Game Preview #34 - Some Goals Would Be Nice

The Jackets' road scoring woes continued on Tuesday night. Can they break out of it against Edmonton?

Columbus Blue Jackets at Edmonton Oilers

March 28, 2013 - 9:30pm EDT
Rexall Place - Edmonton, Alberta
Radio - WWCD 102.5 - TV - Fox Sports Ohio
Opponents Blog: The Copper and Blue
SBNation Game Page

First and foremost, sorry for the lateness of this preview. Sometimes life--and the bill-paying day job that comes with it--gets in the way. All of that said...

This is going to be an interesting one. Some roster house-keeping: James Wisniewski is officially off of IR, and will play tonight. However, Brandon Dubinsky is back on IR. Now comes the fun part.

The Jackets are technically carrying EIGHT defensemen. John Moore will be a healthy scratch tonight. That said, Todd Richards is playing seven defensemen. Now, Nick Foligno is a no-go tonight as well, but emergency call-up Sean Collins will get his spot.

The interesting part comes on D. Adrian Aucioin isn't 100%, but Richards said something to the effect of not wanting to be exposed should a D man go down. Plus, Wiz hasn't played in a month. So...

Seven defensemen!

Colton Gillies is out to make way for the extra D-man.

At any rate, this game is important for both squads. The Oilers need the points, sitting just behind the Jackets in the standings. The Jackets need to prove they can win a game on the road.

Projected Lineups

Columbus Blue Jackets
(13-13-7, 33 Points; 5th division, 11th conference)

R.J. Umberger Ryan Johansen Sean Collins
Matt Calvert Artem Anisimov Cam Atkinson
Vinny Prospal Derick Brassard Mark Letestu

Derek MacKenzie Jared Boll
Fedor Tyutin Jack Johnson
Tim Erixon Adrian Aucoin
Nikita Nikitin Dalton Prout
James Wisniewski
Sergei Bobrovsky
Steve Mason

Edmonton Oilers
(12-13-7, 31 Points; 3rd Division, 12th Conference)

Taylor Hall Ryan Nugent-Hopkins Jordan Eberle
Magnus Paajarvi Sam Gagner Ales Hemsky
Ryan Jones Shawn Horcoff Nail Yakupov
Lennart Petrell Ryan Smyth Mike Brown
Ladislav Smid Jeff Petry
Nick Schultz Justin Schultz
Ryan Whitney Corey Potter
Nikolai Khabibulin
Devan Dubnyk

Season Series

02/10/13 - Edmonton 3 at Columbus 1
03/05/13 - Edmonton 3 at Columbus 4 (SO)
03/28/13 - Columbus at Edmonton

Head to Head

Edmonton Columbus
2.34 (28) GPG 2.15 (30)
2.75 (17) GAPG 2.48 (12)
22.5% (5) PP% 13.7% (27)
83.6% (9) PK% 85.6% (6)
Sam Gagner, 12 G leader Vinny Prospal, 9
Taylor Hall, 22 A leader Fedor Tyutin, 14
Taylor Hall, 30 Pts leader Vinny Prospal, 18
Ladislav Smid, 41 PIM leader Jared Boll, 79
5-5-4 Home/Road 3-9-2
3/26 @ St. Louis, W 3-0 Last Game 3/26 @ Vancouver, L 1-0 (SO)
4-4-2 Last 10 6-1-3

Columbus got great goaltending on Tuesday night to keep them in an otherwise ugly game. If they can't start scoring goals, it's not going to get any easier.

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