ISLANDERS (27-13-1) at BLUE JACKETS (18-18-3)
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COLUMBUS -- Columbus Blue Jackets forward Jack Skille will be out for at least two weeks because of a lower-body injury, coach Todd Richards said prior to game against the New York Islanders in Nationwide Arena on Saturday.
Richards also said goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky would start following a 5-2 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs on Friday.
“Do we think [Bobrovsky] is rested enough to come in and play the game? We feel, yes, he is,” Richards said.
Skille sustained the injury during the game against Toronto and will be replaced by forward Corey Tropp, a healthy scratch the past two games. Skille has seven points (five goals) in 35 games.
Jeremy Morin will go from the left side on the fourth line to right wing on the third with center Alexander Wennberg and left wing Sean Collins. Tropp will take Morin’s spot on the fourth line.
The Blue Jackets (18-18-3) will make another move with defenseman Cody Goloubef out for Dalton Prout, who was scratched the past three games.
If Skille goes on injured reserve, he will join five other Blue Jackets: Artem Anisimov, Brian Gibbons, Nathan Horton, Boone Jenner and Ryan Murray. Columbus has 254 man games lost to injury this season.
The Islanders (27-13-1) are at 146 lost but left wing Mikhail Grabovski will add to the total after he sustained a lower-body injury during a 3-2 overtime win at the New Jersey Devils on Friday. Forward Cal Clutterbuck will replace him and is expected to play on the fourth line.
Here are the projected lineups:
Josh Bailey - John Tavares – Kyle Okposo
Anders Lee - Frans Nielsen - Ryan Strome
Michael Grabner - Brock Nelson - Cal Clutterbuck
Matt Martin - Casey Cizikas – Nikolay Kulemin
Nick Leddy - Johnny Boychuk
Calvin de Haan - Travis Hamonic
Thomas Hickey - Brian Strait
Scratched: Eric Boulton, Matt Donovan
Injured: Lubomir Visnovsky (upper body), Matt Carkner (back), Mikhail Grabovski (lower body)
Scott Hartnell - Ryan Johansen - Nick Foligno
Matt Calvert - Brandon Dubinsky - Cam Atkinson
Sean Collins - Alexander Wennberg - Jack Skille
Jeremy Morin - Mark Letestu - Jared Boll
Jack Johnson - David Savard
Fedor Tyutin - Cody Goloubef
Kevin Connauton - James Wisniewski
Scratched: Corey Tropp, Dalton Prout, Jordan Leopold
Injured: Artem Anisimov (torn triceps), Brian Gibbons (knee), Nathan Horton (back), Boone Jenner (back), Ryan Murray (knee)
Status report: Johnson is expected to make his first start since Dec. 23 because of the back-to-back games. Halak is 4-2-0 in his past six games.
Who’s hot: Johansen has six goals, including two versus the Maple Leafs, during a five-game goal streak. He has points in nine straight games (six goals, five assists).