Jackets Game 80 Preview: On the Road to Face the Blues
The Jackets are on the road tonight, paying a visit to St. Louis. The Blues, along with the Jackets, are two of the league's disappointing teams this year. Two young teams on similar paths, at similar stages of their development-they both made the playoffs last season and took a step back this year.
At any rate the game should at least feature a lot of physical play. When the Jackets and Blues get together it always seems like a tough, physical affair. I'm still waiting for Nasher to lay a big hit out on Oshie, maybe that happens tonight?
The Jackets should see the return of Kris Russell tonight. If not, Paetsch will remain in the lineup. Matty Garon gets the start again after getting his bell rung early last game. He left the game after his vision began to blur. Apparently all i well however, and he'll face Chris Mason in net.
Fearless Prediction: Jake Voracek DOESN"T score his 50th point of the season.
Game Time: 8:00ET
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Radio: WBNS-AM (1460); WWCD-FM (101.1)
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From the Columbus Dispatch:
The Blue Jackets' penalty kill has struggled against the Blues, killing only 12 of 19 power plays (63.2 percent) in five games this season. Expect a desperate effort from the Blues, who are clinging to faint playoff hopes. The Jackets snapped an eight-game losing streak in St.Louis back in January.
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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 ||Derek Dorsett |
|Tomas Kana || Greg Moore || Michael Blunden |
|Fedor Tyutin||Marc Methot |
|Mike Commodore ||Kris Russell |
|Grant Clitsome ||Anton Stralman|
|EXTRA: Nathan Paetsch|
|INJURED/SICK: Derek MacKenzie, Chris Clark, Jared Boll, Jan Hejda, Rostislav Klesla|
|Andy MacDonald || David Backes ||T.J. Oshie |
|Paul Kariya || Patrik Berglund ||David Perron |
|Alexander Steen || Jay McClement ||B.J. Crombeen |
|Matt D'Agostini ||Keith Tkachuk || Brad Boyes |
| Eric Brewer || Roman Polak |
|Darryl Sydor || Erik Johnson |
| Mike Weaver || Carlo Colaiacovo |
| Chris Mason|
| Ty Conklin|