April 12, 2014 - 7:00 pm EDT
BB&T Center - Sunrise, Florida
Radio - WBNS 97.1 - TV - Fox Sports Ohio
Opponent's Blog: Litter Box Cats
So, thanks to the Canes beating Detroit last night (and hopefully Philly tomorrow if it matters), and Philly's early game today with the Pens, the Jackets still hold on to the top WC spot and will know if they're still alive for third in the Metro by the time the puck drops. If Philly wins in regulation or overtime, they lock up that third spot. If Philly loses or wins in a shootout, the Jackets still have some life.
But, last night's loss hurt their chances to pass Philly, no doubt.
Before anyone gripes about sitting Bob (and yes, he probably stops at least one or two of those rough goals scored by Tampa last night), I am totally in support of resting him. Catching Philly would be nice, but blowing out your starting goaltender would not. Last night would have been seven games in 11 days for Bob had he played. Instead, there's not much pressure on him tonight and he can (hopefully) tune up for the playoffs.
For the Jackets, no news at the moment about the lineup, with the game last night and thus no morning skate. Frankly, it shouldn't matter. The Panthers are not good, and all that sits between them and golfing/laying on the beach is this one, meaningless game.
The Jackets should dominate them on Special Teams, and frankly should dominate them even strength as well. This is the game you should dominate if you truly want to go into the playoffs on a high note.
Let's get it done, and then let the seeding cards fall where they may.
Columbus Blue Jackets
(42-32-7, 91 Points; 4th division, 7th conference)
|Boone Jenner||Ryan Johansen||Blake Comeau|
|Matt Calvert||Brandon Dubinsky||Cam Atkinson|
|Derek MacKenzie||Artem Anisimov||Jack Skille|
|Corey Tropp||Mark Letestu||Jared Boll|
|Fedor Tyutin||Jack Johnson|
|Ryan Murray||James Wisniewski|
|Nick Schultz||Dalton Prout|
(29-44-8, 66 Points; 7th Division, 15th Conference)
|Sean Bergenheim||Nick Bjugstad||Brad Boyes|
|Tomas Fleischmann||Vincent Trocheck||Scottie Upshall|
|Jonathan Huberdeau||Drew Shore||Jesse Winchester|
|Quinton Howden||Brandon Pirri||Jimmy Hayes|
|Dmitry Kulikov||Brian Campbell|
|Erik Gudbranson||Ed Jovanovski|
|Dylan Olsen||Colby Robak|
Head to Head Stats
|2.30 (29)||GPG||2.75 (13)|
|3.20 (28)||GAPG||2.62 (13)|
|10.2% (30)||PP%||18.9% (12)|
|76.3% (30)||PK%||81.9% (18)|
|Brad Boyes, 21||G leader||Ryan Johansen, 32|
|Brian Campbell, 29||A leader||James Wisniewski, 43|
|Nick Bjugstad, 38||Pts leader||Ryan Johansen, 61|
|Erik Gudbranson, 114||PIM leader||Brandon Dubinsky, 98
|4/10 vs. Toronto, W 4-2||Last Game||4/11 @ Tampa Bay, L 3-2|