With the exciting Olympic Hockey Tournament coming to an end Sunday after the thrilling Gold Medal overtime win by Canada, it's back to work for the Blue Jackets tonight. The Jackets have 19 games remaining. After tonight the team heads to the West Coast for three games, at San Jose, at Los Angeles and at Anaheim.
Coach Claude Noel, who has had the Jackets non-Olympians practicing since last Wednesday, says he is looking for the Jackets to win all of their remaining games! They hopefully can start with a win over the Canucks tonight.
Canada's Gold Medal winning forward Rick Nash returned from Vancouver last night and will be in the lineup tonight. Milan Jurcina, apparently was injured in the third period of the Slovakia-Finland bronze medal game and will not play tonight. That said, all the Olympians on Vancouver and Columbus that took part in the games will be honored by the Blue Jackets prior to tonight's game.
With Jurcina out tonight, the Jackets have called up Grant Clitsome and the young Jackets defenseman told me this morning that he is excited about his first NHL start tonight, and he will be paired with Kris Russell.
Steve Mason who was solid in his four starts before the Olympics will start for the Blue Jackets, while Andrew Raycroft will likely get the start for the Canucks with Roberto Luongo, Canada's Gold Medal winning Goaltender, getting the night off....
Tonight's game is in HD on FOX Sports Ohio - Blue Jackets Live starts at 6:30 p.m. and puck drop just after 7 p.m.
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