Jackets Game 81 Preview: Jackets / Wings Game 2

In part two of the staggered late season series against the Red Wings, Detroit again plays host. The Red Wings prevailed in "Game One", on a controversial goal by Bertuzzi. The Wings have already clinched a playoff spot, but are still playing for seeding so they likely won't roll over tonight.

The Jackets are running with five AHLers tonight at forward. Chad Kolarik, Mike Blunden, Greg Moore, Tom Sestito and Tomas Kana are all playing tonight. I am going to enjoy watching these guys play tonight, it will give a glimpse into what these players could potentially bring to the lineup next season.

Mase gets the start tonight, facing Jimmy Howard.

Game Time: 7:30ET

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Radio: WBNS-AM (1460); WWCD-FM (101.1)

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From the Columbus Dispatch:

The Jackets - or what is left of them - make their second trip to Detroit in a week. They left Joe Louis Arena a sour bunch Thursday, believing the winning goal by Detroit's Todd Bertuzzi was kicked into the net. This will mark the first time since 1991 that the Red Wings won't open the Stanley Cup playoffs on home ice.

Jackets Links:

Columbus Blue Jackets / Columbus Blue Jackets Schedule

Columbus Blue Jackets Roster / Columbus Blue Jackets Stats

Here are the lineups for tonight's tilt:

Columbus Blue Jackets

Kristian Huselius
Antoine Vermette
Tomas Kana
R.J. Umberger
Derick Brassard
Jakub Voracek
Tom Sestito
Samuel Pahlsson
Derek Dorsett
Greg Moore
Michael Blunden
Chad Kolarik

Fedor Tyutin Marc Methot
Mike Commodore
Kris Russell
Grant Clitsome
Anton Stralman
Steve Mason
Mathieu Garon

EXTRA: Nathan Paetsch

INJURED: Derek MacKenzie, Chris Clark, Andrew Murray, Rick Nash, Jared Boll, Jan Hejda, Rostislav Klesla

Detroit Red Wings

Johan Franzen
Pavel Datsyuk
Tomas Holmstrom
Valtteri Filppula
Henrik Zetterberg
Todd Bertuzzi
Drew Miller
Kris Draper
Jason Williams
Dan Cleary
Darren Helm
Patrick Eaves
Nicklas Lidstrom
Brian Rafalski
Niklas Kronwall
Brad Stuart
Brett Lebda
Jonathan Ericsson
Jimmy Howard
Chris Osgood

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