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Preview: Blue Jackets at Senators

Backup goalie Joonas Korpisalo starts for Columbus, Mike Condon for Ottawa

by Chris Stevenson / NHL.com Correspondent

BLUE JACKETS (31-10-4) at SENATORS (25-15-4)

5 p.m. ET; RDS2, TSN5, FS-O, NHL.TV

 

Blue Jackets team scope

Goaltender Joonas Korpisalo will start for the Columbus Blue Jackets, who can pull even with the Washington Capitals for first place in the Metropolitan Division and the NHL standings with a victory at Canadian Tire Centre. Korpisalo has a 1-1-0 record and a 2.54 goals-against average in two games since being recalled from Cleveland of the American Hockey League. He was 16-12-4 with a 2.60 GAA for Columbus last season. This is the first of five consecutive road games for the Blue Jackets, including three before the All-Star break. Columbus is 4-5-0 since its 16-game winning streak after defeating the Carolina Hurricanes 3-2 at Nationwide Arena on Saturday. One of those losses came Thursday, when the Ottawa Senators won 2-0 at Columbus. The Blue Jackets are 13-5-3 on the road and have outscored their opponents 60-49. Columbus will be completing its 11th of 19 back-to-back games: The Blue Jackets are 9-2-0 in the first game and 5-2-3 in the second. They have the top NHL's power play at 24.3 percent, but they are ninth on the road at 21.5 percent.

 

Senators team scope

The Senators concluded a 3-0-0 road trip with a 3-2 shootout win at the Toronto Maple Leafs ion Saturday. Forward Tom Pyatt scored the deciding goal against the Maple Leafs on the first shootout attempt of his 289-game NHL career. Ottawa is 5-1-0 in its past six games after losing four in a row. The Senators have points in eight of their past 10 home games (5-2-3). Goaltender Mike Condon will make his 13th consecutive start; he is 7-4-1 in the past 12 games, including the victory at Columbus on Thursday. The Senators will face a team playing the second game of a back-to-back situation for the fifth home game in a row. Center Kyle Turris will play his 500th game.

 

Blue Jackets projected lineup

Brandon Saad -- Alexander Wennberg -- Nick Foligno

Boone Jenner -- Brandon Dubinsky -- Cam Atkinson

Markus Hannikainen -- William Karlsson -- Josh Anderson

Scott Hartnell -- Lukas Sedlak -- Sam Gagner

Zach Werenski -- Seth Jones

Jack Johnson -- Dalton Prout

Ryan Murray -- Scott Harrington

Joonas Korpisalo

Sergei Bobrovsky

 

Scratched: Matt Calvert

Injured: David Clarkson (back), Markus Nutivaara (undisclosed), David Savard (undisclosed).

 

Senators projected lineup

Zack Smith -- Derick Brassard -- Mark Stone

Ryan Dzingel -- Kyle Turris -- Bobby Ryan

Mike Hoffman -- Jean-Gabriel Pageau -- Tom Pyatt

Chris Kelly -- Curtis Lazar -- Chris Neil

Marc Methot -- Erik Karlsson

Dion Phaneuf -- Cody Ceci

Fredrik Claesson -- Chris Wideman

Mike Condon

Chris Driedger

Scratched: Fredrik Claesson

Injured: Andrew Hammond (ankle), Clarke MacArthur (concussion), Mark Borowiecki (illness)

Personal leave: Craig Anderson

 

Status report

Savard missed his first game of the season Saturday with an undisclosed injury. Harrington took his place.

 

Who's hot

Jenner has three goals and two assists in five games. Atkinson is 13-9-22 in his past 21 games. Bobrovsky is 17-1-0 with 32 goals against in his past 18 games. … Hoffman has five goals and two assists in his past six games. Ryan has three goals and an assist in his past five games.

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