A preview of the Blue Jackets.
When and where: 7 p.m. EDT. Nationwide Arena
TV: Root Sports, Fox Sports Ohio.
Record: 37-29-6 , 80 points. The Blue Jackets are in fourth place in the Neapolitan Ice Cream Metropolitan Division.
Leading Scorer: Ryan Johansen, 54 points (29 goals, 25 assists).
Last Game: 4-2 home win against the Red Wings, Tuesday. Johansen scored two goals for the Blue Jackets.
Last Game against the Penguins: 5-3 home loss, Dec. 29. Nikita Nikitin had a goal and an assist for the Blue Jackets.
Blue Jackets Player We Would Bet Money On Scoring: James Wisniewski (right). Just because.
Ex-Penguins on the Blue Jackets: Mark Letestu, C; 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: Blue Jackets forward R.J. Umberger, a native of Plum (No, really!), has 365 career points, second-most among any Pennsylvania-born NHL player. Lightning forward and former Penguin Ryan Malone, a native of Upper St. Clair, has the most with 369.
Best Blue Jackets Video We Could Find: Center David Vyborny scoring the first penalty shot goal in Blue Jackets history against the Blackhawks in 2000-01:
Probable goaltenders: Marc-Andre Fleury (34-17-4, 2.37 GAA, .915 SV%) for the Penguins. Curtis McElhinney (9-9-1, 2.75 GAA, .909 SV%) for the Blue Jackets.
Injuries: For the Penguins, center Marcel Goc ("lower body") is doubtful. Centers Joe Vitale ("upper body") and Evgeni Malkin (foot) are out. Right wingers Beau Bennett (hand/wrist), Chris Conner (foot), Pascal Dupuis (knee), defensemen Kris Letang (stroke), Paul Martin (hand) and goaltender Tomas Vokoun (blood clots) are on injured reserve. For the Blue Jackets, goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky (illness) and defenseman Ryan Murray (knee) is out.
Potential lines and defensive pairings: The Penguins did not hold a morning skate. With fully knowing the status of Bennett or Goc, we'll just list their primary lines and defensive pairings against the Kings last night:
14 Chris Kunitz - 87 Sidney Crosby - 22 Lee Stempniak
36 Jussi Jokinen - 16 Brandon Sutter - 18 James Neal
49 Brian Gibbons - 57 Marcel Goc - 17 Taylor Pyatt
15 Tanner Glass - 27 Craig Adams - 59 Jayson Megna
3 Olli Maatta - 2 Matt Niskanen
44 Brook Orpik - 41 Robert Bortuzzo
5 Deryk Engelland - 4 Rob Scuderi
The Blue Jackets held an optional morning skate. Their expected lines and defensive pairings are.
38 Boone Jenner - 19 Ryan Johansen - 8 Nathan Horton
11 Matt Calvert - 17 Brandon Dubinsky - 13 Cam Atkinson
71 Nick Foligno - 42 Artem Anisimov - 18 R.J. Umberger
24 Derek MacKenzie - 55 Mark Letestu - 14 Blake Comeau
51 Fedor Tyutin - 21 James Wisniewski
7 Jack Johnson - 47 Dalton Prout
15 Nick Schultz - 58 David Savard
The last time the Penguins played the Blue Jackets, this happened:
-The Penguins' magic number to clinch a playoff berth is one point.
-The Penguins have won the first four meetings of the season against the Blue Jackets.
-Adams has 99 career assist.
-Dubinsky has 98 career goals.
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(Photo: John Grieshop/Getty Images)