The Columbus Blue Jackets are at the Scottrade Center to battle the St. Louis Blues. Both teams are in different spectrums of direction. The Jackets have won their last three; the Blues lost their last two. The Jackets are also on the end of a back to back series, where the Blues are starting.
The Blues and Blue Jackets played in the preseason under split squad circumstances, but since the Blues did make a quick adjustment before the season started, I'll go over that. The Blues acquired Nail Yaukpov from the Oilers for an AHL prospect and a conditional second round pick.
In terms of the Lineups, Yaukpov is a surprising healthy scratch for the Blues. Also, Robert Bortuzzo is out of the lineup with an upper body injury. With the goaltending, Carter Hutton is the starter tonight.
St. Louis Blues
Jaden Schwartz--Jori Lethera--Vladimir Tarasenko
Alex Steen--Patrik Berglund--David Perron
Robby Fabbri--Paul Stastny--Dmirtij Jaskin
Scottie Upshall-Kyle Brodizak--Ryan Reaves
Jay Bouwmeester--Alex Pietrangelo
Carl Gunnarson--Kevin Shattenkirk
Joel Edmundson--Colton Parayko
Scratched: Nail Yaukpov
Injured: Robert Bortuzzo
Columbus Blue Jackets
Boone Jenner--Brandon Dubinsky--Cam Atkinson
Brandon Saad--Alex Wennberg--Nick Foligno
Matt Calvert--William Karlsson--Josh Anderson
Scott Hartnell--Lukas Sedlak--Sam Gagner
Zach Werenski--Seth Jones
Ryan Murray--Jack Johnson
Markus Nutivarra--David Savard
Scratched: Sonny Milano, Dalton Prout, Scott Harrington
Injured: David Clarkson
Things to Look At
1. Energy. The Jackets dominated last night, but the Blues are fresh. Expect a certain je ne sais quoi with them.
2. The Defense. The Blues have a great defensive group with guys still developing on the main roster and underneath with Chicago.
3. The Dab lol. Ryan Reaves is back and could be a physical pest towards Columbus tonight.
Players to Watch
St. Louis- The Russian. Vladimir Tarasenko is a star forward in this league, and everyone has to keep an eye on him tonight.
Columbus- Ryan Murray. Being the prominent player without a point in last nights outstanding performance, expect an offensive and defensive impact from him tonight.
Enjoy the games tonight. I'll be reporting on two games as I watch the Bears-Devils game live tonight.
More to come...