directory Light the Lamp - a Columbus Blue Jackets blog: Columbus Blue Jackets @ Chicago Blackhawks 09/19/07 8:30 P.M. EST

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Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Columbus Blue Jackets @ Chicago Blackhawks 09/19/07 8:30 P.M. EST

The teams get right back at it tonight at the United Center in Chicago.

The Dispatch has posted the Blue Jackets roster for tonight and here is my best guess as to what our lines will look like:

Chimera - Brassard - Voracek
Glencross - Brule - Fritsche
Lindstrom - Platt - Boll
Shelley - Beech - Malhotra

Klesla - Hejda
Tollefsen - Hainsey
Methot - Brookbank


Some key stories to watch tonight:

Will the Chimera-Brassard-Voracek continue to impress? They will be the go to line tonight for the offense so should see plenty of ice time and PP time.

I think Brule gets a shot tonight as a center but Fritsche could just as easily slide into that spot as well. Both have had strong camps thus far and they will look to keep that momentum going.

Shelley dresses for the first time tonight. Not sure if the 'hawks are going to dress their enforcer in Koci but if they do, expect some fireworks. Shelley from what I've read has had a pretty good camp for his standards but tonight we may get to hear (b/c there is no TV for this game) what he does best.

I'm sure Klesla will be paired with Hejda again tonight. Those two had an okay start to their preseason games but I would expect them both to raise their games another notch tonight.

Platt and Lindstrom seem destined for the AHL soon but they can use tonight as reason to stick around a little longer so I expect big efforts out of those two.

Jared Boll has had a great camp and has opened eyes. He's in the mix for a roll on the fourth line and will need to continue with his sandpaper game. He will certainly bring a physical element to the lineup tonight.

The game as a whole could be even more physical than last night -- then again it could also be another parade to the penalty box for both teams. The officials are certainly in full preseason form and are calling just about anything and everything. Lets hope both teams can get a little more even strength time so the coaches have a good opportunity to evaluate their players.

Oh and one more note - 1st overall pick from this season, Patrick Kane, will make his Blackhawk debut tonight. 2006 3rd overall pick Jonathan Toews made his 'hawk debut last night in Nationwide and certainly did not disappoint collecting a game winning goal in the process.

As mentioned no TV tonight but the game can be heard on and

Edit - here is Chicago's lineup tonight:

Samsonov - Lang - Havlat
Versteeg - Toews - Kane
Parenteau - Perreault - Skille
Richmond - Fraser - Hobson

Keith - Seabrook
Johansson - Barker
Stokes - Fahey



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