Thursday, August 13, 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)
Wow. While I’m writing this preview in the minutes following the marathon five-overtime Game 1 that was Blue Jackets-Lightning, I still wouldn't be surprised if that game was still happening. Seriously though, what. a. game.
The 6.5-hour 5OT Columbus-Tampa Bay game averaged 755,000 viewers, NBC Sports’ 3rd-most watched 1st-day game on record. OT portion of game from 5:45-9:25 p.m. ET averaged 957,000 viewers and later peaked at 1.847 million viewers for its conclusion https://t.co/KAAsLyGWWO— NBC Sports PR (@NBCSportsPR) August 13, 2020
Joonas Korpisalo — by the way, there’s no need to bring up Sergei Bobrovsky anymore unless it’s just to reminisce about his days in a CBJ uniform — set an NHL record with 85 saves. Seth Jones set a record in ice-time (65:06), and Columbus made sure Tampa Bay earned their first-ever victory against the Jackets in five all-time playoff games, being that Game 1 is the fourth-longest playoff game in NHL history. Needless to say, it’s also the longest game fo both teams.
Final stats from Lightning-Blue Jackets 5 overtime game, per @NatStatTrick:— Charlie Roumeliotis (@CRoumeliotis) August 12, 2020
• Total minutes: 150:27
• Score: 3-2 TB
• Shot attempts: 188-111 TB
• Shots on goal: 88-63 TB
• Scoring chances: 87-43 TB
• High-danger chances: 26-12 TB
• Ice time leader: CBJ’s Seth Jones 65:06 pic.twitter.com/Gm9U7euq3W
Now begs the question, how will these surely tired teams fare today for Game 2?
Both teams had off-days Wednesday, and I am curious to see any lineup changes as a possible result of the extended ice-time for several players. We’ll see Korpisalo — after all it’s not like Elvis Merzlikins is entering the building just yet — and Jones will still be relied upon for big minutes. But how will someone such as Ryan Murray do?
Also, you really have to have messed up, or been inconsistent in your officiating, if Jones is even saying something about it.
#CBJ Seth Jones: “The officiating was, to me, kinda suspect."— Aaron Portzline (@Aportzline) August 12, 2020
Jones is also a beast.
Eight Leafs had less total ice time in these playoffs than Seth Jones has had today.— Steve "Dangle" Glynn (@Steve_Dangle) August 12, 2020
Victor Hedman was a late add to the Tampa Bay lineup after an ankle injury suffered during the round-robin against the Flyers and played 53:19, leading his team with a 2.39 xGF while 5v5. Steven Stamkos is also still out with an injury, going back to before the league-wide pause in March.
Player to Watch
Cam Atkinson was the only player not to record a shot-on-goal in Game 1 in nearly 40 minutes of ice-time. In the qualifying round versus the Maple Leafs, Atkinson had five points (two goals, three assists) which leads the team so far, and the Jackets will take some more of that to get out of this round against Tampa Bay. He was hauled down on a breakaway in the final overtime, instead ended up in the back of the net himself.
Atkinson ending up in the net is basically the closest to a goal either team has had in hours. Should be considered close enough and a victory.— beat tampa again (@willgchase) August 12, 2020
Pierre-Luc Dubois leads the Blue Jackets in goals this playoffs (three) while the points-leader for the playoffs, Atkinson, is the only other skater to have multi-goals. ... Per Natural Stat Trick, Alexander Wennberg had an xGF of 1.1 and xGA of 0.96, the only Blue Jacket to have a positive differential while on 5v5. ... After scoring on their first power play opportunity in Game 1, Columbus is 1-for-19 for the playoffs. ... One takeaway from Game 1 was the noted physicality from Tampa Bay, and particularly the lack of that doing Columbus’ sweep in last year’s playoffs, as Tampa outhit Columbus 59-46 on Tuesday. ... Among playoff goalies that have played at least five games, Joonas Korpisalo leads in SV% (.960) and GAA (1.34). ... Here’s some other news and notes from Blue Jackets insider Jeff Svoboda:
John Tortorella says Vladislav Gavrikov is "good to go" after taking that puck up high on the Lightning's game-winning goal. #CBJ— Jeff Svoboda (@JacketsInsider) August 12, 2020
Here's an incredible stat: Through six playoff games this year, #CBJ already have three scoreless streaks of at least 95 minutes.— Jeff Svoboda (@JacketsInsider) August 12, 2020
Korpisalo: 96:00 between Games 1/2 vs. Toronto
Merzlikins: 105:38 between Games 3/4 vs. Toronto
Korpisalo: 111:04 in Game 1 alone vs. Tampa Bay
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|2.25 (14)||GPG||2.33 (13)|
|2.50 (11)||GAPG||2.17 (7)|
|22.2% (9)||PP%||5.3% (23)|
|87.5% (7)||PK%||88.2% (6)|
|60.0% (1)||5v5 Shot Attempt %||43.7% (21)|
|58.2% (3)||5v5 Unblocked shot attempt %||45.0% (19)|
|4.9 (16)||5v5 Shot %||5.8 (14)|
|.948 (8)||5v5 Save %||.974 (2)|
|Brayden Point, 3||G Leader||Pierre-Luc Dubois, 4|
|Nikita Kucherov, 3||A Leader||Cam Atkinson, David Savard, Alexandre Texier, 3|
|Brayden Point, 5||P Leader||Perre-Luc Dubois, 6|
|Blake Coleman, 11||PIM Leader||Nick Foligno, 10|
|Alexandre Texier||Pierre-Luc Dubois||Liam Foudy|
|Cam Atkinson||Riley Nash||Oliver Bjorkstrand|
|Gustav Nyquist||Boone Jenner||Nick Foligno|
|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|