COLUMBUS -- The Columbus Blue Jackets welcome rookie defenseman Ryan Murray back to the lineup Friday against the Chicago Blackhawks but have lost left wing Nick Foligno to injury for the rest of the regular season.
Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards said after the optional morning skate he hopes Foligno, injured late in the 2-0 win Thursday at the Philadelphia Flyers after a collision with Flyers forward Scott Hartnell, will be ready if Columbus makes the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
The injury happened the same night Marcus Foligno's of the Buffalo Sabres, Nick's younger brother, sustaned a knee injury against the St. Louis Blues that will keep him out the final week of the season.
He has played two of 14 games since the trade and been a healthy scratch in the past 10 games since March 13. Frattin has no points with the Blue Jackets and has four goals and six points in 42 games overall.
Foligno's injury is the second to a forward this week; Nathan Horton (lower body) will sit a third consecutive game.
"We're almost in the same situation we were in earlier this year when we were missing guys on the wing," Richards said, adding that center Brandon Dubinsky might move to the wing.
The news is better on the defensive end with Murray scheduled to play for the first time since injuring his knee March 3 vs. the Toronto Maple Leafs. He underwent arthroscopic surgery four days later and was expected to miss 4-6 weeks.
"The stakes are so high right now it's fun to be in these types of games," Murray said. "We've got six games left in a tight playoff race. Who wouldn't want to play in that?"
Murray has three goals and 17 assists and is plus-3 in 61 games.
"He's a big part of this team, a big reason we've had success," Richards said.
Corey Crawford made 25 saves when the Blackhawks (43-19-15) ended a three-game losing streak Thursday with a 3-2 shootout win against the Minnesota Wild despite not having captain Jonathan Toews (upper body) and right wing Patrick Kane (lower body). They will miss the remainder of the regular season.
The Blue Jackets are one point behind the Detroit Red Wings for the final Eastern Conference wild-card spot for the Stanley Cup Playoffs and two back of the Flyers for third place in the Metropolitan Division and an automatic berth.
Chicago is three points behind the second-place Colorado Avalanche in the Central Division.
Here are the projected lineups: