Game Day Blog: at St. Louis

Saturday, 03.31.2012 / 1:00 PM
By Rob Mixer - BlueJackets.com / Blue Jackets Game Day Blog
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Game Day Blog: at St. Louis

3:10 P.M.:
LW Vinny Prospal hit the 50 point mark on the season with an assist last night against Florida. He talks with Bob McElligott about tonight's game at St. Louis on Jackets TV:

3:05 P.M.:
Goaltender Allen York looks to continue his winning streak tonight in St. Louis. He talks with Bob McElligott on Jackets TV:

3:00 P.M.:
BLUES LINEUP


GETTING HEALTHY: For the first time in over two years, the Blues will ice their full (healthy) roster tonight. Just last week, they got offensive leader Alex Steen back from a concussion after he missed a large portion of the season. Andy McDonald - out since Mar. 14 with a shoulder injury suffered in a game against Carolina - returns to the lineup vs. Columbus as does Matt D'Agostini (concussion). 

Jaroslav Halak is expected to get the start between the pipes the Blues, who are 13-1-1 against the Blue Jackets on home ice dating back to the 2007-08 season.

Here is the projected lineup for the Blues:

Steen-Backes-Oshie
McDonald-Berglund-Perron
Sobotka-Arnott-Langenbrunner
D'Agostini-Nichol-Stewart

Huskins-Pietrangelo
Jackman-Shattenkirk
Russell-Polak

Halak
Elliott


2:05 P.M.:
CHILL NIGHT:
On Friday night at Nationwide Arena, the Blue Jackets honored the 20th anniversary of the Columbus Chill, the former ECHL franchise that played a big role in getting Columbus hooked on hockey. Three members of the All-Chill team were on hand to drop the ceremonial first puck, and there was a reception after the game at the LC Pavilion.

Check out of the video of last night's event, courtesy of Jackets TV:


1:55 P.M.:
BLUE JACKETS LINEUP

With this being a back-to-back situation for Columbus, the line combinations should remain the same tonight in St. Louis. The one change on defense looks to be John Moore -- with Cody Goloubef up with the Blue Jackets on emergency recall, Moore likely will not play and Goloubef will go into the lineup paired with Aaron Johnson.

Tonight's starting goaltender will not be known until closer to game time, but Todd Richards indicated they may go back to York again tonight. He's been terrific in his last two outings (both victories), and allowed just three goals total in those games.

Here is the projected Blue Jackets lineup for tonight's game:

Umberger-Brassard-Atkinson
Prospal-Letestu-Nash
Russell-Johansen-Dorsett
Gillies-Boyce-Boll

J. Johnson-Prout
Lebda-Nikitin
A. Johnson-Goloubef

York
Hunwick


1:05 P.M.:
BIG WIN OVER THE CATS:
How about Allen York and the Blue Jackets' penalty killers last night? Both teamed up to nullify a 1:40 two-man advantage for the Florida Panthers and it was highlighted by Aaron Johnson's diving blocked shot, taking a sure goal away from Kris Versteeg.

Last night also marked the first multi-goal game of Nikita Nikitin's NHL career, and the steady blue liner is now up to 31 points on the season (seven goals, 24 assists). He's second among Blue Jackets defensemen in points, trailing Jack Johnson (34) by three.

Here are the highlights from last night's win, and you can also get the full story by reading the POST GAME on BlueJackets.com.


12:45 P.M.:
Good afternoon everyone! Due to the lack of a morning skate today in St. Louis, we're firing up the Game Day Blog just after lunch time but we should have plenty to go over as we get closer to game time. Tonight's game is the sixth and final of the season between the Blues and Blue Jackets. St. Louis has won four of the previous five, and the last meeting at Scottrade Center was a 4-1 win for the Blues back on Mar. 10.

The Blue Jackets made a roster move this morning, adding defenseman Cody Goloubef on emergency recall from the Springfield Falcons (AHL). Based on interim head coach Todd Richards' comments last night, it does not sound like John Moore is going to be able to play, but more info will be available later today.

In today's edition of classic Blue Jackets games, we don't have to be back very far for a dandy between the Blues and Blue Jackets. Columbus won a thriller, 2-1, on Valentine's Day at Nationwide Arena and it literally came right down to the wire. A disallowed goal by David Perron with less than a second on the clock gave Columbus the victory. Let's get it started with those highlights:

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