NASHVILLE -- Coming off a disappointing 6-1 loss Thursday to the Chicago Blackhawks that snapped a three-game winning streak, the Columbus Blue Jackets are looking to shuffle their forwards when they visit the Nashville Predators on Saturday.
The Blue Jackets also might have a new face on defense, as well, owing to a slew of injuries to their blue line.
"Adding Tropp in the lineup, Comeau in the lineup, some physical players … getting some guys in the lineup, some straight-line players that can hopefully provide a physical edge for us but also just a spark in getting in on the forecheck," Richards said.
"Just trying to find guys. It's not like he [Atkinson] was the only bad player in Chicago," Richards said. "We had other guys, too. It's trying to find the right line combinations, trying to find the right things that will work. We'll see how this game goes. We may be juggling the lineup, juggling players in and out of the lineup on Monday but I believe [with] this group we're going to have success."
In terms of their defense, the Blue Jackets will likely have three regulars out. Fedor Tyutin remains on injured reserve following an ankle injury he sustained at the 2014 Sochi Olympics. Nikita Nikitin sustained a head injury Thursday and is not expected to play.
Rookie defenseman Ryan Murray, who has played in 61 games and averaged 19:47 in time on ice, had knee surgery Friday and will miss the rest of the regular season, according to the Columbus Dispatch.
One of two rookies, either Frederic St. Denis or Cody Goloubef, is going to take Nikitin's spot in the lineup. Murray's absence has been filled in part by the acquisition of Nick Schultz from the Edmonton Oilers.
Here are the projected lineups for the Predators and Blue Jackets:
Scratched: Victor Bartley