A preview of the Blue Jackets.
When and where: 7 p.m. EDT. Nationwide Arena.
TV: Root Sports, Fox Sports Ohio, RDS.
Record: 5-7-0, 10 points. The Blue Jackets are in sixth place in the Neapolitan Ice Cream Metropolitan Division.
Leading Scorer: Marian Gaborik, 10 points (5 goals, 5 assists).
Last Game: 4-2 road loss to the Penguins last night. Curtis McElhinney made 11 saves for the Blue Jackets.
Last Game against the Penguins: Ditto.
Blue Jackets Player We Would Bet Money On Scoring: Nick Foligno. He has a three-game scoring streak.
Ex-Penguins on the Blue Jackets: Mark Letestu (above), 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: During his time as the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins' head coach, Richards had a franchise best, .825 winning record (98-49-13).
Best Blue Jackets Video We Could Find: Former Blue Jackets left winger Geoff Sanderson scoring the first overtime goal in franchise history during a 3-2 win against the Bruins, Dec. 8, 2000:
Probable goaltenders: Jeff Zatkoff (0-2-0, 5.06 GAA, .818 SV%) for the Penguins. Curtis McElhinney (1-0-0, 1.25 GAA, .962 SV%) for the Blue Jackets.
Injuries: For the Penguins, right winger Chuck Kobasew ("lower body") and defenseman Rob Scuderi (broken ankle) are out. Right winger Beau Bennett ("lower body"), left winger James Neal ("upper body") and goaltender Tomas Vokoun (blood clots) are on injured reserve. For the Blue Jackets, center Boone Jenner ("lower body") is day to day. Right winger Nathan Horton (shoulder) and left winger Matt Calvert ("lower body") are on injured reserve.
Potential lines and defensive pairings: The Penguins did not hold a morning skate today. These were their primary lines and defensive pairings last night:
14 Chris Kunitz - 87 Sidney Crosby - 9 Pascal Dupuis
36 Jussi Jokinen - 71 Evgeni Malkin - 59 Jayson Megna
15 Tanner Glass - 16 Brandon Sutter - 27 Craig Adams
17 Dustin Jeffrey - 46 Joe Vitale - 5 Deryk Engelland
44 Brooks Orpik - 7 Paul Martin
2 Matt Niskanen - 58 Kris Letang
41 Robert Bortuzzo - 3 Olli Maatta
-The Blue Jackets held an optional skate. Based off their lines and defensive pairings from last night and Richard's media availibility today, consider this a guess:
71 Nick Foligno - 42 Artem Anisimov - 10 Marian Gaborik
55 Mark Letestu - 17 Brandon Dubinsky - 13 Cam Atkinson
14 Blake Comeau - 19 Ryan Johansen - 18 R.J. Umberger
39 Michael Chaput - 24 Derek MacKenzie - 40 Jared Boll
51 Fedor Tyutin - 47 Dalton Prout
27 Ryan Murray - 21 James Wisniewski
7 Jack Johnson - 6 Nikita Nikitin
-The last time the Penguins' played the Blue Jackets, this happened:
-Fleury is tied with Tom Barrasso for the most goaltending losses in franchise history with 143.
-Wisniewski has 199 career points.
-Our live blog is scheduled to begin at approximately 6 p.m. Please tune in.
(Photo: Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)