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It’s the end of the preseason! Meaningful hockey is on the horizon!

NHL: Pittsburgh Penguins at Columbus Blue Jackets Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

We’re here, folks. We’ve made it to the final preseason game. The roster is finally taking shape, with 3 cuts made after the game against the Bruins on Thursday night. Sonny Milano (much to my chagrin), Markus Hannikainen, and Anton Forsberg were sent down to the Cleveland Monsters, leaving the team with two cuts to make ahead of next Thursday’s season opener.

Tonight, as a result, will feature a lineup as close to opening night as we are likely to see this preseason. With that said, I do not expect an overly physical contest tonight between the two squads. Both teams will be looking to escape the game unscathed and healthy for opening night.

Here are the lineups for the two teams:

Columbus lines:

Boone Jenner - Brandon Dubinsky - Cam Atkinson

Brandon Saad - Sam Gagner - Nick Foligno

Scott Hartnell - Alexander Wennberg - Oliver Bjorkstrand

Matt Calvert - William Karlsson - Josh Anderson

And on defense:

Zach Werenski - Seth Jones

Ryan Murray - David Savard

Jack Johnson - Markus Nutivaara

And for the Penguins:

Goalies

29 Marc-Andre Fleury

35 Tristan Jarry

Defensemen

3 Olli Maatta

4 Justin Schultz

6 Trevor Daley

8 Brian Dumoulin

28 Ian Cole

51 Derrick Pouliot

58 Kris Letang

Forwards

7 Matt Cullen

13 Nick Bonino

14 Chris Kunitz

16 Eric Fehr

23 Scott Wilson

25 Tom Sestito

43 Conor Sheary

62 Carl Hagelin

71 Evgeni Malkin

72 Patric Hornqvist

81 Phil Kessel

87 Sidney Crosby