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SHAREShare with your friendsFacebookTwitterGoogleEmailShare with your FriendsTo:From:Message:Western ConferencePacificCentralEastern ConferenceAtlanticMetropolitanAt the Rink: Islanders at Blue JacketsTuesday, 10.20.2015 / 1:26 PMBy  - NHL http://www.bruins2016winterclassicshop.com/bruins-loui-eriksson-2016-winter-classic-jersey.com Correspondent / E-mailShare with your FriendsTo:From:Message:2015-16 At the Rink blogAt the Rink: Islanders at Blue JacketsCOLUMBUS -- The will turn to backup goaltender against the at Nationwide Arena on Tuesday (7 p.m. ET; MSG+, FS-O) in search of their first win.In his first start of the season Saturday, McElhinney made 26 saves in a 4-1 loss at the that kept the Blue Jackets without a win (0-6-0). Curtis played great in Chicago and earned another opportunity to play, Columbus coach said., the 2013 Vezina Trophy winner, started and lost each of the first five games and has a 5 http://www.bruins2016winterclassicshop.com/bruins-bobby-robins-2016-winter-classic-jersey.07 goals against average and an .835 save percentage.McElhinney signed to a two-year contract extension on June 24 and is in his third season with the Blue Jackets. He's been great every time he's gone in, Columbus defenseman said. Having confidence in your goaltender, who most of the time is your most important player http://www.bruins2016winterclassicshop.com/bruins-dennis-seidenberg-2016-winter-classic-jersey, is huge for us. The Blue Jackets are trying to avoid becoming the seventh team in NHL history to start the season with seven straight regulation losses. Chicago was the most recent in 1997-98.Richards made two lineup changes and juggled lines. and are out and and return in a swap of forwards.Bourque has no points in five games after scoring four goals in eight games last season prior to season-ending injury in March. We're 0-6 and I think he and some other people, too, we need more. [They] need to be better, Richards said.Wennberg (concussion) has not played since being checked by of the in the first period of the season opener on Oct. 9. The last couple of days I was preparing to see how the body reacts http://www.bruins2016winterclassicshop.com/bruins-brett-connolly-2016-winter-classic-jersey, Wennberg said. It's been a good couple of days. The Islanders (3-1-1) have won three straight.Goaltender is expected to start his second straight game after making his season debut Saturday with 22 saves in a 6-3 win against the . He missed most of the preseason and the first four games of the regular season with an upper-body injury.The Islanders erased three one-goal deficits against the Sharks and have been outscored 4-1 in the first period this season but have a 16-11 edge in the second and third periods and overtime. Having pretty much the same team as last year we all know each other very well and have the chemistry, New York defenseman said. If we can get off to a good start and have a good finish, that's obviously the best of both worlds. The Blue Jackets may not have a point this season, but the Islanders know they are dangerous. I'm not looking at their record at all, Islanders defenseman said. For me as a defenseman, they have so many forwards that can really hurt you. Here are the projected lineups:ISLANDERS - - - - - - - - - - - Injured: (lower body)Scratched: , , BLUE JACKETS - - - - - - Injured: NoneScratched: , , Status report: The Blue Jackets activated Wennberg from injured reserve and returned Rychel to Lake Erie of the American Hockey League. Rychel was recalled Friday morning, sent back that afternoon then rejoined the Blue Jackets on Saturday and played in Chicago.Who's hot: Tavares has two goals and five assists in the past three games. Okposo has six points (two goals, four assists) in three games. Although the Blue Jackets did not score on the power play for the first time this season vs. Chicago, they are tied for second in the NHL with six power-play goals and are tied for sixth in power-play percentage (6-for-23; 26.1 percent).TOP HEADLINESNHL GREEN | | Back to the Future: Players on time travel | | | It's a huge milestone. I have to thank my teammates. It's hard to do by yourself in this league. It's a special moment for me and this team. Now we just have to keep going. Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin on reaching the 900-point mark with a goal on TuesdayTONIGHT ON NHL NETWORK