Thursday, March 11, 2021 - 7:00 EST
Nationwide Arena - Columbus, Ohio
TV: Fox Sports Ohio; Radio: 97.1 FM
Opponent’s Blog: Litter Box Cats
Florida Panthers (16-5-4, 36 points, 3rd Central)
Columbus Blue Jackets (10-12-5, 25 points, 5th Central)
The Panthers are coming off a big win on Tuesday night in Nationwide Arena, where the argument COULD be made (though I won’t be the one making it) that the Jackets deserved to win the game, based on the number of quality chances they had on goal and the fact that Sergei Bobrovsky was playing outside of his mind in his old familiar stomping grounds.
That being said...
Player to Watch
Bob is now 9-2-2 in starts this season, which is pretty decent for someone who can’t be considered a spring chicken! He and Joonas Korpisalo both had fabulous games with several saves apiece that bent the laws of physics, but Bob certainly came out on top as far as saving what counted - and he also had an offensive unit to do the rest of his job for him.
My favorite-and-also-least-favorite two moments of Tuesday night’s game both involved Bob - one was Nick Foligno’s wide-open missed shot on net and the look on Cam’s face afterwards, and second was Cam’s 1-on-1 showdown with Bob that Bob successfully denied.
If Bob brings his A-game again tonight, the Blue Jackets might not stand a chance!
Elvis Merzlikins is starting in net! Exciting stuff. Perhaps his presence will create the change in atmosphere the Jackets need to win.
Here are some of Torts’ thoughts from Tuesday’s game:
#CBJ coach John Tortorella was plenty irritated today. Pleased, of course, by the scoring chances the Blue Jackets created in Tuesday’s loss to #FlaPanthers. Not so much by the way they defended.— Aaron Portzline (@Aportzline) March 10, 2021
Warning: this quote is mildly NSFW. pic.twitter.com/5erP42vFYL
The Other Bench
Bob is starting in net again, according to the Litter Box Cats - here is their assessment: “Florida can see how vulnerable the Blue Jackets are and will pounce on them early.”
Where’s the lie? Hope we can prove them wrong.
01/26/2021 FLA 4 @ CBJ 3 (SO)
01/28/2021 FLA 2 @ CBJ 3 (SO)
03/09/2021 FLA 4 @ CBJ 2
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
|3.32 (6)||GPG||2.59 (24)|
|2.80 (12)||GAPG||3.22 (25)|
|26.0% (10)||PP%||15.5% (26)|
|78.1% (17)||PK%||72.7% (27)|
|52.1% (7)||5v5 Shot Attempt %||46.3% (31)|
|51.9% (6)||5v5 Unblocked shot attempt %||47.5% (26)|
|7.9 (17)||5v5 Shot %||7.9 (18)|
|.929 (7)||5v5 Save %||.915 (19)|
|Jonathan Huberdeau, Patric Hornqvist 10||G Leader||Cam Atkinson, 10|
|Jonathan Huberdeau, 20||A Leader||Seth Jones, 12|
|Jonathan Huberdeau, 30||P Leader||Cam Atkinson, Oliver Bjorkstrand, 19|
|Keith Yandle, 26||PIM Leader||Max Domi, 33|
|9-2-1||Home / Road||6-5-3|
|Patrik Laine||Jack Roslovic||Oliver BJORKSTRAND|
|Nick Foligno||Boone Jenner||Cam Atkinson|
|Eric Robinson||Alexandre Texier||Kevin Stenlund|
|Max Domi||Riley Nash||Emil Bemstrom|
|Gabriel Carlsson||David Savard|
|Vladislav Gavrikov||Michael Del Zotto|
|Frank Vatrano||Aleksander Barkov||Carter Verhaeghe|
|Jonathan Huberdeau||Alexander Wennberg||Patric Hornqvist|
|Juho Lammikko||Noel Acciari||Ryan Lomberg|
|Mason Marchment||Eetu Luostarinen||Vinnie Hinostroza|
|Mackenzie Weegar||Aaron Ekblad|
|Keith Yandle||Radko Gudas|
|Riley Stillman||Gustav Forsling|