Game #75 Preview: Blue Jackets host playoff pushing Panthers

There will be no coasting from Columbus' opponent tonight.

Saturday, April 1, 2023 - 7:00 P.M. EST
Nationwide Arena - Columbus, Ohio
TV: Bally Sports Ohio; Radio: 97.1 FM

Florida Panthers (38-31-7, 83 points, 4th Atlantic, 9th East)


Columbus Blue Jackets (23-43-8, 54 points, 8th Metro, 16th East)

The Blue Jackets played a tight game in Boston and managed to get a point out of it before losing in overtime, but the Bruins didn't play their best game in that one. Tonight, the Panthers are in town and are only one point behind the Penguins for the last wild card spot. They need every point they can get and will be on a mission tonight.

Player to Watch
Liam Foudy

After going only 0-3-3 in his first 35 games this season, it appears that maybe he has started to connect the dots at the NHL level. He is 4-3-7 in his last 11 games and has seen an increase in ice time as a result. He has always been able to separate himself as a skater, but he hasn't been able to put together the other parts of his game. His gorgeous pass to Roslovic resulted in the team's only goal on Thursday night. It would be great to see more of that coming from him.

Jackets Notes

The Jackets are very banged up right now and became even more so after Roslovic left the game in Boston after smashing his head into the boards. Hopefully he's ok, but it wouldn't be a surprise if he was out of the lineup tonight. Brian Hedger also tweeted out that Lane Pederson could be out after taking a nasty punch to the jaw. Josh Dunne has been recalled from Cleveland.

Season Series

11/20/22 - FLA 3 @ CBJ 5
12/13/22 - CBJ 0 @ FLA 4
4/1/23 - FLA @ CBJ


Florida   Columbus
3.46 (5) GPG 2.68 (30)
3.41 (23) GAPG 3.95 (31)
22.4% (11) PP% 18.9% (25)
74.2% (27) PK% 75.7% (22)
54.5% (3) 5v5 Shot Attempt % 45.4% (29)
53.6% (5) 5v5 Unblocked shot attempt % 45.1% (29)
8.4 (18) 5v5 Shooting % 7.8 (27)
.916 (15) 5v5 Save % .903 (28)
Matthew Tkachuk, 38 G Leader Boone Jenner, 25
Matthew Tkachuk, 63 A Leader Johnny Gaudreau, 50
Matthew Tkachuk, 101 P Leader Johnny Gaudreau, 69
Brandon Montour, 101 PIM Leader Mathieu Olivier, 81
17-19-3 Home / Road 14-20-2
5-4-1 Last 10 3-6-1

Projected Lineups

Columbus Blue Jackets

Johnny Gaudreau Boone Jenner Kirill Marchenko
Liam Foudy Jack Roslovic Kent Johnson
Eric Robinson Sean Kuraly Josh Dunne
Trey Fix-Wolansky Hunter McKown Emil Bemstrom
Jake Christiansen Adam Boqvist
Tim Berni Andrew Peeke
Gavin Bayreuther Nick Blankenburg
Michael Hutchinson
Jon Gillies

Florida Panthers

Matthew Tkachuk Anton Lundell Eetu Luostarinen
Anthony Duclair Aleksander Barkov Carter Verhaeghe
Ryan Lomberg Eric Staal Sam Reinhart
Nick Cousins Colin White Givani Smith
Aaron Ekblad Gustav Forsling
Brandon Montour Marc Staal
Radko Gudas Josh Mahura
Sergei Bobrovsky
Alex Lyon

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