TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. -- The Blue Jackets just want to play it safe with Sonny Milano.
It was an unsettling sight on Friday night inside David's Rink at Center Ice Arena, when Milano went face-first into the boards late in the second period against the Minnesota Wild. The Blue Jackets and Wild were involved in a pretty physical game up to that point, but Milano appeared to get shoved into the boards by a Wild defenseman.
Milano was down on the ice for a few minutes being attended to by team medical personnel. He underwent further evaluation after the game and was in good spirits at the rink this morning. Milano did not practice with the Blue Jackets today, and is not going to be in the lineup tonight when they face the Detroit Red Wings.
This is going to be a good barometer for the Blue Jackets' prospects tonight. They'll be playing in front of a full house packed with Red Wings fans here in Traverse City, in the "prime slot" that the host team always occupies to close out the day's schedule.
Oscar Dansk is going to start in goal for Columbus tonight after Anton Forsberg made 20 saves in Friday's 6-4 win over Minnesota.
Here's how the Blue Jackets lined up today (and presumably, will line up tonight):
A few other notes:
- Looks like Olivier LeBlanc, who took a deflected puck to the cheek last night, is going to play against Detroit. He's got a noticeable cut but was a full go this morning.
- Dansk is pretty excited about this, and wants to show that last year's disappointing results (in this tournament, as well) were just an anomaly. He's in competition with Forsberg for Springfield's starting goalie job, under the watchful eye of the Falcons' coaching staff this week.
- Dillon Heatherington isn't likely to play tonight after getting hit in the mouth last night. That means 6-foot-5 Isaac MacLeod, a camp invite from Boston College (and a former San Jose Sharks draft pick in 2010) who's looking to earn a place in the organization, will get a chance to do so.
- Falcons/Jackets rookies head coach Jared Bednar raved about his defensemen last night, singling out guys like Blake Siebenaler (2014 pick) and Austin Madaisky for helping to calm things down when it got hectic in the second period. Siebenaler is a guy the Blue Jackets really like and were happy to select in the third round at No. 77 overall, and he was solid in his tournament debut.
- Have talked to several people here in Traverse City who can't say enough about the work of Chris Clark, who's now in his third season as Blue Jackets player development coach. I'll have more on this in the days ahead.
- Just like last night, you can follow my in-game updates (@RobMixer) and I'll have a full report after the game, as well.