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

Saturday, February 2 - 7:00 EST
Nationwide Arena, Columbus, OH
TV: Fox Sports Ohio; Radio: 97.1 FM
Opponent’s Blog: St. Louis Game Time

Columbus Blue Jackets (28-19-3, 59 points, 4th Metro, 8th East)

vs.

St. Louis Blues (22-22-5, 49 points, 6th Central, 12th West)

The Jackets have lost four games in a row. THIS ENDS TODAY, DAMMIT.

Player to Watch

Alexander Wennberg

Wennberg was supposed to be the 2C for this team, but has scored one goal all season and had just two points in the entire month of January. He picked his game up in the second half of last season; can he do it again? How he performs this month could affect whether the Jackets make a move for another top 6 center.

Jackets Notes

Cam Atkinson missed Thursday’s game in Winnipeg after taking a puck to the face during warm-ups, but is expected to return to action tonight ... Anthony Duclair played just one shift in that game, was on ice for a goal against, then spent the rest of the game on the bench. Will he even dress tonight? ... Seth Jones is once again a Hockey Is For Everyone ambassador, as the NHL commemorates Black History Month.

“The players are committed to inclusion in the sport, and happy to see Hockey Is For Everyone expand as a year-long initiative,” said Seth Jones, Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman and HIFE ambassador. “As a HIFE ambassador, I know that important conversations and perspectives will be shared as part of the Black History Month celebration, with the goal of creating a welcoming environment while promoting the continued diversity of players and fans.”

Cam Atkinson will be featured on NHL Network this weekend, as NHL Network Ice Time shows clips from All Star weekend. It will air at 9 a.m. and noon today, and 10 a.m. Sunday.

This clip shows Cam on the red carpet:

In this one, he discusses why Theo Fleury was his favorite player growing up:

The Other Bench

St. Louis has struggled this season. They fired their head coach, Mike Yeo, in November and interim Craig Berube will remain coach through the end of the season, and possibly beyond ... St. Louis Game Time graded the roster during the break, and it’s not a pretty picture ... The one stand-out has been Ryan O’Reilly, acquired by the Blues in a blockbuster trade last summer. He leads the team in goals and assists and represented them in the All Star Game.

Season Series

10/25/2018 CBJ 7 @ STL 4
02/02/2019 STL @ CBJ

Stats

St. Louis Columbus
2.84 (20) GPG 3.22 (9)
3.02 (17) GAPG 3.08 (19)
19.4% (17) PP% 15.4% (26)
79.6% (17) PK% 83.0% (7)
50.90% (10) EV Corsi % 49.86% (16)
99.2 (23) EV PDO 100.0 (15)
Ryan O'Reilly, 18 G Leader Cam Atkinson, 28
Ryan O'Reilly, 32 A Leader Artemi Panarin, 37
Ryan O'Reilly, 50 P Leader Artemi Panarin, 57
Joel Edmundson, 58 PIM Leader Josh Anderson, 46
10-9-3 Home / Road 14-10-2
6-3-1 Last 10 5-5-0

Projected Lineups

Updated 11:00 a.m.

Columbus Blue Jackets
Artemi Panarin Pierre-Luc Dubois Josh Anderson
Nick Foligno Alexander Wennberg Cam Atkinson
Your guess is as
good as mine
Zach Werenski Seth Jones
Ryan Murray Markus Nutivaara
Hott Scarrington David Savard
Joonas Korpisalo
Sergei Bobrovsky
St. Louis Blues
Brayden Schenn Ryan O'Reilly Vladimir Tarasenko
Jaden Schwartz Tyler Bozak Alex Steen
Zach Sanford Oskar Sundqvist Patrick Maroon
MacKenzie MacEachern Ivan Barbashev Robert Thomas
Carl Gunnarsson Alex Pietrangelo
Jay Bouwmeester Colton Parayko
Vince Dunn Joel Edmundson
Jake Allen
Jordan Binnington