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Game Day Blog: at Phoenix

Tuesday, 04.03.2012 / 12:40 PM
By Rob Mixer - BlueJackets.com / Blue Jackets Game Day Blog
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Game Day Blog: at Phoenix

4:30 P.M.:
TODD RICHARDS: Blue Jackets interim head coach Todd Richards met with the media following the team's morning skate. Watch the video from Jackets TV, and read the full transcript of his comments below:


3:40 P.M.:
TOP 5 PLAYS OF THE WEEK:
What was your favorite play in the last week? The Blue Jackets have picked up three straight wins coming into tonight's game, and there have been plenty of highlights along the way. How about Derick Brassard's beautiful breakaway goal against the Red Wings, or Allen York's point-blank robbery of Chris Stewart in St. Louis?

Check out of the full highlight reel on BlueJackets.com and vote for your favorite play of the week.


3:20 P.M.:
BLUE JACKETS MORNING SKATE: The Blue Jackets have wrapped up their morning skate at Jobing.com Arena, and interim head coach Todd Richards confirmed his lineup will (with two exceptions) remain unchanged from Saturday's win over the Blues. Goaltender Steve Mason received good news on his upper-body injury this week, and he's been cleared to return and serve as the backup to Allen York tonight.

Also, defenseman James Wisniewski will return to the blue line this evening. He's been out since suffering an upper-body injury Mar. 18 in Calgary, and his presence should serve as a big boost to the defense corps. Might we see the return of the "Controlled Chaos" pairing with Jack Johnson?

Without further ado, here's the expected lineup for Columbus:

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

J. Johnson-Wisniewski
Lebda-nikitin
A. Johnson-Prout

York
Mason


3:05 P.M.:
PHOENIX LINEUP


The Coyotes and head coach Dave Tippett are not expected to make any changes from their last game - a 4-0 shutout victory over the Anaheim Ducks on Sunday night. The win was also the second straight blanking for Coyotes goaltender Mike Smith, who was recently recognized by the NHL as the No. 3 star of the week. He's looking for his third shutout in a row tonight, but he's had his struggles against the Blue Jackets this season.

One lineup note for the Coyotes: LW Taylor Pyatt, sidelined with an upper-body injury, was deemed "questionable" by Tippett after the morning skate.

Here are the projected lines for Phoenix tonight:

Whitney-Hanzal-Vrbata
Boedker-Vermette-Korpikoski
Torres-Langkow-Doan
Gordon-Chipchura-Brule

Yandle-Morris
Aucoin-Ekman-Larsson
Klesla-Roszival

Smith
LaBarbera


1:45 P.M.:
James Wisniewski


12:45 P.M.:
Derek Dorsett


12:45 P.M.:
PREVIEW
: Looking for the most comprehensive preview of tonight's game? Look no further than GAME DAY, the exclusive source for the scouting report, pre-game interviews with players and coaches, and more.

You can also check out the official game preview from NHL.com.


12:40 P.M.:
Good afternoon, Blue Jackets fans! Any game day is a great day for hockey, and we're gearing up for tonight's game between the Blue Jackets and Phoenix Coyotes at the Jobing.com Arena in Glendale. Both teams practiced yesterday, and each will have its respective morning skate today at the rink. We'll have all the news as it happens, so keep it tuned to the blog as the day moves along.

As always, we'll kick it off with a classic Coyotes-CBJ highlight -- today, let's go with a game earlier this season. Steve Mason was masterful in net for Columbus and led the charge in a 5-2 win for the Blue Jackets.

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