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Blue Jackets after redemption against Flames

Wednesday, 11.20.2013 / 3:38 PM

By Aaron Vickers - NHL.com Correspondent / 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

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Blue Jackets after redemption against Flames

CALGARY -- The Columbus Blue Jackets are eager to erase a 7-0 loss Tuesday to the Edmonton Oilers from their memory when they hit the ice for the second of a back-to-back against the Calgary Flames.

"I think everyone in the room's embarrassed about our performance [Tuesday] night," Columbus forward Blake Comeau said. "Any time you lose like that, it's basically nothing you can take from the game. We're glad we get to play [Wednesday]. We get a chance to redeem ourselves. We know it's not going to be an easy game, but that being said, we come out and play the way that we can, try to get the two points, and then we can put the Edmonton game behind us and move on."

One game after what coach Todd Richards called one of their best, the Blue Jackets were beaten in Edmonton by an Oilers team that had scored three goals in its previous six games at Rexall Place.

Giving up seven in Edmonton isn't quickly forgotten, though.

"That's a tough one to forget right there based on how we played," Richards said. "Coming off of the game in Ottawa where we played pretty well. To me it's two extremes. You play one of your best games of the year and then you come out and play your worst game of the year.

"It's kind of Jekyll and Hyde a little bit, so I'm not sure which one we're going to get [Wednesday]."

Richards lamented his team's effort in Edmonton that saw Columbus generate four shots in the final 20 minutes and 14 overall on Oilers goalie Devan Dubnyk.

"It was more than a blip last night based on our compete level, battle level and just how we played in the third period," Richards said. "I think it was more than a blip.

"The third period, sense of pride, playing for each other and there was some guys you could see that it mattered to them. To me there were other guys that were just going through the motion and trying to get the clock to run out."

Comeau said he expects a more motivated Blue Jackets team against the Flames.

"I think after a performance like that, if you're not motivated to come out and play harder than you did the game before -- that's every guy in the locker room -- then obviously there's issues," he said. "I'm not worried about guys coming out and wanting to play harder. We were playing some pretty good hockey until the last game. You obviously have to learn from it, but that being said, it basically comes down to work and we got outworked last night. We can't let that be the case [Wednesday]."

The Blue Jackets will have to soldier on without forward Brandon Dubinsky, who suffered a foot injury against the Oilers and will not play against the Flames.

"He's a few of the cylinders in your engine so you're missing a few of those cylinders," Richards said. "I'm not talking one cylinder. I'm talking a few, but again, we'll see how the group responds."

Here are the projected lineups for the Flames and Blue Jackets:

FLAMES

Mike Cammalleri - Matt Stajan - Lee Stempniak

Sven Baertschi - Sean Monahan - Jiri Hudler

TJ Galiardi - Joe Colborne - David Jones

Lance Bouma - Mikael Backlund - Brian McGrattan

Kris Russell - TJ Brodie

Chris Butler - Dennis Wideman

Ladislav Smid - Shane O'Brien

Reto Berra

Karri Ramo

Scratched: Tim Jackman, Derek Smith, Christopher Breen (conditioning stint)

Injured: Mark Giordano (broken ankle), Curtis Glencross (MCL sprain)

BLUE JACKETS

Boone Jenner - Jack Skille - Cam Atkinson

Nick Foligno - Ryan Johansen - RJ Umberger

Blake Comeau - Derek MacKenzie - Mark Letestu

Artem Anisimov - Michael Chaput - Jared Boll

Fedor Tyutin - Jack Johnson

Ryan Murray - James Wisniewski

Nikita Nikitin - David Savard

Sergei Bobrovsky

Curtis McElhinney

Scratched: Tim Erixon, Dalton Prout

Injured: Brandon Dubinsky (foot), Marian Gaborik (knee), Matt Calvert (abdominal), Nathan Horton (shoulder)

Quote of the Day

Just the feel for the direction they were headed and what they're trying to do, it just felt that this is a really good thing for this organization. They've got the pieces. We can put something together and go on a run or two and be together for a while, and I'm really excited about that opportunity. The team we have here has an opportunity to win, and that's the most attractive thing.

— Washington defenseman Matt Niskanen on why he decided to sign with the Capitals