John Tortorella said he would ice lineups that closely resemble his opening night group, and much like the Blue Jackets did Thursday against Boston, the same is expected Saturday in Pittsburgh.
The 3 p.m. tilt at PPG Paints Arena is the eighth and final exhibition game for Columbus, which is 3-4-0 to this point and looking to take one more step toward being "season ready" with opening night less than a week away.
Columbus will begin the game with these forward lines:
Boone Jenner - Brandon Dubinsky - Cam Atkinson
Brandon Saad - Sam Gagner - Nick Foligno
Scott Hartnell - Alexander Wennberg - Oliver Bjorkstrand
Matt Calvert - William Karlsson - Josh Anderson
And on defense:
Zach Werenski - Seth Jones
Ryan Murray - David Savard
Jack Johnson - Markus Nutivaara
The game begins at 3 p.m. and can be seen live on NHL Network. Bob McElligott has the call on CD 102.5 FM and also on BlueJackets.com/CBJ App.
Goalies: Sergei Bobrovsky, Curtis McElhinney