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What's the point? Seriously.

Russell LaBounty-USA TODAY Sports

Florida Panthers at Columbus Blue Jackets

December 1, 2014 - 7:00 pm EST
Nationwide Arena - Columbus, Ohio
Radio - WBNS 97.1 - TV - Fox Sports Ohio
Opponent's Blog: Litter Box Cats

Arty's gone for essentially the rest of the year. He probably won't be back until March, and at that point, what will be the point? If a tree falls in the forest and such...

At any rate, welcome back DMac. I know I was one of many who understood the logistics of it, but who misses the MAN that is DMac. I'm only sad that it's December 1st and thus the Fu Mac Chu might not be there anymore. :-(

At any rate, I actually feel like if the Jackets play like they did Saturday night, they can win this game. The Panthers are not a high-scoring club, but they play a solid defensive game. The Jackets get backup goalie Al Montoya, who has been asked to play more of late due to injury for Roberto Luongo. Losing Anisimov hurts, for sure, but if the Jackets can just avoid the 15-minute lapses they've had lately they can hang around with Florida.

Projected Lineups

Columbus Blue Jackets
(6-15-2, 14 Points; 8th division, 16th conference)

Scott Hartnell Ryan Johansen Nick Foligno
Kerby Rychel Boone Jenner Cam Atkinson
Matt Calvert Michael Chaput Jack Skille
Brian Gibbons Adam Cracknell Jared Boll
Jack Johnson Dalton Prout
Jordan Leopold David Savard
Kevin Connauton James Wisniewski
Sergei Bobrovsky
Curtis McElhinney

Florida Panthers
(9-6-6, 24 Points; 6th Division, 9th Conference)

Jonathan Huberdeau Nick Bjugstad Brandon Pirri
Sean Bergenheim Aleksander Barkov Brad Boyes
Tomas Fleischmann Vincent Trocheck Jimmy Hayes
Tomas Kopecky Derek MacKenzie Shawn Thornton
Brian Campbell Aaron Ekblad
Willie Mitchell Dmitry Kulikov
Dylan Olsen Erik Gudbranson
Al Montoya
Roberto Luongo

Season Series

12/01/14 - Florida at Columbus
12/04/14 - Columbus at Florida
01/29/15 - Columbus at Florida

Head to Head Stats

Florida Columbus
2.10 (28) GPG 2.26 (26)
2.38 (8) GAPG 3.56 (30)
14.7% (22) PP% 22.5% (7)
80.0% (17) PK% 75.9% (26)
Nick Bjugstad, 8 G leader Nick Foligno, 10
Jussi Jokinen, 10 A leader Ryan Johansen, 16
Nick Bjugstad / Jussi Jokinen, 12 Pts leader Ryan Johansen, 25
Shawn Thornton / Scottie Upshall, 20 PIM leader Jared Boll, 42
4-2-5 Road/Home 3-8-1
5-3-2 Last 10 2-7-1
11/28 vs. Ottawa, W 3-2 Last Game 11/29 @ Nashville, L 2-1