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Preview: Blue Jackets at Panthers

Columbus goaltender Joonas Korpisalo to start against Florida with Sergei Bobrovsky ill

by Alain Poupart / Correspondent

BLUE JACKETS (29-8-4) at PANTHERS (19-17-8)

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


Blue Jackets team scope

Goaltender Joonas Korpisalo likely will make his second consecutive start after making 31 saves in a 3-1 victory against the Tampa Bay Lightning in his NHL season debut on Friday. Korpisalo got the call against Tampa Bay after No. 1 Sergei Bobrovsky unexpectedly was sidelined for a second game because of illness. "He's just unflappable," coach John Tortorella said of Korpisalo. "I thought he was outstanding in that first period and gave us a chance to win." Korpisalo was recalled from Cleveland of the AHL on Tuesday after goaltender Curtis McElhinney was claimed off waivers by the Toronto Maple Leafs. Goaltender Anton Forsberg was sent to Cleveland on Thursday after allowing four goals on 27 shots in a 5-3 loss against the Carolina Hurricanes. "We don't have a backup," Tortorella said. "We need to find a backup." The Blue Jackets are 5-1-3 in the second game of back-to-back sets this season and 13-4-3 on the road. Columbus is 2-3-0 following their 16-game winning streak, the second-longest in NHL history. The Blue Jackets have recalled goalie Anton Forsberg on an emergency basis.


Panthers team scope

The Florida Panthers did not hold a morning skate after their 5-2 loss against the New York Islanders on Friday. Goaltender Roberto Luongo made 37 saves against the Islanders, but hasn't played in back-to-back games this season, so James Reimer likely will start. Florida, which has lost seven of its past eight games at BB&T Center (1-4-3), was 6-for-6 on the penalty kill against the Islanders, including 3:25 of 5-on-3 time. The Panthers won the first meeting this season against the Blue Jackets, 2-1 in a shootout at BB&T Center on Nov. 26. It was Columbus' last loss before their 16-game winning streak. Florida is 3-2-2 in the second game of back-to-back sets.


Blue Jackets projected lineup

Brandon Saad -- Alexander Wennberg -- Cam Atkinson

Scott Hartnell -- Brandon Dubinsky -- Nick Foligno

Boone Jenner -- William Karlsson -- Josh Anderson

Matt Calvert -- Lukas Sedlak -- Sam Gagner

Zach Werenski -- Seth Jones

Jack Johnson -- David Savard

Ryan Murray -- Markus Nutivaara

Joonas Korpisalo

Anton Forsberg 

Scratched: Markus Hannikainen, Scott Harrington, Dalton Prout

Injured: David Clarkson  (back), Sergei Bobrovsky(ill)


Panthers projected lineup

Jaromir Jagr -- Vincent Trocheck - Seth Griffith

Jonathan Marchessault -- Jussi Jokinen -- Reilly Smith

Derek MacKenzie -- Michael Sgarbossa -- Colton Sceviour

Paul Thompson -- Jared McCann -- Shawn Thornton

Keith Yandle -- Mark Pysyk

Michael Matheson -- Jason Demers

Jakub Kindl -- Aaron Ekblad

James Reimer

Roberto Luongo

Scratched: Dylan McIlrath, Denis Malgin

Injured: Aleksander Barkov  (undisclosed), Jonathan Huberdeau (lower leg), Alex Petrovic  (ankle), Greg McKegg  (upper body), Nick Bjugstad  (lower body)


Status report

Bobrovsky is listed as day to day. … Hannikainen was a healthy scratch against Tampa Bay on Friday after being recalled from Cleveland the day before. … McKegg is expected to miss his fourth game. … MacKenzie moved up from his normal spot at center on the fourth line to play on the third line against the Islanders on Friday.


Who's hot

Atkinson 19 points (12 goals, seven assists) in his past 17 games. … Foligno has 13 points (five goals, eight assists) in his past 11 games. … Trocheck has 11 points (five goals, six assists) in his past nine games. … Jokinen has a goal and two assists in his past three games. … Reimer is 2-1-1 with a .937 save percentage in his past four games.

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