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Preview: Blue Jackets at Lightning

Sergei Bobrovsky returns from illness, in goal for Columbus; Tampa Bay seeks back-to-back wins

by Corey Long / NHL.com Correspondent

BLUE JACKETS (28-8-4) at LIGHTNING (20-19-4)

8 p.m. ET; SN, TVA Sports, SUN, FS-O, NHL.TV

 

Blue Jackets team scope

Sergei Bobrovsky will be in goal for the Columbus Blue Jackets after missing one game with an illness. Forward Matt Calvert will also be in the lineup after missing the previous game. The Blue Jackets have scored five goals in each of their two wins against the Lightning this season. Following a 16-game winning streak, Columbus has one win in its past four games. Coach John Tortorella will speak in the pre-game ceremony when the Tampa Bay Lightning retire Martin St. Louis' jersey. Tortorella coached the Lightning from 2000-08 and won the 2004 Stanley Cup with the team led by St. Louis. "It's well deserved," Tortorella said. "To where that organization is right now in the present day, it doesn't get there unless you have a guy like Marty St. Louis and the things he did in really developing the foundation." Tortorella said his early years in Tampa compare with his current time in Columbus. "When I started last year (in Columbus) it reminded me of Tampa as we go through this process," Tortorella said. "I make no bones about it. I thought our locker room stunk of entitlement last year in Columbus and I thought the locker room in Tampa stunk of entitlement when we first started. Very similar circumstances and that's why it so much fun for me to have the opportunity to coach Columbus and follow the same blueprint we had [in Tampa]."

 

Lightning team scope

Andrei Vasilevskiy will be in goal Friday on the second leg of back-to-back games. Goaltender Ben Bishop returned to the lineup on Thursday after missing nine games and made 24 saves in a 4-2 win against the Buffalo Sabres to help Tampa Bay ended a four-game losing streak. "Ben gave us a big boost coming back in the lineup," Lightning coach Jon Cooper said. "It started with him and Brian Boyle returning as well. Both those guys were big parts of our game." Bishop said he is excited to watch St. Louis, his former teammate, have his jersey retired. "Just seeing him before [Thursday] he's still acting like a little kid," Bishop said. "I miss him so much in the locker room. He's such a good guy and such a warrior on the ice. He was the full package and I feel honored to be able to play with him and [Friday] is going to be a special night because he's a special guy." Captain Steven Stamkos will speak in the pre-game ceremony along with former Lightning players Vincent Lecavalier, Fredrik Modin and Dave Andreychuk.

 

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

Sergei Bobrovsky

Joonas Korpisalo

Scratched: Markus Hannikainen, Scott Harrington, Dalton Prout

Injured: David Clarkson (back)

 

Lightning projected lineup

Ondrej Palat -- Vladislav Namestnikov -- Nikita Kucherov

Brian Boyle -- Valtteri Filppula -- Jonathan Drouin

Alex Killorn -- Tyler Johnson -- Matthew Peca

Michael Bournival -- Cedric Paquette -- Gabriel Dumont

Victor Hedman -- Anton Stralman

Jason Garrison -- Andrej Sustr

Nikita Nesterov -- Braydon Coburn

Andrei Vasilevskiy

Ben Bishop

Scratched: Luke Witkowski, Erik Condra

Injured: Ryan Callahan (hip), Steven Stamkos (knee injury), J.T. Brown (upper body), Brayden Point (hand), Adam Erne (broken foot)

 

Status report

The Lightning recalled Condra from Syracuse of the American Hockey League in preparation for their upcoming west coast trip. …With Bobrovsky able to play, the Blue Jackets sent goalie Anton Forsberg to Cleveland of the AHL and recalled forward Markus Hannikainen. … Cooper said there is a lot of concern surround Callahan's injury situation. "For him to get in for one or two games and then have to be out and have some lingering effects of some past issues he's had, it's killing him," Cooper said.

 

Who's hot

Palat had two goals and an assist on Thursday. … Kucherov scored a goal Thursday and has four goals and seven assists in the past nine games. … Bobrovsky is 15-1-0 with 29 goals allowed in his past 16 starts. … Atkinson scored his 20th goal of the season on Tuesday and has five goals in the past six games.

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