COLUMBUS, Ohio — Brian Campbell will be in the lineup after all, as will Trevor van Riemsdyk, when the Blackhawks face the Columbus Blue Jackets Friday night at Nationwide Arena.
Campbell appeared to be headed for healthy scratch status the past two days, when he was not among the top three defensive pairs at practice. But coach Joel Quenneville said Friday morning that Campbell is in. He would not say who was out.
“We want to get our defense in there. He’s been out too many games; we want him playing,” Quenneville said, referring to van Riemsdyk. “And we feel that there are seven D, they all deserve to play as well.”
The Blackhawks could go with seven defensemen. But considering Quenneville liked their four-line rotation better the last game, it would be a surprise if the Blackhawks changed that.
Ryan Hartman will play after missing the last two games with a lower-body injury.
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Meanwhile, Artem Anisimov returns to Columbus for the first time since he was traded to the Blackhawks — he did not play in the regular-season finale here last April.
“I already experienced it when I was first traded to Columbus [from New York], but this feeling is different,” Anisimov said of being back here. “I don’t know how to describe it but it’s still weird coming back.”
The Blackhawks will see former teammate Brandon Saad, whose Blue Jackets are playing just their second game in six days. Columbus lost their opening two games.
“Yeah, it’s a little bit weird,” Saad said. “It’s almost like the season didn’t start with the break we had, so we’ve had a lot of practice and a lot of review. But we’re definitely looking to get back and paying games.”
BLACKHAWKS AT BLUE JACKETS
Time: 6 p.m.
Radio: WGN 720AM
Tyler Motte-Jonathan Toews-Richard Panik
Artemi Panarin-Artem Anisimov-Patrick Kane
Vinnie Hinostroza-Nick Schmaltz-Ryan Hartman
Dennis Rasmussen-Marcus Kruger-Jordin Tootoo
Duncan Keith-Niklas Hjalmarsson
Michal Kempny-Brent Seabrook
Trevor van Riemsdyk-Brian Campbell
Injuries: Marian Hossa (lower body), Andrew Desjardins (lower body).
Columbus Blue Jackets
Matt Calvert-Brandon Dubinsky-Cam Atkinson
Brandon Saad-Alexander Wennberg-Nick Foligno
Scott Hartnell-William Karlsson-Josh Anderson
Boone Jenner-Lukas Sedlak-Oliver Bjorkstrand
Ryan Murray-Seth Jones
Zach Werenski-David Savard
Jack Johnson-Markus Nutivaara