NEW YORK -- Columbus Blue Jackets forward William Karlsson will make his season debut Saturday at Madison Square Garden against the New York Rangers.
Karlsson will replace Alexander Wennberg in the lineup. Wennberg sustained a concussion in the first period of the Blue Jackets' 4-2 loss to the Rangers on Friday at Nationwide Arena.
Karlsson had two points in three games with the Blue Jackets last season after he was acquired in a trade with the Anaheim Ducks.
Columbus coach Todd Richards said Karlsson will go into Wennberg's spot as the third-line center between Scott Hartnell and Cam Atkinson. The other lines will remain the same.
"He's a very reliable two-way player, much like Alex," Richards said of Karlsson. "He has some offensive ability where he can make plays, shoot and score. But very reliable defensively. He can take up some [penalty kill] minutes for us."
The Rangers come home to play their first game of the season at MSG riding a two-game winning streak after a third-period comeback against the Blue Jackets on Friday.
Columbus had taken a 2-1 lead on forward Brandon Saad's power-play goal at 16:10 of the third, but with 2:36 remaining in the period, Rangers forwards Oscar Lindberg, Kevin Hayes and Mats Zuccarello scored in a 1:17 span.
The Rangers also beat the Chicago Blackhawks 3-2 on Wednesday.
"The great thing about athletics and sport is you get a chance to prove yourself every day, and tonight is another opportunity," Richards said. "We're playing against a really good hockey team. We saw that first-hand [Friday]. We need to be better."
Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist will make his third straight start, in a span of four days, to begin the season. Lundqvist is off to a solid start to the season with the two wins, a 2.00 goals-against average and .940 save percentage.
Blue Jackets goalie Sergei Bobrovsky will get a chance for redemption against the Rangers. He allowed four goals on 25 shots Friday.
Here are the projected lineups:
Brandon Saad - Ryan Johansen - Nick Foligno
Boone Jenner - Brandon Dubinsky - Rene Bourque
Scott Hartnell - William Karlsson - Cam Atkinson
Matt Calvert - Gregory Campbell - Jared Boll
Ryan Murray - David Savard
Fedor Tyutin - Jack Johnson
Kevin Connauton - Dalton Prout
Injured: Alexander Wennberg (concussion), David Clarkson (lower body)
Scratched: Cody Goloubef
Rick Nash - Derick Brassard - Mats Zuccarello
Chris Kreider - Derek Stepan - Kevin Hayes
J.T. Miller - Oscar Lindberg - Viktor Stalberg
Dominic Moore - Jarret Stoll - Jesper Fast
Ryan McDonagh - Dan Girardi
Marc Staal - Dan Boyle
Keith Yandle - Kevin Klein
Scratched: Dylan McIlrath, Tanner Glass, Emerson Etem
Status report: Wennberg and Clarkson did not travel with the Blue Jackets to New York. ... Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said he has a few game-time lineup decisions to make regarding the forwards, but everyone will skate in warmups. … Glass and Etem have not played yet this season.
Who's hot: Lindberg has goals in each of the first two games. They are his first two NHL goals. ... Zuccarello scored two goals in the win Friday. ... Miller is tied for the League lead with three assists.