About the Blue Jackets - 10-30-09

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

A preview of the Blue Jackets.

When and where: 7 p.m., Nationwide Arena.

TV: FSN Pittsburgh, FSN Ohio.

Record: 6-5-0, 12 points. The Blue Jackets are in 10th place in the Western Conference and second place in the Central Division.

Leading Scorer: Rick Nash (right), 15 points (6 goals, 9 assists).

Last Game: 4-1 home loss to the Coyotes, Wednesday. Derick Brassard scored the Blue Jackets' only goal.

Last Game against the Penguins: 4-3 home shootout win, March 12. Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin each had two assists in what was a pretty thrilling loss.

Blue Jackets Player We Would Bet Money On Scoring: Kristian Huselius. He's a very underrated Penguin killer. He has 24 points (eight goals, 16 assists) in 16 career games agianst the Penguins.

Ex-Penguins on the Blue Jackets: Mathieu Garon, G; Tyler Wright, development coach.

Ex-Blue Jackets on the Penguins: Mike Rupp, C.

Useless Blue Jackets Trivia Vaguely Related to the Penguins: Bill Guerin is one of two players two score more than one hat trick against the Blue Jackets. The other is former Avalanche captain Joe Sakic. Guerin's hat tricks came with the Bruins (In an an 8-0 road win, Feb. 4, 2002) and the Stars (in an 4-2 home win, March 3, 2004).

Best Blue Jackets YouTube Video We Could Find: We don't care if you've seen this a million times. This goal by Rick Nash in the 2007-08 season against the Coyotes might be the NHL's best goal this decade:

-Brent Johnson (1-1-0, 1.94 GAA, 1.94 SV%) and Steve Mason (5-4-0, 3.57 GAA, .877 SV%) are the expected starters in net.

-Johnson has some pretty good numbers against Columbus. All-time against the Blue Jackets, he is 9-2-2 with a 2.03 goals against average and .918 save percentage.

-For the Penguins, Sergei Gonchar (wrist) and Evgeni Malkin (shoulder) are out. Forward Tyler Kennedy (undisclosed) is day to day. Forward Maxime Talbot (shoulder) is on injured reserve.

-For the Blue Jackets, forward Jared Boll (hip flexor) and defenseman Marc Methot (foot) are day to day. Defenseman Jan Hejda (knee), forward Fredrik Modin (knee) and forward Andrew Murray (shoulder) are on injured reserve.

-The Penguins will have a depleted lineup tonight.

-Blue Jackets coach Ken Hitchcock called out his top two lines for a lack of offensive production. In other news, players on Ken Hitchcock's teams are apparently supposed to score goals now.

-Umberger, normally a center, will get some time at wing tonight.

-The Penguins will lose wear their dreaded blue throwback jerseys.

-If you're going, Nationwide Insurance will host a pre-game party beginning at 4 p.m. at the Front Street Plaza.

-Our live blog, from Columbus, will begin at approximately 6 p.m. Please tune in.

(Photo: Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

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