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Preview: Ducks at Blue Jackets

Defenseman Hampus Lindholm to return for Anaheim; forward Sonny Milano replaces Brandon Dubinsky in Columbus lineup

by Craig Merz / Correspondent

DUCKS (6-5-2) at BLUE JACKETS (5-3-2)

7 p.m. ET; FS-O, PRIME, NHL.TV


Ducks team scope

Defenseman Hampus Lindholm will make his season debut for the Anaheim Ducks on Wednesday, following a holdout resolved Oct. 27 when he signed a six-year, $31.5 contract. He secured his work visa in Sweden and joined the Ducks in Columbus on Monday after missing Anaheim's first 13 games. He had been practicing with Rogle BK of the Swedish Hockey League to stay in shape. "It's going to be fun to play some games," he said. "Thrown in the fire right away, that's how I like it. I need to play real simple. I'm going to try and move the puck as quick as I can and have short shifts. I'm not going to chase the game. I'm going to try and let it come to me." Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said Lindholm proved he is fit to play. "He and I talked [Tuesday]," Carlyle said. "We had two conversations [Wednesday] morning and we made the decision based on his practice [Tuesday] and his practice [Wednesday] and how comfortably he felt going into the lineup. It will be our job to monitor how he's playing. I don't think you'll see him playing 26 minutes, which he normally does." Lindholm, 22, had 28 points (10 goals, 18 assists) in 80 games last season.


Blue Jackets team scope

Forward Brandon Saad said he will remain in the Columbus Blue Jackets lineup Wednesday. Saad, with eight points (three goals, five assists) was dropped to the fourth line the past two practices and coach John Tortorella said Tuesday that Saad might be benched. "Coaches are always going to have their opinion whatever it may be, but at the end of the day we're all professionals, we all hold ourselves accountable," Saad said. "We all want to be the best we can be … You can sense it yourself and the standards you hold yourself to by the way you're playing and the chances you get." Rookie forward Sonny Milano is expected to make his season debut playing left wing on the second line alongside center Boone Jenner and right wing Cam Atkinson. Forward Brandon Dubinsky (undisclosed) will not play. Defenseman Dalton Prout will replace defenseman Seth Jones, who fractured his right foot Saturday against the St. Louis Blues and is out for three weeks. Jones leads the Blue Jackets in average ice time at 24:14 and was paired with rookie Zach Werenski, who will now play alongside David Savard. "I was starting to get used to the things [Jones] did," Werenski said. "He was starting to get used to the things I did. I haven't played with Savard this year, a couple of practices, so it's going to be different, but we should be OK."


Ducks projected lineup

Nick Ritchie -- Ryan Getzlaf -- Corey Perry

Andrew Cogliano -- Ryan Kesler -- Jakob Silfverberg

Joseph Cramarossa -- Antoine Vermette -- Rickard Rakell

Ryan Garbutt -- Chris Wagner -- Jared Boll

Cam Fowler -- Josh Manson

Clayton Stoner -- Hampus Lindholm

Kevin Bieksa -- Sami Vatanen

John Gibson

Jonathan Bernier

Scratched: Korbinian Holzer

Injured: Nate Thompson (Achilles), Simon Despres (concussion symptoms)


Blue Jackets projected lineup

Scott Hartnell -- Alexander Wennberg -- Nick Foligno

Sonny Milano -- Boone Jenner -- Cam Atkinson

Matt Calvert -- William Karlsson -- Josh Anderson

Brandon Saad -- Lukas Sedlak -- Sam Gagner

Zach Werenski -- David Savard

Ryan Murray -- Jack Johnson

Markus Nutivaara -- Dalton Prout

Sergei Bobrovsky

Curtis McElhinney

Scratched: Scott Harrington, Brandon Dubinsky

Injured:  David Clarkson (back), Seth Jones (foot)


Status report

Harrington has not played a game this season. … Boll will play in Columbus for the first time since signing a free agent contract on July 5. He is fourth on the Blue Jackets games played list (518) and first in penalty minutes (1,195) in nine seasons with Columbus.


Who's hot

Kesler scored twice in a 4-1 win against the Calgary Flames on Sunday. He has three goals and three assists in a four-game point streak. … Perry and Getzlaf each had three assists on Sunday. … Anderson has three goals and an assist in two games.

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