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.
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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|
|EXTRA: Nathan Paetsch|
|INJURED: Derek MacKenzie, Chris Clark, Andrew Murray, Rick Nash, Jared Boll, Jan Hejda, Rostislav Klesla|
|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|