Columbus Blue Jackets (11-13-4, 26 points, 7th Metro, 13th East)
Florida Panthers (13-9-5, 31 points, 3rd Atlantic, 8th East)
It’s a week of reunions, as the Jackets face a recently departed player for the second-straight game. Will this encounter end in a better result?
Player to Watch
Had to be him, right? You know the story: over seven years in Columbus, Bob won 213 games, two Vezina Trophies, and had a .921 save percentage and 2.41 goals against average. After his relationship with the front office chilled over, he left in free agency and signed a seven year, $70 million dollar contract with Florida this summer.
Things have not gone as planned, however. In 20 starts, he has a 9-6-4 record but a lowly .884 save percentage and 3.48 goals against average. Both of those stats are lower than either Joonas Korpisalo or Elvis Merzlikins...at nearly 10 times the cap hit! Bob has sat for the last two Panthers games, with his last start being a 4-3 lost at Washington the day before Thanksgiving. Remember how well Bob did after a layoff here? Maybe this is what the Jackets need to wake up their offense.
For more on Bob’s season, check out this Athletic article by George Richards.
The Jackets enter this game having lost three straight, and five of their last seven ... Andrew Peeke excelled in his NHL debut on Thursday, with the Jackets out-chancing the Rangers 18-1 when he was on the ice. Now the Parkland, Florida native gets a chance to play in front of his family and friends ... Both Alexander Wennberg and Riley Nash played fewer than 10:00 on Thursday, so I’m guessing one will be scratched so Eric Robinson can return to the lineup ... Cam Atkinson scored his first 5v5 goal of the season on Thursday ... Zach Werenski was placed on the injured reserve list, retroactive to November 30.
The Other Bench
Bob’s backup, Chris Driedger, earned a shutout in his first NHL start, against Nashville. He then gave up three unanswered goals in the next game, against Minnesota ... The Panthers are in third place in the Atlantic, but their 31 points would only be good enough for sixth place in the Metro. In the Atlantic, only three points separate second place Montreal and sixth place Tampa Bay.
12/07/2019 CBJ @ FLA
12/31/2019 FLA @ CBJ
02/04/2020 FLA @ CBJ
|3.44 (5)||GPG||2.50 (29)|
|3.48 (29)||GAPG||3.07 (19)|
|22.9% (7)||PP%||19.8% (12)|
|84.8% (7)||PK%||79.5% (19)|
|51.44% (9)||5v5 Corsi %||50.60% (12)|
|52.63% (6)||5v5 Fenwick %||52.46% (7)|
|8.6 (13)||5v5 Shot %||6.3 (29)|
|.882 (30)||5v5 Save %||.917 (16)|
|Brett Connolly, 12||G Leader||Pierre-Luc Dubois, 10|
|Aleksander Barkov, 23||A Leader||Seth Jones, 12|
|Jonathan Huberdeau, 33||P Leader||Gustav Nyquist and Pierre-Luc Dubois, 18|
|Dryden Hunt, 24||PIM Leader||Boone Jenner, 22|
|7-4-2||Home / Road||3-5-3|
|Sonny Milano||Pierre-Luc Dubois||Emil Bemstrom|
|Gustav Nyquist||Boone Jenner||Oliver BJORKSTRAND|
|Nick Foligno||Alexandre Texier||Cam Atkinson|
|Alexander Wennberg||Riley Nash||Josh Anderson|
|Dean Kukan||Seth Jones|
|Ryan Murray||David Savard|
|Vladislav Gavrikov||Andrew Peeke|
|Jonathan Huberdeau||Alexsander Barkov||Evgenii Dadonov|
|Brett Connolly||Vincent Trocheck||Mike Hoffman|
|Frank Vatrano||Aleksi Saarela||Noel Acciari|
|Dominic Toninato||Brian Boyle||Colton Sceviour|
|Keith Yandle||Aaron Ekblad|
|Mackenzie Weegar||Anton Stralman|
|Michael Matheson||Mark Pysyk|
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