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
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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||Derick Brassard ||Chris Clark|
|Alexandre Picard || Samuel Pahlsson || Jared Boll |
|Fedor Tyutin||Anton Stralman |
|Milan Jurcina ||Kris Russell |
|Jan Hejda ||Mathieu Roy|
|EXTRA: Andrew Murray, Mike Commodore|
|INJURED: Marc Methot, Rostislav Klesla, Derek Dorsett|
|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|