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Blue Jackets alter lineup for Game 4 against Penguins

Forward Scott Hartnell healthy scratch, defenseman Kyle Quincey in for injured Zach Werenski with Columbus facing elimination

by Craig Merz / Correspondent

COLUMBUS -- Forward Scott Hartnell will be a healthy scratch when the Columbus Blue Jackets attempt to avoid elimination from the Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference First Round at Nationwide Arena on Tuesday (7:30 p.m. ET; CNBC, SN360, TVA Sports 2, FS-O, ROOT).

The Penguins lead the best-of-7 series 3-0.

Hartnell, who has no points and is minus-2 in three games, will be replaced by rookie forward Lukas Sedlak, said coach John Tortorella.


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Also forward Matt Calvert will return from a one-game suspension by the NHL Department of Player Safety for his cross-check of Penguins forward Tom Kuhnhackl in Game 2. He'll take the place of rookie forward Sonny Milano.

Also, defensemen Kyle Quincey and Markus Nutivaara will replace Scott Harrington and the injured Zach Werenski, who is out for the remainder of the playoffs with facial fractures sustained when he was hit by a puck during a 5-4 overtime loss in Game 3 on Sunday.

Nutivaara and Sedlak will be the ninth and 10th Blue Jackets players to make their postseason debuts in this series.

Hartnell, who turned 35 on Tuesday, said he was given no explanation for the benching but anticipated the move with Sedlak returning after missing the past eight games because of an upper-body injury.

"From what happened a few weeks ago when everyone was healthy, I was the odd man out," Hartnell said. "It's a little frustrating but I just hope the boys can pull it off tonight."

When asked if sitting those earlier games was to give him a break down the stretch, Hartnell said, "I knew it wasn't a rest."

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Hartnell, who has 47 points (19 goals, 28 assists) and 146 penalty minutes in 94 Stanley Cup Playoff games, was benched several times last season by Tortorella for taking too many penalties but that was not an issue this season.

Sedlak, who had 13 points (seven goals, six assists) in 62 regular-season games, offers more speed than Hartnell.

"I want to be really good defensively, help the team in faceoffs, win some puck battles and give pucks to my linemates," Sedlak said.

Quincey will make his series debut but has appeared in 54 playoff games during his NHL career.

"When you're watching it from the press box everything's pretty slow and you can dissect the game a little bit," Quincey said. "I definitely see some things but when you're in the battle everything's a lot faster. Hopefully I can bring some of the things I saw into the game."

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