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PREVIEW: CBJ at STL

Blue Jackets to complete back-to-back weekend on the road against the defending Stanley Cup champs.

by Anthony Allocco @BlueJacketsNHL / BlueJackets.com

Coming off a 3-1 win over Pittsburgh Saturday afternoon, the Blue Jackets turn right around and head to St. Louis to take on the Blues Sunday. The Blue Jackets are 2-1-0 thus far this preseason, and will cross the halfway point of the exhibition schedule halfway through Sunday's contest. 

The Roster

Forwards:

10 - Wennberg

14 - Nyquist

15 - Lilja

17 - Dubinsky

20 - Nash

22 - Milano

28 - Bjorkstrand

29 - Dalpe

37 - Hannikainen

52 - Bemstrom 

56 - Dano

 

Defensemen: 

3 - Jones

6 - Clendening

8 - Werenski

33 - Somerby

44 - Gavrikov

46 - Kukan

 

Goaltenders: 

31 - Vehvilainen

90 - Merzlikins

 

What to Watch For

  • Saturday afternoon, Joonas Korpisalo was the first CBJ goaltender of the preseason to go the distance. With Elvis Merzlikins emerging as Korpisalo's top contender for the CBJ starting role, it will be interesting to see if the Blue Jackets staff wants to give the net minder a full game of work against the defending Stanley Cup champions.
  • With coaches and management being vocal about their search for a winger to fill out the left side of the lineup, keep an eye on Emil Bemstrom and Sonny Milano who have both filled the net this preseason and could add firepower to the CBJ power play. 
  • With the depth the Blue Jackets have at defense, the battle for the final few spots on the blue line will be intense. Adam Clendening, Vladislav Gavrikov and Dean Kukan are all on the fringe of the top-6 and will all be active Sunday afternoon. 
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