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Game #18 Preview/GameThread: Blue Jackets look to bounce back against Panthers

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Columbus Blue Jackets v Florida Panthers Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images

Florida Panthers at Columbus Blue Jackets
Sunday, November 20, 2022 - 6:00 PM
Nationwide Arena, Columbus, OH
TV: Bally’s Sports Ohio - Radio: WBNS FM
Opponent’s blog: Litter Box Cats

Florida Panthers, 9-7-2, 20 points, 5th Atlantic, 9th East
Columbus Blue Jackets, 6-10-1, 13 points, 8th Metro, 16th East

The Blue Jackets, routed by the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday night, have to get back at it less than 24 hours later today as they play host to the Florida Panthers. The Panthers lost their own game on Saturday, falling in a shootout to the Calgary Flames, but both will be looking to get back on track.

No one on the Blue Jackets is playing particularly well right now, and the Panthers (winners of last year’s President’s Trophy) present a fairly stiff test. Let’s see if Columbus can present any sort of fight against the Panthers.

Player to Watch

Emil Bemstrom

Emil Bemstrom has three point in five games this season and does not look out of place playing next to Johnny Gaudreau in Patrik Laine’s absence. Bemstrom scored the lone goal on Saturday night against the Detroit Red Wings. Bemstrom was one of the few bright spots for the Jackets on Saturday - hopefully his solid play continues.

Jackets Notes

Boone Jenner has points in five straight home games ... Today will mark Brad Larsen’s 100th game has head coach ... Sean Kuraly has three goals in his last three games ... Johnny Gaudreau is 1-6-7 in his last seven games

The Other Bench

In his first game against Calgary, Matthew Tkachuk scored a goal and an assist, had two shots on goal, one hit, one block and two takeaways in 21:59 TOI ... Returning after a one-game absence, Aleksander Barkov led all skaters with eight shots on goal ... In their return to Sunrise, Jonathan Huberdeau was credited with two shots and three hits in 19:56 TOI while MacKenzie Weegar logged 16:25 TOI and had four shots, two blocks and a hit

Season Series

11/20/2022 FLA @ CBJ
12/13/2022 CBJ @ FLA
04/01/2022 FLA @ CBJ

Projected Lineups

Columbus Blue Jackets

Johnny Gaudreau Boone Jenner Emil Bemstrom
Yegor Chinakhov Cole Sillinger Gus Nyquist
Liam Foudy Brendan Gaunce Kent Johnson
Eric Robinson Sean Kuraly Mathieu Olivier
Vladislav Gavrikov Andrew Peeke
Jake Christiansen Marcus Bjork
Gavin Bayreuther Erik Gudbranson
Joonas Korpisalo
Daniil Tarasov

Florida Panthers

Carter Verhaeghe Aleksander Barkov Colin White
Eetu Luostarinen Sam Bennett Matthew Tkachuk
Ryan Lomberg Anton Lundell Sam Reinhart
Nick Cousins Eric Staal Patric Hornqvist
Gustav Forsling Aaron Ekblad
Marc Staal Brandon Montour
Josh Mahura Radko Gudas
Sergei Bobrovsky
Spencer Knight