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Lineup changes for banged up Ducks, Blue Jackets

Sunday, 10.27.2013 / 1:19 PM

By Craig Merz - NHL.com Correspondent / 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

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Lineup changes for banged up Ducks, Blue Jackets

COLUMBUS -- The Columbus Blue Jackets and Anaheim Ducks enter their game Sunday at Nationwide Arena banged up from victories on Friday.

While the Ducks won 2-1 in Ottawa, they lost forward Jakob Silfverberg for four-to-six weeks because of a broken right hand, the result of a slash by the Senators' Jared Cowen. Anaheim will also be without center Mathieu Perreault (wrist) on Sunday.

Peter Holland was recalled from Norfolk of the American Hockey League and will play on the fourth line. Kyle Palmieri returns to the lineup and Nick Bonino will move to the second line from the fourth.

"We've got depth," Anaheim coach Bruce Boudreau said. "That's one great thing this organization has. A guy like Kyle Palmieri hasn't played as many minutes as he likes gets a chance now to step in.

"You can't dwell on injuries. Somebody has to do his job. Now this is Peter Holland's chance. He had a couple before. This might be his best chance to stick with the team forever."

Holland has played 25 games for the Ducks over the previous two seasons and has four goals and two assists.

"There's always a tendency to try to do too much or get a little nervous and hold the stick to tight when you're called up," Holland said. "You just have to relax. I've been here before so I'll try to build off that experience."

In the Blue Jackets' 5-2 win against the Toronto Maple Leafs forwards Boone Jenner and Derek McKenzie sustained lower-body injuries. Coach Todd Richards said Boone is out for "a while" but McKenzie is day-to-day.

To fill the vacancies, Ryan Craig will play for the first time in four games and will occupy Jenner's spot on the second line, while forward Michael Chaput was promoted from Springfield of the AHL and will make his NHL debut on the fourth line.

Chaput was called up at the end of last season for a day when a string of injuries hit but did not dress and said he feels ready for the challenge.

"I've played here in the preseason on the third and fourth lines," Chaput said. "I just have to play a simple game, go up and down the ice and be physical embracing that energy."

Still, Richards knows that MacKenzie and Jenner were part of the reason the Blue Jackets have won three in a row.

"You are missing some energy. You are missing speed," the coach said. "We'll have to find ways to be effective with those guys out of the lineup."

Meanwhile, the Ducks received some positive news as forward Dustin Penner practiced Sunday for the first time since being knocked unconscious Oct. 20 on a hit by Dallas Stars forward Ryan Garbutt.

Penner said he felt fine considering the flight Saturday to Columbus from Anaheim left him with little sleep and dealing with the adjustment to the time change.

"It's tough," he said. "Tomorrow will be the true test for me."

He might be ready to play Tuesday at Philadelphia or Thursday at Boston.

As for the hit that drew a five-game suspension for Garbutt, Penner said, "I thought it was needless."

ANAHEIM

Patrick Maroon - Ryan Getzlaf - Corey Perry

Emerson EtemNick BoninoTeemu Selanne

Andrew Cogliano - Saku Koivu - Kyle Palmieri

Daniel WinnikPeter Holland - Devante Smith-Pelly

Hampus Lindholm - Francois Beauchemin

Cam Fowler - Mark Fistric

Bryan Allen - Sami Vatanen

Frederik Andersen

Jonas Hiller

Injured: Mathieu Perreault (wrist), Jakob Silfverberg (hand)

Scratched: Ben Lovejoy

COLUMBUS

Nick Foligno - Artem Anisimov - Marian Gaborik

Ryan Craig - Brandon Dubinsky - Cam Atkinson

Blake Comeau - Ryan Johansen - R.J. Umberger

Mark Letestu - Michael Chaput - Jared Boll

Fedor Tyutin - Dalton Prout

Jack Johnson - David Savard

Ryan Murray - James Wisniewski

Sergei Bobrovsky

Curtis McElhinney

Injured: Boone Jenner (lower body), Derek MacKenzie (lower body)

Scratched: Nikita Nikitin

Quote of the Day

I'm just excited about the opportunity. I've been on the ice earlier than usual and in the weight room, pushing around a little more weights than usual. Every day I go into a workout with a smile on my face and ready to go. When you do have a little more responsibility, you want to take your lunch pail and get ready to work.

— Brian Elliott to Jeremy Rutherford of the Post-Dispatch on being the Blues' No. 1 goalie