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Game #7 Preview: Columbus Blue Jackets welcome familiar faces to town as Florida Panthers visit

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NHL: Florida Panthers at Columbus Blue Jackets Russell LaBounty-USA TODAY Sports

Florida Panthers at Columbus Blue Jackets
Tuesday, January 26, 2020 - 7:00 EST
Nationwide Arena - Columbus, OH
TV: Fox Sports Ohio - Radio: WBNS FM
Opponent’s Blog: Litter Box Cats

Florida Panthers (2-0-0, 4 points, 5th Central)
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Columbus Blue Jackets (2-2-2, 6 points, 2nd Central)

The Columbus Blue Jackets tonight will play host to the Florida Panthers. They will welcome one new face to the lineup tonight while they wait for several other to clear COVID protocol.

Oh, yeah, there was a trade. You might have heard about it. Shortly before Saturday’s game, the Columbus Blue Jackets sent disgruntled center Pierre-Luc Dubois and a third round pick to the Winnipeg Jets for Patrik Laine and Jack Roslovic.

Neither of the new players are available tonight while they wait to clear COVID-19 protocol. Meanwhile, the Florida Panthers are playing just their third game due to scheduling rearrangements due to league protocols. The Panthers’ schedule is now heavily condensed.

Can the Blue Jackets build on their win over the Lightning? We will find out tonight.

Player to Watch

Mikko Koivu

Koivu, after clearing COVID-19 protocols, will tonight make his debut for the Columbus Blue Jackets and play his first game for a team not named the Minnesota Wild. Koivu’s 2019-20 season was cut short with a knee injury, but prior to that he had played 55 games while posting 4-17-21 in 15:34 per night. Koivu brings a 53.11% faceoff winning percentage, defensive acumen, and a wealth of experience in 1028 career NHL games. Koivu will slot into the center as the Blue Jackets wait for Roslovic and Laine to become available.

Jackets Notes

The Blue Jackets’ game on Tuesday, February 16 has been moved to Monday, February 15 as a result of the NHL restructuring the schedule due to COVID outbreaks ... Alex Texier and Liam Foudy were moved to the taxi squad in paper moves on Sunday before being moved back on Monday as a way to get cap savings on the books .. Brandon Dubinsky (wrist) was placed on LTIR ... the team released their alternate jersey schedule

The Other Bench

The Panthers bring four players who have recently played for the Blue Jackets, along with General Manager Bill Zito, back to Columbus ... The Panthers tweaked schedule was released

Season Series

01/26/2021 FLA @ CBJ
01/28/2021 FLA @ CBJ
03/09/2021 FLA @ CBJ
03/11/2021 FLA @ CBJ
04/03/2021 CBJ @ FLA
04/04/2021 CBJ @ FLA
04/19/2021 CBJ @ FLA
04/20/2021 CBJ @ FLA

Stats

Florida Columbus
5.00 (2) GPG 3.00 (19)
3.00 (18) GAPG 3.00 (19)
37.5% (4) PP% 7.7% (28)
40.0% (31) PK% 84.6% (11)
47.88% (22) 5v5 Shot Attempt % 47.87% (23)
49.61% (18) 5v5 Unblocked shot attempt % 47.39% (23)
10.64 (5) 5v5 Shot % 8.55 (12)
.961 (3) 5v5 Save % .928 (9)
Patric Hornqvist, 3 G Leader Alexandre Texier, Nick Foligno, 3
Aleksander Barkov, Jonathan Huberdeau, 3 A Leader Michael Del Zotto, 4
Patric Hornqvist, Jonathan Huberdeau, 4 P Leader Oliver Bjorkstrand, Alexandre Texier, 5
Jonathan Huberdeau, Aleksander Barkov, Keith Yandle, Anton Stralman, Riley Stillman, 2 PIM Leader Oliver Bjorkstrand, 19
0-0-0 Home / Road 1-0-1
2-0-0 Last 10 2-2-2

Projected Lineups

Columbus Blue Jackets
Nick Foligno Max Domi Cam Atkinson
Boone Jenner Alexandre Texier Oliver Bjorkstrand
Liam Foudy Riley Nash Eric Robinson
Mikhail Grigorenko Mikko Koivu Kevin Stenlund
Zach Werenski Seth Jones
Vladislav Gavrikov David Savard
Michael Del Zotto Dean Kukan
Joonas Korpisalo
Elvis Merzlikins
Florida Panthers
Carter Verhaghe Aleksander Barkov Anthony Duclair
Jonathan Huberdeau Alexander Wennberg Patric Hornqvist
Frank Vatrano Eeto Luostarinen Owen Tippett
Vinnie Hinostroza Noel Acciari Brett Connolly
MacKenzie Weegar Aaron Ekblad
Radko Gudas Anton Stralman
Keith Yandle Noah Juulsen
Sergei Bobrovsky
Chris Driedger