Preview: Going to California

Can the CBJ get three wins in a row?

Tonight is the start of three games in four nights in the Golden State for the Columbus Blue Jackets. The Union Blue embarks having won two in a row, over Chicago and Washington. Their opponents tonight are the Los Angeles Kings, winners of 5 of their last 7, including a back-to-back home-and-home sweep of the first place Vegas Golden Knights.

According to our sister blog Jewels from the Crown, a big part of their recent success is the return from injury of our old friend Jeff Carter.

Speaking of returns, Captain Nick Foligno was activated yesterday and will be playing tonight. Another new arrival is Thomas Vanek, acquired from Vancouver on Monday. Hopefully, these two make up for the loss of Josh Anderson, who suffered a knee sprain late in Monday’s game against Washington. Vanek will man the pivot on the first power play unit and take a top 6 winger spot. He likes to shoot and Torts is going to let him.

Projected Lineups

Artemi Panarin Pierre-Luc Dubois Cam Atkinson
Thomas Vanek Alexander Wennberg Nick Foligno
Sonny Milano Brandon Dubinsky Oliver BJORKSTRAND
Boone Jenner Mark Letestu Matt Calvert
Zach Werenski Seth Jones
Jack Johnson Ryan Murray
Ian Cole David Savard
Sergei Bobrovsky
Joonas Korpisalo
Tobias Rieder Anze Kopitar Dustin Brown
Tanner Pearson Jeff Carter Tyler Toffoli
Alexander Iafallo Nate Thompson Adrian Kempe
Kyle Clifford Torrey Mitchell Michael Amadio
Derek Forbort Drew Doughty
Alec Martinez Dion Phaneuf
Jake Muzzin Christian Folin
Jonathan Quick
Jack Campbell

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