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Game #79 Preview/gamethread: Blue Jackets seek some sunshine

Jan 10, 2023; Tampa, Florida, USA; Tampa Bay Lightning left wing Nicholas Paul (20) shoots as Columbus Blue Jackets right wing Carson Meyer (72) defends during the first period at Amalie Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Tuesday, April 9, 2024 – 7:00 PM EDT
Amalie Arena, Tampa, Florida
TV: Bally Sports Ohio; Radio: 97.1 FM
Opponent’s Site: Raw Charge

Columbus Blue Jackets (26-40-12, 64 points, 8th Metro, 16th East)


Tampa Bay Lightning (43-27-7, 93 points, 4th Atlantic, 7th East)

The challenging Southern road trip continues!

Player to Watch

Anthony Duclair

Remember this guy? After an injury-shortened season last year, the Florida Panthers opted to let Duclair hit the market, where he finally landed with San Jose. After 16/11/27 in 56 games, the Sharks traded him as expected, and he returned to the Sunshine State, this time with the Bolts. He has fit in wonderfully, with a scorching hot 6/5/11 in 13 games, despite playing nearly 2 minutes fewer per game than he did in San Jose.

The Other Bench

Since the trade deadline, the Lightning have been electric (sorry, sorry, I’m trying to delete it). They are 9-2-1 over the last month, which has helped them clinch a playoff berth with room to spare … Speaking of random former Blue Jackets, Tyler Motte is having a great defensive impact on the fourth line … Fun but ultimately meaningless stat about scoring depth:

Players with 70+ points
TBL: 5
CBJ: 0

Players with 20+ points
TBL: 10
CBJ: 14

Players with 10+ points
TBL: 16
CBJ: 22

Season Series

11/02/2023 TBL 2 @ CBJ 4
02/10/2024 TBL 4 @ CBJ 2
04/09/2024 CBJ @ TBL


Tampa BayColumbus
3.52 (5)GPG2.85 (24)
3.26 (22)GAPG3.59 (30)
29.5 (1)PP%15.1 (30)
83.2 (5)PK%76.8 (24)
50.4 (16)5v5 Shot Attempt %48.0 (23)
50.3 (17)5v5 Unblocked Shot Attempt %47.7 (24)
9.4 (7)5v5 Shooting %9.0 (10)
89.9 (30)5v5 Save %91.2 (19)
B. Point, N. Kucherov, 43G LeaderBoone Jenner, 22
Nikita Kucherov, 93A LeaderJohnny Gaudreau, 47
Nikita Kucherov, 136P LeaderJohnny Gaudreau, 58
Michael Eyssimont, 99PIM LeaderErik Gudbranson, 72
7-2-1Last 103-6-1

Projected Lines

Columbus Blue Jackets

Johnny GaudreauDmitri VoronkovAlex Nylander
Alexandre TexierCole SillingerKirill Marchenko
Mathieu OlivierJustin DanforthMikael Pyyhtia
Carson MeyerBrendan GaunceJames Malatesta
Zach WerenskiDamon Severson
Ivan ProvorovErik Gudbranson
Nick BlankenbergDavid Jiricek
Jet Greaves
Malcolm Subban

Tampa Bay Lightning

Anthony DuclairBrayden PointNikita Kucherov
Brandon HagelAnthony CirelliSteven Stamkos
Michael EyssimontNicholas PaulMitchell Chaffee
Tyler MotteLuke GlendeningTanner Jeannot
Victor HedmanDarren Raddysh
Matt DumbaErik Cernak
Emil Martinsen-LillebergNick Perbix
Andrei Vasilevskiy
Matt Tomkins