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Bruins vs. Blue Jackets 2/16/16 Preview & Lines

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If only there was a hastily made Columbus tourism video...

THE TIME: 7pm(!)

THE PLACE: Nationwide Arena, Half an hour away from a really nice zoo, Ohio

THE OPPOSING SBNATION BLOG: The Cannon

WHERE TO WATCH: NESN, TVAS, Fox Sports Ohio, NHL.TV as the free game of the week (if you happen to have great wifi)

WHERE TO LISTEN: 91.5FM in Boston, Direct link on the Blue Jackets homepage

THE STAKES: Two points to keep Tampa out of third and to hopefully take 2nd place back from Detroit. Also to get closer to Florida in the standings!

THE PREVIEW:

Here is a .gif to roughly describe CBJ's season, defense and coach hiring practices so far this year:

Of course, here's another .gif about how it feels like the Bruins have been playing:

Anyway, the Bruins are gonna need points, and they're gonna need them tonight. This is their last real struggler of a team before they run into a pair of southern based brick walls then return to Boston to chew on CBJ's neck again. Their last game against CBJ had to be solved in the shootout, and this is a team that is just...not great, or even good. Even with the young phenom Seth Jones in their lineup. Can they dispose of Gregory Campbell and the Jackets early? Or is this gonna be a long week? Tune in and find out!

THE LINES
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Boston Bruins Lineup:

Forwards

Matt Beleskey - David Krejci - David Pastrnak

Brad Marchand - Ryan Spooner - Brett Connolly

Loui Eriksson - Joonas Kemppainen - Jimmy Hayes

Zac Rinaldo - Max Talbot - Tyler Randell

Defense Pairings:

Zdeno Chara - Zach Trotman

Joe Morrow/Colin Miller - Dennis Seidenberg

Torey Krug - Kevan Miller

Goaltending:

Jonas Gustavsson

Tuukka Rask

Columbus Blue Jackets Lineup:

Forwards:

Scott Hartnell - Alexander Wennberg - Brandon Saad

Boone Jenner - Brandon Dubinsky - Cam Atkinson

Kerby Rychel - William Karlsson - Matt Calvert

Rene Bourque - Gregory Campbell - Nick Foligno (holy shit, Torts.)

Defense Pairings:

Ryan Murray - Seth Jones

Jack Johnson - David Savard

Fedor Tyutin - Dalton Prout

Goaltending:

Joonas Korpisalo

Anton Forsberg

Lines are, as always, subject to change.

...Jesus christ, Torts. Nick Foligno on the 4th line? Really?

PLAYERS TO FOLLOW:

Brad Marchand AGAIN! 13 goals in 13 games and he shows absolutely no signs of slowing down! He was also named the NHL's third star (because apparently

Patrice Bergeron's injury status. His return is hope.

Brandon Saad, who's the leading goalscorer on the Blue Jackets with 21 goals

Nick Foligno, who in spite of having almost 30 points this season off of assists alone is currently sitting on the Blue Jackets 4th line. The point I'm trying to make is that John Tortorella is kind of a maniac.

NEVER 4GET:

When Jack Edwards got absolutely LIVID over a puck being played even when it was thrown out of play. Classic Jack, being mad about hockey off line.