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Game Thread: Oilers @ Blue Jackets - All Aboard The Hit Train To Pain Town!

Yeah, baby, we're gonna hit you so good.


Game preview:

Team Reports

Oilers Report: The Oilers have Taylor Hall back in the lineup, but that's not news. The big news is that Mike Brown is in the lineup. While he's not the last tough guy that the Oilers will add this season (and I can't wait for that! Real toughness!) he is going to bring so much attitude and heart to the lineup. There's no way the team will be outplayed with Mike Brown in the lineup.

Blue Jackets Report: I had spaghetti for dinner, and Jack Johnson is back in the lineup. Spaghettification coming.

Expected Line Combinations

Magnus Paajarvi - Sam Gagner - Jordan Eberle

Taylor Hall - Ryan Nugent-Hopkins - Ales Hemsky

Nail Yakupov - Eric Belanger - Ryan Jones

Ben Eager - Ryan Smyth - Mike Brown

Justin Schultz - Nick Schultz

Ladislav Smid - Jeff Petry

Theo Peckham - Ryan Whitney

Devan Dubnyk

Scratches: Corey Potter, Lennart Petrell

Broadcast Information

Nationwide Arena, 5:00 pm MST
TV - Sportsnet West
Radio - 630 CHED

By The Numbers

The Blue Jackets chance at having a special draft has been ruined by the rebounds in New York and Los Angeles. At one point they were set to draft #2, #5, #10. Now they're set to draft #1, #18 and #26.
Four Oilers average more than one point per game versus the Jackets: Sam Gagner, Taylor Hall, Ales Hemsky, Magnus Paajarvi. Without Kristian Huselius, there are no Jackets that average more than one point per game against Edmonton.

Edmonton has lost the STE lead and has, in fact, slipped to #3 at 107.4. They are behind St. Louis and Chicago. Regression is lassoing them in. Columbus is 21st at 98.2

Edmonton is 9th in even strength save percentage at .924, Columbus is 25th at .904.

Jack Johnson is in the lineup tonight!