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At the Rink: Sharks at Blue Jackets

by Craig Merz

COLUMBUS – San Jose Sharks coach Peter DeBoer was trying to arrive for the start of the game against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Sunday.

DeBoer was taking a flight from New York after missing the 3-1 win at the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday to tend to a personal matter, assistant coach Steve Spott said.

Spott also confirmed Alex Stalock (1-3-0 with a 2.86 goals-against average and .894 save percentage) will play for the first time in six games and forward Michael Haley will be in the lineup for the Sharks (12-8-0), who have won the first five of a six-game trip.

Haley has no points and 10 penalty minutes in six games since his call up from San Jose of the American Hockey League on Nov. 5.

For Columbus, defenseman Andrew Bodnarchuk will make his Blue Jackets' debut. Bodnarchuk was recalled from Lake Erie of the AHL when the Blue Jackets (8-13-0) lost two defensemen during a 4-0 win against the Nashville Predators on Friday.

Coach John Tortorella, hired Oct. 21 to replace Todd Richards, is still trying to familiarize himself with players in the system. When asked what he expects of Bodnarchuk, he said, "No idea. Don't know."

Bodnarchuk is third Lake Erie player to be in the lineup. Kerby Rychel and Josh Anderson are the fourth line centered by veteran Gregory Campbell.

"The kids have come in and added some energy. [The line] scored a big goal for us early on in the [Nashville] game," Tortorella said. "I'm trying to use them more. I like what they've brought."

Rychel has two assists in five games.

"He's trying to add some juice for us and I think he's doing a pretty good job of that," Tortorella said.

Blue Jackets defenseman Cody Goloubef fractured his jaw after being struck by a puck and had surgery Saturday. Fedor Tyutin broke his nose and is day-to-day.

Goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky will start for Columbus. Alex Stalock will start for San Jose.

Here are the projected lineups:


Melker Karlsson - Joe Pavelski - Joe Thornton

Joonas DonskoiPatrick MarleauJoel Ward

Nikolay GoldobinTomas HertlTommy Wingels

Micheal HaleyChris TierneyMike Brown

Paul MartinBrent Burns

Marc-Edouard VlasicJustin Braun

Brenden DillonMirco Mueller

Alex Stalock

Martin Jones

Injured: Logan Couture (leg)

Scratched: Matt Tennyson, Matthew Nieto


Boone JennerRyan JohansenBrandon Saad

Scott HartnellNick FolignoCam Atkinson

Matt CalvertWilliam KarlssonRene Bourque

Kerby RychelGregory CampbellJosh Anderson

Jack JohnsonDavid Savard

Ryan MurrayKevin Connauton

Dalton ProutAndrew Bodnarchuk

Sergei Bobrovsky

Curtis McElhinney

Injured: Cody Goloubef (fractured jaw), Brandon Dubinsky (elbow), David Clarkson (back), Jared Boll (foot), Alexander Wennberg (lower body), Fedor Tyutin (broken nose)

Scratched: None

Status report: Couture skated in full gear Saturday morning in Pittsburgh for the first time since fracturing his fibula Oct. 15. … Barring a late call-up, the Blue Jackets will have 20 available players for the game Sunday.

Who's hot: Columbus has killed 24 of the past 25 penalties in six games with the only power-play goal allowed being an empty-netter Thursday against the Ottawa Senators. … Burns had two goals against the Pittsburgh Penguins and has five points (two goals, three assists) in four games. He leads NHL defensemen with seven goals. Martin has four points (one goal, three assists) in three games. … Columbus has won three straight against San Jose and is 7-1-1 in the past nine since Feb. 21, 2012. … Murray was a plus-4 against the Nashville Predators.

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