Game Preview: Blue Jackets at Panthers

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Columbus Blue Jackets @ Florida Panthers
BB&T Center, Sunrise, Florida - 7:00 EST
TV: Fox Sports Ohio; Radio: 97.1 WBNS FM
Opponent’s Blog: Litter Box Cats

Columbus Blue Jackets, 29-8-4, 62 points, 1st Metro, 1st East, 1st NHL
Florida Panthers, 19-17-8, 46 points, 5th Atlantic, 11th East

Columbus somehow (don’t ask me, I don’t know how) found a way to win last night. Nick Foligno called it their worst start of the season. Torts admitted to being furious after the first period. The new look lines lasted about 25 minutes. Tampa outshot the Jackets 19-6 in the first period and hit the post 4 times. Sergei Bobrovsky was scratched 20 minutes before gametime for Joonas Korpisalo.

And somehow, Blue Jackets won anyway.

Torts said in the postgame interview last night Korpisalo would likely start again tonight, so I’m expecting to see the Fastest Glove in Finland (nickname pending) go tonight. Other than that, expect no lineup changes for the Union Blue.

The team is 29-8-4 at the halfway mark of the season. Let’s start on the right foot for the back half.


Bobrovsky has been sent back to Columbus with an illness. The team hopes he will practice Monday. Korpisalo will start with Forsberg serving as his backup on emergency recall.


Florida   Columbus
2.25 (27) GPG 3.32 (3)
2.59 (12) GAPG 2.20 (3)
15.2% (24) PP% 25.8% (1)
85.7% (4) PK% 82.6% (12)
51.6% (7) CORGI 50.3% (15)
98.4 (26) LUCK 102.6 (3)
Jonathan Marchessault, 12 G Leader Cam Atkinson, 20
Aleksander Barkov, 18 A Leader Alexander Wennberg, 28
Aleksander Barkov, 27 P Leader Cam Atkinson, 40
Aaron Ekblad, 40 PIM Leader Josh Anderson, 50
10-9-3 Road / Home 13-3-3
4-3-3 Last 10 7-3-0


Columbus Blue Jackets

Brandon Saad Alexander Wennberg Nick Foligno
Boone Jenner Brandon Dubinsky Cam Atkinson
Scott Hartnell William Karlsson Josh Anderson
Matt Calvert Lukas Sedlak Sam Gagner
Zach Werenski Seth Jones
Jack Johnson David Savard
Markus Nutivaara Ryan Murray
Joonas Korpisalo
Sergei Bobrovsky

Florida Panthers

Seth Griffith Vincent Trocheck Jaromir Jagr
Jonathan Marchessault Jussi Jokinen Reilly Smith
Jared McCann Michael Sgarbossa Colton Sceviour
Paul Thompson Derek MacKenzie Shawn Thornton
Keith Yandle Mark Pysyk
Michael Matheson Jason Demers
Jakub Kindl Aaron Ekblad
Roberto Luongo
James Reimer

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