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Jackman to set Blues record against Blue Jackets

Saturday, 02.23.2013 / 2:16 PM

By Louie Korac - NHL.com Correspondent / 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

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Jackman to set Blues record against Blue Jackets

ST. LOUIS -- The probable lineups for a Central Division matchup Saturday night between the Columbus Blue Jackets and St. Louis Blues from Scottrade Center:

BLUE JACKETS

R.J. Umberger - Derick Brassard - Cam Atkinson

Vinny Prospal - Mark Letestu - Derek Dorsett

Matt Calvert - Sean Collins - Nick Foligno

Colton Gillies - Derek MacKenzie - Jared Boll

Fedor Tyutin - Nikita Nikitin

Jack Johnson - Adrian Aucoin

Tim Erixon - James Wisniewski

Sergei Bobrovsky

Steve Mason

Scratches: John Moore, Nick Drazenovic.

Injuries: Artem Anisimov (head), Brandon Dubinsky (knee).

BLUES

David Perron - David Backes - T.J. Oshie

Andy McDonald - Alex Steen - Chris Stewart

Vladimir Sobotka - Patrik Berglund - Matt D'Agostini

Jaden Schwartz - Scott Nichol - Ryan Reaves

Ian Cole - Alex Pietrangelo

Barret Jackman - Roman Polak

Kris Russell - Kevin Shattenkirk

Jaroslav Halak

Brian Elliott

Scratches: Wade Redden, Chris Porter.

Injuries: Vladimir Tarasenko (concussion, facial laceration), Jamie Langenbrunner (hip).

Notes: Jackman will become the all-time leader in games played among Blues defensemen when he plays in his 616th career game tonight, all with the franchise.

Jackman, who will pass Bobby Plager for fifth place all-time among all players, trails Garry Unger for fourth place on the all-time franchise list. Bernie Federko (927), Brian Sutter (779) and Brett Hull (744) are Nos. 1-3 on the list.

"It's a huge honor," Jackman said. "I worked real hard just to get to the NHL and even harder to stay in. There's been injuries and that stuff you've had to play through and the business side of it with double lockouts. But to be up there with Barclay Plager, Bobby Plager, Al MacInnis, Chris Pronger and what they mean to the franchise is pretty cool and for me to do it with the No. 5 on my back and the Bluenote on my chest ... and Bobby Plager did it [with No. 5], is even more special."

The Blues will be looking to snap an uncharacteristic five-game winless slump on home ice [0-4-1]. They haven't won at Scottrade Center since a 5-4 overtime win over Minnesota on Jan. 27. So they're 0-for-February here after going 30-6-5 on home ice a season ago.

"I just think it's a process," Blues coach Ken Hitchcock said. "We've played poorly in one and played well really well like we did against San Jose [a 2-1 loss Tuesday] and lost. I just think it's a process where we're 9-6, our record is what it is, we're probably not as good as we were at 6-1 and not as poor as we are right now with the record.

"We seemed to hit stumbling block. We had everything going from Vancouver and ran into the energy issue based on travel. Now we seem to have our energy back. I think we'll get a good read of where we're at today from an energy standpoint."

Quote of the Day

I'm just excited about the opportunity. I've been on the ice earlier than usual and in the weight room, pushing around a little more weights than usual. Every day I go into a workout with a smile on my face and ready to go. When you do have a little more responsibility, you want to take your lunch pail and get ready to work.

— Brian Elliott to Jeremy Rutherford of the Post-Dispatch on being the Blues' No. 1 goalie