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Game #58 Preview: Tampa Bay Lightning at Columbus Blue Jackets

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Tampa Bay Lightning at Columbus Blue Jackets
Tuesday, February 17, 2019 - 7:30 PM
Nationwide Arena, Columbus, Ohio
TV: NBCSN - Radio: WBNS FM
Opponent’s Blog: Raw Charge

Tampa Bay Lightning, 44-11-4. 92 points, 1st Atlantic, 1st East
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Columbus Blue Jackets, 33-21-3, 69 points, 3rd Metro, 6th East

Let’s try to keep this one close, eh boys?

The Tampa Bay Lightning come into this game as the class of the NHL by every conceivable metric, leading the league in goals scored, goal differential, points in the standings, and boasting the likely Hart Trophy favorite. Columbus ... has none of those things, but the Jackets are coming into this game on the heels of a dominating victory in the United Center over a streaking Chicago Blackhawks team.

Anything can happen, which is why they play the games. But the task tonight is enormous, to say the least. Tampa has outclassed Columbus in both previous matchups this season, including the infamous Sergei Bobrovsky walkout. Let’s see what the script shows tonight.

Player to Watch

Nikita Kucherov

There’s no stopping this guy, so just marvel at him. He’s going to win the Art Ross unless he gets hurt, and he’s probably going to win the Hart Trophy to go along with it. Here’s his numbers this season:

  • 27 goals (19th in NHL)
  • 67 assists (leads NHL)
  • 94 points (leads NHL)
  • 37 power play points (leads NHL)
  • 4 game winning goals (29th in NHL)
  • 16.6% shooting percentage

He’s going to get his tonight. Sit back and enjoy the show.

Jackets Notes

Sergei Bobrovsky made 39 saves on Saturday night, the second most saves he’s made all season ... Josh Anderson scored his career high 20th goal of the season in Chicago ... Artemi Panarin registered 3 points on Saturday, giving him 67 for the season ... Cam Atkinson won three faceoffs against Chicago, while his linemate Pierre-Luc Dubois went zero for twelve

The Other Bench

Andrei Vasilevskiy has put together back to back shutouts ... Vasilevskiy now has the most shutouts in Tampa Bay history with 18 ... Nikita Kucherov leads this NHL in multi-point games this season with 28 ... The Lightning are the first team since the 1995-96 Penguins to have three players with 70 points in the first 60 games of a season

Season Series

10/13/2018 CBJ 2 @ TBL 8
01/08/2019 CBJ 0 @ TBL 4
02/18/2019 TBL @ CBJ

Stats

Tampa Bay Columbus
3.86 (1) GPG 3.25 (8)
2.68 (5) GAPG 3.00 (15)
29.7% (1) PP% 16.0% (26)
84.6% (2) PK% 83.9% (3)
51.95% (8) EV Corsi % 49.99% (13)
1.018 (4) EV PDO 1.003 (11)
Brayden Point, 33 G Leader Cam Atkinson, 32
Nikita Kucherov, 67 A Leader Artemi Panarin, 43
Nikita Kucherov, 94 P Leader Artemi Panarin, 67
Cedric Paquette, 58 PIM Leader Josh Anderson, 48
20-6-2 Home / Road 15-12-2
7-1-2 Last 10 5-5-0

Projected Lineups

Columbus Blue Jackets
Artemi Panarin Pierre-Luc Dubois Cam Atkinson
Anthony Duclair Nick Foligno Josh Anderson
Eric Robinson Alexander Wennberg Oliver Bjorkstrand
Kole Sherwood Riley Nash Lukas Sedlak
Ryan Murray Seth Jones
Zach Werenski David Savard
Scott Harrington Markus Nutivaara
Sergei Bobrovsky
Joonas Korpisalo
Tampa Bay Lightning
Ondrej Palat Steven Stamkos Tyler Johnson
Yanni Gourde Brayden Point Nikita Kucherov
Alex Killorn Anthony Cirelli J.T. Miller
Adam Erne Cedric Paquette Mathieu Joseph
Victor Headman Dan Girardi
Ryan McDonagh Erik Cernak
Anton Stralman Mikhail Sergachev
Andrei Vasilevskiy
Louis Domingue