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Projected lineups for Blackhawks, Blue Jackets

Thursday, 03.14.2013 / 12:45 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  / 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

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Projected lineups for Blackhawks, Blue Jackets

The Columbus Blue Jackets will look to extend their eight-game point streak (5-0-3) when they face the Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday at Nationwide Arena.

Aiding in their effort will be Artem Anisimov, who has missed the past three games with a lower-body injury. He's second on the team with six goals.

For the Blackhawks, Jimmy Hayes will slide into the spot vacated by injured Patrick Sharp. Hayes, playing for Rockford of the American Hockey League, is tied for the team lead with 22 goals

"He brings a presence," Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said of Hayes. "He's got some size to him and he's been on a tear down in the minors there, producing at a real good rate. [He] gets to the net well and I think he's got a real nice set of hands at the net."

The Blackhawks announced Corey Crawford would start in goal, and forward Rostislav Olesz, who has not played this season, has been assigned to Rockford.

Here is how the teams could look when they take the ice Thursday:

BLACKHAWKS

Brandon Saad - Jonathan Toews - Marian Hossa

Jimmy Hayes - Dave Bolland - Patrick Kane

Bryan Bickell - Andrew Shaw - Viktor Stalberg

Daniel Carcillo - Marcus Krueger - Michael Frolik

Duncan Keith - Brent Seabrook

Niklas Hjalmarsson - Johnny Oduya

Nick Leddy - Sheldon Brookbank

Corey Crawford

Ray Emery

Scratched: Jamal Mayers, Michal Rozsival

Injured: Patrick Sharp (shoulder)

BLUE JACKETS

Matt Calvert - Artem Anisimov - Cam Atkinson

RJ Umberger - Ryan Johansen - Nick Foligno

Vinny Prospal - Mark Letestu - Jared Boll

Derek MacKenzie - Derick Brassard - Colton Gillies

Fedor Tyutin - Jack Johnson

Tim Erixon - Adrian Aucoin

Cody Goloubef - Dalton Prout

Sergei Bobrovsky

Steve Mason

Scratched: Nick Drazenovic

Injured: Derek Dorsett (collarbone), John Moore (upper body), James Wisniewski (foot), Nikita Nikitin (undisclosed)

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