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Preview: Blue Jackets at Bruins

Columbus meets Boston for second time this season on Thursday night

by Rob Mixer @RobMixer / BlueJackets.com

GAME 12: BLUE JACKETS AT BRUINS

TD GARDEN, 7 P.M.

TV: FOX SPORTS OHIO / FOX SPORTS GO

RADIO: 97.1 FM & BLUEJACKETS.COM

 

SETTING THE STAGE: Winning last night's game in overtime despite not playing particularly well was deemed a good sign by Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella. They started the game on time, raced out to a 2-0 lead (Jenner, Saad) not even six minutes into the game and put the Anaheim Ducks back on their heels before the first TV timeout.

The start was strong but the middle of the game lacked energy, Tortorella said, but they gathered themselves and finished the game off. Zach Werenski's OT winner was the first of his career, and he has Alexander Wennberg to thank for a terrific backhand pass to make the play happen.

 

Video: Jody Shelley's on Wednesday's OT win over Anaheim

Now at 6-3-2, the Blue Jackets are starting to climb the standings despite a tough early schedule. Their next test is a Boston Bruins team that's battled inconsistency but maintained a record above the .500 mark (7-6-0) through 13 games. The Bruins are coming off a late-game loss to the Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday night at the Bell Centre.

NOTEWORTHY NEWS: Brandon Dubinsky remains day-to-day with a lower body injury, Tortorella said last night. It's not known whether he will play tonight in Boston. Sonny Milano made his Blue Jackets season debut on Wednesday night, skating on a line with Lukas Sedlak and Sam Gagner. Tortorella will speak pre-game about tonight's lineup and name his starting goaltender.

PROJECTED CBJ LINEUP:

Saad - Wennberg - Foligno

Calvert - Karlsson - Anderson

Hartnell - Jenner - Atkinson

Milano - Sedlak - Gagner

Werenski - Savard

Murray - Johnson

Nutivaara - Prout

**Goaltender TBD

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