Game 70 Preview: Battle of the Western Conference Cellar-Dwellars

his game is one of those hockey games where late in the season two teams are playing for pride, and nothing more. They aren't close in the standings, yet they are the two worst teams in the Western Conference. There's no jockeying for position. That said, I always like playing the Oil. I find them fun to watch, especially Gagner.

It's hard to imagine this game being a high-scoring affair, but given the names on the Oilers blueline and the fact Columbus' achilles heel all season has been poor defensive play this one could be a shootout. Rick Nash is out again for the Jackets, this time with the flu. Juice is going to give it another go however.

The battle between the pipes at this point looks to be between Steve Mason and Jeff Deslauriers. Mase needs to get back on track and finish the season strong, it will only help him going into next season.

Fearless Prediction: Gilbert Brule scores for the Oil, 'jus cuz.

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:

Both teams are without their top offensive talents. The Blue Jackets' Rick Nash is out because of the flu, while Ales Hemsky of the Oilers has been out since November because of a shoulder injury. The Oilers are 1-14-1 on the road since mid-December, including a 6-4 loss in Toronto on Saturday.

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

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

EXTRA: Nathan Paetsch

INJURED/SICK: Derek MacKenzie, Rick Nash, Rostislav Klesla

Edmonton Oilers

Dustin Penner
Andrew Cogliano
Gilbert Brule
Ethan Moreau
Shawn Horcoff
Mike Comrie
Robert Nilsson
Sam Gagner
Marc Pouliot
Chris Minard
Ryan Potulny
Zack Stortini
Ryan Whitney
Tom Gilbert
Taylor Chorney
Jason Strudwick
Aaron Johnson
Theo Peckham
Jeff Deslauriers
Devan Dubnyk

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