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Blue Jackets' Tyutin out, but Foligno set to return

by Craig Merz

COLUMBUS – The Columbus Blue Jackets will be missing defenseman Fedor Tyutin for Game 3 of their Eastern Conference First Round series Monday against the Pittsburgh Penguins at Nationwide Arena (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, RDS, FS-O, ROOT).

Gibbons and Tyutin were injured Saturday during the Blue Jackets' 4-3 double overtime win that evened the series at 1-1.

Columbus, coming off the first postseason win in franchise history, will have wing Nick Foligno in the lineup after he sat the past seven games with a lower-body injury. Foligno had 18 goals in the regular season.

"He's going to come in and provide a little spark for us," Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards said. "There's some different elements that Nick brings. Nick can play different ways based on the skill set. He's big. He can skate. He's got a physical edge to him."

Richards also said that Tyutin, out with an undisclosed injury, will be replaced by Dalton Prout, who was in and out of the lineup this season for his erratic play.

"He's proven to me, you saw it last year in big moments when he needed him, that he was a top four defenseman," Richards said. "He's a guy that has to come out and play a simple straight forward game. The one thing he does bring is size and strength and edge on the back end."

Penguins coach Dan Bylsma will choose between forwards Jayson Megna or Taylor Pyatt to fill in for center Brian Gibbons, who was injured in the first period after scoring an even strength goal and another shorthanded in the opening 4:24.

"He has that burst of speed that can change a game," Pittsburgh left wing Chris Kunitz said. "You saw that the last game. He had a couple of goals on a couple of shots in a couple of minutes."

Beau Bennett will likely be moved from the third line to the top one and play to the right of center Sidney Crosby with Kunitz on the other side.

Here are the projected lineups:


Chris Kunitz - Sidney Crosby - Beau Bennett

Jussi Jokinen - Evgeni Malkin - James Neal

Tanner Glass - Brandon Sutter - Lee Stempniak

Jayson Megna - Joe Vitale - Craig Adams

Brooks Orpik - Paul Martin

Rob Scuderi - Kris Letang

Olli Maatta - Matt Niskanen

Marc-Andre Fleury

Jeff Zatkoff

Scratches: Tomas Vokoun, Derek Engelland, Robert Bortuzzo, Taylor Pyatt, Chris Conner

Injured: Pascal Dupuis (knee), Marcel Goc (foot), Brian Gibbons (undisclosed)


Boone Jenner - Ryan Johansen - Jack Skille

Matt Calvert - Brandon Dubinsky - Cam Atkinson

Nick Foligno - Artem Anisimov - RJ Umberger

Derek MacKenzie - Mark Letestu - Blake Comeau

Jack Johnson - David Savard

Ryan Murray - James Wisniewski

Nikita Nikitin - Dalton Prout

Sergei Bobrovsky

Curtis McElhinney

Scratched: Jeremy Smith, Nick Schultz, Corey Tropp, Jared Boll, Matt Frattin

Injured: Nathan Horton (abdominal surgery), Fedor Tyutin (undisclosed)

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