Game Preview: Blue Jackets Face the Cellar Dweller Penguins in Pittsburgh

By Paul Berthelot on November 24, 2018 at 7:05 am
Markus Nutivaara takes on Evgeni Malkin in a game at Nationwide Arena

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Time to write another chapter.

Whenever these teams get together something wild happens. Pittsburgh has had a terrible start to the season, sitting in second last in the Eastern Conference. They will be looking to get themselves back on track against one of their rivals.

The Blue Jackets coming off a win against the Maple Leafs will look to keep Pittsburgh right where they are at the bottom. You don’t want to give a Sidney Crosby led team any momentum.

With it being the second half of a back to back, Joonas Korpisalo gets the nod between the pipes.   


PROJECTED LINES

Panarin – Dubois – Atkinson

Foligno – Jenner – Anderson

Dubinsky – Wennberg – Duclair

Sedlak – Nash – Hannikainen

DEFENSEMEN

Murray – Jones

Nutivaara – Savard

Werenski – Harrington

GOALTENDER

Korpisalo

STORYLINES

  • Jack Johnson spent the last six and half seasons with the Blue Jackets. The team and Johnson had a falling out at the end of last season, with him being a healthy scratch in the playoffs. He signed with the Penguins in the off-season to be part of a winning culture. Those comments sent John Tortorella off and you have to imagine those will be in the back of the minds of the Blue Jackets players.
  • Dubinsky vs. Crosby. Brandon Dubinsky is back and healthy and should see a healthy dose of Sidney Crosby. Matching anyone against Crosby is tough but the Blue Jackets have a player who revels in that challenge and hopefully he can keep the Crosby line at bay.
  • Josh Anderson. Anderson was great against the Leafs. He scored twice, fired five shots on net. He was nearly impossible to contain. His speed and size make him a tough player to defend. He was clearly motivated against his hometown Leafs, can he bring that same intensity against the Penguins?

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