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Ducks defenseman Vatanen back in lineup

by Staff

The Anaheim Ducks recalled defenseman Sami Vatanen from the Norfolk Admirals of the American Hockey League on Monday and he's expected to be in the lineup, paired with veteran Bryan Allen, for the Ducks' game against the Columbus Blue Jackets at Honda Center.

Vatanen has six goals and 14 points in 39 NHL games.

Coming out of the lineup will be Luca Sbisa and Mark Fistric, the latter of whom sustained a lower-body injury Saturday against the Dallas Stars and was placed on injured reserve.

Frederik Andersen, who has won 14 of his first 16 NHL decisions, will get the start in goal.

He'll be opposed by the Blue Jackets' Sergei Bobrovsky, who has won his past two starts and nine of 11 since returning from injury.

Blue Jackets defenseman James Wisniewski will be a game-time decision. He's nursing a lower-body injury sustained when he blocked a shot late in the game Saturday against the Florida Panthers. Tim Erixon was called up prior to the road trip, and either he or Cody Goloubef could Wisniewski's place if he can't go.

Forward Marian Gaborik, out with a broken collarbone, joined the Blue Jackets for part of their skate, wearing a red no-contact jersey.

Here's how the lineups could look Monday for the Blue Jackets and Ducks:


Boone Jenner - Ryan Johansen - Nathan Horton

Nick Foligno - Artem Anisimov - RJ Umberger

Matt Calvert - Brandon Dubinsky - Cam Atkinson

Derek MacKenzie - Mark Letestu - Corey Tropp

Fedor Tyutin - Jack Johnson

Ryan Murray - James Wisniewski

Nikita Nikitin - David Savard

Sergei Bobrovsky

Curtis McElhinney

Scratched: Cody Goloubef, Tim Erixon, Blake Comeau

Injured: Marian Gaborik (collarbone), Jared Boll (ankle surgery)


Dustin Penner - Ryan Getzlaf - Corey Perry

Patrick Maroon - Mathieu Perreault - Teemu Selanne

Jakob Silfverberg - Saku Koivu - Andrew Cogliano

Kyle Palmieri - David Steckel - Daniel Winnik

Cam Fowler - Ben Lovejoy

Hampus Lindholm - Francois Beauchemin

Sami Vatanen - Bryan Allen

Frederik Andersen

Jonas Hiller

Scratched: Luca Sbisa, Tim Jackman, Matt Beleskey

Injured: Sheldon Souray (wrist), Viktor Fasth (lower body), Mark Fistric (lower body), Nick Bonino (upper body)

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