Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Dalton Prout (47) and St. Louis Blues right wing Chris Stewart (25) battle for position during the third period at the Scottrade Center. The Blue Jackets defeated the Blues 5-2. Mandatory Credit: Scott Rovak-USA TODAY Sports (US PRESSWIRE)

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The 2-4-1 Blue Jackets will face the 5-1-0 St. Louis Blues Thursday night at Nationwide Arena. The Jackets are coming off a tough 3-2 loss to the Minnesota Wild. St. Louis has won three straight.


*The Jackets have called up Jonathan Audy-Marchessault from the AHL. He is third in the American Hockey League in scoring with 45 points (16G, 29A). Justin Schultz and Jordan Eberle are ahead of him, but they are currently both up with the Edmonton Oilers.

*Defensemen Adrian Aucoin and Nikita Nikitin will both be out of the lineup with injuries.

*Brian Elliott will get the nod in goal for the Blues. Sergei Bobrovsky will most likely start for the Blue Jackets, especially after another losing effort from Steve Mason on Tuesday (he is 0-3).

*This will be the third game in four nights for Columbus, while the Blues haven’t played a game since Sunday.

*Last season, St. Louis went 4-2 against the Blue Jackets.

Bobrovsky is going to need to play another strong game for Columbus to stay in the game. St. Louis doesn’t allow opposing teams to get many (if any) quality scoring chances, so defense will be very important. The Jackets played very well against the Chicago Blackhawks, and they will need the same effort to stay with the Blues.


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