Game 76 Preview: Rematch with the 'Hawks
The Blackhawks are an angry bunch, that's for sure. This is their first game since the Jackets embarrassed them at Nationwide Arena on Thursday. They have the advantage of being on home ice as well, but I think the Jackets have it in them to prevent the embarrassment from being reciprocated.
Columbus is making one change to the lineup tonight- they are sitting Nathan Paetsch and have called up center Trevor Frischmon. He'll be making his NHL debut tonight. In net for the Jackets is Steve Mason, and Chicago is giving the nod to Antti Niemi.
Fearless Prediction: The Jackets hold off the onslaught, and manage to prevent the 'Hawks from getting redemption.
Game Time: 7:00pm ET
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From the Columbus Dispatch:
The Blackhawks haven't played since the Blue Jackets embarrassed them 8-3 Thursday in Nationwide Arena. The Blue Jackets' top line of Kristian Huselius, Antoine Vermette and Rick Nash has combined for 10 goals, 11 assists and a plus-13 rating against the Blackhawks this season.
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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 || Trevor Frischmon || Michael Blunden |
|Fedor Tyutin||Marc Methot |
|Mike Commodore ||Kris Russell |
|Grant Clitsome ||Anton Stralman|
|EXTRA: Nathan Paetsch|
|INJURED/SICK: Derek MacKenzie, Jared Boll, Jan Hejda, Rostislav Klesla|
|Troy Brouwer || Jonathan Toews ||Patrick Kane |
|Patrick Sharp || Dave Bolland ||Marian Hossa |
|Andrew Ladd || John Madden ||Kris Versteeg |
|Ben Eager ||Tomas Kopecky || Adam Burish |
| Duncan Keith || Brent Seabrook |
|Dustin Byfuglien || Niklas Hjalmarsson |
| Jordan Hendry || Nick Boynton |
| Antti Niemi|
| Cristobal Huet|