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Preview: Blue Jackets at Hurricanes

Columbus goalie Anton Forsberg starts in place of ill Sergei Bobrovsky; forward Elias Lindholm back in Carolina lineup

by Kurt Dusterberg / NHL.com Correspondent

BLUE JACKETS (28-7-4) at HURRICANES (18-15-7)

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

 

Blue Jackets team scope

Goalie Sergei Bobrovsky was scheduled to start for the Columbus Blue Jackets but did not participate in the morning skate because of an illness, so Anton Forsberg will make his first NHL start of the season. Forsberg, recalled from Cleveland of the American Hockey League on Monday after Curtis McElhinney was placed on waivers, was 12-6-1 with a 2.16 goals-against average and .930 save percentage for the Monsters. "For [Anton], it's probably a good thing," coach John Tortorella said. "Don't think about it. He has a pregame skate and he's going to play." Goalie Joonas Korpisalo, who appeared in 31 games for the Blue Jackets last season, was recalled from Cleveland to serve as the backup. "Forsberg earned the spot," Tortorella said. "I think it's a good thing with the goaltending situation. Remember, Korpisalso was here for how many games last year? We made the call down there, they feel Forsberg is the guy right now. I think it's good for the organization that it's on merit here, as far as what he's done with that team, and he deserves the opportunity."

 

Hurricanes team scope

Carolina Hurricanes forward Elias Lindholm will return to the lineup after missing five games because of an upper-body injury. Lindholm, who had four points in the three games prior to the injury, will re-join linemates Jordan Staal and Brock McGinn. "They're just a hard line to play against and you have two natural centers," coach Bill Peters said. "They're attacking at the net, being hungry, staying at the blue paint. That's what I like about them." Goaltender Cam Ward is expected to start but he left the morning skate early after being hit in the leg by a shot from Lee Stempniak. Forward Ty Rattie, who has one assist in three games since being claimed on waivers from the St. Louis Blues, will be a healthy scratch. The Hurricanes are 8-1-2 in their past 11 games against the Blue Jackets.

 

Blue Jackets projected lineup

Brandon Saad -- Alexander Wennberg -- Nick Foligno

Boone Jenner -- Brandon Dubinsky -- Cam Atkinson

Matt Calvert -- William Karlsson -- Josh Anderson

Scott Hartnell -- Lukas Sedlak -- Sam Gagner

Zach Werenski -- Seth Jones

Jack Johnson -- David Savard

Markus Nutivaara -- Ryan Murray

Anton Forsberg

Joonas Korpisalo

Scratched: Scott Harrington, Dalton Prout

Injured: Sergei Bobrovsky (illness) David Clarkson (lower body) 

 

Hurricanes projected lineup

Jeff Skinner -- Victor Rask - Derek Ryan

Sebastian Aho -- Teuvo Teravainen -- Lee Stempniak

Brock McGinn -- Jordan Staal -- Elias Lindholm

Joakim Nordstrom -- Jay McClement -- Viktor Stalberg

Jaccob Slavin -- Brett Pesce

Ron Hainsey -- Justin Faulk

Noah Hanifin - Matt Tennyson

Cam Ward

Michael Leighton

Scratched: Klas Dahlbeck, Ryan Murphy, Ty Rattie

Injured: Eddie Lack (concussion), Bryan Bickell (illness)

 

Status report

The Blue Jackets re-assigned forward Markus Hannikainen to Cleveland. … The Hurricanes assigned forward Andrej Nestrasil to Charlotte of the AHL after he cleared waivers Tuesday. ... Bickell, who is being treated for multiple sclerosis, was on the ice prior to the morning skate.

 

Who's hot

Atkinson has four goals in his past five games. ... Foligno has four goals and 12 points in his past eight games. ... Aho has four goals in his past five games. ... Ryan has three goals in three games.

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