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About the Blue Jackets - 12-09-13

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

A preview of the Blue Jackets.

When and where: 7:30 p.m. EST. Consol Energy Center.

TV: Root Sports (Pittsburgh market), NBC Sports Network (rest of the United States), TSN2.

Record: 12-14-3, 27 points. The Blue Jackets are in seventh place in the Neapolitan Ice Cream Metropolitan Division.

Leading Scorer: Ryan Johansen, 22 points (10 goals, 12 assists).

Last Game: 4-0 home win, Friday. Curtis McElhinney (right) made 20 saves for the Blue Jackets.

Last Game against the Penguins: 3-0 home loss, Nov. 2. McElhinney made 24 saves.

Blue Jackets Player We Would Bet Money On Scoring: Johansen. He has a four-game point-scoring streak.

Ex-Penguins on the Blue Jackets: Mark Letestu, C; Craig Patrick, senior advisor of hockey operations; Todd Richards, head coach (Richards was formerly the head coach of the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins), Ville Siren, head amateur scout.

Ex-Blue Jackets on the Penguins: None.

Useless Blue Jackets Trivia Vaguely Related to the Penguins: Fedor Tyutin has appeared in 632 career games, third-most among active Russian-born defensemen. Only former Penguin Sergei Gonchar (1,205), currently with the Stars, and Montreal's Andrei Markov (715) have more.

Best Blue Jackets Video We Could Find: Former Penguins forward Tyler Wright recording a hat trick for the Blue Jackets in a 2000-01 game against the Atlanta Thrashers:

Probable goaltenders: Marc-Andre Fleury (16-8-1, 2.05 GAA, .920 SV%) for the Penguins. Curtis McElhinney (2-3-1, 2.02 GAA, .932 SV%) for the Blue Jackets .

Injuries: For the Penguins, center Evgeni Malkin ("lower body") is probable. Defensemen Paul Martin (leg), Brooks Orpik (head), Rob Scuderi (broken ankle), right winger Beau Bennett (hand/wrist), center Andrew Ebbett (ankle), left winger Tanner Glass (hand) and goaltender Tomas Vokoun (blood clots) are on injured reserve. For the Blue Jackets, defenseman James Wisniewski ("upper body"). Right wingers Jared Boll (foot), Marian Gaborik (knee), Nathan Horton (shoulder) and goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky (groin) are on injured reserve.

Potential lines and defensive pairings: The Penguins primary lines and defensive pairings at today's morning skate were:

14 Chris Kunitz - 87 Sidney Crosby - 9 Pascal Dupuis
 36 Jussi Jokinen -71 Evgeni Malkin - 59 Jayson Megna
23 Chris Conner - 16 Brandon Sutter - 46 Joe Vitale
27 Craig Adams - 38 Zach Sill - 12 Chuck Kobasew

3 Olli Maata - 58 Kris Letang
5 Deryk Engelland - 2 Matt Niskanen
47 Simon Despres - 41 Robert Bortuzzo

The Blue Jackets' expected lines and defensive pairings are:

71 Nick Foligno - 19 Ryan Johansen - 18 R.J. Umberger
11 Matt Calvert - 17 Brandon Dubinsky - 14 Blake Comeau
38 Boone Jenner - 42 Artem Anisimov - 13 Cam Atkinson
24 Derek MacKenzie - 55 Mark Letestu - 26 Corey Tropp

51 Fedor Tyutin - 7 Jack Johnson
27 Ryan Murray - 58 David Savard
6 Nikita Nikitin - 47 Dalton Prout

Notes:

-The last time the Penguins played the Blue Jackets, this happened:

-James Neal is suspended.

-The Penguins placed Orpik on injured reserve and recalled defenseman Brian Dumoulin.

-Malkin has 597 career points.

 

-The Blue Jackets recalled Erixon from Springfield of the AHL.

 

-Our live blog begins at approximately 6:30 p.m. Please tune in.

(Photo: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

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