For the first time since he suffered a groin injury in practice Oct. 17, Curtis Sanford
will see game action for the Columbus Blue Jackets
tonight against the Boston Bruins
at TD Garden.
Sanford has played just one game so far this season -- a relief appearance Oct. 8 at Minnesota. He missed 11 games with the injury before he backed up Steve Mason
in the Jackets' loss to the Wild Tuesday.
"We get a chance here for Curtis to finally get a game in," coach Scott Arniel
said after his team's morning skate. "No bigger stage, obviously, against Boston. He's excited. He was pretty frustrated because he got hurt the day before his last start and we kept him away from too much work [Wednesday] so he'd be ready today. But if he can give us a spark, that's what we need."
The switch to Sanford in goal won't be the only change for the Jackets, who should have Derick Brassard
back in the lineup after he was a healthy scratch for two straight games.
"He's a proud guy and he doesn't want to sit out games and I think that his game had slipped a bit. But Derick … he's a skilled guy that can make plays," Arniel said. "A team that's looking for offense, we can use him. If he plays hard and competes hard, that will go a long way toward him having success."
Here's a look at Columbus' projected lineup:
- Jeff Carter
- Rick Nash
- Mark Letestu
- Ryan Johansen
- Samuel Pahlsson
- Derek Dorsett
- Derick Brassard
- Jared Boll
- James Wisniewski
- Nikita Nikitin
- Grant Clitsome