The Blue Jackets Are Going With the Same Lineup (Read: Same Defense) For Game 1 Against the Boston Bruins

By Rob Mixer on April 25, 2019 at 1:36 pm
Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Scott Harrington will be in the lineup for Game 1 against the Boston Bruins.
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The Blue Jackets haven't played a hockey game in nine days.

In that time, you'd think a coach would have plenty of time to ruminate on potential lineup changes. John Tortorella probably did. But the Blue Jackets also aren't completely healthy on their blue line right now – which doesn't help matters. On top of that, they have a player in Vladislav Gavrikov who comes highly recommended but is also unproven (to the coach).

Some thought Gavrikov to be a candidate for Game 1 tonight against the Boston Bruins, but Tortorella said this morning there will be no lineup changes for the Blue Jackets.

That means Adam Clendening, who played seven minutes in Game 4 against the Lightning, remains in the lineup along with Scott Harrington, whose game was up-and-down in the opening round. The Bruins, on home ice, are certainly going to look to exploit matchups against a banged-up Columbus defense, which is missing two top-four players (Ryan Murray and Markus Nutivaara) due to injury.

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