Predicting the Opening Night Lines for the Columbus Blue Jackets

Oct 2, 2023; Columbus, Ohio, USA; Columbus Blue Jackets left wing Kirill Marchenko, middle, celebrates with teammates left wing Johnny Gaudreau (13) and right wing Patrik Laine (29) after scoring a goal against the St. Louis Blues in the first period at Nationwide Arena. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 2, 2023; Columbus, Ohio, USA; Columbus Blue Jackets left wing Kirill Marchenko, middle, celebrates with teammates left wing Johnny Gaudreau (13) and right wing Patrik Laine (29) after scoring a goal against the St. Louis Blues in the first period at Nationwide Arena. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports /
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With an all new coaching staff leading the way, the Jackets will look to revamp a power-play that has been mostly dormant for the last several seasons. They have the talent to make it work.

PP1:

Jenner

Laine – Marchenko – Gaudreau

Werenski

PP2:

Fantilli

Severson – Bemstrom – Johnson

Provorov

This is how the team was practicing to finish the preseason, and in theory, it should work. I’m a little bit surprised to see two defensemen on the second unit; but maybe I shouldn’t be, when you consider the fact that two of the three forwards are still extremely young – and the third one is pretty inexperienced. The biggest question I have here is: how long will it take the team to swap Fantilli and Jenner on those units?

PK1:

Kuraly – Robinson

Provorov – Severson

PK2:

Jenner – Danforth

Werenski – Peeke

These PK units would give the team a veteran center, as well as a speedy veteran on the wing – as well as some pretty stout defenders. Really, the PK could be the biggest area of improvement for the Jackets this season if they can stay healthy and get better goaltending.

Ultimately, it will come down to execution and whether or not these lines can gel early on. I do think we’ll see Roslovic soon rather than later – and the same can be said for Adam Boqvist on the back-end. They won’t want him in the press box for too long. The only question I have there is; who comes out of the lineup?

COLUMBUS, OHIO – APRIL 13: Sidney Crosby #87 of the Pittsburgh Penguins and Adam Boqvist #27 of the Columbus Blue Jackets battle for position during the first period at Nationwide Arena on April 13, 2023 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Mowry/Getty Images)
COLUMBUS, OHIO – APRIL 13: Sidney Crosby #87 of the Pittsburgh Penguins and Adam Boqvist #27 of the Columbus Blue Jackets battle for position during the first period at Nationwide Arena on April 13, 2023 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Mowry/Getty Images) /

The puck drops on the regular season Thursday night at Nationwide Arena, with the Jackets hosting the Philadelphia Flyers at 7:00. Stay tuned to unionandblue.com for plenty of news, notes, opinions and rumors throughout the season!

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