forward to, right?

Re: lineups, no morning skate for Columbus after playing last night and traveling, so I'm not going to venture a guess. This is last night's projected lineup. My gut says CMac gets the crease, but we shall see.

Projected Lineups

Columbus Blue Jackets
(18-21-3, 39 Points; 7th division, 14th conference)

Scott Hartnell Ryan Johansen Nick Foligno
Jeremy Morin Alexander Wennberg Cam Atkinson
Sean Collins Mark Letestu Josh Anderson
Corey Tropp Brandon Dubinsky Jared Boll
Jack Johnson David Savard
Kevin Connauton James Wisniewski
Fedor Tyutin Dalton Prout
Sergei Bobrovsky
Curtis McElhinney

Boston Bruins
(24-15-6, 54 Points; 4th Division, 8th Conference)

Milan Lucic David Krejci David Pastrnak
Daniel Paille Patrice Bergeron Reilly Smith
Chris Kelly Carl Soderberg Loui Eriksson
Jordan Caron Gregory Campbell Craig Cunningham
Zdeno Chara Dougie Hamilton
Dennis Seidenberg Adam McQuaid
Torey Krug Kevan Miller
Tuukka Rask
Niklas Svedberg

Season Series

11/21/14 - Boston 4 at Columbus 3 (SO)
12/27/14 - Boston 2 at Columbus 6
01/17/15 - Columbus at Boston

Head to Head Stats

Boston Columbus
2.62 (20) GPG 2.45 (24)
2.44 (9) GAPG 3.21 (26)
17.8% (18) PP% 24.5% (3)
81.8% (13) PK% 79.0% (23)
Brad Marchand, 12 G leader Nick Foligno, 18
Patrice Bergeron, 21 A leader Ryan Johansen, 25
Patrice Bergeron, 32 Pts leader Nick Foligno / Ryan Johansen, 41
Milan Lucic, 69 PIM leader Jared Boll, 63
15-6-4 Home/Road 9-9-1
6-1-3 Last 10 4-6-0
1/15 vs. NY Rangers, W 3-0 Last Game 1/16 vs. NY Rangers, L 2-1