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Does this game make a sound?

Russell LaBounty-USA TODAY Sports

Blue Jackets vs. Red Wings
7:00 PM -
Game Faceoff

It's March 8th. It's 70 degrees out. The Jackets are coming off an absolute shellacking in Philly over the weekend. "Playing out the string" is officially where we are now firmly entrenched. (We were always there, but now as we get down well under 20 games to go, it really sets in.)

You'll forgive me if I can't really offer up much in the way of commentary, other than to note that the Jackets are officially three points away from tying the '11-'12 Jackets' final point total and escaping that ignominy. So there's that.

I hope the Jackets skate tonight

I hope they managed to score an actual goal.

I hope their goalie can stop a shot from the neutral zone.

I hope enough Jackets fans show up to make it sound almost like a home game.

I hope the Jackets do enough things to give those fans reasons to make it sound like a home game.

I hope the Pacific is as blue as it has been in my dreams.

I hope.

Projected Lineups

Columbus Blue Jackets
(27-31-8, 62 Points; 8th division, 15th 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
Joonas Korpisalo
Curtis McElhinney

Detroit Red Wings
(32-22-11, 75 Points; 4th Division, 8th Conference)

Henrik Zetterberg Pavel Datsyuk Justin Abdelkader
Gustav Nyquist Riley Sheahan Tomas Tatar
Dylan Larkin Andreas Athanasiou Brad Richards
Darren Helm Luke Glendening Tomas Jurco
Kyle Quincey Mike Green
Danny DeKeyser Alexey Marchenko
Niklas Kronwall Jonathan Ericsson
Jimmy Howard
Petr Mrazek