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Coyotes shake up lines in order to find offense

Saturday, 02.16.2013 / 1:27 PM

By Jerry Brown - NHL.com Correspondent / 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

GLENDALE, Ariz. – The Columbus Blue Jackets lost center Artem Anisimov early in the second period of Friday’s 2-1 loss at the Los Angeles Kings, but coach Todd Richards said the injury was just a bruise. Anisimov was walking without a limp and without a boot after the game and may be able to play Saturday.

Defenseman James Wisniewski remains away from the team to be with his wife for the birth of their daughter. Steve Mason is expected to be in the net tonight.

For the Phoenix Coyotes, Derek Morris is day-to-day with an upper-body injury he aggravated in the first period of Thursday’s 3-0 loss at the Nashville Predators. Coach Dave Tippett said center Matthew Lombardi, out since the second week of the season, could be ready to go as early as Monday against the Calgary Flames.

Mikkel Boedker and Steve Sullivan will flip lines tonight in an attempt to shake up the chemistry of an offense that was 0-for-12 on the power play over a three-game road trip in which they notched three goals, all of which were scored in a 3-2 overtime win at the Colorado Avalanche on Monday night. Paul Bissonnette will play with Nick Johnson getting scratched.

Captain Shane Doan needs one goal to tie former teammate and captain Keith Tkachuk for second place on the all-time franchise list at 323. Dale Hawerchuk is the franchise's all-time leader at 379.

BLUE JACKETS

Vinny Prospal - Artem Anisimov - Mark Letestu

R.J. Umberger - Derick Brassard - Derek Dorsett

Matt Calvert - Brandon Dubinsky - Nick Foligno

Colton Gillies - Derek MacKenzie - Jared Boll

Jack Johnson - Adrian Aucoin

Fedor Tyutin - Nikita Nikitin

Tim Erixon - Cody Goloubef

Steve Mason

Sergei Bobrovsky

Scratched: James Wisniewski (birth of child), John Moore, Nick Drazenovic

Injured: Cam Atkinson (ankle)

COYOTES

Mikkel BoedkerAntoine VermetteShane Doan

Steve SullivanMartin HanzalRadim Vrbata

Lauri KorpikoskiBoyd GordonDavid Moss

Raffi TorresKyle ChipchuraPaul Bissonnette,

Oliver Ekman-LarssonZbynek Michalek

Keith YandleRostislav Klesla

Chris SummersDavid Rundblad

Mike Smith

Jason LaBarbera

Scratches: Nick Johnson

Injuries: Matthew Lombardi (upper body), David Schlemko (shoulder), Derek Morris (upper body)

For me, it's a great win for our hockey team and for a lot of people back in Columbus, especially our fans in particular … people who have been devoted to this organization, it's big.

— Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards on their win vs. the Penguins in Game 2, the franchise's first-ever Stanley Cup Playoff victory