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Blue Jackets at Senators preview

Columbus' Tortorella looks to move up to 15th in NHL history in coaching wins; Nilsson to start in net for Ottawa

by Callum Fraser / Independent Correspondent

BLUE JACKETS (12-14-5) at SENATORS (13-17-2)

1 p.m. ET; SN, TVAS, FS-O, NHL.TV

The Game

John Tortorella could move into 15th place in NHL history in coaching wins when the Columbus Blue Jackets play the Ottawa Senators at Canadian Tire Centre on Saturday.

Tortorella and Darryl Sutter are tied with 634 wins.

Joonas Korpisalo will start in net the Blue Jackets, who are 1-4-1 in their past six games after going 5-2-0 in their previous seven.

Anders Nilsson will start in goal for the Senators, who are 2-6-1 in their past nine games after going 5-1-0 in their previous six.

Players to watch

Blue Jackets goaltender Joonas Korpisalo made 31 saves in a 1-0 overtime loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday.

Senators forward Anthony Duclair has seven points (five goals, two assists) in the past five games.

They said it

"We're under water. We're under water, so I'm anxious to see how people respond, how coaches respond, our whole team in that locker room, from coaches all the way down, how we're going to have to respond here." -- Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella

"You don't know what the score is going to be, but I don't think there's going to be a ton of chances either way. I think both teams know that they have to play defense to win hockey games. Both teams play hard, so I think you're going to see a hard-fought game." -- Senators coach D.J. Smith

Blue Jackets projected lineup

Sonny Milano -- Pierre-Luc Dubois -- Oliver Bjorkstrand

Nick Foligno -- Boone Jenner -- Josh Anderson

Gustav Nyquist -- Alexandre Texier -- Cam Atkinson

Alexander Wennberg -- Riley Nash -- Eric Robinson

Dean Kukan -- Seth Jones

Ryan Murray -- David Savard

Vladislav Gavrikov -- Andrew Peeke

Joonas Korpisalo

Elvis Merzlikins

Scratched: Scott Harrington

Injured: Emil Bemstrom (rib), Brandon Dubinsky (wrist), Markus Nutivaara (upper body), Kole Sherwood (oblique), Zach Werenski (shoulder)

Senators projected lineup

Brady Tkachuk -- Jean-Gabriel Pageau -- Connor Brown

Tyler Ennis -- Artem Anisimov -- Colin White

Vladislav Namestnikov -- Chris Tierney -- Anthony Duclair

Nick Paul -- Logan Brown -- Jonathan Davidsson

Thomas Chabot -- Ron Hainsey

Mark Borowiecki -- Nikita Zaitsev

Cody Goloubef -- Maxime Lajoie

Anders Nilsson

Marcus Hogberg

Scratched: Mikkel Boedker

Injured: Scott Sabourin (nose), Craig Anderson (knee), Dylan DeMelo (finger)

Status report

Jones did not practice Friday but is expected to play. ... Werenski took part in drills Friday for the first time since he was injured Nov. 30. ... Sherwood also took part in drills for the first time since he was injured Nov. 9. … DeMelo will be out 3-4 weeks after breaking his finger blocking a shot in a 3-2 overtime loss at the Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday. … Smith said Hogberg will start one of the two games during the Florida road trip, which starts at the Florida Panthers on Monday.

Stat pack

The Blue Jackets have scored two goals or fewer in five in their past six games. … Pageau has 16 goals in 32 games, three from his NHL best of 19 goals in 82 games in 2015-16.

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