Game Preview: Columbus Blue Jackets Look To Get Back On Track Against Vancouver Canucks

By Kyle Morrison on December 11, 2018 at 7:37 am
Sergei Bobrovsky is expected back in net tonight against the Vancouver Canucks

USA Today – Russell LaBounty

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The Columbus Blue Jackets kicked off their six-game homestand with a dud against the Washington Capitals, falling 4-0. They'll get a chance to right the ship tonight against the Vancouver Canucks and rookie phenom Elias Pettersson. 

Assistant coaches Brad Larsen and Brad Shaw have been switched back to their original roles – Shaw coaching defense and Larsen coaching forwards – so perhaps some of the team's coverage issues will work themselves out now. 


PROJECTED LINES

Panarin – Dubois – Atkinson

Foligno – Jenner – Anderson

Bjorkstrand – Wennberg – Duclair

Hannikainen – Dubinsky – Nash

DEFENSEMEN

Murray – Jones

Nutivaara – Savard

Werenski – Harrington

GOALTENDER

Korpisalo

STORYLINES

  • Will #HoodieTorts return? Unlikely, but we can dream. 
  • Three players who have struggled recently – Anthony Duclair, Alexander Wennberg and Oliver Bjorkstrand – are all on a line together now, bumping Brandon Dubinsky back down to the fourth line and his natural center spot. It's a high-risk, high reward move for the Blue Jackets. 
  • Can Columbus contain Elias Pettersson? He's coming off of an incredible five-point performance against the St. Louis Blues (in just 13 minutes on the ice!) – so the defensively-inept Blue Jackets will certainly have their hands full. 

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