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Frattin, Schultz to make Blue Jackets debuts

Thursday, 03.06.2014 / 2:42 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  / 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

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Frattin, Schultz to make Blue Jackets debuts

The Columbus Blue Jackets' two newest players will be in the lineup when the Blue Jackets play at the Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday.

Forward Matt Frattin, part of the package that came over from the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for Marian Gaborik, will start the game on the fourth line with Derek McKenzie and Mark Letestu. That was the group he did line rushes with during the team's morning skate.

Frattin said he was looking forward to getting right into a game with his new team.

"I talked to our coaching staff and they want us to play a hard game," Frattin said. "I think I fit right in with that."

Defenseman Nick Schultz will be paired with Dalton Prout, according to the Columbus Dispatch.

For the Blackhawks, center Peter Regin missed the morning skate but coach Joel Quenneville said he expects to have Regin in the lineup for the game.

Here are the lineups each team likely will use Thursday:

BLUE JACKETS

Boone Jenner - Ryan Johansen - Nathan Horton

Nick Foligno - Artem Anisimov - RJ Umberger

Matt Calvert - Brandon Dubinsky - Cam Atkinson

Derek MacKenzie - Mark Letestu - Matt Frattin

Nikita Nikitin - James Wisniewski

Jack Johnson - David Savard

Dalton Prout - Nick Schultz

Sergei Bobrovsky

Curtis McElhinney

Scratched: Corey Tropp, Cody Goloubef

Injured: Jared Boll (ankle), Jack Skille (upper body), Fedor Tyutin (ankle), Blake Comeau (knee), Ryan Murray (lower body)

BLACKHAWKS

Brandon Saad - Jonathan Toews - Andrew Shaw

Patrick Sharp - Michael Handzus - Patrick Kane

Bryan Bickell - Peter Regin - Kris Versteeg

Brandon Bollig - Marcus Kruger - Ben Smith

Duncan Keith - Brent Seabrook

Johnny Oduya - Niklas Hjalmarsson

Nick Leddy - Michal Rozsival

Corey Crawford

Antti Raanta

Scratched: Sheldon Brookbank, David Rundblad

Injured: Marian Hossa (upper body), Nikolai Khabibulin (shoulder)

Quote of the Day

This is a great day for me. This is something I've been thinking about for a long time. This is a great opportunity that the St. Louis Blues organization, (owner) Tom Stillman and Doug Armstrong are giving me and trusting me in doing...This is going to be a great challenge for me.

— Martin Brodeur, after announcing his retirement as an NHL player and becoming a senior adviser with the Blues on Thursday