Blue Jackets looking to break losing skid tonight against Florida at Nationwide Arena

MAR. 11, 2021 II vs. FLORIDA PANTHERS II NATIONWIDE ARENA II 7 PM ET

BROADCAST INFORMATION

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

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

TODAY’S MATCHUP

COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS

Record:  10-12-5, 25 pts.  (5th, Discover Central Division) 

Goals:  2.59 Goals-For/3.22 Goals-Against… Shots:  28.9 Shots-For/31.1 Shots-Against

Power Play:  15.5 percent (26th, NHL)… Penalty Kill:  72.7 percent (27th, NHL)

Penalty Minutes:  7.4 PIM (9th-T, NHL)… Overtime Record (Shootout):  1-3-2 (1-2)

FLORIDA PANTHERS

Record:  16-5-4, 36 pts. (3rd, Discover Central Division)

Goals:  3.32 Goals-For/2.80 Goals-Against… Shots:  34.0 Shots-For/31.0 Shots-Against

Power Play:  26.0 percent (8th-T, NHL)… Penalty Kill:  78.1 percent (18th, NHL)

Penalty Minutes:  8.3 PIM (17th, NHL)… Overtime Record (Shootout):  4-2-2 (1-2)

ALL-TIME SERIES

Results:  Columbus has gone 24-9-3 in 36 regular season games vs. the Panthers, including 15-3-2 at home… Of Note: The Blue Jackets are 10-2-1 in the last 13 meetings against the Panthers overall, outscoring them 44-30 over that stretch… Columbus had its 16-game home point streak (14-0-2) against the Panthers snapped on Tuesday.  The last time CBJ lost to Florida in regulation at Nationwide Arena was Nov. 21, 2007… Six of the last 11 games at Nationwide Arena have been decided in a shootout (CBJ; 4-2)… The winning team has scored three or more goals (including SO goals) in 11 of the last 12 meetings… Each team has recorded three shutouts in the all-time series while neither team has recorded a penalty shot… Goals:  CBJ – 107, FLA – 84… CBJ PP:  24-of-124 (19.4%)…CBJ PK:  108-of-122 (88.5%).

This Season (CBJ, 1-1-1)

Jan. 26 – Florida 4, at COLUMBUS 3 (SO)

Jan. 28 – at COLUMBUS 3, Florida 2 (SO)

Mar. 9 – Florida 4, at COLUMBUS 2

Mar. 11 – at COLUMBUS

Apr. 3 – at Florida… Apr. 4 – at Florida

Apr. 19 – at Florida… Apr. 20 – at Florida

2019-20 Results (CBJ, 2-1-0)

Dec. 7, 2019 – at Florida 4, Columbus 1

Dec. 31 – at Columbus 4, Florida 1

Feb. 4 – at Columbus 1, Florida 0 (OT)

CBJ TEAM NOTES

The Blue Jackets play the second of their four-game homestand on Thursday and are in a stretch of six of eight games played at Nationwide Arena from Mar. 9-25… The Jackets have recorded points in six of their eight Thursday games in 2020-21 (5-2-1), including wins in five of their last six games on the day… Columbus has split its two-game series with opponents nine of the 12 times this season… CBJ have scored the game’s first goal in a League-high 18 of their 27 games, including four of the last six contests… The Jackets are 9-3-1 in their last 13 games played in the month of March dating back to Mar. 24, 2019.  The club had won seven consecutive home games in the month since Mar. 9, 2019 prior to Tuesday’s 4-2 loss to the Panthers (19-5-0 at NWA since Mar. 2, 2017)… The Blue Jackets are second in the League with five shorthanded goals in 2020-21 (Montreal; 7).

CBJ PLAYER NOTES

RW Cam Atkinson has 9-6-15 with four multi-point outings in the last 16 games… RW Oliver Bjorkstrand has recorded 2-1-3 in the last four games overall and 3-2-5 in the past five contests at Nationwide Arena.  He leads CBJ with 5-6-11 in 14 home games this season… C Boone Jenner has 5-4-9 in the past 13 outings… D Seth Jones ranks eighth-T among NHL blueliners in assists and 12th-T in points since Feb. 1 with 1-11-12 in 17 games… G Joonas Korpisalo, who has started the last eight games for the Blue Jackets, has posted a 2.37 GAA and .914 SV% in his past seven games since Feb. 25… LW Eric Robinson has posted 1-1-2 in the last three games… D David Savard is one of only three players in the NHL (Chicago’s Calvin de Haan and Edmonton’s Adam Larsson) to record 50-plus hits (63) and blocked shots (52) in 2020-21.

MILESTONES

•     RW Cam Atkinson is two games from 600 in his NHL career (208-179-387, 598 GP).

•     D Vladislav Gavrikov is four games from 100 in his NHL career (6-18-24, 96 GP).

•     D Scott Harrington is three games from 200 in his NHL career (7-30-37, 197 GP).

OhioHEALTH INJURY REPORT

•       LW Gus Nyquist (shoulder surgery on Nov. 3; Injured Reserve) is expected to miss five-to-six months.

                              o TOTAL MAN GAMES LOST:  65.

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