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At the Rink: Senators at Blue Jackets

by Craig Merz

COLUMBUS -- After three straight losses to open the 2015-16 season, Columbus Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards will juggle lines against the Ottawa Senators on Wednesday in Nationwide Arena.

"Just trying to get some results," he said. "There's lots of games left. I do understand that, but this is an important game. This is something we've talked about, and talked about for several years, about the good teams and wanting to be a good team and their dips aren't lengthy ones."

Captain Nick Foligno was dropped from the first to the third line. Boone Jenner took his spot and will play left wing alongside center Ryan Johansen and Brandon Saad.

Left wing Matt Calvert went from the fourth line to the second and will be reunited with Brandon Dubinsky and Cam Atkinson. Rene Bourque moves to the fourth line.

"It's comfortable for me," Calvert said. "You pick up where you left off. I've played with these guys on and off for two or three years, especially Cam. I've been with him pretty much my whole career. It feels natural for me."

The Blue Jackets (0-3-0) had high expectations and wanted to avoid the poor starts of the past four seasons. They opened with a 4-2 home loss to the New York Rangers on Friday, lost the next night at the Rangers 5-2 and were defeated 4-2 at the Buffalo Sabres on Monday in a performance that left Richards agitated.

"It is something that has to be unacceptable to everybody involved," he said.

Left wing Scott Hartnell expects the turnaround to start against the Senators (2-1-0).

"It's going to be a big effort by everyone," he said. "We've fooled around enough the first three games.

"We can definitely say we're going out there and work hard tonight, and if you have a poor effort you're embarrassing yourself in front of your teammates, your fans, in front of the city."

Senators defenseman Marc Methot, a former Blue Jacket, anticipates a high-energy game.

"I'm sure we're going to see the best out of Columbus tonight," he said. "That's going to be all the incentive we need to come out strong."

Ottawa is coming of a disappointing effort of its own in a 3-1 loss to the Montreal Canadiens on Sunday.

"We were too passive in our own end," Senators coach Dave Cameron said. "I thought we gave (Montreal) too much time and space."

The Senators will use the same lineup Wednesday with the exception of goaltender, where Craig Anderson (2-0-0, 2.40 goals-against average) starts. Rookie Matt O'Connor made 31 saves against the Canadiens but was assigned to Binghamton of the American Hockey League because Andrew Hammond has recovered from a groin injury.

Cameron did not indicate if Hammond will make his first appearance of the season Thursday at the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Right wing Curtis Lazar will play after blocking several shots with his foot during the loss to Montreal.

Here are the projected lineups:


Mike HoffmanKyle TurrisMark Stone

Bobby RyanMika ZibanejadCurtis Lazar

Clarke MacArthurJean-Gabriel PageauMilan Michalek

Alex ChiassonZack SmithChris Neil

Marc Methot - Erik Karlsson

Patrick Wiercioch- Cody Ceci

Jared Cowen - Mark Borowiecki

Craig Anderson

Andrew Hammond

Scratched: Shane Prince, Chris Wideman

Injured: Chris Phillips (back)


Boone JennerRyan JohansenBrandon Saad

Matt CalvertBrandon DubinskyCam Atkinson

Scott HartnellWilliam KarlssonNick Foligno

Rene BourqueGregory CampbellJared Boll

Ryan MurrayDavid Savard

Fedor TyutinJack Johnson

Kevin ConnautonDalton Prout

Sergei Bobrovsky

Curtis McElhinney

Scratched: Cody Goloubef

Injured: Alexander Wennberg (concussion), David Clarkson (lower body)

Status report: Wennberg and Clarkson might be available for games Friday and Saturday against the Toronto Maple Leafs and Chicago Blackhawks.

Who's hot: Ottawa has won three straight games in Columbus since Nov. 5, 2013. … The Blue Jackets have power-play goals in all three games.

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