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GAME DAY PREVIEW- Game 68: Canucks vs Columbus

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Help solidify your playoff chances and make amends for a game you let slip away a week earlier? Sounds good.

NHL: MAR 24 Blue Jackets at Canucks Photo by Derek Cain/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

VANCOUVER CANUCKS vs COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS

7:00PM PST ROGERS ARENA, VANCOUVER, BC

TV: SPORTSNET PACIFIC. RADIO: SN650.

OPPOSITION BLOG: JACKETS CANNON

Coming off one of the more impressive wins of the season to snap a 4 game losing streak, the Canucks look to start a streak in the opposite direction as they take on the struggling Columbus Blue Jackets at home. Now, perhaps we should put an asterisk beside the word struggling, because one of the two wins in the last 13 they have came one week ago in Columbus against... the Vancouver Canucks.

And while they were able to get back into a playoff spot after briefly dropping below the bar, they cannot afford to take a night off the rest of the way if they want to make it, and get the two points in games like this one. That means a defensive effort more like the one we saw in the last half of the game Friday night against Colorado, where they did an outstanding job of limiting Colorado shooting opportunities after giving 17 shots in the first period. Thatcher Demko’s good, but he’s so much better when you give him the support he needs.

LINEUPS:

Blue Jackets projected lineup

Alexander Wennberg — Pierre-Luc Dubois — Emil Bemstrom

Nick Foligno — Boone Jenner — Gustav Nyquist

Eric Robinson — Riley Nash — Kevin Stenlund

Jakob Lilja — Devin Shore — Stefan Matteau

Zach Werenski — Markus Nutivaara

Vladislav Gavrikov — David Savard

Scott Harrington — Andrew Peeke

Elvis Merzlikins

Joonas Korpisalo

Scratched: Ryan MacInnis, Gabriel Carlsson

Injured: Seth Jones (ankle), Josh Anderson (shoulder), Cam Atkinson (ankle), Oliver Bjorkstrand (ankle), Brandon Dubinsky (wrist), Nathan Gerbe (groin), Dean Kukan (knee), Alexandre Texier (back), Ryan Murray (undisclosed)

Canucks projected lineup

J.T. Miller — Elias Pettersson — Tyler Toffoli

Tanner Pearson — Bo Horvat — Loui Eriksson

Antoine Roussel — Adam Gaudette — Zack MacEwen

Tyler Motte — Brandon Sutter — Jake Virtanen

Alexander Edler — Troy Stecher

Quinn Hughes — Christopher Tanev

Oscar Fantenberg — Tyler Myers

Thatcher Demko

Louis Domingue

Scratched: Guillaume Brisebois , Jordie Benn

Injured: Jay Beagle (lower body), Micheal Ferland (concussion), Josh Leivo (knee), Tyler Graovac (lower body), Brock Boeser (rib), Jacob Markstrom (lower body)

No change from Fridays lineup for the Canucks, and there is some good news as Brock Boeser has begun practicing with the team again, and that’s good news as they get ready for a California road swing later in the week. Jay Beagle still isn’t skating yet, but we should get an update later in the week.

GAME DAY CHATTER:

GAME DAY BATTLE HYMN:

A couple weeks ago we played the first track off the new TESTAMENT album ‘Titans Of Creation’, and today we’ve got another one for you called ‘Children Of The Next Level’. It’s out on April 3 from Nuclear Blast Records.