Game preview: Columbus is a pretty bad team, all things considered, but when a goalie plays like he's a modern day Tretiak, it covers a bunch of ills. Columbus is one of the few teams worse than the Oilers at even strength, but Columbus has taken it to the Oilers at evens this season.
Oilers Report: Here's a shocking development: the Oilers are thing at centre! Ryan Smyth is back on the 4th line between Meat Popsicle and Lennart Petrell.
Blue Jackets Report: I had spaghetti for dinner, and Jack Johnson is back in the lineup. Spaghettification coming.
Expected Line Combinations
Taylor Hall - Ryan Nugent-Hopkins - Jordan Eberle
Magnus Paajarvi - Sam Gagner - Ales Hemsky
Ryan Jones - Shawn Horcoff - Nail Yakupov
Mike Brown - Ryan Smyth - Lennart Petrell
Ladislav Smid - Jeff Petry
Nick Schultz - Justin Schultz
Mark Fistric - Corey Potter
Scratches: Mark Fistric, Ryan Whitney
By The Numbers
I've mentioned this previously, but Todd Richards is putting Jack Johnson out against the toughs and starting him in the defensive zone.
The Blue Jackets chance at having a special draft has been ruined by everyone. At one point they were set to draft #2, #5, #10. Now they're set to draft #11, #15 and #22.
Edmonton has the 4th-best special teams in the league, Columbus ranks 19th.