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Blue Jackets' Tyutin more likely to return in Game 5

by Craig Merz

COLUMBUS -- The news is mixed for two of the Columbus Blue Jackets' injured top-six defensemen.

Rookie Ryan Murray did not participate in practice Friday and is likely to miss a second straight game when the Eastern Conference First Round series returns to Pittsburgh for Game 5 on Saturday at Consol Energy Center (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, RDS, FS-O, ROOT).

The best-of-7 Stanley Cup Playoff series is tied 2-2.

Murray was seen by a member of the media with a boot on his right foot prior to Game 4 on Wednesday in Columbus after leaving the morning skate early.

"Losing Murray is a big setback for us, but guys have stepped up and played some really good hockey," center Ryan Johansen said.

Fedor Tyutin, one of three players left from Columbus' only other Stanley Cup Playoffs appearance in 2009, practiced Friday and could return after missing Games 3 and 4. He was injured early in the second game.

"He did everything and stayed out on the ice the full time," coach Todd Richards said. "That's all positive."

Starting goalie Sergei Bobrovsky and center Brandon Dubinsky were not on the main ice at Nationwide Arena. Dubinsky took a maintenance day, and Bobrovsky worked on technique with goaltender coach Ian Clark on the adjacent practice rink.

Richards said he expects Bobrovsky and Dubinsky to be in the lineup.

Defenseman Dalton Prout made his NHL postseason debut playing the past two games for Tyutin. Defenseman Nick Schultz, acquired from the Edmonton Oilers on March 5, played his 25th Stanley Cup game subbing for Murray.

"We brought him here for his experience," Richards said of Schultz. "He's an older guy (31) that's seen it all and done it all. He's played in playoff games. It was adding some needed depth."

Richards gave no indication if he would use Prout or Schultz if Murray can't play.

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