Game Preview:: Blue Jackets Welcome Blackhawks As Trade Deadline Looms Large

By Sam Blazer on April 10, 2021 at 7:07 am
Columbus Blue Jackets center Jack Roslovic (96) splits the defense of Chicago Blackhawks center Mattias Janmark (13) and center David Kampf (64) during the third period at Nationwide Arena.
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18-18-5 (41 points)

7:00 P.M. – SATURDAY, APRIL 10


It appears that the fire sale of the Columbus Blue Jackets has already started.

The Blue Jackets on Friday traded injured forward Riley Nash to the Toronto Maple Leafs for a conditional seventh-round pick. 

After a 6-4 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning, the for sale sign is on the Blue Jackets and it could mean more players are on the move.

Other names that have swirled around in rumors include Nick Foligno, David Savard and Michael Del Zotto. 

While the deadline is a few days away it doesn't mean that trades may not happen before the game against the Blackhawks. The names you see listed below may no longer be on this team come game time. An interesting thought for a team that needs a fresh start

Here's a look at tonight's projected (and subject to change) lines for Columbus:

Columbus Blue Jackets Projected Lines

29  Patrik Laine 42 Alexandre Texier 28  Oliver Bjorkstrand
50 Eric Robinson 16 Max Domi 71 Nick Foligno
25 Mikhail Grigorenko 96 Jack Roslovic 13 Cam Atkinson
23 Stefan Matteau 26 Zac Dalpe 19 Liam Foudy

*lines are subject to change

8 Zach Werenski 3 Seth Jones
44 Vladislav Gavrikov 15 Michael Del Zotto
43 Mikko Lehtonen 46 Dean Kukan
Goalie Backup
70 Joonas Korpisalo 90 Elvis Merzlikins


  • TEX TIME: As the season has gone on, where players stand in John Tortorella's internal standings has become clearer and clearer. Alexandre Texier was given opportunities to start then went into his doghouse and now appears to be in good favor. He is playing between Patrik Laine and Oliver Bjorkstrand making it a young but tantalizing line. Texier has three assists in his last five games. Now would be a good time for the French forward to get hot. 
  • WHOSE LINE IS IT ANYWAY?: The forward lines and the bottom six have been particularly in flux and are making the lineup cards all the more interesting. Zac Dalpe and Stefan Matteau are seeing time in the lineup and at the very least are performing admirably. As more moves happen, the lines are going to look even weirder. Enjoy the ride.
  • WERENSKI IMPACT: Playing without Zach Werenski who is out for the season with a hernia injury is going to give the Blue Jackets an opportunity to test other partners with Seth Jones. Werenski and Jones have been inseparable at times due to the offensive potential but this season has shown that some improvements were needed. Finding a top-four defenseman out of their young batch of defensemen would be a good first step in utilizing this last part of the season.

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