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Game Preview #32 - MY NAME IS JOONAS

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I'm carryin' the wheel....

Russell LaBounty-USA TODAY Sports

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

The Jackets have three games in four days, in three different cities. So, yeah, we knew it was going to happen. Welcome to the NHL, Joonas Korpisalo!

It makes some sense, as Dallas is arguably the best team in the league right now and Tampa Bay is this year's 2014-15 Jackets in terms of production sitting on the shelf due to injury. I am hopeful we won't see a redux of last season's decision to put a rookie goalie in against the Lightning in order to give up four goals in the first period.

Not much else is changing with the lineup for Columbus after Saturday's performance, other than Hartnell and Calvert swapping spots.

But, take a look at that Tampa lineup. If we hadn't just had the same thing happen to us last season, I'd almost feel sorry for them. That said, we need points, so I'm not going to weep too much. And hey, who knew Mike Blunden was still an NHL player!

Projected Lineups

Columbus Blue Jackets
(11-17-3, 25 Points; 8th division, 16th conference)

Boone Jenner Ryan Johansen Brandon Saad
Matt Calvert Brandon Dubinsky Nick Foligno
Scott Hartnell Alexander Wennberg Cam Atkinson
Gregory Campbell William Karlsson David Clarkson
Jack Johnson David Savard
Ryan Murray Andrew Bodnarchuk
Fedor Tyutin Kevin Connauton
Joonas Korpisalo
Curtis McElhinney

Tampa Bay Lightning
(14-13-3, 31 Points; 6th Division, 11th Conference)

Vladislav Namestnikov Steven Stamkos Nikita Kucherov
Alex Killorn Brian Boyle Jonathan Marchessault
J.T. Brown Valtteri Filppula Ryan Callahan
Joel Vermin Yanni Gourde Mike Blunden
Victor Hedman Anton Stralman
Nikita Nesterov Jason Garrison
Braydon Coburn Andrej Sustr
Ben Bishop
Evgeni Nabokov