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Game 48 Preview: Jackets Look to Stay Hot Against the Blues

Don’t look now- but the Jackets are on a mini winning streak. They have won three in a row, and are looking for their fourth straight victory tonight against the Blues. Matty Garon gets his fourth straight start, he’s been excellent the past three games, even being named the NHL’s third star of the week.

This game marks the return of Dorsett. Even though the team is winning, I think he can bring the spark the team needs to take it to the next level. Generally, the scorers are scoring and the checkers are checking. Juice looked to be on his latest scoring binge but has cooled, and Umby has been Umby, minus the goals. The one guy who isn’t scoring is Nasher. If he can start putting pucks in the net then an extended winning streak is certainly possible. It’s very important to get the first line going, you can’t change things up amongst the top two lines because the second line is firing on all cylinders right now. It’s about to the three guys on Line 1 to get it together. Let’s hope that tonight is the night they start to dominate. Meanwhile, the second line can continue it’s scoring pace.

Fearless Prediction : Dorsett reminds everybody how much he means to the team. He will be noticeable all over the ice.

Game Time: 8:00pm ET

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More after the jump…

From the Columbus Dispatch:

Don’t be misled by the score in the first meeting. Columbus scored two empty-net goals in the third period to push the margin. A win would give the Blue Jackets three straight on the road, matching a season high. The Blues expect winger Paul Kariya to return tonight. He missed the past six games with a concussion.

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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
Derek Dorsett Samuel Pahlsson
Chris Clark
Alexandre Picard
Derick Brassard Jared Boll

Fedor Tyutin Anton Stralman
Milan Jurcina
Mathieu Roy
Jan Hejda
Mike Commodore

Mathieu Garon
Steve Mason

EXTRA: Andrew Murray

INJURED: Kris Russell, Fredrik Modin, Marc Methot, Rostislav Klesla

St. Louis Blues

Andy MacDonald
David Backes T.J. Oshie
Paul Kariya
Patrik Berglund David Perron
Alexander Steen
Jay McClement Brad Boyes
Brad Winchester
Derek Armstrong
B.J. Crombeen

Eric Brewer Erik Johnson
Barret Jackman
Roman Polak
Carlo Colaiacovo Mike Weaver

Chris Mason
Ty Conklin