Columbus Blue Jackets opens home schedule against Stanley Cup champion, Tampa Bay tonight

JAN. 21, 2021 II vs. TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING II NATIONWIDE ARENA II 7 PM ET

BROADCAST INFORMATION

TV:  FOX Sports Ohio             Jeff Rimer (play-by-play), Jody Shelley (color analyst)

TV:  NBC Sports Network     John Forslund (play-by-play), A.J. Mleczko (color analyst)

Radio:  97.1 The Fan              Bob McElligott (play-by-play), Dylan Tyrer (host)

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP

COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS 

Record:  1-2-1, 3 pts. (6th, Discover Central Division)

Goals:  2.00 Goals-For/3.25 Goals-Against… Shots:  31.8 Shots-For/33.0 Shots-Against

Power Play:  0.0 percent (25th-T, NHL)… Penalty Kill:  88.9 percent (6th-T, NHL)

Penalty Minutes:  9.0 PIM (17th-T, NHL)… Overtime Record (Shootout):  0-1-0 (0-0)

TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING

Record:  2-0-0, 4 pts. (1st-T, Discover Central Division)

Goals:  5.00 Goals-For/1.50 Goals-Against… Shots:  35.0 Shots-For/30.0 Shots-Against

Power Play:  28.6 percent (8th, NHL)… Penalty Kill:  71.4 percent (23rd-T, NHL)

Penalty Minutes:  7.0 PIM (7th , NHL)… Overtime Record (Shootout):  0-0-0 (0-0)

ALL-TIME SERIES

Results:  Columbus has gone 10-17-5 in 32 regular season games vs. the Lightning, including 6-8-2 at home… Of Note: The two teams have met in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals of the Stanley Cup Playoffs in each of the past two years.  Columbus swept the Presidents’ Trophy-winning Lightning in 2019 before Tampa Bay earned a 4-1 series victory in 2020 on its way to the second Stanley Cup in franchise history… The Lightning have won seven-straight regular season games in the series (CBJ; 0-5-2) after a three-game Blue Jackets win streak from Nov. 25, 2016-Jan. 13, 2017… The winning team has scored three or more goals in 10 of the last 12 regular season meetings… Goals:  CBJ – 63, TBL – 99… CBJ PP:  15-of-116 (12.9%)…CBJ PK:  90-of-113 (79.6%).

This Season (CBJ, 0-0-0)

Jan. 21 – at COLUMBUS… Jan. 23 – at COLUMBUS

Mar. 30 – at Tampa Bay… Apr. 1 – at Tampa Bay

Apr. 6 – at COLUMBUS… Apr. 6 – at COLUMBUS

Apr. 22 – at Tampa Bay… Apr. 25 – at Tampa Bay

2019-20 Results (CBJ, 0-0-1)

Feb. 10, 2020 – Tampa Bay 2, at Columbus 1 (OT)

Mar. 27, 2020 – at Tampa Bay (Cancelled)

Apr. 2, 2020 – at Columbus (Cancelled)

CBJ TEAM NOTES

Columbus earned points in both games of a back-to-back set at Detroit on Monday and Tuesday (1-0-1)… Dating back to last season, the Blue Jackets have picked up points in 14-straight games (9-0-5) against teams that typically reside in the Atlantic Division (BOS, BUF, DET, FLA, MTL, OTT, TBL, TOR).  The club plays Tampa Bay and Florida during a four-game homestand… The Blue Jackets will play eight of their next 10 games at home at Nationwide Arena. CBJ went 20-12-4 (44 pts./.611 pts. pct.) at Nationwide Arena in 2019-20, including 12-4-3 over the final 19 home games from Dec. 16-Mar. 1.

CBJ PLAYER NOTES

Alexandre Texier, who leads the Blue Jackets in goals and points in 2020-21 with 3-1-4, is riding career best three-game goal and point (tied) streaks (3-1-4)… RW Oliver Bjorkstrand has posted 1-2-3 over a two-game point streak.  The forward led the club in goals, game-winning goals and multi-point efforts in 2019-20 with 21-15-36, five game-winners and 11 multi-point efforts in 49 appearances… G Joonas Korpisalo has allowed two goals in each of his two games played this season (1-1-0, 2.04 GAA, .944 SV%).  He set career bests in games played, wins, GAA (tied), shutouts and minutes played in 2019-20, going 19-12-5 with a 2.60 GAA, .911 SV% and two shutouts in 37 appearances… F Boone Jenner has notched three points in the first four outings of the season (2-1-3) and has points in back-to-back contests (1-1-2).

MILESTONES

RW Cam Atkinson is two goals from 200 in his NHL career (198-170-368, 574 GP).

LW Nick Foligno is two goals from 200 in his NHL career (197-270-467, 911 GP).

Seth Jones is two assists from 200 in his NHL career (60-198-258, 527 GP) and five points from 200 in his CBJ career (45-150-195, 329 GP).

OhioHEALTH INJURY REPORT

  • LW Gus Nyquist (shoulder surgery on Nov. 3; Injured Reserve) is expected to miss five-to-six months.
  • Mikko Koivu (COVID-19 protocols) is unavailable.
    • TOTAL MAN GAMES LOST:  8.

GAME PREVIEW COURTESY BLUE JACKETS COMMUNICATIONS

RELATED ARTICLES
NFL Week 7 Preview
21 hours ago
NFL News Week 5
2 weeks ago
NFL Week 4 Preview
3 weeks ago
NFL Week 3 Preview
4 weeks ago
NFL News
1 month ago
1ST & GOAL Week 3
2 months ago
Solheim Cup News
2 months ago
Solheim Cup News
2 months ago
Solheim Cup News
2 months ago