What a turn of events for Columbus in the past couple of hours. John Tortorella has scratched Ryan Johansen; and Jack Johnson is a question mark for tonight, resulting in an emergency call-up of Justin Falk. And David Savard is injured. With those events said, they are playing an injured Arizona Coyotes team, that has recently lost their starting goaltender, Mike Smith, to a long-term injury.
Is is their final meeting of the regular season, and the both teams haven't been playing their best hockey lately. Arizona still sits third in the Pacific; Columbus is last in the Metro. Arizona has one win in December (1-6-0); same as Columbus (1-7-0).
In terms of lineups, it's Andreas Lindback's night in Arizona versus Curtis McElhinney for Columbus. As mentioned above, no number one center (Johansen) and Jack Johnson is a game-time decision.
Columbus Blue Jackets
Scott Hartnell – Alexander Wennberg – Brandon Saad
Matt Calvert – Brandon Dubinsky – Cam Atkinson
Nick Foligno - Boone Jenner - David Clarkson
Gregory Campbell – William Karlsson - Jared Boll
Kevin Connauton - Andrew Bodnarchuk
Justin Falk - Ryan Murray
Fedor Tyutin – Dalton Prout
Injured: Sergei Bobrovsky (lower body), Rene Bourque (upper body), Cody Goloubef (jaw), Markus Hannikainen (shoulder), David Savard (lower body), Jack Johnson (upper body)
Tobias Rieder - Antoine Vermette - Mikkel Boedker
Max Domi – Viktor Tikhonov - Anthony Duclair
Jordan Martinook - Brad Richardson – Shane Doan
Kyle Chipchura - Boyd Gordon – Steve Downie
Oliver Ekman-Larsson - Michael Stone
Klas Dahlbeck - Stefan Elliott
Nicklas Grossmann - Connor Murphy
Injured: Martin Hanzal (lower body), Zbynek Michalek (lower body), Mike Smith (abdominal surgery), Joe Vitale (fractured orbital bone
Scratched: John Scott
Players to Watch
1. Arizona's Rookies. Max Domi and Anthony Duclair have been an amazing duo all year long for the Coyotes. Domi leads the team in points with 25 and assists with 15; Duclair had 18 points.
2. Boone Jenner. Boooonnneee has been cold lately with one goal in five games, but has 12 goals and 18 points this year. He needs to produce to get this time back in the winning column.
Enjoy the games tonight. More to come…