|Alex Semin needs to continue his recent hot streak.|
Columbus coach Scott Arniel will choose to roll with starter Steve Mason against the Caps in goal this evening following his 31-save effort in a 4-1 win over Dallas on Thursday. Mason, who won the Calder Trophy in 2008-2009 with an amazing year, has struggled over the last two full seasons and the first half of this campaign. Overall this season, he is 5-15-2 with a 3.29 GAA and .887 save percentage. Outside the crease, the Blue Jackets will be without several key pieces for tonight's game. Offseason free agent prize James Wisniewski is out six weeks after breaking his ankle on Thursday, while winger Kristian Huselius will be absent witha groin muscle tear and defenseman Radek Martinek will not play with a concussion.
Tomas Vokoun will be the choice in goal for Dale Hunter following two excellent performances over his last two starts in which he has stopped 56 of the 58 shots thrown his way. On the year, Vokoun is 14-8-0 with a 2.60 GAA, .913 save percentage, and one shutout; his numbers are rapidly improving. On the injury front, defenseman Mike Green, who has missed the last seven weeks because of a bad groin muscle, is on the trip with the Caps but is not expected to play. Cody Eakin, who was recalled by the Caps last night, will give Jay Beagle a rest to prevent a possible recurrence of post-concussion symptoms. That seems to imply Mathieu Perreault has had a setback with his abdominal injury. Jeff Schultz is expected to be the healthy scratch once more on the back end.
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