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Tyutin out, Foligno to make series debut for Jackets vs. Pens

Apr 21, 2014, 11:03 AM EDT

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Columbus is getting a veteran back at forward, but losing one on defense.

That was the word from head coach Todd Richards this morning as he confirmed Nick Foligno would make his series debut against Pittsburgh on Monday while Fedor Tyutin, injured during the first period of Saturday’s win, would be out with an undisclosed injury.

Foligno, 26, will surely help the Blue Jackets’ offense — he finished tied for fourth on the team in goals this year, with 18, and averaged over 16 minutes a night. The former first-round pick had missed the last six games of the regular season and the opening two games at Consol with a knee injury, but has been cleared to return for the first playoff game at Nationwide since 2009.

“I’m really excited. The energy in the building’s going to be great,” Foligno said, per Columbus’ Rob Mixer. “I’m looking forward to joining the battle, so to speak.”

With Tyutin out, though, the Jackets face a tall task on the back end as trying to replace the Russian rearguard won’t be easy — he averaged over 21 minutes per game during the regular season and was the club’s third-leading defenseman scorer, behind James Wisniewski and Jack Johnson.

Dalton Prout will draw in for Tyutin and play on the Jackets’ third pairing with Nikita Nikitin. Foligno took morning rushes on a line with Artem Anisimov and R.J. Umberger, and it looks like Corey Tropp will be the healthy scratch up front.

  1. hockey412 - Apr 21, 2014 at 12:03 PM

    Yeah, well Conner was recalled from WBS…that’s right, CHRIS Conner, b***ches!

    Scared now?

    No. No one is. That’s the beauty of Bylsma….just keep repeating the same steps that didn’t work last time. Eventually, it’s gotta work, right?

    FOR GADS SAKE move Bennett back up and recall Payerl or Megna instead.

    • miketoasty - Apr 21, 2014 at 1:06 PM

      It’s the Bylsma style of coaching, just keep hitting your head against a rock and hopefully something good will happen.

      I would hope that the Pens would lose to the BJ’s in the first round so that some big moves would hopefully be made, but after seeing what has happened over the last four years, I know that won’t happen. Bylsma has way too many excuses to not be moved this year (Injurys, Olympics, Stars not showing up, etc).

  2. nothanksimdriving123 - Apr 21, 2014 at 3:55 PM

    Foligno is part of a trivia answer. At least 8 playoff teams have sons of former NHL players on their rosters. Number grows if you add nephews.

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