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Game Preview #68 - Return Of The Bob

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Sergei Bobrovsky has had a rough year with groin injuries. 15 games to go, might as well get some work in.

Russell LaBounty-USA TODAY Sports

Blue Jackets vs. Penguins
7:00 PM -
Game Faceoff

We've talked about it at length, whether it wouldn't be the best thing to shut Sergei Bobrovsky down for the rest of the season. That's now moot, as Bob has been activated, and is getting the start tonight. There's no denying that, at his best, he's a difference maker. But, he *has* to be rusty.

The upshot is that Joonas Korpisalo heads back to Lake Erie to gear up for their playoff run. That's not a bad thing.

And hey, maybe a rusty Bob helps The TankTM.

The other storyline here continues to be this perceived Sidney Crosby / Brandon Dubinsky thing, carrying over from the post-Thanksgiving game with Dubinsky's cross-check. It was a bad hit. Let's stipulate that right there. However, the continued salty hate coming from the Steel City about Dubinsky makes me chuckle. He got suspended. It's over. Let it go.

They will not, of course, and it didn't help matters when Tom Sestito (yes *that* Tom Sestito) issued a warning of sorts. It doesn't look like he's going to play tonight, but come on.

Just let it go, man.

A win tonight would clinch the season series against Pittsburgh. That's all I need, man.

Projected Lineups

Columbus Blue Jackets
(28-31-8, 64 Points; 8th division, 14th conference)

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

Pittsburgh Penguins
(34-24-8, 76 Points; 4th Division, 8th Conference)

Chris Kunitz Sidney Crosby Patric Hornqvist
Carl Hagelin Evgeni Malkin Phil Kessel
Scott Wilson Matt Cullen Eric Fehr
Tom Kuhnhackl Nick Bonino Bryan Rust
Olli Maatta Kris Letang
Trevor Daley Brian Dumoulin
Ian Cole Justin Schultz
Marc-Andre Fleury
Matt Murray