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Anderson returns to Columbus lineup; Toronto playing first of back to back

by Dave McCarthy / NHL.com Independent Correspondent

BLUE JACKETS (3-3-2) at MAPLE LEAFS (5-3-1)

7 p.m. ET; ESPN+, SN, FS-O, NHL.TV

 

The Game

Josh Anderson will return to the lineup for the Columbus Blue Jackets when they face the Toronto Maple Leafs at Scotiabank Arena on Monday.

Anderson, who did not have a point in Columbus' first two games this season, missed the past six games with an upper-body injury.

Goalie Joonas Korpisalo will start for the Blue Jackets, who are 2-0-2 in their past four games and have scored two goals or fewer in five of their first eight.

Frederik Andersen will start for the Maple Leafs, who are playing the first of back-to-back games with the second coming at the Boston Bruins on Tuesday. Toronto is 3-1-0 in its past four games after going 0-2-1 in the prior three.

 

Players to watch

Blue Jackets forward Pierre-Luc Dubois leads Columbus with three goals, each scored in his past five games, and is tied with Seth Jones, Gustav Nyquist and Alexander Wennberg in points with four.

Maple Leafs defenseman Morgan Rielly has six points (two goals, four assists) in his past three games. He scored two goals, including the overtime-winner, against the Bruins on Saturday and is tied with Mitchell Marner for the team lead with 11 points.

 

They said it 

"You're [darn] right it does, he's one of our best players. In the time he's spent with me, he is one [heck] of a hockey player. There is so much there where in my mind where I can project what he can be. He can be something special." -- Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella on Josh Anderson

"It's a group effort, it's important to talk to one another (in our own zone.) They're good at (locking down defensively). They're a big team and play hard. They're good defensively and block lots of shots, so it can be difficult to get stuff going against them." -- Maple Leafs defenseman Morgan Rielly

 

Blue Jackets projected lineup

Gustav Nyquist -- Pierre-Luc Dubois -- Cam Atkinson

Nick Foligno -- Alexander Wennberg -- Josh Anderson

Alexandre Texier -- Boone Jenner -- Emil Bemstrom

Oliver Bjorkstrand -- Riley Nash -- Sonny Milano

Zach Werenski -- Seth Jones

Dean Kukan -- Markus Nutivaara

Vladislav Gavrikov -- David Savard

Joonas Korpisalo

Elvis Merzlikins

Scratched: Scott Harrington, Markus Hannikainen

Injured: Ryan Murray (undisclosed)

 

Maple Leafs projected lineup 

Andreas Johnsson -- Auston Matthews -- William Nylander

Ilya Mikheyev -- Alexander Kerfoot -- Mitchell Marner

Trevor Moore -- Jason Spezza -- Kasperi Kapanen

Dmytro Timashov -- Nicholas Shore -- Frederik Gauthier

Morgan Rielly -- Cody Ceci

Jake Muzzin -- Tyson Barrie

Martin Marincin -- Justin Holl

Frederik Andersen

Michael Hutchinson

Scratched: Nic Petan, Kevin Gravel

Injured: John Tavares (broken finger), Zach Hyman (ACL), Travis Dermott (shoulder)

 

Status report

Murray is a game-time decision. If he plays, Kukan will be a healthy scratch, Tortorella said. … Johnsson did not practice Sunday after blocking a shot with his leg against the Bruins but will play.

 

Stat pack

Bjorkstrand's next point will be his 100th in the NHL. … Jenner ended a seven-game pointless streak to start the season by scoring one goal against the Islanders. … Mikheyev has four points (two goals, two assists) in his past four games.

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