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The Jackets and Avs go at it... with basically nothing on the line.

Russell LaBounty-USA TODAY Sports

Colorado Avalanche at Columbus Blue Jackets

March 7, 2015 - 7:00 pm EST
Nationwide Arena - Columbus, Ohio
Radio - WBNS 97.1 FM - TV - Fox Sports Ohio
Opponent's Blog: Mile High Hockey

Like I said yesterday, when the team's on the ice, I want them to play well and to win. In that regard, I thought last night's game was a great showing. Can't overstate how much Dubinsky means to the forwards, and I can't overstate how impressed I've been with Marko Dano in his second stint. I didn't expect him to have such a nose for the net, but he has shown an incredible knack for being in the right place at the right time, and burying his chances. Here's hoping this isn't a tease, and that he will continue to build on his work thus far.

We don't have the info on why, but Rene Bourque was added this morning via emergency recall, meaning someone up front has to be nicked up a bit and may not be able to go. No idea who that might be as of yet, but we should know more later.

Projected Lineups

Columbus Blue Jackets 
(26-33-4, 56 Points; 7th division, 13th conference)

Nick Foligno Ryan Johansen Cam Atkinson
Scott Hartnell Alexander Wennberg Marko Dano
Brandon Dubinsky Artem Anisimov Brian Gibbons
Corey Tropp Mark Letestu Jared Boll
Jack Johnson David Savard
Fedor Tyutin Dalton Prout
Justin Falk Cody Goloubef
Sergei Bobrovsky
Curtis McElhinney

Colorado Avalanche
(28-25-11, 67 Points; 7th Division, 12th Conference)

Gabriel Landeskog Ryan O`Reilly Cody McLeod
Jordan Caron Matt Duchene Jarome Iginla
Alex Tanguay John Mitchell Dennis Everberg
Marc-Andre Cliche Joey Hishon Daniel Briere
Nate Guenin Tyson Barrie
Jan Hejda Zach Redmond
Brad Stuart Nick Holden
Semyon Varlamov
Reto Berra

Season Series

COL - 0-1-0
CBJ - 1-0-0

01/04/15 - Columbus 4 at Colorado 3
03/07/15 - Colorado at Columbus

Head to Head Stats

Colorado Columbus
2.53 (23) GPG 2.53 (24)
2.80 (24) GAPG 3.14 (26)
12.9% (29) PP% 20.5% (8)
83.9% (8) PK% 80.2% (23)
Jarome Iginla, 20 G leader Nick Foligno, 24
Tyson Barrie, 30 A leader Nick Foligno / Ryan Johansen, 34
Jarome Iginla / Gabriel Landeskog, 34 Pts leader Nick Foligno, 58
Cody McLeod, 167 PIM leader Jared Boll, 93
11-12-8 Road/Home 12-18-2
6-4-0 Last 10 2-7-1
3/4 vs Pittsburgh, W 3-1 Last Game 3/6 @ New Jersey