Facing a big, physical team like the Los Angeles Kings, it appears as though John Tortorella wants to get one of his big, physical players back in the mix.
Dalton Prout did not play in Tuesday's 5-2 win over the San Jose Sharks, one of the team's most complete performances of the young season.
Veteran defenseman Fedor Tyutin, who sat out the games in Washington and at home against Winnipeg, drew back in Tuesday and his game saw a noticeable uptick.
The matchup is a significant part of it, and Tortorella is banking on Prout's size and strength down low to be an asset in terms of the Blue Jackets winning the puck battles -- an element that Tortorella has repeatedly singled out as a key area of improvement for his team.
We'll have full pre-game comments from Tortorella coming in a bit, but here's how the Blue Jackets are expected to align tonight at STAPLES Center (10:30 p.m., FOX Sports Ohio/97.1 FM):