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Game #77 Preview - That's Sonny's Music

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The 2014 First Round Pick is set to make his debut in front of family and friends in New York.

Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

Blue Jackets at Islanders - 7:00 PM
Game Faceoff

The news broke yesterday that Sonny Milano, the highly-touted first round draft pick in 2014, was recalled by the Blue Jackets.  It was confirmed later that he will indeed make his NHL debut tonight against the New York Islanders.  Milano is from Massapequa on Long Island and was often a heckler for opposing teams visiting the Nassau Coliseum.  His dad is said to be organizing tickets for family and friends, though tonight's game will be in Brooklyn at the new Barclays Center.

There was no morning skate today so projected lines are a guess and will probably change throughout the game anyway.  Justin Falk was recalled on an emergency basis this afternoon as Ryan Murray continues to battle an illness.  Fedor Tyutin did not make the trip to New York and Dean Kukan, also recalled yesterday, is expected to start again.  Additionally, Nick Foligno was working at center at yesterday's practice and it looks like the captain will go back in the middle, between Scott Hartnell and Oliver Bjorkstrand.

All that said, we're on to our last six-pack (of games), everyone.  The Jackets are in a fierce lottery battle at the moment, remaining one point ahead of a group of three teams in last place.  The CBJ are 3-7 over the last 10 games and have often looked like they have checked out in recent games.  They currently are tied for the league's longest losing streak with Vancouver at three games.

On the other side, the Islanders were struggling in recent weeks but come into this week coming off of a back-to-back sweep of Carolina.  They are trying to hold off Philadelphia and Detroit/Boston for the top Wild Card spot in the East and they have an outside shot to chase down Pittsburgh for the 3rd spot in the Metro.

Some Islanders players are not happy with the ice at Barclays Center.  Here is Kyle Okposo after their last game there on Tuesday:

All that said, it should at least be fun tonight to watch Milano.  He has 10 points (7-3-10) in his last 15 games for Lake Erie.  He will wear #22 and is slated to be paired up with Brandon Saad to start.  It will be interesting to see if Torts teams him up with fellow rookie Bjorkstrand at any point in the game.  Let's see what Sonny's got.

Projected Lineups

Columbus Blue Jackets
(30-38-8, 68 Points; 8th division, 15th conference)

Brandon Dubinsky Boone Jenner Cam Atkinson
Brandon Saad Alexander Wennberg Sonny Milano
Scott Hartnell Nick Foligno BJORKSTRAND
Matt Calvert William Karlsson Gregory Campbell
Justin Falk Seth Jones
Cody Goloubef David Savard
Dean Kukan Dalton Prout
Sergei Bobrovsky
Joonas Korpisalo

New York Islanders
(41-25-9, 91 Points - 4th Division, 6th Conference)

Josh Bailey John Tavares Ryan Strome
Nikolay Kulemin Frans Nielsen Kyle Okposo
Shane Prince Brock Nelson Anders Lee
Matt Martin Casy Cizikas Cal Clutterbuck
Nick Leddy Travis Hamonic
Calvin de Haan Johnny Boychuck
Thomas Hickey Brian Strait
Thomas Greiss
Jean-Francois Berube