Welcome to Columbus, William Karlsson – your first game in the new sweater is against your former team.
Recalled yesterday from Springfield (AHL), Karlsson arrived in Columbus this morning and was on the ice for the team’s morning skate shortly thereafter. With fellow Swede and former World Junior teammate Alexander Wennberg out with an infected hand, Karlsson stepped into his spot on the third line and he’ll make his debut there tonight.
With Scott Hartnell on the left and Marko Dano on the right, Karlsson faces the Ducks for the first time since the trade tonight and he was wearing a sizable grin in the dressing room this morning.
“It’s mixed feelings…a lot of butterflies, too,” Karlsson said. “I want to show that I can play here in Columbus and it’s fun that it’s against Anaheim. I’m happy to be called up, and playing against my former team is going to be fun. I didn’t think I was going to get traded, but I kind of knew too, since it was the trading deadline that anything can happen.
"After a couple of weeks (with a new organization), everything is fine and I’m happy to be a Blue Jacket.”
Hartnell missed the morning skate but will play tonight, Richards said. As for Wennberg, he returned home Sunday after his infected hand prohibited him from traveling with the team from Vancouver to Calgary late last week. There is no timetable for his return.
AND THE BEAT GOES ON
The Blue Jackets will be without Rene Bourque tonight due to an upper body injury, coach Todd Richards said this morning. Bourque, who was acquired in the deadline day deal with Anaheim that sent James Wisniewski to the Ducks, has played quite well for Columbus since coming over.
Bourque has four goals in eight games, including a two-goal performance (with the OT game-winner) against Calgary on Saturday. He had been playing alongside Ryan Johansen and Cam Atkinson on the top line, but he missed practice Monday and today’s morning skate due to his upper body ailment.
Boone Jenner took line rushes on left wing with Johansen and Atkinson this morning, and it appears as though that’s how they’ll begin tonight’s game.
Artem Anisimov, who missed Monday’s practice at the OhioHealth Ice Haus, was on the ice today and is good to go tonight. He skated on a line this morning with Nick Foligno and Jeremy Morin.
Brandon Dubinsky and Matt Calvert went for a skate on the practice rink today after doing so yesterday, as well. Calvert is progressing in recovery from a concussion, Richards said yesterday, and Dubinsky (upper body) remains listed as day-to-day.
Sergei Bobrovsky will start in goal for the Blue Jackets this evening.