Monday, August 11, 2020 - 3:00 EST
Scotiabank Arena - Toronto, Ontario
TV: Fox Sports Ohio & NBCSN; Radio: 97.1 FM
Opponent’s Blog: Raw Charge
Columbus Blue Jackets (33-22-15, 81 points, 6th Metro, 9th East)
Tampa Bay Lightning (43-21-6, 92 points, 2nd Atlantic, 2nd East)
After a whiplash-inducing series against the Toronto Maple Leafs, the Jackets had less than 48 hours to regroup and face a familiar foe, who has the chip of all chips on their shoulders right now - good ol’ Tampa Bay Lightning.
Their last meetup in a playoff series was unforgettable for the Blue Jackets - a tidy 4-game sweep of a team projected by many to win the Stanley Cup, just last season. Their last playoff series was also unforgettable for the Lightning, in a different way; as Raw Charge put it, “The Lightning had to wear it all season long. No matter how well they did during the regular season, they were reminded about their postseason disaster. What better way to start the play-offs than facing their nemesis?”
That’s cute, that we’re their nemesis. Tampa Bay wasn’t the first and won’t be the last team to fall victim to underestimating the Blue Jackets. As Michael Scott said in The Office, “Maybe next time, you will estimate me.”
We’ll see though, because a July 30 Raw Charge article, titled “Why the Lightning want to play the Blue Jackets in the first round,” cites the familiar tropes that this new CBJ team is missing Artemi Panarin, Sergei Bobrovsky, Matt Duchene, yada yada yada. Those guys are going to be watching the remainder of the playoffs from their couches at home, as will the Toronto Maple Leafs.
In any case, Tampa Bay will now be back with a vengeance, looking to atone for their atrocious performance in last year’s playoffs.
The Jackets will have to switch gears, to a degree - they will still be facing a high-powered offense, but will have a stronger defense to break through.
Player to Watch
Joonas Korpisalo. With Elvis injured, Joonas will need to continue to step up and play the best games of his life - with no fallback option. Fortunately, he’s coming off a great week of hockey; he just needs to keep it up.
Also, obviously, Liam Foudy! He was a game changer on Sunday night and could be a series changer this upcoming week. Fingers crossed for more goals out of him.
2/10/20 TBL 2 @ CBJ 1
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8/15/20 TBL @ CBJ 7:30 EST
8/17/20 TBL @ CBJ 3:00 EST
|2.00 (16)||GPG||2.40 (14)|
|2.67 (12)||GAPG||2.00 (6)|
|40% (1)||PP%||0.00% (24)|
|90.9% (5)||PK%||84.6% (10)|
|56.5% (2)||5v5 Shot Attempt %||47.1% (18)|
|55.8% (3)||5v5 Unblocked shot attempt %||47.5% (17)|
|6.2 (14)||5v5 Shot %||7.6 (12)|
|.912 (15)||5v5 Save %||.980 (2)|
|Tyler Johnson 2||G Leader||Pierre-Luc Dubois, 3|
|Alex Killorn, Brayden Point, 2||A Leader||Cam Atkinson, David Savard, 3|
|Alex Killorn, Brayden Point, Tyler Johnson, 3||P Leader||Cam Atkinson, 5|
|Blake Coleman, 11||PIM Leader||Nick Foligno, 8|
|Alexandre Texier||Pierre-Luc Dubois||Cam Atkinson|
|Gustav Nyquist||Boone Jenner||Nick Foligno|
|Liam Foudy||Riley Nash||Oliver BJORKSTRAND|
|Eric Robinson||Alexander Wennberg||Nathan Gerbe|
|Zach Werenski||Seth Jones|
|Vladislav Gavrikov||David Savard|
|Ryan Murray||Dean Kukan|
|Ondrej Palat||Brayden Point||Nikita Kucherov|
|Alex Killorn||Anthony Cirelli||Tyler Johnson|
|Barclay Goodrow||Yanni Gourde||Blake Coleman|
|Patrick Maroon||Mitchell Stephens||Cedric Paquette|
|Victor Hedman||Zach Bogosian|
|Ryan McDonagh||Erik Cernak|
|Mikhail Sergachev||Kevin Shattenkirk|