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Game Preview #64 - Alright, We've Still Got A Game To Play

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In the midst of waiting to see what will happen at the trade deadline, the Jackets must also prepare for the Rangers. Oh yeah, remember them?

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Blue Jackets at Rangers
7:00 PM -
Game Faceoff

One hour to go, no idea what to expect.

What we do know is that it's been a long time since we've seen the Rangers, and it would be nice to get our souls back from that opening weekend. Man, that seems like a lifetime ago, doesn't it? Remember when Brandon Saad scored on the Power Play? I was sure we were going to the playoffs at that moment.

Damn.

So far all we've seen is "paper moves" to get guys on the AHL roster for the playoffs. I am just going to go ahead and publish a projected lineup with Scott Hartnell and Fedor Tyutin in it because if I wait nothing will happen. If I put them in, they'll probably get traded.

Projected Lineups

Columbus Blue Jackets
(26-29-8, 60 Points; 8th division, 14th conference)

Boone Jenner Brandon Dubinsky Cam Atkinson
Scott Hartnell Alexander Wennberg Brandon Saad
Matt Calvert William Karlsson Nick Foligno
David Clarkson Gregory Campbell Jared Boll
Ryan Murray Seth Jones
Cody Goloubef David Savard
Fedor Tyutin Dalton Prout
Joonas Korpisalo
Curtis McElhinney

New York Rangers
(36-20-6, 78 Points; 2nd Division, 2nd Conference)

Chris Kreider Derek Stepan Mats Zuccarello
J.T. Miller Derick Brassard Jesper Fast
Oscar Lindberg Eric Staal Kevin Hayes
Tanner Glass Dominic Moore Viktor Stalberg
Ryan McDonagh Dan Girardi
Marc Staal Dan Boyle
Keith Yandle Kevin Klein
Antti Raanta
Henrik Lundqvist