GLENDALE, Ariz. – The Columbus Blue Jackets lost center Artem Anisimov early in the second period of Friday’s 2-1 loss at the Los Angeles Kings, but coach Todd Richards said the injury was just a bruise. Anisimov was walking without a limp and without a boot after the game and may be able to play Saturday.
Defenseman James Wisniewski remains away from the team to be with his wife for the birth of their daughter. Steve Mason is expected to be in the net tonight.
For the Phoenix Coyotes, Derek Morris is day-to-day with an upper-body injury he aggravated in the first period of Thursday’s 3-0 loss at the Nashville Predators. Coach Dave Tippett said center Matthew Lombardi, out since the second week of the season, could be ready to go as early as Monday against the Calgary Flames.
Mikkel Boedker and Steve Sullivan will flip lines tonight in an attempt to shake up the chemistry of an offense that was 0-for-12 on the power play over a three-game road trip in which they notched three goals, all of which were scored in a 3-2 overtime win at the Colorado Avalanche on Monday night. Paul Bissonnette will play with Nick Johnson getting scratched.
Captain Shane Doan needs one goal to tie former teammate and captain Keith Tkachuk for second place on the all-time franchise list at 323. Dale Hawerchuk is the franchise's all-time leader at 379.
Vinny Prospal - Artem Anisimov - Mark Letestu
R.J. Umberger - Derick Brassard - Derek Dorsett
Matt Calvert - Brandon Dubinsky - Nick Foligno
Colton Gillies - Derek MacKenzie - Jared Boll
Jack Johnson - Adrian Aucoin
Fedor Tyutin - Nikita Nikitin
Tim Erixon - Cody Goloubef
Scratched: James Wisniewski (birth of child), John Moore, Nick Drazenovic
Injured: Cam Atkinson (ankle)
Mikkel Boedker – Antoine Vermette – Shane Doan
Steve Sullivan – Martin Hanzal – Radim Vrbata
Lauri Korpikoski – Boyd Gordon – David Moss
Raffi Torres – Kyle Chipchura – Paul Bissonnette,
Oliver Ekman-Larsson – Zbynek Michalek
Keith Yandle – Rostislav Klesla
Chris Summers – David Rundblad
Scratches: Nick Johnson
Injuries: Matthew Lombardi (upper body), David Schlemko (shoulder), Derek Morris (upper body)