The Blue Jackets will have Nikita Filatov back in their lineup against the Oilers tonight. Filatov, the Jackets first pick in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft in Ottawa, has been a healthy scratch for the past three games.
After the morning pre-game skate, Coach Ken Hitchcock pronounced Filatov "ready to go," saying he has worked hard in practice following the coaches suggestions and added "that it would be much easier for Filatov to play the right side." Filatov will be joined in the lineup by Mike Blunden who will center the Jackets' rookie along with former Oiler Raffi Torres on the left side.
Mathieu Garon, another former Oiler who was a popular interview in the Jackets dressing room following practice, will make his second start as a Blue Jacket tonight. Garon was impressive in his Columbus debut stopping 36 shots in a shutout performance at Phoenix (Oct. 10). He was traded from Edmonton to the Pittsburgh Penguins last season, where he backed up Marc-Andre Fleury and of course was part of the Stanley Cup team.
Game time tonight is 9:30 p.m. Columbus time. The game will be seen in HD on Fox Sports Ohio and the Oilers could be without as many as 7 seven regulars. One of them is likely to be former CBJ number one pick Gilbert Brule. Brule, off to a good start here in Edmonton, is suffering from a bad case of the flu. The Jackets can't take these Oilers lightly, they have one of the league's best home records early in the season.
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