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Gaborik, Wisniewski to return Saturday for ‘embarrassed’ Blue Jackets

Dec 20, 2013, 4:31 PM EST

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Marian Gaborik #10 of the Columbus Blue Jackets skates against the New York Islanders at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on October 5, 2013 in Uniondale, New York. The Blue Jackets defeated the Islanders 3-2 in the shootout.
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Fresh off a painful loss in Philadelphia, the Columbus Blue Jackets have activated forward Marian Gaborik and defenseman James Wisniewski off injured reserve. Both players are expected to suit up Saturday when the Jackets host the same Flyers team that erased a three-goal, third-period deficit to beat them last night.

Gaborik has missed the past 17 games with a knee injury. Wisniewski has missed the past six with an upper-body ailment.

But what should’ve been excitement today over the pending return of two key players was something entirely differently after the collapse against the Flyers.

“I think last night’s game is going to stick with me for a while,” Jackets coach Todd Richards said Friday, per the Columbus Dispatch. “Just really disappointed. Disgusted. Embarrassed. Those were the words that I used when I went back to watch the game.”

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