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Game Preview #48 - Cut the Power

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The Jackets will need a much better effort than they showed on Thursday in a loss to the Panthers if they want to defeat the high-octane Bolts.

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Columbus Blue Jackets at Tampa Bay Lightning

January 31, 2015 - 7:30 pm EST
Amalie Arena - Tampa, Florida
Radio - 97.1 The Fan - TV - Fox Sports Ohio
Opponent's Blog: Raw Charge

After getting Artem Anisimov back last game, the Jackets welcome back another injured regular in defenseman Ryan Murray. At this point we don't know where he'll slide into the lineup, but my guess is with Fedor Tyutin, in place of Dalton Prout.

We also don't have confirmation of the goalie matchup yet, but look for Curtis McElhinney vs. Ben Bishop.

The Jackets were sloppy Thursday in a loss to the Panthers, and they absolutely cannot continue that tonight against the Lightning. Tampa Bay is the highest scoring team in the league, with many weapons distributed throughout their lineup.

Tampa is coming off a big 5-1 victory over the Red Wings, a statement game which gave the Lightning back sole possession of first in the Eastern Conference. Cedric Paquette potted the hat trick.

Steven Stamkos is red-hot, and even if his line is shut down, the Jackets still have to deal with the very potent second line of Ondrej Palat - Tyler Johnson - Nikita Kucherov. This line has been a bit cold of late however, and the Jackets want to keep it that way.

The Jackets will need to grind and muck, forcing Tampa into making mistakes and taking penalties. Disrupting the Lightning game plan and converting on the powerplay is what Columbus needs to do to steal a victory tonight.

Projected Lineups

Columbus Blue Jackets 
(21-23-3, 45 Points; 6th division, 13th conference)

Nick Foligno Ryan Johansen Cam Atkinson
Scott Hartnell Brandon Dubinsky Corey Tropp
Matt Calvert Artem Anisimov Alexander Wennberg
Jack Skille Mark Letestu Jared Boll
Jack Johnson David Savard
Kevin Connauton James Wisniewski
Fedor Tyutin Ryan Murray
Curtis McElhinney
Anton Forsberg

Tampa Bay Lightning
(31-15-4, 66 Points; 1st Division, 1st Conference)

Valtteri Filppula Steven Stamkos Ryan Callahan
Ondrej Palat Tyler Johnson Nikita Kucherov
Alex Killorn Cedric Paquette Jonathan Drouin
J.T. Brown Brian Boyle Brett Connolly
Andrej Sustr Victor Hedman
Mark Barberio Anton Stralman
Jason Garrison Nikita Nesterov
Ben Bishop
Evgeni Nabokov

Season Series

TB - 1-1-0
CBJ - 1-1-0

11/08/14 - Columbus 4 vs Tampa Bay 7
12/06/14 - Columbus 3 at Tampa Bay 1
01/31/15 - Columbus at Tampa Bay

Head to Head Stats

Tampa Bay Columbus
3.22 (1) GPG 2.45 (24)
2.56 (14) GAPG 3.13 (26)
18.4% (16) PP% 23.3% (5)
82.0% (14) PK% 80.2% (20)
Steven Stamkos, 27 G leader Nick Foligno / Ryan Johansen, 18
Tyler Johnson, 32 A leader Nick Foligno, 27
Tyler Johnson, 49 Pts leader Nick Foligno, 45
Brenden Morrow, 45 PIM leader Jared Boll / Scott Hartnell, 65
20-4-1 Home/Road 11-11-1
7-3-0 Last 10 4-6-0
1/29 vs. Detroit, W 5-1 Last Game 1/29 at Florida, L 3-2