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The Bruins will try to put Sunday's ugly 4-3 loss to the New York Rangers behind them and focus on beating the Columbus Blue Jackets tonight. The Blue Jackets are coming off an impressive 8-2 win over Detroit on Saturday. Columbus looks poised to make the playoffs for the first time in franchise history.

Just who are these Blue Jackets you speak of?
Columbus Blue Jackets 33-27-6 (72 pts); 3rd in Central, 6th in West

Leading Scorers


G A P +/- PIM
2008 - Rick Nash 31 33 64 9 46


G A P +/- PIM
2008 - R.J. Umberger 23 15 38 -10 43


Goaltending
GP MIN W L T EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2008 - Steve Mason 46 2737 26 16 3 6 102 2.24 1238 1136 .918 8


GP MIN W L T EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2008 - Wade Dubielewicz 2 109 0 2 0 1 7 3.85 47 40 .851 0


Guys Who Like to Drop the Gloves
Jared Boll: 20 Fighting Majors (leads league), 140 PIMs
Derek Dorsett: 12 Fighting Majors, 138 PIMs

'08-'09 Season Series
First and only meeting of season

Injury Report


Boston Bruins Injuries

Probable

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Steve Montador other-excused 03/10/2009

Questionable

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Stephane Yelle other-excused 03/10/2009

Out (IR / Out / Suspended / Physically unvailable)

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Marco Sturm knee 12/19/2008

Columbus
D Rostislav Klesla: Day to Day (Shoulder)
C Michael Peca: Questionable (Concussion)
LW Fredrik Modin: Day to Day (Knee)
C Derick Brassard: Out for Season (Shoulder)
LW Jason Chimera: IR (Groin)
D Ole-Kristian Tollefsen: IR (Knee)

Notes:

- This is the first time the Bruins and Blue Jackets have played each other since December 15, 2007 (2-0 Bruins win in Columbus).

- Stephane Yelle was not at the morning skate this morning. Chances are he will not play.

- Steve Montador is expected to be available to play tonight after missing last game with flu-like symptoms.

- Over the last 5 games, the Bruins' PK has only killed off 61.1% of penalties.

- Columbus is ranked last in the NHL on the power play (12.8%)

- Clumbus' rookie goaltender Steve Mason will likely be in the running for both the Calder and the Vezina.

- Tim Thomas will get the start tonight.

- Game starts at 7:00, Public Skate (open thread) starts at 6:00.

- I usually link to the SB Nation blog for the opposing team, but SBN doesn't have a Blue Jackets blog yet. In fact, they are currently seeking a Columbus blogger. So, if you are reading this and you write a Blue Jackets blog, there might be a place for you here. Hell, if you know what a hockey puck looks like and can locate Columbus, OH on a map, you will probably get the gig.

Today's Obligatory Embarrassing YouTube Fan Video

Embedding has been disabled for the video I chose today, so you have to click on the link below. Trust me, it is well worth it. It is one of the most embarrassing videos I have found this year.


Wow, I can't believe I made it all the way through a Blue Jackets game preview without making an inappropriate BJ joke.