Mar 12, 2013; Columbus, OH, USA; Columbus Blue Jackets goalie Sergei Bobrovsky (72) during pregame warm-ups against the Vancouver Canucks at Nationwide Arena. Vancouver defeated Columbus 2-1 in a shootout. Mandatory Credit: Russell LaBounty-USA TODAY Sports

Columbus Blue Jackets @ Edmonton Oilers - Game Preview And Lines

Columbus Blue Jackets @ Edmonton Oilers

28 MAR 2013 – 7:30 PM MST

Television – Sportsnet West



Taylor Hall / Ryan Nugent-Hopkins / Jordan Eberle

Magnus Paajarvi / Sam Gagner / Ales Hemsky

Ryan Jones / Shawn Horcoff / Nail Yakupov

Lennart Petrell / Ryan Smyth / Mike Brown


Nick Schultz / Justin Schultz

Ladislav Smid / Jeff Petry

Ryan Whitney / Corey Potter


Nikolai Khabibulin

Devan Dubnyk

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  • Oilers are coming off an improbable 3-0 victory against the St. Louis Blues this past Tuesday. The Oilers got goals and points from the kid line, as well as some stellar goaltending from Nikolai Khabibulin.  Oilers will need a victory over a surging Blue Jackets team that’s 6-1-3 in their last ten.    
  • LINE CHANGE – The kid line scored eight points last game, so they’ll remain together for at least some of the game tonight.  Hemsky with Gagner and Yakupov with Horcoff.  Everybody’s got a right to be freeeeeeeeeeeee.
  • Columbus’ D just got a little tighter.  James Wisniewski has been activated off of injured reserve for Columbus.  The Wiz has been recovering from a broken foot since the end of February.
  • Know who’s playing the best hockey of his pro career?  Columbus’ Sergei Bobrovsky, who currently has a .930 SV% to go with his 11-7-6 record.  Bobrovskyis 8-1-3 since the beginning of March.  Nikolai Khabibulin (3-3-1, .943) turned aside all 43 St. Louis shots on Tuesday and will get the go tonight for Edmonton.
  • KEYS TO THE GAME – Shoot the puck. I know St. Louis is a tough team, but you’re going to get killed more often than not when you shoot just nineteen times versus your opponent shooting 43 times.  Score early and don’t fizzle in the third period.
  • Oh, and have fun out there!

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