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Game Day Blog: vs. Edmonton

by Rob Mixer / Columbus Blue Jackets
12:45 P.M.:

Heading down to Nationwide Arena for today's game? We've got some tips for fans in the latest edition of the "At The Arena" guide...

Here are some tips for fans attending the game:

* Doors will open tonight at 2:00 p.m. for the 3:00 p.m. puck drop.

* Stellar Kart is in the house tonight as part of Faith and Family night. Stay after the game to see the Dove Award winning band play a free concert for all fans in attendance.

* Tonight is another 50/50 Raffle night, presented by Coldwell Banker. Look for your 50/50 volunteers in the blue aprons to purchase your ticket for only $1! Tonight’s beneficiary is the Athens Youth Hockey Association.

* Speaking of pets, want to see one of these cuties on the boards for the March 30th game? Go vote for your favorite in Petland’s Favorite Pet contest.

* Love the song but have no idea what it is? Give @CBJ_DJ a follow. He live tweets all of Nationwide’s musical selections throughout the game.

Haven’t yet picked up your tickets for this afternoon’s game versus Edmonton? Bring the fam’ for only $25 a person with the Dispatch Family Value Pack Pack. Or starting at 2 p.m. at the Box Office only, Huntington Green Seats for only $10 -- pretty good deal since there’s not a bad seat to be found in Nationwide Arena.

**Key reminder about Season Ticket renewals**

Season Ticket Holders, renew your seats now and lock in the lowest prices for the 2012-’13 season. Plus, if you renew your tickets by the end of the 1st period today, you will be entered in the Season Ticket Holder Daily Sweepstakes to win today’s prize: 10 winners get to Double Your 2012-’13 Season Tickets. You can renew your seats at the ticketing tables at section 116 on the Bud Light Terrace, section 208 on the AEP Power Level or at the Guest Services Desk at section 110.

Remember, the earlier you renew the more chances you have to win!

12:15 P.M.:
Blue Jackets interim head coach Todd Richards talks about today's game vs. the Oilers on Jackets TV.

12:00 P.M.:
As outlined in today's edition of GAME DAY, the Oilers come into today's game on a six-game points streak (4-0-2) -- a stretch that began with a 3-0 win over the Blue Jackets at Rexall Place on Mar. 14. Edmonton has received stellar goaltending from Devan Dubnyk and is starting to see consistency with rookie center Ryan Nugent-Hopkins.

The Oilers are also without defensemen Andy Sutton and Cam Barker, who remain sidelined with injuries. Lennart Petrell (groin) is listed as day-to-day, and Taylor Hall (concussion) will not play this afternoon. Center Chris VandeVelde was recalled from Oklahoma City (AHL) in the absence of captain Shawn Horcoff, who is out with a sore back.

Here is the projected lineup for the Oilers this afternoon, courtesy of




11:10 A.M.:
The Blue Jackets won't be making any lineup changes from Friday's win over the Carolina Hurricanes, and Richards confirmed yesterday that Steve Mason will once again start between the pipes. By moving rookie Cam Atkinson to a line with R.J. Umberger and Derick Brassard, Richards got the desired result and saw more offense out of the Brassard-Umberger duo. Captain Rick Nash's line with Mark Letestu and Vinny Prospal also generated several quality chances, with Prospal and Letestu scoring goals in the 5-1 victory.

You can read more about Umberger's hat trick in this feature from

Here is the projected lineup for the Blue Jackets this afternoon:


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10:00 A.M.: John Moore and Steve Mason talk about the game vs. Edmonton today...

9:53 A.M.:

Good morning from Nationwide Arena! It's a game day as the Blue Jackets take on the Edmonton Oilers today - that's right it's a 3 p.m. matinee. Due to the early start time there is no morning skate for either team, but keep an eye on this blog for all the news and updates on the game, including some pre-game videos. Make sure to read today's edition of "GAME DAY," our exclusive preview breaking down the game vs. Edmonton. Also, please utilize the commenting function below to give us feedback on what you would like to see in this blog, as we try to provide you the fans with the comprehensive look at a Blue Jackets GAME DAY.

Here is the link to GAME DAY.

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