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Preview: Blackhawks at Blue Jackets

Marian Hossa sidelined for Chicago, defenseman Ryan Murray returns for winless Blue Jackets

by Craig Murz / Correspondent

BLACKHAWKS (2-2-0) at BLUE JACKETS (0-2-0)

7 p.m. ET; FS-O, CSN-CH, NHL.TV

Blackhawks team scope

Chicago Blackhawks forward Marian Hossa will not play after blocking a shot against the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday and sustaining a lower-body injury. Earlier in that game, he scored his 500th NHL goal. Hossa is questionable for Chicago's game against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday. Rookie forward Ryan Hartman will take Hossa's spot after missing the past two games with a lower-body injury. One player who will be in the lineup is defenseman Brian Campbell, whose consecutive games played streak of 387 games looked like it might be in jeopardy. Coach Joel Quenneville said after the morning skate that he considered making Campbell a healthy scratch after Trevor van Riemsdyk replaced him alongside Gustav Forsling on the third defensive pairing during the previous two days of practice. Instead, Quenneville said Campbell and van Riemsdyk would be in the lineup against Columbus, but he would not say who would sit. Quenneville did say van Riemsdyk needs to play after being scratched for the past three games. "He's been out too many games now," Quenneville said. "We want him playing. There are seven D. They all deserve to play as well. That's what we're looking at." Rookie forward Gustav Forsling or defenseman Michal Kempny is likely to come out of the lineup

Blue Jackets team scope

Defenseman Ryan Murray returns for the Columbus Blue Jackets after missing one game with a lower-body injury from blocking a shot. He will be paired with Seth Jones again on the top unit, and rookie Zach Werenski will play with David Savard on the second pairing. This is the first game for the Blue Jackets since they lost 3-2 to the San Jose Sharks last Saturday to fall to 0-2-0. Having to wait nearly a week to play again has been frustrating. "We've got to play a game," coach John Tortorella said. "It's really is hard to evaluate your team sitting around here so long with two losses and nothing to show for it. We have to keep our patience here and let our guys get going and get some games under their belts." He said he treated the long break as a mini-training camp to keep the players focused. "It's almost like the season didn't start with the break we had so we've had a lot of practice and a lot of review," forward Brandon Saad said. "We're all excited, especially with the way we started. We did some good things but came up short in a couple of games."

Blackhawks projected lineup

Tyler Motte -- Jonathan Toews -- Richard Panik

Artemi Panarin -- Artem Anisimov -- Patrick Kane

Vinnie Hinostroza -- Nick Schmaltz -- Ryan Hartman

Dennis Rasmussen -- Marcus Kruger -- Jordin Tootoo

Duncan Keith -- Niklas Hjalmarsson

Michal Kempny -- Brent Seabrook

Brian Campbell -- Trevor van Riemsdyk

Corey Crawford

Scott Darling

Scratched: Gustav Forsling, Michal Rozsival

Injured: Andrew Desjardins (lower body), Marian Hossa (lower body)

Blue Jackets projected lineup

Matt Calvert -- Brandon Dubinsky -- Cam Atkinson

Brandon Saad - Alexander Wennberg -- Nick Foligno

Scott Hartnell -- William Karlsson -- Josh Anderson

Boone Jenner -- Lukas Sedlak -- Oliver Bjorkstrand

Ryan Murray -- Seth Jones

Zach Werenski -- David Savard

Jack Johnson -- Markus Nutivaara

Sergei Bobrovsky

Curtis McElhinney

Scratches: Sam Gagner, Dalton Prout, Scott Harrington

Injuries: Joonas Korpisalo (groin), David Clarkson (back)

Status report

Schmaltz will take Hossa's place on the second power-play unit. … Rozsival will be scratched for the fifth straight game. … Sedlak is making his NHL debut, replacing Gagner. The No. 158 pick in the 2011 NHL Draft, drew notice last season when he helped the Lake Erie (now Cleveland) Monsters of the American Hockey League win the Calder Cup. Sedlak had nine goals and 16 points in 17 postseason games. "I don't think he's going to be a prolific scorer," Tortorella said. "That's not going to be his role at the National Hockey League level, but he certainly showed that he can."

Who's hot

Kane has six points in the past two games, including a goal and three assists against the Flyers on Tuesday. … Wennberg (1-2-3) Atkinson (1-1-2) and Werenski (1-1-2) each have points in the first two games for Columbus.

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