Game 43 Preview: Avalanche in Ohio
The 2009 calendar year had its ups and downs, the team made the playoffs for the first time ever, but they also experienced major disappointment this past fall. The team is not in good shape right now, sitting in the Western Conference cellar. Can 2010 be different?
The Jackets are going to scratch Mike Commodore again. This is a good move because he has seemingly been going through the motions. The more games he misses, the more he is going to be pissed off. A pissed off Big Red has the potential to be a great defenseman. I think the only thing keeping Juice in the lineup is the fact that at any moment he can start scoring again.
The big line from last game, Raffi, Vermmy and Jake are back together. Umby should go tonight after not practicing. He's playing through injury, it just goes to show how much character he has. It's Mase's net tonight. Time to take the reigns and run with the starter's job Mase.
The Avs are such a surprise. Will they ever come back down to earth?
Fearless Prediction : The Jackets start the 2010 year off with a bang- a big victory over the Avs.
Game Time: 7:00pm ET
Opponent's Blog: Mile High Hockey
Game Page: Avalanche vs Blue Jackets Coverage
Radio: WBNS-AM (1460); WWCD-FM (101.1)
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From the Columbus Dispatch:
The Avalanche blasted the Blue Jackets two weeks ago, riding a four-goal first period to a 5-2 win. Can the Blue Jackets score two goals? Three? They have gone five games with one goal, nine games with no more than two, tying a franchise record.
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Here are the lineups for tonight's tilt:
Columbus Blue Jackets
|Kristian Huselius || R.J. Umberger ||Rick Nash|
| Raffi Torres || Antoine Vermette ||Jakub Voracek|
|Fredrik Modin||Samuel Pahlsson ||Chris Clark|
|Alexandre Picard || Derick Brassard || Jared Boll |
|Fedor Tyutin||Anton Stralman |
|Milan Jurcina ||Kris Russell |
|Jan Hejda ||Mathieu Roy|
|EXTRA: Mike Commodore, Andrew Murray|
|INJURED: Marc Methot, Rostislav Klesla, Derek Dorsett|
|Wojtek Wolski || Paul Stastny ||Chris Stewart |
|T.J. Galiardi || Matt Duchene || Milan Hejduk |
|Darcy Tucker || Ryan O'Reilly ||Brandon Yip |
|Cody McLeod ||Matt Hendricks || Chris Durno |
| Kyle Quincey || Scott Hannan |
|Kyle Cumiskey || Brett Clark |
| Adam Foote ||Ryan Wilson |
| Craig Anderson|
| Peter Budaj|