Thursday, January 31, 2013
Jackets could split top pair
By Victoria Matiash
With two regular defensemen nursing minor injuries, the head coach of the Columbus Blue Jackets has some decisions to make ahead of Thursday's contest with the St. Louis Blues.
Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch suggests Todd Richards may be forced to split up his No. 1 pair of Jack Johnson and James Wisniewski, while Tim Erixon and David Savard sub in for Adrian Aucoin and Nikita Nikitin.
A Wisniewski/Fedor Tyutin pairing has worked well in the past. If Richards decides to go with that duo, Johnson and John Moore could skate together. At least until Aucoin and Nikitin are ready to return.