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SCOTT ZERR -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 9:03 AM ET

Jason Chimera and Todd Marchant had no trouble finding the rink and even the visitors' dressing room, but the former Oilers had their troubles on the Rexall Place ice yesterday.

In a potentially scary moment during the Columbus Blue Jackets' practice, Chimera took a puck just above his left eye when a hard pass was deflected off a stick and up into his face.

The hometown boy, who does not wear a visor, was patched up and returned for the last moments of the workout but the gash on his eyebrow started leaking again while he spoke with the local media.

It was a welcome home Chimera could have done without.

"It's a different situation for me to be in the visitors' dressing room, but it'll be fun though," said Chimera, who was traded from Edmonton to Phoenix last summer and then dealt to Columbus four weeks ago.

"You always hope to play in your hometown for the rest of your career.

"It doesn't happen very often and it was good to play here while I did. It's a good situation for me in Columbus."

Only a few minutes after Chimera's incident, Marchant was completing a rush when he stumbled and crashed feet-first into the endboards. Both players were fine after their run-ins and expect to be alongside each other on Columbus's fastest line against the Oil tonight.

"He adds a lot of speed to our lineup and he had some success around the net when he first came to us," said Marchant of Chimera's emergence.

"We're just trying to keep it simple on a nightly basis and help the team out all we can.

"The last couple of games we've started to play better hockey than we did to start the season and we're getting some guys back in the lineup that can help us. The games that we've been winning we've been staying out of the box, and the games we've been losing, we've been in the box quite a bit so that's obviously a key for us."

Despite the lack of home-cooked meals and the short trips to the rink for work, Chimera, who has popped three goals in 10 games for the Blue Jackets, is fitting in well in Columbus.

"It reminds me a lot of Edmonton and the building is pretty packed every night. We've got a lot of hockey fans," said the Oilers' fifth-round draft pick from 1997.

"It's a big college (sports) town but the hockey is pretty big there, too."


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