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Preview: Tired Jackets Battle Rested Canucks

The Columbus Blue Jackets take on the Vancouver Canuckleheads in Ohio tonight. 7pm puck drop.

NHL: Columbus Blue Jackets at Buffalo Sabres Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

Friday, January 12th - 7:00 pm EST
Nationwide Arena, Columbus, Ohio
TV: Fox Sports Ohio
Radio: 97.1 WBNS FM
Opponent’s Blog: Nucks Misconduct

Columbus Blue Jackets; 25-17-3, 53 points, 2nd Metropolitan, 5th East


Vancouver Canucks; 16-21-6, 38 points, 7th Pacific, 14th West

Season Series

01/12/2018 - VAN @ CBJ - game faceoff
03/31/2018 - CBJ @ VAN

The Columbus Blue Jackets are hoping to enter their bye week on a high note with a win over the Vancouver Canucks.

The Jackets are finishing up their 11th back-to-back this season. While the Canucks will enter tonight’s game well rested as they last played on Tuesday night in Washington.

Losing last night might be the spark the Jackets need to finish this week strong. There is no way Coach John Tortorella is going to let the Canucks walk all over his squad.

If they want to win tonight, every single Jacket needs to be a positive presence on the ice. It just can’t be the Sergei Bobrovsky, Artemi Panarin, and Seth Jones show. Both Panarin and Jones are riding a three-game point streak into tonight’s game. Attacking the net often will prove beneficial tonight, as well.

As of late, the Canucks have been riding the struggle bus. The last time Vancouver came out on top was January 28th when they beat the Chicago Blackhawks, 5-2. This means they are riding a five-game lose-streak. They also have been unable to drum up any sort of offense.

The only people the Jackets need to worry about are the Sedin Brothers and Brock Boeser.

Projected Lineups

Columbus Blue Jackets
Artemi Panarin Pierre-Luc Dubois Josh Anderson
Boone Jenner Alexander Wennberg Nick Foligno
Matt Calvert Lukas Sedlak Oliver Bjorkstrand
Tyler Motte Jordan Schroeder Markus Hannikainen
Zach Werenski Seth Jones
Markus Nutivaara David Savard
Scott Harrington Jack Johnson
Sergei Bobrovsky
Joonas Korpisalo
Vancouver Canucks
Thomas Vanek Sam Gagner Brock Boeser
Daniel Sedin Henrik Sedin Markus Granlund
Sven Baertschi Michael Chaput Nikolay Goldobin
Loui Eriksson Nic Dowd Jake Virtanen
Ben Hutton Alex Biega
Alexander Edler Troy Stecher
Michael Del Zotto Erik Gudbranson
Jacob Markstrom
Anders Nilsson