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Columbus Blue Jackets' Steve Mason may be ready for action by Friday

COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Columbus Blue Jackets are hoping rookie goaltender Steve Mason will return to the lineup Friday night.

Mason, who has missed the last two games while battling mononucleosis, has been on injured reserve while trying to rest and regain his strength. Mason practised for an hour and 15 minutes on Monday.

Coach Ken Hitchcock said the club's goal was to get Mason ready to start on Friday night at home against the Detroit Red Wings.

Dan LaCosta was called up to start Saturday's 3-2 overtime win against San Jose.

He is expected to start when the Blue Jackets host Colorado on Tuesday night.

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