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Blue Jackets' McElhinney to start again: report

by Kurt Dusterberg

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Curtis McElhinney will start against the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday, according to a report by Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch.

Sergei Bobrovsky, who didn't dress for a 2-1 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Friday night due to flu symptoms, will serve as the backup.

Columbus reassigned goalie Mike McKenna to the Springfield Falcons on Friday night.

Columbus remains in the top wild-card position for the Stanley Cup Playoffs in the Eastern Conference with 80 points. The Blue Jackets are tied in points with the Detroit Red Wings, Washington Capitals and Toronto Maple Leafs but their 37 wins is the most of any team in that group and puts them in the lead for the top wild-card spot.

The Hurricanes' playoff hopes are dim. A 9-0-0 finish would leave them with 91 points.

"We still believe we're in this battle," Carolina coach Kirk Muller said. "Our focus is for everyone coming out and playing to their capabilities and bringing something to the table."

Here are the projected lineups for the Blue Jackets and Hurricanes:


Boone Jenner - Ryan Johansen - Nathan Horton

Matt Calvert - Brandon Dubinsky - Cam Atkinson

Nick Foligno - Artem Anisimov - Corey Tropp

Derek MacKenzie - Mark Letestu - Blake Comeau

Jack Johnson - Dalton Prout

Fedor Tyutin - James Wisniewski

Nikita Nikitin - David Savard

Curtis McElhinney

Sergei Bobrovsky

Scratched: RJ Umberger, Nick Schultz, Matt Frattin, Tim Erixon, Jared Boll

Injured: Ryan Murray (knee)


Eric Staal - Andrei Loktionov - Jiri Tlusty

Nathan Gerbe - Jordan Staal - Alexander Semin

Jeff Skinner - Riley Nash - Elias Lindholm

Radek Dvorak - Manny Malhotra - Patrick Dwyer

Andrej Sekera - Justin Faulk

Ron Hainsey - John-Michael Liles

Jay Harrison - Brett Bellemore

Anton Khudobin

Cam Ward

Scratched: Drayson Bowman, Mike Komisarek, Justin Peters

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