APRIL 3, 2021 II at FLORIDA PANTHERS II BB&T CENTER II 7 PM ET
CBJ BROADCAST INFORMATION
TV: Bally 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)
COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS
Record: 14-16-8, 36 pts. (6th, Discover Central Division)
Goals: 2.47 Goals-For/3.11 Goals-Against… Shots: 28.4 Shots-For/31.5 Shots-Against
Power Play: 14.8 percent (26th, NHL)… Penalty Kill: 75.9 percent (25th, NHL)
Penalty Minutes: 6.5 PIM (2nd, NHL)… Overtime Record (Shootout): 4-5-3 (2-3)
Record: 24-9-4, 52 pts. (2nd, Discover Central Division)
Goals: 3.27 Goals-For/2.68 Goals-Against… Shots: 34.4 Shots-For/30.4 Shots-Against
Power Play: 24.0 percent (9th, NHL)… Penalty Kill: 80.5 percent (12th, NHL)
Penalty Minutes: 8.9 PIM (22nd, NHL)… Overtime Record (Shootout): 7-2-2 (1-2)
Players to Watch: LW Jonathan Huberdeau (Leads Florida in assists and points with 14-28-42 in 37 GP); C Carter Verhaeghe (Leads the Panthers in goals with 17-15-32 in 37 GP).
Results: Columbus has gone 24-9-4 in 37 regular season games vs. the Panthers, including 9-6-1 on the road… Of Note: The Blue Jackets are 10-2-2 in the last 14 meetings against the Panthers overall, outscoring them 48-35 over that stretch… Columbus is 3-1-0 in the last four games in Florida… The winning team has scored three or more goals (including SO goals) in 12 of the last 13 meetings… CBJ have killed 21-of-22 Florida power play attempts in the last eight road games and 36-of-38 over the past 12 road contests in the series… Each team has recorded three shutouts in the all-time series while neither team has recorded a penalty shot… Goals: CBJ – 111, FLA – 89… CBJ PP: 25-of-127 (19.7%)…CBJ PK: 110-of-125 (88.0%).
This Season (CBJ, 1-1-2)
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 – Florida 5, at COLUMBUS 4 (OT)
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 split their two-game series in Tampa Bay after falling 3-2 to the Lightning on Thursday… Columbus is in a stretch of 10 of 12 games against the top three teams in the Central Division (Tampa Bay, Florida, Carolina) from Mar. 18-Apr. 8… The Blue Jackets close out a stretch of six games in nine days with their second back-to-back set to close the road trip (Apr. 3-4 at Florida)… CBJ have killed off 13-of-14 opponent power play attempts in the past seven games (92.9 pct) and 16-of-18 over the last 10 (88.9 pct.)… CBJ rank fourth in the NHL in blocked shots per 60 minutes (14.40)… The Blue Jackets have played in 21 one-goal games this season, tied for second-most in the NHL (New Jersey) and trailing only Anaheim (23)… CBJ have scored a second period goal in five-straight games, outscoring opponents 6-2 since March 25.
CBJ PLAYER NOTES
RW Cam Atkinson 2-2-4 in the past five games… RW Oliver Bjorkstrand, who has 7-7-14 in the last 15 games, leads CBJ with 3-2-5 in four games vs. Florida this season. He leads the club in goals (tied), assists, points and multi-point efforts with 13-17-30 and seven multi-point outings in 38 games… C Max Domi collected his third multi-point effort of the campaign with two assists on Thursday at Tampa Bay… F Nick Foligno has collected 1-2-3 in the last four games, including his second multi-point effort of the campaign with two assists on Tuesday… C Boone Jenner leads CBJ in faceoff percentage (55.7) and has won 50 pct. or more of his draws in 15 of the last 19 contests… G Joonas Korpisalo has posted a 2.39 GAA and .916 SV% in his past 11 games since February 25, while G Elvis Merzlikins has registered a 2.32 GAA and .930 SV% in his last six outings since March 13, starting the past four games for the Blue Jackets… D Zach Werenski has recorded 4-6-10 in the last 12 games after collecting 1-1-2 on Thursday.
• RW Cam Atkinson is seven points from 400 in his NHL career (211-182-393, 609 GP).
• D Michael Del Zotto is eight games from 700 in his NHL career (58-185-243, 692 GP).
• LW Nick Foligno is five games from 600 in his CBJ career (141-192-333, 595 GP).
• D Scott Harrington is three games from 200 in his NHL career (7-30-37, 197 GP).
• D David Savard is six games from 600 in his NHL career (41-125-166, 594 GP).
• HC John Tortorella (669) is four wins from surpassing Mike Keenan (672) for 12th on NHL all-time wins list.
OhioHEALTH INJURY REPORT
• LW Gus Nyquist (shoulder surgery on Nov. 3; Injured Reserve) is expected to miss five-to-six months.
• RW Emil Bemstrom (lower body injury on Mar. 17) is expected to miss a week.
o TOTAL MAN GAMES LOST: 90.
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