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Can the power play record another goal tonight? Not if I just jinxed it!

NHL: Columbus Blue Jackets at Florida Panthers Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Thursday, November 15, 2018 - 7:00 EST
Nationwide Arena, Columbus, Ohio
TV: Fox Sports Ohio; Radio: 97.1 FM
Opponent’s Blog: Litter Box Cats

Columbus Blue Jackets (10-6-2, 22 points, 1st Metro, 4th East)

vs.

Florida Panthers (7-5-3, 17 points, 7th Atlantic, 13th East)

Welcome to Thursday Night Hockey, as the first place Columbus Blue Jackets play the winner of 5 straight, the Florida Panthers.

Player to Watch

Zach Werenski

Z has seen his role on the team change slightly with a demotion to the third line. Against Washington he played for just 13:21, and on Monday against Dallas he was on the ice for 14:27. This from a player that was averaging over 24 minutes a game while Seth Jones was injured. His CF%, which was around 54 through his first two seasons, has plummeted to 47.0 this season. Maybe getting a better partner would help?

Jackets Notes

The Jackets have earned points in five straight games (3-0-2) and have earned points in 8 of the last ten games (5-2-3)...The power play scored 6 goals in the first 14 games, then 5 over the last 4. That is 4 straight games with a power play goal for a unit that earned much criticism...Yesterday the Jackets recalled defenseman Gabriel Carlsson from Cleveland. Would they call him up just to sit in the press box? I doubt it...The corresponding roster move is that Adam Clendening has cleared waivers and been assigned to the Monsters.

The Other Bench

The Panthers have won 5 straight games, including a 2-1 win over Philadelphia...These teams last met on October 11 in Sunrise, with the Blue Jackets winning 5-4 in a high scoring affair...Roberto Luongo was hurt for that contest, but since returning he is 4-0.

Season Series

10/11/2018 CBJ 5 @ FLA 4
11/15/2018 FLA @ CBJ
01/05/2019 CBJ @ FLA

Stats

Florida Columbus
3.20 (12) GPG 3.22 (9)
2.93 (12) GAPG 3.22 (21)
21.5% (13) PP% 16.4% (24)
74.5% (26) PK% 78.3% (22)
51.56% (9) EV Corsi % 50.06% (13)
100.8 (11) EV PDO 100.3 (15)
Evgenii Dadonov, 8 G Leader Cam Atkinson and Pierre-Luc Dubois, 8
Keith Yandle, 12 A Leader Artemi Panarin, 13
Evgenii Dadonov, 17 P Leader Artemi Panarin, 18
Vincent Trocheck, 24 PIM Leader Pierre-Luc Dubois, 28
4-2-2 Home / Road 4-4-1
6-3-1 Last 10 6-2-2

Projected Lineups

Columbus Blue Jackets
Artemi Panarin Pierre-Luc Dubois Cam Atkinson
Nick Foligno Boone Jenner Josh Anderson
Brandon Dubinsky Alexander Wennberg Oliver BJORKSTRAND
Markus Hannikainen Riley Nash Anthony Duclair
Ryan Murray Seth Jones
Markus Nutivaara David Savard
Zach Werenski Scott Harrington
Sergei Bobrovsky
Joonas Korpisalo
Florida Panthers
Evgeny Dadonov Aleksander Barkov Mike Hoffman
Jonathan Huberdeau Vincent Trocheck Frank Vatrano
Denis Malgin Jared McCann Nick Bjugstad
Troy Brouwer Juho Lammikko Colton Sceviour
Michael Matheson Aaron Ekblad
Keith Yandle Alex Petrovic
Bogdan Kiselevich Mackenzie Weegar
Roberto Luongo
James Reimer