Buuurrr ehh? Columbus is in Manitoba tonight to battle the Winnipeg Jets. Both teams are very similar- youth, non-playoff teams, and plenty of injuries. The Jets have very young stars in all positions- winger Nikolaj Ehlers, defenseman Jacob Trouba, and goalie Connor Hellebuyck. For Columbus, they have center Alex Wennberg, defenseman Ryan Murray, and goalie Joonas Korpisalo. The Jets last played Sunday, suffering a 3-1 loss to Chicago; Columbus is on a three game point streak (1-0-2).
This is the final meeting of the season, and both teams have bright futures ahead of them. Maybe Stanley Cups one day?
In terms of the lineups, Winnipeg has been going with the same lineup over the past several games, and that looks like it won't be changing. For Columbus, Mac gets the go over the young Finnish netminders. Also, Clarkson is back after back injuries.
Columbus Blue Jackets
Boone Jenner - Ryan Johansen - Brandon Saad
Scott Hartnell - Alexander Wennberg - Nick Foligno
Matt Calvert - Brandon Dubinsky - Cam Atkinson
William Karlsson - Gregory Campbell - David Clarkson
Jack Johnson - David Savard
Ryan Murray - Andrew Bodnarchuk
Fedor Tyutin - Dalton Prout
Injured: Sergei Bobrovsky (groin), Jared Boll (foot), Rene Bourque (upper body), Cody Goloubef (jaw), Markus Hannikainen (shoulder)
Scratched: Kevin Connauton
Andrew Ladd - Bryan Little - Blake Wheeler
Mathieu Perreault - Mark Scheifele - Drew Stafford
Chris Thorburn - Alexander Burmistrov - Nikolaj Ehlers
Adam Lowry - Andrew Copp - Anthony Peluso
Ben Chiarot - Dustin Byfuglien
Toby Enstrom - Tyler Myers
Mark Stuart - Jacob Trouba
Scratched: Joel Armia, Adam Pardy, Paul Postma
Injured: Grant Clitsome (back), Ondrej Pavelec (knee)
Players to Watch
1. David Clarkson- with him back to the lineup, he needs to produce. It's time for him to get producing and help this team get to the postseason.
2. Blake Wheeler- he is a very talented and underrated forward with size and skill. The Jackets needs to shut him down.
Enjoy the games tonight. More to come…