A preview of the Blue Jackets.
When and where: 7 p.m, EST, Nationwide Arena.
TV: Root Sports, Fox Sports Ohio.
Record: 11-15-2, 24 points. The Blue Jackets are in seventh place in the Neapolitan Ice Cream Metropolitan Division.
Leading Scorer: Center Ryan Johansen (right), 27 points (9 goals, 18 assists).
Last Game: 3-2 overtime road win against the Capitals Thursday. Left winger Nick Foligno scored two goals for the Blue Jackets.
Last Game against the Penguins: 4-3 home loss in Game 6 of an Eastern Conference first round playoff series April 28. Defenseman Fedor Tyutin had a goal and an assist for the Blue Jackets.
Blue Jackets Player We Would Bet Money On Scoring: Defenseman Jack Johnson. He had seven points in 6 postseason games against the Penguins last season.
Ex-Penguins on the Blue Jackets: Brian Gibbons, center; Jordan Leopold, defenseman; Mark Letestu, center; Todd Richards, head coach (Richards used to be head coach of the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins); Ville Siren, head amateur scout.
Ex-Blue Jackets on the Penguins: Gary Agnew, assistant coach; Blake Comeau, left winger.
Useless Blue Jackets Trivia Vaguely Related to the Penguins: Agnew served as the Blue Jackets' interim head coach for five games in 2006-07 after Gerard Gallant was fired. Agnew had a 0-4-1 record.
The last time the Blue Jackets played the Penguins, this happened:
Probable goaltenders: Thomas Greiss (3-2-1, 2.47 GAA, .923 SV%) for the Penguins. Sergei Bobrovsky (10-8-1, 2.67 GAA, .919 SV%) for the Blue Jackets.
Injuries: For the Penguins, center Sidney Crosby (illness) and Zach Sill ("upper body") are out. Right wingers Beau Bennett (knee), Pascal Dupuis (blood clot), left winger Chris Kunitz (foot), defenseman Olli Maatta ("upper body") and center Scott Wilson (leg) are on injured reserve. For the Blue Jackets, centers Artem Anisimov (triceps), Mark Letestu (groin/abdominal), defensemen Ryan Murray ("lower body"), Fedor Tyutin (knee), left winger Scott Hartnell (finger) and right winger Nathan Horton (back) are on injured reserve
Potential lines and defensive pairings: The Penguins did not hold a morning skate. Consider this a guess at their lines and defensive pairings:
36 Bryan Rust - 71 Evgeni Malkin - 17 Blake Comeau
13 Nick Spaling - 16 Brandon Sutter - 72 Patric Hornqvist
20 Rob Klinkhammer - 57 Marcel Goc - 23 Steve Downie
34 Bobby Farnham - 25 Andrew Ebbett - 27 Craig Adams
58 Kris Letang - 10 Christian Ehrhoff
7 Paul Martin - 41 Robert Bortuzzo
4 Rob Scuderi - 47 Simon Despres
-The Blue Jackets' lines and defensive pairings at today's morning skate were:
11 Matt Calvert - 17 Brandon Dubinsky - 13 Cam Atkinson
38 Boone Jenner - 19 Ryan Johansen - 10 Jack Skille
23 Brian Gibbons - 71 Nick Foligno - 52 Kerby Rychel
26 Corey Tropp - 39 Michael Chaput - 40 Jared Boll
7 Jack Johnson - 58 David Savard
21 James Wisniewski - 4 Kevin Connauton
3 Jordan Leopold - 47 Dalton Prout
-“We’ve had this game marked on our schedule all year.” - Calvert on a rematch with the Penguins following last season playoff series.
-The Blue Jackets have a five-game winning streak.
-Dubinsky has 99 career goals.
-Foligno has 98 career goals.
-The referees are Chris Rooney (No. 5), Francis Charron (No. 6). The linesmen are Bryan Pancich (No. 94), David Brisebois (No. 96).
-Our live blog begins at 6:45 p.m.. Please tune in.
(Photo: Gerry Broome/Associated Press)