Reeling Columbus Blue Jackets end their Florida trip tonight taking on Tampa Bay Lightning, 7 PM

APRIL 25, 2021 II at TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING II AMALIE ARENA II 7 PM ET

CBJ BROADCAST INFORMATION

TV:  NBCSN                              Brendan Burke (play-by-play), Dominic Moore (analyst), A. J. Mleczko (analyst)                  
Radio:  97.1 The Fan              Bob McElligott (play-by-play), Dylan Tyrer (host)

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP

COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS

Record: 15-25-9, 39 pts. (8th, Discover Central Division) 

Goals:  2.37 Goals-For/3.33 Goals-Against… Shots:  29.0 Shots-For/31.9 Shots-Against

Power Play:  15.1 percent (28th, NHL)… Penalty Kill:  79.8 percent (13th, NHL)

Penalty Minutes:  7.4 PIM (11th, NHL)… Overtime Record (Shootout):  4-6-3 (2-3)

TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING

Record: 31-14-2, 64 pts. (3rd, Discover Central Division)

Goals:  3.30 Goals-For/2.57 Goals-Against… Shots:  30.2 Shots-For/28.6 Shots-Against

Power Play:  24.7 percent (5th, NHL)… Penalty Kill:  82.2 percent (10th, NHL)

Penalty Minutes:  9.5 PIM (27th-T, NHL)… Overtime Record (Shootout):  6-1-1 (1-1)

Players to Watch:  Victor Hedman (Finalist for Norris Trophy last four seasons, winning award in 2017-18); D David Savard ((Posted 41-125-166 in 597 career games with CBJ prior to trade on Apr. 10): G Andrei Vasilevskiy (Finalist for Vezina Trophy past three campaigns, winning award in 2018-19).

ALL-TIME SERIES

Results:  Columbus has gone 13-20-6 in 39 regular season games vs. the Lightning, including 5-11-3 on the road… 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… Columbus has recorded points in five of last eight reg. season meetings vs. Tampa Bay (3-3-2)… The winning team has scored three or more goals in 17 of the last 19 regular season meetings… Goals:  CBJ – 84, TBL – 111… CBJ PP:  18-of-131 (13.7%)…CBJ PK:  106-of-132 (80.3%).

This Season (CBJ, 3-3-1)

Jan. 21 – Tampa Bay 3, at Columbus 2 (OT)

Jan. 23 – at COLUMBUS 5, Tampa Bay 2

Mar. 30 – COLUMBUS 3, at Tampa Bay 1

Apr. 1 – at Tampa Bay 3, COLUMBUS 2

Apr. 6 – at COLUMBUS 4, Tampa Bay 2

Apr. 8 – Tampa Bay 6, at COLUMBUS 4

Apr. 22 – at Tampa Bay 3, COLUMBUS 1

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

The Blue Jackets fell for the eight-straight game (0-7-1) after falling 3-1 at Tampa Bay on Thursday… CBJ close out their second six-game road trip of the season on Sunday at Tampa Bay.  Following the contest, the Blue Jackets will play five of the final six contests at Nationwide Arena… Columbus has killed off 42-of-46 opponent power play attempts in the past 18 games since March 20 (91.3 pct; 1st in NHL) and 45-of-50 over the last 21 since March 13 (90.0 pct.; 1st in NHL)… The Blue Jackets have played in 23 one-goal games this season and have scored the first goal of the game on 29 occasions… CBJ have scored power play goals in each of their last two games, scoring on both opportunities.

CBJ PLAYER NOTES

RW Cam Atkinson, who ranks second on the club in goals and points with 14-17-31 in 49 appearances, has 1-5-6 in the past nine contests… RW Oliver Bjorkstrand leads the club in goals, assists, points and multi-point efforts (tied) with 15-21-36 and seven multi-point outings and has notched points in four consecutive outings (1-3-4)… D Seth Jones, who ranks sixth in the NHL in TOI/G (25:10), leads CBJ blueliners in assists and points with 5-19-24 in 49 GP… C Jack Roslovic has 4-4-8 and two multi-point efforts in the last nine appearances and has set career highs in assists and points this season with 10-20-30 in 41 GP… C Alexandre Texier has already set career highs in assists, points and games played this season (4-11-15 in 43 GP).

MILESTONES

•     RW Cam Atkinson is one point from 400 in his NHL career (212-187-399, 620 GP).

•     RW Oliver Bjorkstrand is five games from 300 in his NHL career (80-89-169, 295 GP).

•     C Jack Rolsovic is three points from 100 in his NHL career (36-61-97, 221 GP).

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.

•       C Boone Jenner (broken finger on Apr. 6) is expected to miss six weeks.

•       D Zach Werenski (inguinal/sports hernia: Injured Reserve) is out for rest of the season.

                              o TOTAL MAN GAMES LOST:  130.

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