What a matchup in Columbus tonight. This evening, the Jackets host the Los Angeles Kings at Nationwide Arena. The Kings are in the midst of a four-game winning streak, and are starting a long-term road trip. Columbus has picked up points in two straight games, and are looking to make it three straight. This is the final meeting between these teams this year, until next year.
In terms of lineups for tonight, the Kings seem to be going with the same lineup, unless Trevor Lewis returns. For Columbus, Fedor Tyutin is back after suffering a broken nose.
Columbus Blue Jackets
Ryan Johansen - Brandon Dubinsky - Cam Atkinson
Scott Hartnell - Alexander Wennberg - Nick Foligno
Boone Jenner - William Karlsson - Matt Calvert
Gregory Campbell - Michael Chaput - Brandon Saad
Jack Johnson - David Savard
Ryan Murray - Andrew Bodnarchuk
Fedor Tyutin - Dalton Prout
Scratched: Kevin Connuaton
Injured: David Clarkson (back), Cody Goloubef (jaw), Rene Bourque (upper body), Jared Boll (foot), Markus Hannikainen (shoulder)
Los Angeles Kings
Tanner Pearson – Anze Kopitar – Marian Gaborik
Milan Lucic – Jeff Carter – Tyler Toffoli
Andy Andreoff – Nick Shore – Dustin Brown
Kyle Clifford – Jordan Weal – Jordan Nolan
Brayden McNabb – Drew Doughty
Jake Muzzin – Alec Martinez
Christian Ehrhoff – Jamie McBain
Injured: Dwight King (foot), Matt Greene (shoulder), Trevor Lewis (upper body)
Scratched: Derek Forbort
Players to Watch
Fedor Tyutin. With the veteran defenseman back in the lineup, he should have an extra kick in his step
Dustin Brown. The captain needs to step it up. Period. It's been like this for years. He needs to produce now.
Enjoy the games tonight. More to come...