Game 45 Preview: A Tale of Two Struggling Teams

Two teams heading in the same direction- down. Tonight's game may not just be a battle for the Conference basement, but could also foreshadow a battle for the chance to draft Taylor Hall first overall in June. Both the Oilers and Jackets are in the midst of terrible losing streaks- the good news is one team will win tonight. That's a 50/50 chance for the Jackets to end their woeful road losing streak.

More lineup changes- after saying that Brass will remain in the top six for the forseeable future, Hitch has moved him down to the checking line. Former Oiler (who isn't a former Oiler on this squad?) Raffi moves to the second line. Garon gets the nod in goal.

You know what would be good for the CBJ? A blowout victory. A full 60 minute effort where they put up 5 or 6 goals. It's extremely unlikely to happen, but hey a guy can dream. Coming soon- my early look at potential first round draft picks. The Jackets will get a good player in June, but where have we heard that before?

Fearless Prediction :Victory?

Game Time: 9:00pm ET

Opponent's Blog: The Copper & Blue

Game Page: Blue Jackets vs Oilers Coverage

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

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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
R.J. Umberger
Rick Nash
Raffi Torres
Antoine Vermette
Jakub Voracek
Fredrik Modin Derick Brassard
Chris Clark
Alexandre Picard
Samuel Pahlsson
Jared Boll

Fedor Tyutin Anton Stralman
Milan Jurcina
Kris Russell
Jan Hejda
Mathieu Roy
Mathieu Garon
Steve Mason

EXTRA: Andrew Murray, Mike Commodore

INJURED: Marc Methot, Rostislav Klesla, Derek Dorsett

Edmonton Oilers

Dustin Penner
Shawn Horcoff
Robert Nilsson
Patrick O'Sullivan
Ryan Potulny
Gilbert Brule
Ryan Stone
Sam Gagner
Fernando Pasani
Ethan Moreau
Andrew Cogliano
Zack Stortini
Sheldon Souray
Tom Gilbert
Steve Staios
Ladislav Smid
Denis Grebeshkov
Jason Strudwick
Devan Dubnyk
Jeff Deslauriers

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