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Preview: Blue Jackets at Ducks

Ryan Getzlaf likely to return for Anaheim, goalie Curtis McElhinney could start for Columbus

by Abbey Mastracco / NHL.com Correspondent

BLUE JACKETS (2-3-1) at DUCKS (3-3-2)

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

 

Blue Jackets team scope

It's been a busy week for the Columbus Blue Jackets, who will play their fifth game in eight days and end their five-game road trip at Honda Center. Columbus yielded its first two power-play goals of the season in a 3-1 loss at the San Jose Sharks on Thursday. "They scored a couple of power-play goals, and I thought we had a couple of really good chances on our first PP of the game," coach John Tortorella said after the game. Goalie Sergei Bobrovsky has started all six game so far this season, and he may get a break Friday. The Blue Jackets did not skate Friday and Tortorella did not meet with the media. He did not announce a starter after the game in San Jose.

 

Ducks team scope

The Anaheim Ducks will likely get their captain back Friday. Center Ryan Getzlaf took line rushes at the morning skate after sitting out a 6-1 win against Nashville Predators on Wednesday. Getzlaf was hit with a shot in San Jose on Tuesday. "He'll take warmups but all indications look like, unless he has a setback, he should be available to us," coach Randy Carlyle said. Getzlaf, who was not available for comment, was one of three players to skate at an optional practice Thursday and said he felt good after coming off the ice. Getzlaf centered the top line with Nick Ritchie and Corey Perry at the morning skate. "It's like always, a matter of how it reacts," Getzlaf said Thursday. "I pushed it a little bit today so it's a matter of what happens in the morning." Forward Jared Boll, who played 518 games during nine seasons with Columbus before his contract was bought out this summer, will face his former team for the first time. He said he expected any nerves to dissipate by puck drop but was excited to see his old teammates. "It's a little different," Boll said. "They're in a spot where they're in the fifth game of their road trip and I'm sure they're trying to end on a good note, so we know they're going to come hard. I can't really look at it any different than with any other team."

 

Blue Jackets projected lineup

Boone Jenner -- Brandon Dubinsky -- Cam Atkinson

Brandon Saad -- Alexander Wennberg -- Nick Foligno

Matt Calvert -- William Karlsson -- Josh Anderson

Scott Hartnell -- Lukas Sedlak -- Sam Gagner

Zach Werenski -- Seth Jones

Jack Johnson -- David Savard

Markus Nutivaara -- Dalton Prout

Curtis McElhinney

Sergei Bobrovsky

Scratched: Sonny Milano, Scott Harrington

Injured: David Clarkson (lower-body), Joonas Korpisalo (groin), Ryan Murray (upper-body)

 

Ducks projected lineups

Nick Ritchie -- Ryan Getzlaf -- Corey Perry

Andrew Cogliano -- Ryan Kesler -- Jakob Silfverberg

Ryan Garbutt -- Antoine Vermette -- Chris Wagner

Joseph Cramarossa -- Michael Sgarbossa -- Jared Boll

Cam Fowler -- Josh Manson

Clayton Stoner -- Sami Vatanen

Shea Theodore -- Kevin Bieksa

John Gibson

Dustin Tokarski

Scratched: Korbinian Holzer, Rickard Rakell

Injured: Jonathan Bernier (upper body), Nate Thompson (Achilles), Simon Despres (concussion symptoms)

 

Status report

If McElhinney gets the start, it will be his first playing time this season. … Ducks center Rickard Rakell was activated on Thursday and took line rushes Friday morning, but Carlyle said he will not play against Columbus. Carlyle hopes Rakell, who's recovering from abdominal surgery, will be ready to play at the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday. "Is he available? He's going to be able to tell us that," Carlyle said. "He'll have a week under his belt here and he's going to be the one who's going to tell us." Bernier did not skate and Carlyle says he's still day-to-day. Tokarski will back up Gibson for the second straight game. Theodore was reassigned to San Diego of the American Hockey League on Thursday and recalled on Friday. Forward Emerson Etem cleared waivers and was reassigned to San Diego.

 

Who's hot

Hartnell has five points in six games. Saad has a goal and an assist in the past two games. … Vatanen has six points in six games. Perry has six points in five games. Fowler has three points in three games and is second on the team with seven points. Getzlaf has four points in his past two games and leads the Ducks with eight points.

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