Game 24 Preview: Jackets End Rough Roadtrip in Ottawa
First of all, Happy Thanksgiving to my friends south of the border! I'm going to make this short and sweet- the Jackets need a win tonight, badly. This is the fifth and final game of their longest road trip of the season, and it has been a disastrous one for the Jackets. Tonight they face the Ottawa Senators, who have been playing pretty solid hockey of late. Their top six forwards are still very dangerous, even with Mike Fisher potentially out.
This marks the return to Ottawa for Antoine Vermette, I'm sure he'll be up for this one. Unfortunately, the Jackets won't be facing Pascal Leclaire- he got hit with a puck in the face while sitting on the bench recently. The Jackets need to get back to playing Hitch hockey, and avoid getting too fancy with the puck. Let's see a solid 60-minute effort tonight boys!
Fearless Prediction- I just want a win.
Game Time: 7:30pm ET
Opponent's Blog: Silver Seven
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TV: FSN Ohio
Radio: WBNS-AM (1460); WWCD-FM (101.1)
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Here are the lineups for tonight's tilt:
Columbus Blue Jackets
|R.J. Umberger || Antoine Vermette ||Rick Nash|
| Kristian Huselius || Derick Brassard ||Jakub Voracek|
|Jason Chimera||Samuel Pahlsson ||Michael Blunden|
|Raffi Torres || Derek MacKenzie || Jared Boll |
|Fedor Tyutin||Anton Stralman|
|Rostislav Klesla ||Jan Hejda |
|Marc Methot ||Mike Commodore|
|EXTRA: Kris Russell, Tom Sestito|
|INJURED: Fredrik Modin, Andrew Murray, Derek Dorsett|
|Milan Michalek || Jason Spezza ||Daniel Alfredsson |
|Nick Foligno || Mike Fisher || Alexei Kovalev |
|Jonathan Cheechoo || Peter Regin ||Ryan Keller |
|Jarkko Ruutu ||Chris Kelly || Jesse Winchester |
| Chris Phillips || Filip Kuba |
|Chris Campoli || Brian Lee |
| Alexandre Picard ||Matt Carkner |
| Brian Elliott|
| Mike Brodeur|