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K's short for 6th straight game

Just when you thought the Komets might actually have a full 18-player lineup, nope.

Forward Brett Smith isn't playing tonight at Evansville because of a shoulder injury.

Also out are forwards Colin Chaulk (concussion symptoms), Jesse Bennefield (leg/personal issues), goaltender Alex Kangas (hip) and defenseman Dustin Molle (groin).

Defenseman David Starenky is going to try and play despite a hand injury and forward Artem Podshendyalov was in warm-ups but I don't know how much he'll play because of an undisclosed injury.

The good news is that goaltender Nick Boucher is back after serving his four-game suspension for his part in a brawl Feb. 17 with Bloomington.

Justin A. Cohn, pro sports coordinator for The Journal Gazette, has been covering the Fort Wayne Komets since 1997. His reporting includes game stories from home and away, features about the players and personalities associated with the Komets, plus coverage of issues affecting hockey at all levels. A native of Bloomfield Hills, Mich., Cohn graduated from Emory University in Atlanta. He can be reached at 260-461-8429 or by email at