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Game Preview #34 - Things Just Got Interesting

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Let the trade rumors crank into high gear!!

Russell LaBounty-USA TODAY Sports

Blue Jackets at Coyotes - 9:00 PM
Game Faceoff

Anything interesting happen this morning?

Oh yeah.

What needs to be said? For the record, I don't think they are looking to trade him. 25 games is hardly enough for Torts--or Jarmo, for that matter--to say it's hopeless with Johansen in Columbus. We all know what he's capable of. They're basically just trying different combinations on the safe lock right now to open it up.

Oh yeah, there's that, too. Looks like Justin Falk probably gets to go tonight, as he was brought in on emergency recall after Tuesday's game. In terms of the game itself, let's just say that Arizona ain't exactly setting the world on fire, and Mike Smith is out for 8-10 weeks or so with a surgery. So, maybe if there's a night to mess with your roster, this is it. At this point, it's not like we have a playoff spot to lose.

The D pairs I have below are a total crapshoot. Falk will play if Johnson can't go, according to Porty. Savard is definitely out. Daily Face Off seems to think Korpisalo will start in goal again. Who knows, at this point? Might as well let the kid take his lumps.

Projected Lineups

Columbus Blue Jackets
(11-19-3, 25 Points; 8th division, 16th conference)

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

Arizona Coyotes
(14-14-2, 30 Points; 3rd Division, 9th Conference)

Tobias Rieder Antoine Vermette Mikkel Boedker
Max Domi Viktor Tikhonov Anthony Duclair
Kyle Chipchura Brad Richardson Shane Doan
Jordan Martinook Boyd Gordon Steve Downie
Oliver Ekman-Larsson Connor Murphy
Nicklas Grossmann Michael Stone
Klas Dahlbeck Stefan Elliott
Anders Lindback
Louis Domingue