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The Columbus Blue Jackets take on the Colorado Avalanche tonight. Here are all the important details.

Columbus Blue Jackets v Dallas Stars Getty

Thursday, January 4th – 9pm est

Pepsi Center, Denver, Colorado

TV: Fox Sports Ohio

Radio: 97.1 WBNS FM

Opponents Blog: Mile High Hockey

Columbus Blue Jackets; 23-15-3, 49 points, 3rd Metropolitan, 5th East

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Colorado Avalanche; 20-16-3, 43 points, 7th Central, 11th West

Season Series

01/04/2018 – CBJ @ AVS

03/08/2018 – AVS @ CBJ

Stats

The Columbus Blue Jackets started 2018 off with a bang by beating the Dallas Stars, 2-1, on Tuesday night. They are hoping to use this positive momentum to propel them through tonight’s game against the Colorado Avalanche.

Spearheaded by Nathan MacKinnon, the Avalanche’s first line is rather dangerous. MacKinnon and company know how to create something out of nothing. Shutting down that line will be of great importance.

Semyon Varlamov is nursing a “muscular injury” and will likely not play tonight. Which means Jonathan Bernier will more than likely be the starting netminder for the Avalanche. He has a .898 save percentage and 3.15 gaa. If the Jackets consistently attack the net, they will be able to get a leg up on the Avalanche and skate away with the win.

Projected Lines

Columbus Blue Jackets

Artemi Panarin - Pierre-Luc Dubois - Nick Foligno
Sonny Milano - Boone Jenner - Josh Anderson
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

Colorado Avalanche

Gabriel Landeskog - Nathan MacKinnon - Mikko Rantanen
A.J. Greer - Alexander Kerfoot - Nail Yakupov
Colin Wilson - Tyson Jost - Gabriel Bourque
Matthew Nieto - Carl Soderberg - Blake Comeau

Nikita Zadorov - Erik Johnson
Patrick Nemeth - Mark Barberio
Samuel Girard - Andrei Mironov

Jonathan Bernier
Semyon Varlamov