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Game Preview #70 - Tank Back On?

After a lack-luster end to their winning streak, are the Jackets going to go back into tank mode?

Chris Austin-USA TODAY Sports

Columbus Blue Jackets at Edmonton Oilers

March 18, 2015 - 10:00 pm EDT
Rexall Place - Edmonton, Alberta
Radio - WBNS 97.1 FM - TV - Fox Sports Ohio
Opponent's Blog: The Copper & Blue

First off, just know that the headline and blurb below the photo above are tongue in cheek just a bit. I don't honestly think the team "tries" to lose when they're playing. I would never try to imply that. Just to be clear and all...

Not much to say about this one. Two bad teams, playing out the string. And it's on very, very late here.

Projected Lineups

Columbus Blue Jackets 
(30-35-4, 64 Points; 7th division, 13th conference)

Brandon Dubinsky Ryan Johansen Cam Atkinson
Nick Foligno Artem Anisimov Rene Bourque
Scott Hartnell Alexander Wennberg Marko Dano
Corey Tropp Mark Letestu Jared Boll
Jack Johnson David Savard
Fedor Tyutin Ryan Murray
Kevin Connauton Dalton Prout
Curtis McElhinney
Sergei Bobrovsky

Edmonton Oilers
(19-39-12, 50 Points; 7th Division, 14th Conference)

Benoit Pouliot Ryan Nugent-Hopkins Jordan Eberle
Teddy Purcell Derek Roy Nail Yakupov
Ryan Hamilton Anton Lander Andrew Miller
Matt Hendricks Boyd Gordon Rob Klinkhammer
Oscar Klefbom Justin Schultz
Martin Marincin Mark Fayne
Andrew Ference Nikita Nikitin
Ben Scrivens
Richard Bachman

Season Series

EDM - 0-0-1
CBJ - 1-0-0

03/13/15 - Edmonton 4 at Columbus 5 (SO)
03/18/15 - Columbus at Edmonton

Head to Head Stats

Edmonton Columbus
2.27 (27) GPG 2.52 (24)
3.33 (30) GAPG 3.13 (25)
18.4% (14) PP% 21.6% (6)
77.5% (27) PK% 78.7% (25)
Jordan Eberle / Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, 19 G leader Nick Foligno, 25
Jordan Eberle, 36 A leader Nick Foligno, 37
Jordan Eberle, 55 Pts leader Nick Foligno, 62
Matt Hendricks, 74 PIM leader Jared Boll, 102
11-20-2 Home/Road 17-15-2
2-6-2 Last 10 4-6-0
3/16 vs. Toronto, W 4-1 Last Game 3/15 vs. Carolina, L 3-2