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Columbus seeks best 10-game start in its history; Winnipeg tries for fifth win in seven games

by Craig Merz / NHL.com Correspondent

JETS (4-3-1) at BLUE JACKETS (6-3-0)

7 p.m. ET; FS-O, TSN3, NHL.TV

 

The Game

The Columbus Blue Jackets are trying to complete the best 10-game start in their history when they face the Winnipeg Jets at Nationwide Arena on Friday. Their best start since entering the NHL in 2000 was in 2007-08, when they began the season 6-3-1.

In the Blue Jackets' 5-1 home win against the Buffalo Sabres on Wednesday, a season-high 13 players had points, Defenseman Seth Jones had a goal and an assist.

The Jets are 4-1-1 in their past six games and play the second of a back-to-back set. Winnipeg lost 2-1 in overtime at the Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday. It's the first back-to-back games this season for the Jets, who play an NHL-low nine.

 

Players to watch

Center Matt Hendricks made his Jets debut against Pittsburgh after missing Winnipeg's first seven games with a lower-body injury. He won seven of 10 face-offs in 8:57 of ice time. Hendricks signed a one-year, $700,000 free-agent contract on Aug. 26.

Blue Jackets right wing Josh Anderson moved from the third line to the top line with center Nick Foligno and Artemi Panarin. Anderson scored his second goal of the season on Wednesday.

 

They said it

"Not a bad way to start the road trip. We have to go into Columbus and make amends for our last game and play a quicker game. Keep it going." -- Jets coach Paul Maurice after the overtime defeat at Pittsburgh, referring to a 5-2 home loss to the Blue Jackets on Oct. 17.

"When you play with two skilled guys there [Nick Foligno and Artemi Panarin] you want to get the puck to them as much as you can because you know you're going to get it back." -- Blue Jackets right wing Josh Anderson on his new linemates

 

Jets projected lineup

Kyle Connor -- Mark Scheifele -- Blake Wheeler

Nikolaj Ehlers -- Bryan Little -- Patrik Laine

Brandon Tanev -- Andrew Copp -- Shawn Matthias

Brendan Lemieux -- Matt Hendricks -- Joel Armia

Josh Morrissey -- Jacob Trouba

Toby Enstrom - Dustin Byfuglien

Dmitry Kulikov -- Tyler Myers

Steve Mason

Connor Hellebuyck

Scratched: Tucker Poolman, Marko Dano

Injured: Adam Lowry (upper body), Mathieu Perreault (lower body)

 

Blue Jackets projected lineup

Artemi Panarin -- Nick Foligno -- Josh Anderson

Boone Jenner -- Brandon Dubinsky -- Cam Atkinson

Matt Calvert -- Alexander Wennberg -- Oliver Bjorkstrand

Sonny Milano -- Zac Dalpe -- Pierre-Luc Dubois

Zach Werenski -- Seth Jones

Jack Johnson -- David Savard

Ryan Murray -- Markus Nutivaara

Sergei Bobrovsky

Joonas Korpisalo

Scratched: Markus Hannikainen, Scott Harrington

Injured: Gabriel Carlsson (upper body), Lukas Sedlak (ankle)

 

Status report

Mason, who began his NHL career with the Blue Jackets, could start after Hellebuyck played in Pittsburgh. He hasn't played since allowing five goals in the loss to Columbus. … Bobrovsky likely will start; Korpisalo may play at the St. Louis Blues on Saturday.

 

Stat pack

Myers needs one point for 200 (60 goals, 139 assists) in his NHL career. …. The Blue Jackets are 10-for-10 on the penalty kill at home. Panarin has seven points (one goal, six assists) in the past six games. He needs one assist for 100 in his NHL career.

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