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Game 10 Preview: Jackets try to avoid Thunderstruck Thursday vs Tampa

Jan 10, 2023; Tampa, Florida, USA; Columbus Blue Jackets left wing Patrik Laine (29) skates with the puck as Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Zach Bogosian (24) defends during the second period at Amalie Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Thursday, November 2, 2023
Nationwide Arena, Columbus, Ohio
TV: Good luck lmao – Radio: 97.1FM
Opponent’s Blog: Raw Charge

Tampa Bay Lightning (4-2-3, 11 points, 4th Atlantic, 7th East)
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Columbus Blue Jackets (3-4-2, 8 points, 7th Metro, 15th East)

After a pair of disappointing losses and some bag skating by coach Pascal Vincent, Columbus is looking to rebound on home ice versus the electric Tampa Bay Lightning. The latter is battling through the start of the season without Andrei Vasilevskiy, arguably the best goalie in the world, while the former is playing without Patrik Laine, who’s the like seventh best hockey player from Finland.

Player to Watch

Kirill Marchenko

After a disappointing start to the season, Kirill Marchenko sat for the last two games versus the Islanders and Stars. However, the Russian sniper is drawing back into the lineup tonight, playing alongside fellow youngsters Dmitri Voronkov and Cole Sillinger. Kirill needs to impress the coaching staff in order to lock up his roster spot and avoid a demotion to AHL Cleveland.

Jackets Notes

Erik Gudbranson missed practice the last couple days as he nurses some type of lower body injury … Patrik Laine remains out with an upper body injury that’s definitely not a concussion. … The team was scheduled to take the day off upon their return from Dallas Tuesday, but the poor performance led to a change of plans. … They still had their team Halloween party Tuesday night, however, with Adam Fantilli and Patrik Laine with the standout costumes. The Gudbranson’s play on the Taylor Swift/Travis Kelce news was also pretty fun.

The Other Bench

The Lightning’s season started with controversy, as longtime captain Steven Stamkos openly complained about not even receiving an offer for an extension from Tampa at the start of training camp. … Andrei Vasilevskiy remains out for the Lightning until at least Thanksgiving. … The Bolts are on a six-game winning streak, with a 3-0-3 record that includes two shutouts over the Hurricanes and Sharks. … They’re also coming off a five-game homestand. … Nikita Kucherov, Brayden Point, Brandon Hagel, and Victor Hedman are all averaging at or above a point per game.

Season Series

11/2/2023 – Tampa Bay at Columbus
2/10/2024 – Tampa Bay at Columbus
4/9/2024 – Columbus at Tampa Bay

Stats

Tampa BayColumbus
3.56 (8)GPG2.56 (26)
3.11 (17)GAPG3.33 (24)
33.3% (3)PP%16.1% (18)
86.4% (8)PK%83.9% (10)
48.1% (22)5v5 Shot Attempt %48.8% (19)
47.1% (25)5v5 Unblocked Shot Attempt %48.2% (21)
9.4% (10)5v5 Shooting %6.7% (23)
.920 (16)5v5 Save %.911 (20)
Hagel/Kucherov, 6G LeaderBoone Jenner, 4
Point/Hedman, 8A LeaderIvan Provorov, 7
Nikita Kucherov, 11P LeaderIvan Provorov, 7
Mikhail Sergachev, 8PIM LeaderCole Sillinger, 13
0-2-1Home/Road2-3-1
4-2-3Last 103-4-2

Projected Lineups

Columbus Blue Jackets

Johnny GaudreauBoone JennerJack Roslovic
Kent JohnsonAdam FantilliEmil Bemstrom
Dmitri VoronkovCole SillingerKirill Marchenko
Alexandre TexierSean KuralyJustin Danforth
Zach WerenskiDamon Severson
Ivan ProvorovDavid Jiricek
Jake BeanErik Gudbranson
Elvis Merzlikins
Spencer Martin

Tampa Bay Lightning

Alex Barre-BouletBrayden PointNikita Kucherov
Steven StamkosNick PaulConor Sheary
Tanner JeannotAnthony CirelliBrandon Hagel
Michael EyssimontLuke GlendeningWaltteri Merela
Victor HedmanErik Cernak
Mikhail SergachevNicklaus Perbix
Calvin de HaanDarren Raddysh
Jonas Johansson
Matt Tomkins