GAMEDAY PREVIEW INFORMATION
JAN. 23, 2021 II vs. TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING II NATIONWIDE ARENA II 2 PM ET
TV: FOX Sports Ohio Jeff Rimer (play-by-play), Jody Shelley (color analyst)
TV: NHL Network
Radio: CD92.9 FM Bob McElligott (play-by-play), Dylan Tyrer (host)
COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS
Record: 1-2-2, 4 pts. (6th, Discover Central Division)
Goals: 2.00 Goals-For/3.20 Goals-Against… Shots: 30.4 Shots-For/33.8 Shots-Against
Power Play: 9.1 percent (24th-T, NHL)… Penalty Kill: 90.0 percent (6th, NHL)
Penalty Minutes: 9.0 PIM (15th-T, NHL)… Overtime Record (Shootout): 0-2-0 (0-0)
TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING
Record: 3-0-0, 6 pts. (1st, Discover Central Division)
Goals: 4.33 Goals-For/1.67 Goals-Against… Shots: 35.7 Shots-For/28.3 Shots-Against
Power Play: 25.0 percent (9th-T, NHL)… Penalty Kill: 72.7 percent (23rd, NHL)
Penalty Minutes: 9.0 PIM (15th -T, NHL)… Overtime Record (Shootout): 1-0-0 (0-0)
Results: Columbus has gone 10-17-6 in 33 regular season games vs. the Lightning, including 6-8-3 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 eight-straight regular season games in the series (CBJ; 0-5-3) 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 11 of the last 13 regular season meetings… Goals: CBJ – 65, TBL – 94… CBJ PP: 16-of-120 (13.3%)…CBJ PK: 91-of-114 (79.8%).
This Season (CBJ, 0-0-1)
Jan. 21 – Tampa Bay 3, at Columbus 2 (OT)
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 has earned points in three-straight games this week (1-0-2)… Dating back to last season, the Blue Jackets have picked up points in 15-straight games (9-0-6) 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 seven of their next nine 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… Saturday’s game is the second of seven matinee games for the Blue Jackets this season (1-0-0). The club has gone 9-3-3 in its past 15 matinees since Nov. 20, 2016 where puck drop has been before 3pm local time.
CBJ PLAYER NOTES
RW Oliver Bjorkstrand is riding a three-game point streak with two multi-point efforts (2-3-5), including posting 1-1-2 on Thursday vs. Tampa Bay. 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… C Max Domi collected an assist for his second-straight game on Thursday and now has 2-3-5 in his last six appearances against Tampa Bay… G Joonas Korpisalo has stopped 101-of-108 shots (.935) in his first three games of the season. 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 Nick Foligno has recorded goals in two of the last four contests. He finished second on the team in scoring at Nationwide Arena in 2019-20, recording 9-12-21 in 34 outings.
RW Cam Atkinson is two goals from 200 in his NHL career (198-171-369, 576 GP).
LW Nick Foligno is two goals from 200 in his NHL career (198-270-468, 913 GP).
D Seth Jones is two assists from 200 in his NHL career (60-198-258, 529 GP) and five points from 200 in his CBJ career (45-150-195, 330 GP).
OhioHEALTH INJURY REPORT
- LW Gus Nyquist (shoulder surgery on Nov. 3; Injured Reserve) is expected to miss five-to-six months.
- C Mikko Koivu (COVID-19 protocols) is unavailable.
- TOTAL MAN GAMES LOST: 10.
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