Game 74 Preview: Jackets Return Home to Face the 'Hawks
The Jackets are back in Columbus after a brief road trip with stops in Nashville and New Jersey. Tonight the Jackets take on the division-leading Blackhawks. The Jackets need to avoid getting into a shootout situation with the Hawks again, trading goals back and forth throughout the game has not, and will not end in the Jackets' favor. Chicago has too much firepower.
No major lineup moves, but Jared Boll is out tonight after injuring his hand against Alphabet Leblond in New Jersey. Look for Nathan Paetsch to go in his spot on the fourth line. Mase gets the start against Huet.
Fearless Prediction: The Jackets steal one from the 'Hawks in a high-scoring affair.
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 Blackhawks have won all four meetings this season, assuring the Blue Jackets will lose the season series for the first time since 2002-03. The Blue Jackets' slumping power play has another concern in this game. The Blackhawks have 10 short-handed goals, most in the NHL.
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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|
| Andrew Murray ||Samuel Pahlsson ||Chris Clark |
|Derek Dorsett || Michael Blunden || Nathan Paetsch |
|Fedor Tyutin||Marc Methot |
|Mike Commodore ||Kris Russell |
|Grant Clitsome ||Anton Stralman|
|INJURED/SICK: Derek MacKenzie, Jared Boll, Jan Hejda, Rostislav Klesla|
|Troy Brouwer || Jonathan Toews ||Patrick Kane |
|Patrick Sharp || David Bolland ||Marian Hossa |
|Andrew Ladd || John Madden ||Kris Versteeg |
|Ben Eager ||Adam Burish || Tomas Kopecky |
| Duncan Keith || Brent Seabrook |
|Dustin Byfuglien || Niclas Hjalmarsson |
| Nick Boynton || Jordan Hendry |
| Cristobal Huet|
| Antti Niemi|