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Preview: Blue Jackets at Ducks

Columbus' final game of California swing is an important one

by Rob Mixer @RobMixer / BlueJackets.com

GAME 7: BLUE JACKETS AT DUCKS

HONDA CENTER, 10 P.M.

TV: FOX SPORTS OHIO / FOX SPORTS GO

RADIO: 97.1 FM / BLUEJACKETS.COM / CBJ APP

SETTING THE STAGE: One more before we head home.

The Blue Jackets began this four-games-in-six-days road trip last weekend in Dallas, and they'll wrap it up tonight at Honda Center against the Anaheim Ducks.

After this game, the team heads back to Columbus for two home games this week and nine total games at Nationwide Arena in November, so they know there's an opportunity in front of them to start climbing the standings. But as they've preached from the start of training camp: it's not about what's ahead, it's about today.

Sergei Bobrovsky started last night's game in San Jose, making him the only starting goaltender utilized by the Blue Jackets in their first six games of the season. Could he go back-to-back again tonight? John Tortorella did not dismiss the possibility yesterday, but we may not know until closer to game time if Curtis McElhinney will get the start against Anaheim.

The Ducks picked up a 6-1 win over Nashville earlier this week, and in the process, got back to .500 at 3-3-2 through their first eight games. Despite some injury issues, Anaheim is staying afloat and made news this week with the signing of RFA defenseman Hampus Lindholm, who had been holding out while negotiations on a new contract lingered into the season.

NOTEWORTHY NEWS: Tortorella shuffled his forward lines for last night's game in San Jose, elevating Boone Jenner to play with Brandon Dubinsky and Cam Atkinson, while Matt Calvert lined up with William Karlsson and Josh Anderson - a line that caused some serious havoc on the forecheck.

PROJECTED CBJ LINEUP:

Jenner - Dubinsky - Atkinson

Saad - Wennberg - Foligno

Calvert - Karlsson - Anderson

Hartnell - Sedlak - Gagner

Werenski - Jones

Johnson - Savard

Nutivaara - Prout

*goaltender TBD  

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