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Game Preview #19 - Get Over The Hump

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The Jackets try to break their streak of winning two... and then losing two.

Russell LaBounty-USA TODAY Sports

Blue Jackets vs. Blues - 7:00 PM
Game Faceoff

The Jackets have been here before; two other times, in fact. After losing their first eight, the Jackets won two in a row. They then stumbled and lost two in a row. They won two *more* in a row, before losing in Anaheim and then blowing a third period lead against Vancouver. Then, two more wins.

So, here we sit, with the team trying to get over the hump and string together more than two uninterrupted wins at a time.

It will be no easy task, as St. Louis comes to town having won last night and looking very good. At EV, they are one of the best possession teams in the league, and the Jackets' struggles in their own zone are well known and often lamented here at The Cannon.

The Jackets catch a break with a couple of days' rest with no travel while the Blues played last night in St. Louis. Take every advantage where you can find it.

It looks like Columbus is going to continue with the lineup they iced on Saturday with a tweak or two in the lines, per Portzline. We shall see, as morning skate was optional.

Jared Boll plays his 500th game for the CBJ tonight. He's been a bit of a lightning rod over the years, but let it be stated that no one should ever question his heart or his love of playing for this team.

Projected Lineups

Columbus Blue Jackets
(6-12-0, 12 Points; 8th division, 16th conference)

Boone Jenner Ryan Johansen Brandon Saad
Matt Calvert Nick Foligno Cam Atkinson
Scott Hartnell William Karlsson Rene Bourque
Kerby Rychel Gregory Campbell Jared Boll
Jack Johnson David Savard
Ryan Murray Cody Goloubef
Fedor Tyutin Kevin Connauton
Sergei Bobrovsky
Curtis McElhinney

St. Louis Blues
(12-5-1, 25 Points; 2nd Division, 2nd Conference)

Alexander Steen David Backes Vladimir Tarasenko
Dmitrij Jaskin Jori Lehtera Troy Brouwer
Magnus Paajarvi Scott Gomez Robby Fabbri
Scottie Upshall Kyle Brodziak Jeremy Welsh
Joel Edmundson Alex Pietrangelo
Jay Bouwmeester Kevin Shattenkirk
Carl Gunnarsson Colton Parayko
Brian Elliott
Jake Allen