Columbus Blue Jackets (18-36-7) @ Pittsburgh Penguins (35-21-5)
TV: ROOT, FS-O
Consol Energy Center – Pittsburgh, PA
Another afternoon game. Could this be Rick Nash's last game as a Blue Jacket? It will also be Jack Johnson's first game as a Blue Jacket after Jeff Carter whined his way back to Mike Richards. Mark Letestu and Craig Patrick return to Pittsburgh as well.
We've said this before, but it would be great if the Blue Jackets were a competitive franchise. It's looking less and less likely that this is ever going to happen.
Season Series: 0-0-0
Last meeting that counted: February 8, 2011. Penguins lost 4-1.
What we said in our recap:
One of our favorite lines from a movie:
Once upon a time, a woman was picking up firewood. She came upon a poisonous snake frozen in the snow. She took the snake home and nursed it back to health. One day the snake bit her on the cheek. As she lay dying, she asked the snake, "Why have you done this to me?" And the snake answered, "Look, bitch, you knew I was a snake."
The snake = an NHL season right now.
Know Your Enemy: Light the Lamp.
What they're saying:
In Nash's case, I hope Howson shows some restraint. That Rangers' deal is terrible and I'm sure Burke is trying his best to fleece Howson. It may be awkward but play out the season with Nash, and put him back up for auction come this summer. Only 1 team will win the cup and even if it's the same teams on the "list" — they may be willing to give up assets then that they wouldn't now.
Favorite Blue Jackets Image, Photoshop, Gif or Video:
Pittsburgh Penguins lines from Empty Netters:
Chris Kunitz – Evgeni Malkin – James Neal
Steve Sullivan – Jordan Staal – Pascal Dupuis
Matt Cooke – Joe Vitale – Arron Asham
Eric Tangradi – Craig Adams – Richard Park
Paul Martin – Kris Letang
Brooks Orpik – Zbynek Michalek
Matt Niskanen – Deryk Engelland
Possibly Brad Thiessen
It would make sense to start Thiessen today, but we have no idea.
Columbus Blue Jackets lines from Empty Netters:
R.J. Umberger – Derrick Brassard – Rick Nash
Vaclav Prospal – Mark Letestu – Cam Atkinson
Darryl Boyce – Samuel Pahlsson – Derek Dorsett
Colton Gillies – Derek MacKenzie – Ryan Johansen
Fedor Tyutin – Nikita Nikitin
James Moore – James Wisniewski
Jack Johnson – Brett Lebda
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