Game 49 Preview: Jackets in-tough against the "Hawks
Flase alarm with my last game preview- Dorsett was a game-time decision last game and it turned out he wasn't ready. He's definitely going in tonight however, along with Kris Russell, who will slot into the lineup for Mathieu Roy. Dors will be taking Picard's spot in the lineup. Matty Garon is in between the pipes for the Jackets tonight.
This one won't be easy. The Hawks have lost two in a row, and want to show off for the home fans before leaving on a lengthy road trip. Chicago can score almost at will, and they are the kind of team that pounces on mistakes made by the oppoistion and makes them pay. For the Jackets to win tonight, they need to play an air-tight style, and they absolutely have to convert on special teams.
Fearless Prediction : Nasher gets a goal tonight.
Game Time: 8:30pm ET
Opponent's Blog: Second City Hockey
Game Page: Blue Jackets vs Blackhawks Coverage
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Radio: WBNS-AM (1460); WWCD-FM (101.1)
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From the Columbus Dispatch:
The Blue Jackets lost 4-3 in an 11-round shootout on Dec. 1 in Chicago. The Blackhawks have lost two in a row for the first time since Nov. 28. They haven't lost two straight at home since Oct. 21. Columbus and Chicago meet again on Saturday in Nationwide Arena.
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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|
| Andrew Murray ||Samuel Pahlsson ||Chris Clark|
|Derek Dorsett || Derick Brassard || Jared Boll |
|Fedor Tyutin||Anton Stralman |
|Milan Jurcina ||Kris Russell |
|Jan Hejda ||Mike Commodore|
|EXTRA: Alexandre Picard, Mathieu Roy|
|INJURED: Fredrik Modin, Marc Methot, Rostislav Klesla|
|Troy Brouwer || Jonathan Toews ||Patrick Kane |
|Andrew Ladd || Patrick Sharp ||Marian Hossa |
|Kris Versteegoh || John Madden ||Dustin Byfuglien |
|Ben Eager ||Colin Fraser || Tomas Kopecky |
| Duncan Keith || Brent Seabrook |
|Brian Campbell || Niklas Hjalmarsson |
| Jordan Hendry ||Brent Sopel |
| Cristobal Huet|
| Antti Niemi|