BLUE JACKETS (24-27-3) at FLYERS (24-22-10)
TV: FS-O, CSN-PH
Columbus Blue Jackets all-star forward Nick Foligno has a lower-body injury and won't play against the Philadelphia Flyers at Wells Fargo Center on Tuesday.
Foligno, who has four goals and three assists during a five-game point streak, is day-to-day with a lower-body injury, the Blue Jackets said via Twitter.
Foligno has career highs of 22 goals and 52 points in 53 games, and was one of the captains at the 2015 Honda NHL All-Star Game, which was held at Nationwide Arena in Columbus.
Flyers defenseman Kimmo Timonen will miss his 57th straight game to start the season, but for a team on a 6-0-3 run that has crept back into contention for the Stanley Cup Playoffs, the mere presence of the veteran on the ice at the morning skate Tuesday created a surge of emotion.
Timonen was the last player to take the ice and his teammates all tapped their sticks on the ice to acknowledge his presence. He did not take part in the drills, but estimated later he is about 7-10 days from playing, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported.
"I'm just looking forward to it and I'm happy to be here," Timonen said, according to the Flyers.
Timonen is trying to work his way back into the lineup after blood clots were diagnosed over the summer in his lower right leg and both lungs. The 39-year-old started skating on his own Feb. 6 and said at the time he would need several weeks, or about the length of an NHL training camp, to get into proper game shape.
Taking part in a morning skate is another step in the progression for Timonen, who barring any setbacks is expected to practice in full with the Flyers on Wednesday, according to NJ Advance Media.
The Flyers are six points behind the Boston Bruins for the second wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference. They must also catch the Florida Panthers, who are four points out.
The Blue Jackets, who defeated the Flyers 4-3 in overtime Friday in Columbus, are 13 points behind the Bruins. Goalie Curtis McElhinney is expected to start for Columbus and face Ray Emery of Philadelphia.
Here are the projected lineups:
Corey Tropp - Ryan Johansen - Scott Hartnell
Matt Calvert - Brandon Dubinsky - Cam Atkinson
Marko Dano - Artem Anisimov - Alexander Wennberg
Jared Boll - Mark Letestu - Jack Skille
Jack Johnson - David Savard
Kevin Connauton - James Wisniewski
Fedor Tyutin - Cody Goloubef
Scratched: Jordan Leopold
Injured: Nathan Horton (back), Ryan Murray (ankle), Sergei Bobrovsky (groin), Boone Jenner (back), Jeremy Morin (heart), Dalton Prout (upper body), Nick Foligno (lower body)
Brayden Schenn – Claude Giroux – Jakub Voracek
Matt Read – Sean Couturier – Wayne Simmonds
R.J. Umberger – Michael Raffl – Ryan White
Chris VandeVelde – Pierre-Edouard Bellemare – Vincent Lecavalier
Nicklas Grossmann – Mark Streit
Michael Del Zotto – Luke Schenn
Nick Schultz – Braydon Coburn
Scratched: Carlo Colaiacovo, Andrew MacDonald, Zac Rinaldo
Injured: Steve Mason (knee), Kimmo Timonen (blood clots)
Status report: Blue Jackets forward Brian Gibbons cleared waivers Tuesday. He was activated off injured reserve and reassigned to Springfield of the American Hockey League. … Rinaldo is eligible to play after serving an eight-game suspension for charging and boarding Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Kris Letang in a Jan. 20 game, but will be a healthy scratch.
Who's hot: Hartnell has three goals and five assists during a six-game point streak. Wisniewski has one goal and three assists during a four-game point streak. Atkinson has four goals in the past five games. Dubinsky has goals in consecutive games. … Simmonds has three goals and three assists during a four-game point streak. Read has two goals and two assists during a four-game point streak.