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GAME BLOG: Blue Jackets vs. Canucks

by Rob Mixer / Columbus Blue Jackets





8:10 -- LETESTU SCORES:  Mark Letestu scored on his own rebound to make it 1-0 early in the second period.  LISTEN HERE to the call by George Matthews.

7:45 P.M. -- FIRST INTERMISSION:  The Blue Jackets and Canucks remain scoreless after the first 20 minutes of play.  Check out some photos from the opening period below and in our updated Photo Gallery.

4:30 P.M. - Get prepared for tonight's game with our Game Day Preview on Jackets TV. Assistant coach Dan Hinote and Bob McElligott have all of your game day news and players to watch tonight. Watch below:

3:00 P.M. -- YOUR TWEETS! We asked you to predict the outcome of tonight's game by tweeting us are some of your thoughts:


2:30 P.M. -- CANUCKS UPDATE: Roberto Luongo is the confirmed starter between the pipes for Vancouver. Kevin Bieksa and Ryan Kesler are still out with injuries and won't play tonight. The Canucks recently assigned center Jordan Schroeder to Chicago (AHL) and recalled Andrew Ebbett, who's expected to play on a line with Mason Raymond and Chris Higgins this evening.

1:15 P.M. - R.J. Umberger talked with Bob McElligott before tonight's game. Check out the video below:

1:00 P.M. - Brandon Dubinsky returns to the lineup tonight against the Canucks. Watch him talk with our Bob McElligott after the morning skate:

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11:45 A.M. --
Through the lens at the morning skate:

Want to see more photos from this morning's skate?  Check out our game day Photo Gallery.

11:15 A.M. -- Here's the projected Blue Jackets lineup tonight:

Umberger - Johansen - Foligno
Calvert - Dubinsky - Atkinson
Brassard - Letestu - Prospal
Gillies - Drazenovic - Boll

Tyutin - Johnson
Erixon - Aucoin
Nikitin - Prout


11:00 A.M. -- Confirmed: Bobrovsky makes his sixth straight start tonight. He was recently named the NHL's No. 1 star of the week, which you can read about here.

10:15 A.M. -- Line rushes show Dubinsky centering Matt Calvert and Cam Atkinson, a spot that was previously uccpied by Nick Drazenovic. But Drazenovic looks to be taking Derek MacKenzie's spot on the fourth line tonight with MacKenzie not skating this morning. We'll have a complete update after practice.

10:10 A.M. -- The morning skate is under way and there are plenty of updates...

- John Moore is back and skating with the team today without a no-contact sweater, which is a good sign.

- Artem Anisimov is not practicing today, and we hope to get an update following practice.

- Sergei Bobrovsky will make the start tonight against Vancouver.

- Brandon Dubinsky is taking regular line rushes this morning, so he may be primed for a return tonight. Stay tuned...

9:30 A.M. -- WELCOME BACK: What a weekend! The Blue Jackets, as you're well aware, are riding a five-game winning streak coming into tonight's game against the Vancouver Canucks at Nationwide Arena. It should be a good one, too; these two teams met less than a week ago on this same ice surface and it was a hard-fought game that needed overtime to decide. For the Blue Jackets, it was Matt Calvert making it happen in scoring the game winner on a terrific individual effort.

After you're done re-living that goal through the posted highlights above, we'll continue.

Ready...? Ok, let's go.

The quest for six straight wins starts now, and if the Blue Jackets are able to pick up a win tonight, it would tie a franchise record. As we sit right now, the team is four points back of the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference, and this race is only getting started.

We'll be heading down to the Blue Jackets' morning skate in just a few minutes, so stay tuned to the game day blog for line combinations, starting goalies, and a lot more as the day moves along.

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