Game 13- Jackets visit the Caps

A rare afternoon game takes place today, as the Jackets head to Washington to face Alexander Ovechkin and the Capitals. The Jackets are in the midst of a serious slump, and this may not be the game to turn things around.

The Caps are an offensive machine, and the Jackets recent defensive play may lead to this game being out of reach fairly quickly. That said, last season Steve Mason shut out the Caps, and is looking to regain last year's form again tonight. Maybe he can build off of last season's Caps game and play to the level that won him the Calder trophy. Thus far, he hasn't come close.

This is a short and sweet preview, and neither myself nor Clint will be able to do a game recap because we won't be able to see the game. If somebody wants to do a fanpost up with a game recap, I'll post it to the front page. Thanks in advance guys!

EDIT: I was able to catch the game after all, sloppy at times but a fantastic finish! Big goal by RJ. I'll have a recap tomorrow morning.

Fearless Prediction- Nothing crazy here, I just want a win.

Game Time: 5:00pm ET

Opponent's Blog: Japer's Rink

Game Page: Blue Jackets vs Capitals Coverage

TSN Preview: Blue Jackets vs Capitals Preview

TV: FSN Ohio

Radio: WBNS-AM (1460); WWCD-FM (101.1)

More after the jump...

From the Columbus Dispatch:

The Blue Jackets shored up their game on Friday, eliminating the turnovers and sloppy play, but still lost. They have gone 1-4-1 in their past six games and have squandered multigoal leads in three of the past five. With a patchwork lineup and a goalie fighting back spasms, the Jackets surprised the Caps 3-0 last season in Washington.

Jackets Links:

Columbus Blue Jackets / Columbus Blue Jackets Schedule

Columbus Blue Jackets Roster / Columbus Blue Jackets Stats

Here are the lineups for tonight's tilt:

Columbus Blue Jackets

Kristian Huselius Antoine Vermette
Rick Nash
RJ Umberger
Derick Brassard
Jakub Voracek
Jason Chimera Sammy Pahlsson Derek Dorsett
Raffi Torres Mike Blunden
Jared Boll

Fedor Tytuin Anton Stralman
Mike Commodore Kris Russell
Marc Methot Rostislav Klesla

EXTRA: Nikita Filatov

INJURED: Fredrik Modin, Andrew Murray, Jan Hejda

Washington Capitals

Alexander Ovechkin
Nicklas Backstrom
Alexander Semin
Brooks Laich
Brendan Morrison
Mike Knuble
Tomas Fleischmann
Keith Aucoin
Chris Clark
Tyler Sloan
David Steckel
Matt Bradley
Shaone Morrisonn
Mike Green
Tom Poti
Milan Jurcina
Jeff Schultz
Brian Pothier
Jose Theodore
Semyon Varlamov

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