Game 50 Preview: Yay! The Hawks again!

Let's just hope this isn't a blowout. The Jackets looked weak Thursday night against the Hawks, and they get the pleasure of facing them again in the second game of a home-and-home. There have been a handful of lineup changes (shocking, i know) with the most significant being Juice getting demoted to the third line and Brass moving to second line center. Steve Mason gets the start tonight, his first in six games.

Here's hoping that the fact they are playing at home, combined with the lineup changes, can spark the Jackets to an underdog victory. It's certainly possible, but it will be very difficult. Last game, no offense was created because it was obvious that the team was playing safe, afraid of making mistakes. They need to take chances this game offensively, because prevent defense just doesn't work.

Fearless Prediction: Nash (doesn't) score tonight!

Game Time: 2:00pm ET

Opponent's Blog: Second City Hockey

Game Page: Blackhawks vs Blue Jackets Coverage

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

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From the Columbus Dispatch:

The Blackhawks toyed with the Blue Jackets on Thursday like a cat playing with a ball of yarn. Only the work of goaltender Mathieu Garon kept the score respectable. Wary of the Blackhawks' transition game, the Jackets dumped the puck from the neutral zone but rarely recovered it to set up quality scoring chances.

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

R.J. Umberger
Antoine Vermette
Rick Nash
Raffi Torres
Derick Brassard
Jakub Voracek
Kristian Huselius
Samuel Pahlsson
Chris Clark
Derek Dorsett
Andrew Murray
Jared Boll

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

EXTRA: Alexandre Picard, Mathieu Roy

INJURED: Fredrik Modin, Marc Methot, Rostislav Klesla

Chicago Blackhawks

Troy Brouwer
Jonathan Toews
Patrick Kane
Andrew Ladd
Patrick Sharp
Marian Hossa
Kris Versteeg
John Madden
Dustin Byfuglien
Ben Eager
Colin Fraser
Tomas Kopecky
Duncan Keith
Brent Seabrook
Brian Campbell
Niklas Hjalmarsson
Cam Barker
Brent Sopel
Cristobal Huet
Antti Niemi

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