Here are the projected lineups for tonight when the Edmonton Oilers
face the Columbus Blue Jackets
at Nationwide Arena:
- Sam Gagner
- Ales Hemsky
- Shawn Horcoff
- Ryan Jones
- Ryan O'Marra
- Magnus Paajarvi
- Josh Green
- Darcy Hordichuk
- Jeff Petry
- Corey Potter
- Colten Teubert
will start in goal, with Nikolai Khabibulin
serving as the backup.
skated this morning with the team for the first time since a knee injury knocked him out of the lineup. He ruled out playing against Columbus, but left the possibility open for Thursday's game in St. Louis. He said he needs at least one real practice to test his right knee.
Coach Tom Renney said Eric Belanger
is not on the trip, but doesn't think it will be more than 4-5 days before he returns to the lineup. Belanger sustained a leg injury Friday against Anaheim.
The Oilers also are without Calder Trophy candidate Ryan Nugent-Hopkins
(shoulder) and half the team's regular defense corps -- Ryan Whiney, Tom Gilbert
and Cam Barker
all are out with injuries.
- Derick Brassard
- Rick Nash
- Antoine Vermette
- Tomas Kubalik
- Samuel Pahlsson
- Derek Dorsett
- Derek MacKenzie
- Jared Boll
- Nikita Nikitin
- David Savard
- Marc Methot
will start in net, with Steve Mason
Gillies, who was claimed on waivers Saturday, slides into the lineup in place of Dane Byers
, who was suspended for three games after his hit on San Jose’s Andrew Desjardins
on Saturday night. Interim coach Todd Richards
said he likes how the top three lines have played in his three games since taking over for Scott Arniel
, so Gillies just moves into Byers' spot with the fourth unit.
The Blue Jackets are missing top center Jeff Carter
(shoulder) and top defenseman James Wisniewski
(ankle) because of injuries. Versatile forward R.J. Umberger
was placed on injured reserve today because of a concussion. Forwards Kristian Huselius
and Mark Letestu
and defenseman Radek Martinek
are also missing from the lineup.
For more on tonight's game, check out the preview here.