Game 64 Preview: NHL Hockey is Back! Jackets take on Canucks

After a two week hiatus, the Blue Jackets return to the ice tonight against the Vancouver Canucks. Team Canada hero Roberto Luongo won't be getting the start tonight, rather Andrew Raycroft will go head to head with Steve Mason. The Columbus lineup doesn't feature any surprising changes since the last game, except for the callup of Grant Clitsome. He'll be making his NHL debut tonight. Milan Jurcina is "hurt".

Tonight is important because it could be the last game for Raffi Torres and Fredrik Modin in a CBJ sweater. These two, along with Jurcina, are likely to be moved at the deadline, which is at 3pm ET tomorrow. This game is also important because it's the final stretch leading up to the playoffs. It's going to be nearly impossible for the Jackets to sneak in, but this stretch could go a long way towards building to for next year. Look for many auditions, starting tonight with Clitsome.

Fearless Prediction: Raffi scores in (likely) his last game as a Blue Jacket.

Game Time: 7:00pm ET

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

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From the Columbus Dispatch:

The stretch run begins tonight, with the Blue Jackets having just 19 games left. Wingers Raffi Torres and Fredrik Modin, along with defenseman Milan Jurcina, might be playing their final game as Jackets. All three are unrestricted free agents and could be dealt in advance of Wednesday's 3 p.m. trade deadline.

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

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

Fedor Tyutin Anton Stralman
Marc Methot
Jan Hejda
Kris Russell
Grant Clitsome
Steve Mason
Mathieu Garon

EXTRA: Andrew Murray

INJURED/SICK: Milan Jurcina, Mike Commodore, Rostislav Klesla

Vancouver Canucks

Alexandre Burrows
Henrik Sedin
Daniel Sedin
Pavol Demitra
Ryan Kesler
Mikael Samuelsson
Mason Raymond
Kyle Wellwood
Tanner Glass
Darcy Hordichuk
Ryan Johnson
Rick Rypien
Alexander Edler
Sami Salo
Christian Ehrhoff
Shane O'Brien
Aaron Rome
Brad Lukowich
Andrew Raycroft
Roberto Luongo

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