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NHL: Toronto Maple Leafs at Columbus Blue Jackets Jason Mowry-USA TODAY Sports

Nic Petan, Jason Spezza, and Justin Holl enter the lineup for Toronto. Frederik Andersen starts in net.

On the Jackets side, Scott “Hott Scarrington” Harrington is the sixth defenseman, over Dean Kukan and Vladislav Gavrikov.

(Nancy Kerrigan voice) WHYYYYYYYYYYYY?

According to Torts, he had a great camp and is the sixth best defenseman on the roster. I’m skeptical, but it’s not a bad thing if he proves all of us wrong.

On the forward side, Sonny Milano is the healthy scratch as Swedish rookies Emil Bemstrom and Jakob Lilja make their NHL debuts as Riley Nash’s wingers. Bemstrom will get power play minutes as well. I hope we see him unleash that deadly one-timer.

Each of those rookies will have family in attendance:

We’ll have a meet-up in the second intermission by the escalator on the Nationwide Boulevard side of the arena, by the bacon-on-a-stick stand. See you there.

Lets go Jackets!