Game 67 Preview: Final Game of California Road Trip

This is the third game of a California road trip that has been an absolute nightmare for the Jackets. They were embarassed by the LA Kings last night. The Jackets didn't look good at all last night, not in any of the three zones. Steve Mason was clearly rattled after the first couple of goals and was pulled. After every goal you could see him sneaking glances over to the bench. He's clearly lacking in some confidence right now. To add insult to injury, Rick Nash left the game with a "lower body injury" and didn't return. It's unsure if he can go tonight.

Matty Garon will likely get the start, and it's not looking good for Huselius to be in the lineup. Maksim Mayorov and Derek MacKenzie have been called up from Syracuse. Look for Mayorov to get a chance on a scoring line tonight.

Fearless Prediction: A fight or two.

Game Time: 10:00pm ET

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From the Columbus Dispatch:

One team is out of the playoff picture, the other is fading fast. The Ducks should be in desperation mode tonight as they try to remain in the Western Conference race. The are 0-2-1 since the Olympic break and blew a two-goal, third-period lead in a 4-3 shootout loss to Montreal on Sunday. The Jackets know all about blowing third-period leads to lose games. They have done it a league-leading 10 times this season.

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
Maksim Mayorov
Derick Brassard
Jakub Voracek
Chris Clark
Samuel Pahlsson
Derek Dorsett
Andrew Murray
Michael Blunden
Jared Boll

Fedor Tyutin Anton Stralman
Mike Commodore
Jan Hejda
Kris Russell
Marc Methot
Mathieu Garon
Steve Mason

EXTRA: Derek MacKenzie, Nathan Paetsch

INJURED/SICK: Kristian Huselius, Rostislav Klesla

Anaheim Ducks

Bobby Ryan
Ryan Getzlaf
Corey Perry
Jason Blake
Saku Koivu
Teemu Selanne
Matt Beleskey
Todd Marchant
Dan Sexton
Troy Bodie
Ryan Carter
George Parros
James Wisniewski
Scott Niedermayer
Lubomir Visnovsky
Aaron Ward
Steve Eminger
Sheldon Brookbank
Jonas Hiller
Curtis McElhinney

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