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About the Blue Jackets - Game 3 - 04-21-14

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

A preview of the Blue Jackets.

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

TV: Root Sports (Pittsburgh market), Fox Sports Ohio (Columbus market), NBC Sports (Rest of the United States), CBC, RDS.

Leading postseason scorer: Jack Johnson, 3 points (2 goals, 1 assist).

Last Game: 4-3 overtime road win in Game 2, Saturday. Matt Calvert had two goals for the Blue Jackets.

Probable goaltenders: Marc-Andre Fleury (1-1, 2.98 GAA, .911 SV%) for the Penguins. Sergei Bobrovsky (1-1, 3.00 GAA, .905 SV%) for the Blue Jackets.

Injuries: For the Penguins, center Brian Gibbons (suspected shoulder) is doubtful. Center Marcel Goc (ankle) and goaltender Tomas Vokoun (blood clot) are out. Right wingers Chris Conner (foot) and Pascal Dupuis (knee) are on injured reserve. For the Blue Jackets, left wingers Nick Foligno ("lower body") is probable. Right winger Nathan Horton (abdominal) and defenseman Fedor Tyutin are out.

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

14 Chris Kunitz - 87 Sidney Crosby - 19 Beau Bennett
36 Jussi Jokinen - 71 Evgeni Malkin - 18 James Neal
15 Tanner Glass- 16 Brandon Sutter - 22 Lee Stempniak
17 Taylor Pyatt/59 Jayson Megna - 46 Joe Vitale - 27 Craig Adams

7 Paul Martin - 44 Brooks Orpik
4 Rob Scuderi - 58 Kris Letang
2 Matt Niskanen - 3 Olli Maatta

-The Blue Jackets primary lines and defensive pairings at today's morning skate were:

38 Boone Jenner - 19 Ryan Johansen - 5 Jack Skille
11 Matt Calvert - 17 Brandon Dubinsky - 13 Cam Atkinson
18 R.J. Umberger - 42 Artem Anisimov (above) - 71 Nick Foligno
 26 Derek MacKenzie - 55 Mark Letestu - 26 Corey Tropp

58 David Savard - 7 Jack Johnson
27 Ryan Murray - 21 James Wisniewski
6 Nikita Nikitin - 47 Dalton Prout

Notes:

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

-“I don't think we need them to score to win ... They know they need to be better.” - Dan Bylsma on Crosby and Malkin as well the team's top two lines.

-"This time of year, those fancy plays just aren’t there." - Niskanen on the team's power play.

-Conner was recalled from a rehabilitation assignment with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. He participated in the morning skate but is still on injured reserve.

-Gibbons did not participate in the morning skate.

-Malkin has 99 career postseason points.

-Foligno is returning to the lineup after missing the first two games of the series.

-"We really believe in that room that we can go a long way and do some damage in these playoffs. You never know what can happen. We really want to win this series. That's the first step. But we have a bigger vision, a bigger goal." - Blue Jackets forward Ryan Johansen.

-The referees are Dean Morton (No. 36) and Steve Kozari (No. 40). The linesmen are Scott Cherry (No. 50) and Brad Kovachik (No. 71).

-Our live blog, direct from the capital of the Buckeye State, begins at approximately 6 p.m. Please tune in.

(Photo: Kirk Irwin/Getty Images)

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