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NHL: Columbus Blue Jackets at St. Louis Blues Billy Hurst-USA TODAY Sports

Saturday, March 24, 2018 - 7:00 EST
Nationwide Arena, Columbus, OH
TV: Fox Sports Ohio; Radio: 97.1 WBNS FM
Opponent’s Blog: St. Louis Game Time

Columbus Blue Jackets, 42-28-5, 89 points, 3rd Metro, 6th East

vs.

St. Louis Blues, 41-28-5, 87 points, 5th Central, 9th West

Season Series

10/28/2017 CBJ 1 @ STL 4
03/24/2018 STL @ CBJ

It’s 5th Line Appreciation Night at Nationwide Arena this evening, as YOUR Columbus Blue Jackets host the St. Louis Blues. The Jackets have won 10 straight and an 11th consecutive win tonight would jump them above Pittsburgh for second place in the Metropolitan Division.

The Blues, meanwhile, are riding a hot streak of their own. A 4-1 victory at home last night over Vancouver was their 4th straight win. They are 7-2-1 in their last 10. They have one fewer point than Columbus, yet in the Western Conference that’s not good enough for a playoff position. They are one behind the surprising Colorado Avalanche for the second wild card. Suffice it to say the Blues come in as a motivated and desperate team.

Look at the stats below; it’s amazing how similar these teams appear to be, on paper.

On the Columbus side, Lukas Sedlak is out, recovering from being struck in the head by a Seth Jones slap shot on Thursday. Brandon Dubinsky - a healthy scratch for the previous two games - will return to the lineup in his place.

Stats

St. Louis Columbus
2.76 (23) GPG 2.77 (20)
2.64 (6) GAPG 2.69 (8)
15.6% (29) PP% 15.5% (30)
80.5% (16) PK% 77.4% (24)
51.46% (9) EV Corsi % 51.57% (8)
101.1 (13) EV PDO 101.1 (13)
Vladimir Tarasenko, 28 G Leader Artemi Panarin, 25
Brayden Schenn, 37 A Leader Artemi Panarin, 44
Brayden Schenn, 62 P Leader Artemi Panarin, 69
Brayden Schenn, 56 PIM Leader Nick Foligno, 48
18-13-5 Home / Road 25-11-2
7-2-1 Last 10 10-0-0

Projected Lineups

Columbus Blue Jackets
Artemi Panarin Nick Foligno Cam Atkinson
Sonny Milano Pierre-Luc Dubois Oliver BJORKSTRAND
Boone Jenner Alexander Wennberg Thomas Vanek
Matt Calvert Brandon Dubinsky Mark Letestu
Zach Werenski Seth Jones
Ian Cole David Savard
Ryan Murray Markus Nutivaara
Sergei Bobrovsky
Joonas Korpisalo
St. Louis Blues
Jaden Schwartz Brayden Schenn Vladimir Tarasenko
Patrik Berglund Kyle Brodziak Alex Steen
Dmitrij Jaskin Vladimir Sobotka Tage Thompson
Ivan Barbashev Oskar Sundqvist Chris Thorburn
Joel Edmundson Alex Pietrangelo
Vince Dunn Colton Parayko
Carl Gunnarsson Robert Bortuzzo
Carter Hutton
Jake Allen