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Schenn expected to stay in Flyers lineup

OK after head injury, should play vs. Blue Jackets

by Adam Kimelman @NHLAdamK / Deputy Managing Editor

BLUE JACKETS (27-30-8) at FLYERS (29-23-11)

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

PHILADELPHIA -- The Philadelphia Flyers expect to have forward Brayden Schenn in the lineup against the Columbus Blue Jackets at Wells Fargo Center on Saturday. 

Schenn sustained a head injury during the third period of the Flyers' 4-0 loss to the Edmonton Oilers on Thursday. 

"See how I feel after the skate here and go from there," he said after the Flyers' morning skate.

During a scrum between the benches with 12:44 remaining, Schenn lost his helmet and fell over backwards with Oilers defenseman Adam Pardy on top of him, banging the back of his head on the ice. He played three more shifts after that and sat out the final 6:07.   

"I felt good the one shift, then I stepped on the ice for the power play and it hit me," he said. "That's when I knew to shut it down. That's when I got tested, went through the whole protocol, and take it day-by-day. 

"Could have been a lot worse. You don't expect to get your helmet taken off in a scrum that fast. Then I didn't know anyone was behind me when I got pushed over. Definitely feel lucky to be feeling good." 

Schenn practiced in his usual spot at left wing along with center Claude Giroux and right wing Wayne Simmonds during the skate. 

"I think he's ready to go," Flyers coach Dave Hakstol said. "We said [Friday] we'd take it one day at a time and I think he's ready to go." 

Flyers goalie Steve Mason will make his first start since Feb. 20 against the Toronto Maple Leafs, when he left the game in the third period because of muscle cramping in his lower body. Michal Neuvirth started the previous five games. He allowed four goals on 31 shots in the loss to the Oilers. 

"I expect [Mason] to go in there and play a great game," Hakstol said. "Can be tough when you haven't been in the net for a few days like [Mason]. It's a tough challenge and it's one he's up to. He's worked real hard and he'll go in and do a great job for his teammates." 

Blue Jackets forward Brandon Saad will not play because of an upper-body injury sustained Friday in a 6-3 win against Edmonton. Rene Bourque, who was a healthy scratch Friday, will join the lineup and play left wing on the fourth line with center Gregory Campbell and right wing Jared Boll.  

Columbus coach John Tortorella said Curtis McElhinney will be in goal. It will be his first game since Feb. 23. Jones Korpisalo had started 16 of the previous 17 games. He allowed three goals on 36 shots Friday. 

"The biggest thing I'd like to see is we need to be little bit more physical tonight," Tortorella said. "I don't think Edmonton is a physical team. This team (the Flyers) is going to come at us. They know it's our back-to-back. We need to be ready to defend ourselves and also inflict as far as how we're going to play this game, not wait to see how the game is going to be played. We have to be ready to go and attack them." 

Here are the projected lineups: 


Boone Jenner - Brandon Dubinsky - Cam Atkinson  
Nick Foligno - Alexander Wennberg - Scott Hartnell  
Matt Calvert - William Karlsson - David Clarkson  
Rene Bourque - Gregory Campbell - Jared Boll 

Ryan Murray - Seth Jones  
Cody Goloubef - David Savard  
Fedor Tyutin - Dalton Prout  

Curtis McElhinney 
Joonas Korpisalo  

Injured: Brandon Saad (upper body), Sergei Bobrovsky (groin), Jack Johnson (upper body) 
Scratched: None 


Brayden Schenn - Claude Giroux - Wayne Simmonds 
Michael Raffl - Sean Couturier - Sam Gagner  
Scott Laughton - Nick Cousins - Matt Read  
Chris VandeVelde - Pierre-Edouard Bellemare - Ryan White  

Andrew MacDonald - Shayne Gostisbehere  
Nick Schultz - Mark Streit  
Brandon Manning - Radko Gudas  

Steve Mason 
Michal Neuvirth 

Injured: Michael Del Zotto (wrist), Jordan Weal (upper body), Jakub Voracek (lower body) 
Scratched: R.J. Umberger, Evgeny Medvedev  

Status report: Tortorella did not have an update on Saad's condition. Saad sat out the third period Friday and did not travel to Philadelphia. ... Hartnell scored a goal Friday and is one from 300 for his NHL career. He spent seven seasons with the Flyers prior to being traded to the Blue Jackets. "I like playing there obviously," Hartnell told the Blue Jackets website Friday. "You get excited for those games." ... The Blue Jackets did not have a morning skate Saturday. ... The Flyers had their morning skate at their practice facility in Voorhees, N.J. The Villanova University men's basketball team played Georgetown at Wells Fargo Center on Saturday. ... Manning replaces Medvedev in the lineup after sitting out the previous two games. 

Who's hot: Atkinson has goals in back-to-back games. ... Schenn has seven goals and six assists in his past 11 games.

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