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Columbus Blue Jackets at Florida Panthers
Saturday, January 5, 2019 - 7:00 EST
BB&T Center, Sunrise, Florida
TV: Fox Sports Ohio - Radio: 97.1 WBNS FM
Opponent’s Blog: Litterbox Cats

Columbus Blue Jackets, 23-14-3, 49 points, 3rd Metro, 7th East
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Florida Panthers, 17-16-6, 40 points, 6th Atlantic, 11th East

After an absolutely abysmal start to last night’s matchup with Carolina Hurricanes, the Jackets made it a one goal game before falling 4-2 in the third period. Columbus never appeared ready and, despite two goals in 25 seconds, never appeared to truly be in the game. Sergei Bobrovsky was chased in the second period and an empty netter by Sebastian Aho sealed the Jackets’ fate.

As a reward for that embarrassment, the Jackets head to Sunrise to take on the Florida Panthers, looking for a season sweep of the southeastern Florida team. Can the Jackets manage to get two points before heading to Tampa Bay? Find out tonight.

Player to Watch

Aleksander Barkov

Barkov, snubbed from the NHL All Star Team, has 15-25-41 this season for the Panthers. Barkov, the second overall pick in the 2013 draft, has blossomed into a two way, 200 foot force. Barkov has 13 points in his last nine games and had a goal and an assist in the Panthers’ 4-3 defeat to the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday night.

Jackets Notes

Zach Werenski has a six game point streak ... Sergei Bobrovsky made 13 saves on 16 shots last night ... Scott Harrington did not play in the third period, fighting an illness ... Oliver Bjorkstrand has three goals in five games ... Brandon Dubinsky has no points since December 6

The Other Bench

The Panthers embark on a five game road trip following this game ... The Panthers have allowed the first goal in five straight games ... All Star Keith Yandle has 17 assists on the power play to lead the Panthers ... Barkov is second in the league with 58 takeaways

Season Series

10/11/2018 CBJ 5 @ FLA 4
11/15/2018 FLA 3 @ CBJ 7
01/05/2019 CBJ @ FLA

Stats

Florida Columbus
3.21 (10) GPG 3.27 (9)
3.46 (28) GAPG 3.05 (19)
28.0% (2) PP% 13.1% (31)
78.8% (18) PK% 80.2% (15)
50.48% (12) EV Corsi % 49.59% (16)
0.973 (31) EV PDO 1.009 (7)
Mike Hoffman, 19 G Leader Cam Atkinson, 24
Jonathan Huberdeau, 35 A Leader Artemi Panarin, 31
Jonathan Huberdeau, 45 P Leader Artemi Panarin, 44
MacKenzie Wheeler, 41 PIM Leader Pierre-Luc Dubois, 40
8-6-4 Home / Road 12-6-1
6-4-0 Last 10 7-2-1

Projected Lineups

Columbus Blue Jackets
Artemi Panarin Pierre-Luc Dubois Cam Atkinson
Anthony Duclair Alexander Wennberg Josh Anderson
Markus Hannikainen Boone Jenner Oliver Bjorkstrand
Lukas Sedlak Brandon Dubinsky Riley Nash
Zach Werenski Seth Jones
Ryan Murray Markus Nutivaara
Dean Kukan David Savard
Sergei Bobrovsky
Joonas Korpisalo
Florida Panthers
Jonathan Huberdeau Aleksander Barkov Evgeni Dadanov
Frank Vatrano Henrik Borgstrom Mike Hoffman
Troy Brouwer Jared McCann Denis Malgin
Jayce Hawryluk Juho Lammikko Colton Sceviour
Keith Yandle Aaron Ekblad
Michael Matheson Mark Pysyk
Bogdan Kislevich Mackenzie Weegar
Roberto Luongo
James Reimer