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Game #28 Preview: Blue Jackets seek bolt of inspiration in Tampa

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Columbus Blue Jackets v Tampa Bay Lightning Photo by Mark LoMoglio/NHLI via Getty Images

Thursday, December 15, 2022 - 7:00 P.M. EST
Amalie Arena - Tampa, Florida
TV: Bally Sports Ohio; Radio: 97.1 FM
Opponent’s Blog: Raw Charge

Columbus Blue Jackets (10-16-2, 22 points, 8th Metro, 16th East)


Tampa Bay Lightning (18-9-1, 37 points, 3rd Atlantic, 6th East)

Remember when these teams last met in the Columbus season opener? Honestly, me neither

Player to Watch

Yegor Chinakhov

With one more point, Chinny will tie his total from last season in 62 games. He has a great opportunity now on a new second line with Jack Roslovic and Patrik Laine. That line is clicking, and getting the second line minutes they deserve.

Jackets Notes

I don’t expect any changes to the lineup, barring injury, but will we see Elvis start again in net? He’s coming off of a 4-0 loss, but he had no chance on a few of those goals. The alternative is promising rookie Daniil Tarasov, who has been better than Elvis so far. I guess Elvis starts because he needs the work to get back into a rhythm.

The Other Bench

This is the end of a six game homestand for the Lightning. They have won four of the five games so far including big wins over Toronto, Florida, and Seattle.

Season Series

10/14/2022 TBL 5 @ CBJ 2
12/15/2022 CBJ @ TBL
01/10/2022 CBJ @ TBL


Tampa Bay Columbus
3.61 (5) GPG 2.86 (25)
2.96 (13) GAPG 4.07 (31)
24.5% (9) PP% 14.1% (31)
80.2% (10) PK% 78.3% (18)
51.3% (12) 5v5 Shot Attempt % 45.2% (29)
51.7% (10) 5v5 Unblocked shot attempt % 45.1% (29)
8.6 (16) 5v5 Shooting % 8.8 (12)
.918 (16) 5v5 Save % .892 (32)
Steven Stamkos, 16 G Leader Boone Jenner and Johnny Gaudreau, 10
Nikita Kucherov, 31 A Leader Johnny Gaudreau, 21
Nikita Kucherov, 42 P Leader Johnny Gaudreau, 31
Pat Maroon, 44 PIM Leader Mathieu Olivier, 41
11-4-1 Home / Road 2-6-1
7-3-0 Last 10 3-6-1

Projected Lineups

Columbus Blue Jackets
Gus Nyquist Boone Jenner Johnny Gaudreau
Patrik Laine Jack Roslovic Yegor Chinakhkov
Kent Johnson Cole Sillinger Kirill Marchenko
Eric Robinson Sean Kuraly Mathieu Olivier
Vladislav Gavrikov Marcus BJORK
Tim Berni Erik Gudbranson
Jake Christiansen Andrew Peeke
Elvis Merzlikins
Daniil Tarasov
Tampa Bay Lightning
Brandon Hagel Brayden Point Nikita Kucherov
Steven Stamkos Nick Paul Alex Killorn
Pat Maroon Anthony Cirelli Ross Colton
Vladislav Namestnikov Pierre-Edoauard Bellemare Corey Perry
Victor Hedman Nicklaus Perbix
Ian Cole Erik Cernak
Mikhail Sergachev Cal Foote
Andrei Vasilevskiy
Brian Elliott