Game 56 Preview: Jackets look to cool down the Kings
The Jackets are at home against the surprising Kings tonight, where Steve Mason looks to get back-to-back starts for the first time since October. He'll go up against US Olympian Jonathan Quick. The flu bug is wreaking havoc on the Columbus blueline, with Stralman and Jurcina likely out tonight. Look for Matty Roy and Marc Methot to suit up in their place.
The Kings are playing very well right now, surprising many with their place in the standings. They have good young players, and veterans who contribute. This will not be an easy game for the Jackets tonight, they are potentially without two of their better defensemen (including their two best-shooting defensemen) and the Kings skilled forwards will have the ability to overwhelm the defense.
Mase will need to be sharp tonight, and Brass will need to continue anchoring the second line.
Fearless Prediction: Steve Mason finally wins back-to-back starts.
Game Time: 7:00pm ET
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From the Columbus Dispatch:
Look for checking-line center Sammy Pahlsson to get matched up with the Kings' top-line anchor, Anze Kopitar, who had two goals in L.A.'s 6-2 win on Oct. 25. Los Angeles has won five of its past six games, despite a 1-of-29 power-play slump. The Blue Jackets are 10-2-1 at home against the Kings since 2002-03.
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Here are the lineups for tonight's tilt:
Columbus Blue Jackets
|Kristian Huselius || Antoine Vermette ||Rick Nash|
| R.J. Umberger || Derick Brassard ||Jakub Voracek|
| Fredrik Modin ||Samuel Pahlsson ||Chris Clark|
|Raffi Torres || Andrew Murray || Jared Boll |
|Fedor Tyutin||Marc Methot |
|Mathieu Roy ||Kris Russell |
|Jan Hejda ||Mike Commodore|
|INJURED/SICK: Derek Dorsett, Anton Stralman, Milan Jurcina, Rostislav Klesla|
|Brad Richardson || Anze Kopitar ||Wayne Simmonds |
|Ryan Smyth || Jarret Stoll ||Dustin Brown |
|Alexander Frolov || Michal Handzus ||Scott Parse |
|Raitis Ivanans ||Oscar Moller || Brandon Segal |
| Drew Doughty || Rob Scuderi |
|Sean O'Donnell || Jack Johnson |
| Matt Greene || Peter Harrold |
| Jonathan Quick|
| Erik Ersberg|