Jackets Game 3 (X) Preview: At Home to Face the Pens
The Jackets are back home again tonight to face the Penguins. They currently sit at 1-1 in the preseason standings, and look to go above .500 with a victory over a Pens team that will not dress stars Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin or Jordan Staal.
The Jackets are going with an interesting lineup, with a seemingly heavy emphasis on forward pairs. You see Juice playing with Vermette, with young sniper Tomas Kubalik rounding out the line; two-thirds of the potential top line in Springfield with Kyle Wilson and Chad Kolarik joined by Umberger; checkers Ethan Moreau and Sammy Pahlsson are likely to start the season together, and tonight they are joined by Mike Blunden. The fourth line has likely fourth line linemates Andrew Murray and Chris Clark playing with Tom Sestito.
Fearless Prediction: Anton Stralman scores a PP goal!
Game Time: 7:00ET
Opponent's Blog: Pensburgh
Radio: WWCD-FM (101.1)
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Here are the lineups for tonight's tilt:
|Kristian Huselius || Antoine Vermette ||Tomas Kubalik |
| R.J. Umberger || Kyle Wilson ||Chad Kolarik|
| Ethan Moreau ||Samuel Pahlsson ||Michael Blunden |
|Tom Sestito || Andrew Murray || Chris Clark |
|Rostislav Klesla ||Anton Stralman |
|Grant Clitsome ||Mike Commodore |
|Marc Methot ||Cody Goloubef|
|EXTRA: Jonathan Sigalet, Dalton Prout|
|INJURED/SICK: Gustaf Wesslau, Steve Delisle, Kris Russell, Tomas Kana|
|Chris Kunitz || Mark Letestu ||Mike Comrie |
|Matt Cooke || Maxime Talbot ||Aaron Asham |
|Nick Johnson || Dustin Jeffrey ||Chris Conner |
|Eric Godard ||Craig Adams || Mike Rupp |
| Alex Goligoski || Simon Despres |
|Paul Martin || Ben Lovejoy |
| Steve Wagner || Deryk Engelland |
| Brent Johnson|
| John Curry|