The series finale between the Blue Jackets and Anaheim Ducks concludes tonight at Nationwide Arena.
The Ducks have won their past two games, and getting an even bigger lift tonight when defenseman Hampus Lindholm makes his season debut after holding out and signing a long term extension. The Blue Jackets lost their last game played in overtime, and are without Brandon Dubinsky due to an undisclosed injury, but Sonny Milano makes his regular season debut tonight.
This is also the Jackets first game without defenseman Seth Jones, and Dalton Prout slides in on the bottom pairing during his absence. David Savard moves up from the bottom pairing to the top pairing with Zach Werenski.
Going with the theme of firsts, Ducks winger Jared Bill will make his first visit to Columbus in the visitor's dressing room. It is also being reported that the veteran winger will be getting a video tribute after spending many years with the Blue Jackets.
Both teams also start back to back games tonight. After playing each other tonight, the Jackets travel to Boston tomorrow, while the Ducks travel to Carolina.
With the lineups, expect a full change in the lines as Hartnell moved to the top line; Jenner centers and Saad is on the same line; Matt Calvert's line stays the same; and Sonny Milano slides on the fourth line.
In terms of the goalie starters, expect it to be Sergei Bobrovsky against John Gibson.
Nick Ritchie--Ryan Getzlaf--Corey Perry
Andrew Cogliano--Ryan Kessler--Jakob Silfverberg
Joseph Cramarossa--Antoine Vermette--Rickard Rakell
Ryan Garbutt--Chris Wagner--Jared Boll
Hampus Lindholm--Sami Vatanen
Cam Fowler--Josh Manson
Clayton Stoner--Kevin Bieska
Injured: Simon Despres, Nate Thompson
Columbus Blue Jackets
Scott Hartnell--Alex Wennberg--Nick Foligno
Brandon Saad--Boone Jenner-Cam Atkinson
Matt Calvert--William Karlsson--Josh Anderson
Sonny Milano--Lukas Sedlak--Sam Gagner
Zach Werenski--David Savard
Ryan Murray--Jack Johnson
Markus Nutivarra--Dalton Prout
Scratched: Scott Harrington
Injuries: Brandon Dubinsky, David Clarkson, Seth Jones
Players to Watch
Anaheim: Ryan Getzlaf. The Ducks number one center could eclipse a milestone for most assists all time on the Ducks with 531. The power forward could do it with the sniper Corey Perry on his side.
Columbus: Alex Wennberg. The Swedish forward has been extremely productive as of late, and it could keep up. He is Columbus' best center tonight, on both sides of the ice and in the face off dot, and is near the top of the league for assists with 11.
Enjoy the games tonight. More to come...
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