To TD Garden for the Blue Jackets tonight where they take on the Boston Bruins for the first time this year. Last year, there was vengeance as there was the Prout v. Lucic fight. This year thing are different. With the firing of GM Peter Chiarelli (whose now in Edmonton), new GM Don Sweeny moves Milan Lucic (LA), Dougie Hamilton (CGY), and Martin Jones (SJ) out for two first round picks, two second round picks, and two prospects. In the summer, they acquired Zac Rinaldo from Philadephia for a third round pick; Jimmy Hayes from Florida for Marc Savard and Reilly Smith; a 6th round pick for Carl Soderberg; let guys like Gregory Campbell (CBJ), Dan Paille (NYR), Matt Bartkowski (VAN), and David Warsfosky (PIT) walk; and signed Matt Beleskey, Matt Irwin, and Joonas Gustavsson.
In terms of the lineups, the Jackets have activated Nick Foligno and Matt Calvert off IR, but placed David Savard and Sergei Bobrovsky on IR. Bobs is back there after sustaining a groin strain against Calgary. For Boston, Krejci is back after being out for a while with an injury.
Columbus Blue Jackets
Scott Hartnell – Alexander Wennberg – Brandon Saad
Boone Jenner – Brandon Dubinsky – Cam Atkinson
Kerby Rychel – William Karlsson – Nick Foligno
Matt Calvert – Gregory Campbell – Rene Bourque
Ryan Murray – Seth Jones
Jack Johnson – Justin Falk
Fedor Tyutin – Dalton Prout
Injured: Sergei Bobrovsky (groin), Curtis McElhinney (ankle), David Clarkson (upper body), David Savard (oblique)
Scratched: Jared Boll, Josh Anderson
Brad Marchand – Patrice Bergeron – Landon Ferraro
Matt Beleskey – David Krejci – Loui Eriksson
Brett Connolly – Ryan Spooner – David Pastrnak
Zac Rinaldo – Max Talbot – Jimmy Hayes
Zdeno Chara – Zach Trotman
Joe Morrow – Dennis Seidenberg
Torey Krug – Kevan Miller
Injured: Adam McQuaid (upper body), Chris Kelly (broken femur)
Scratched: Tyler Randell, Colin Miller, Joonas Kemppainen
Players to Watch
Columbus: Camsanity. The Massachusetts native, Cam Atkinson, is close to his hometown tonight to battle this team. He is near the top of this club in goals and points.
Boston: Pastrnak. The 19 year old has been out with injury and spent some time in the minors, but has four points in his last four games played.
Enjoy the games tonight. More to come…