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Columbus starts a 7 game homestand

NHL: Columbus Blue Jackets at Vancouver Canucks Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports

As the stats preview showed, once again the Blue Jackets are facing a team that is no match on paper. And yet...

Since a hard fought OT game against Pittsburgh, Columbus laid an egg at home against New Jersey then needed OT to beat a mediocre Detroit team. This same Vancouver team scored 3 goals in the third period against the Jackets back in December, and again it took OT for the Jackets to prevail.

This has been a common pattern over the last month: Columbus gets up for big games but aren’t able to sustain that same energy against others. Coach Tortorella has made mention of it, that the players may overlook certain opponents. Let’s hope that stops tonight.

The good news is that the Dubinsky line has been red hot, even as the other lines have gone cold.

Lineup news: David Savard is still out, but he did practice with the team this morning. Josh Anderson was questionable after that [“TOTALLY FINE AND LEGAL AND NOTHING TO SEE HERE” - NHL] hit on Tuesday. Oliver BJORKSTRAND was recalled on an emergency basis, but according to Torts, Anderson should play tonight.

While Columbus is starting a 7 game homestand, Vancouver is playing their second of 6 straight road games. They lost 2-4 on Tuesday in Nashville. That was their fourth straight loss. They are 3-6-3 since a 6 game win streak in late December/early January.

Vancouver forward Sven Baertschi suffered a concussion against Nashville and, like us, many in Vancouver are upset about the lack of punishment for it.

Projected Lineups

Brandon Saad Alexander Wennberg Nick Foligno
Boone Jenner Brandon Dubinsky Cam Atkinson
Matt Calvert William Karlsson Josh Anderson
Scott Hartnell Lukas Sedlak Sam Gagner
Zach Werenski Seth Jones
Jack Johnson Ryan Murray
Scott Harrington Markus Nutivaara
Sergei Bobrovsky
Joonas Korpisalo
Daniel Sedin Henrik Sedin Loui Eriksson
Jannik Hansen Brandon Sutter Markus Granlund
Reid Boucher Bo Horvat Alexandre Burrows
Jack Skille Michael Chaput Jayson Megna
Alexander Edler Troy Stecher
Ben Hutton Nikita Tryamkin
Luca Sbisa Chris Tanev
Ryan Miller
Jacob Markstrom