COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS VS. TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING
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COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS
2021-22 Record: 36-37-7, 79 pts. (6th, Metropolitan Division)
Goals: 3.13 Goals-For/3.63 Goals-Against… Shots: 29.9 Shots-For/35.1 Shots-Against
Power Play: 18.0 percent (25th, NHL)… Penalty Kill: 78.5 percent (20th, NHL)
Penalty Minutes: 7.6 PIM (4th, NHL)… Overtime Record (Shootout): 11-4-3 (4-3)
TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING
2021-22 Record: 50-22-8, 108 pts. (3rd, Atlantic Division)
Goals: 3.46 Goals-For/2.74 Goals-Against… Shots: 30.9 Shots-For/29.6 Shots-Against
Power Play: 23.5 percent (8th, NHL)… Penalty Kill: 81.0 percent (12th, NHL)
Penalty Minutes: 11.1 (31st, NHL)… Overtime Record (Shootout): 12-3-5 (2-5)
Players to Watch: C Steven Stamkos, who has multiple points in seven-straight outings (7-14-21), leads the Lightning with 39-62-101 in 79 games, ranking eighth in the NHL in scoring… D Victor Hedman ranks second-T among NHL blueliners in assists and third in goals and points with 20-62-82 in 80 appearances in 2021-22… G Andrei Vasilevskiy ranks second-T in the NHL in wins, posting a 38-18-5 record, with a 2.46 GAA and .917 SV% in 62 contests this season.
Results: Columbus has gone 13-22-7 in 42 all-time meetings vs. Tampa Bay, including 8-10-2 at home… Of Note: The Blue Jackets have gone 3-5-3 in the past 11 regular season meeting but the Lightning have won the five most recent games (CBJ; 0-4-1)… Columbus has picked up points in four of the last six games of the series at Nationwide Arena since Feb. 10, 2020 (2-2-2)… The winning team has scored four-plus goals in five of the last six games of the series… The Lightning own six of the eight shutouts in the all-time series and both penalty shot attempts… Neither team has recorded a hat trick in the all-time series.
This Season (CBJ, 0-2-0)
Jan. 4, 2022 – TBL 7, at CBJ 2
Apr. 26, 2022 – at TBL 4, CBJ 1
Apr. 28, 2022 – at COLUMBUS (7 p.m. ET)
CBJ TEAM NOTES
Columbus fell in the first game of its home-and-home series against the Lightning, 4-1 in Tampa on Tuesday… The club completes its sixth home-and-home set on Thursday…. The Blue Jackets have scored 250 goals this season, six shy of tying the franchise record of 256 recorded in 2018-19… CBJ have scored three or more goals (incl. SO goals) in 46 of their 80 games this season (33-10-3)… The club is also 30-5-1 when scoring four-plus goals in a game in 2021-22… CBJ rank sixth in the League in win percentage after regulation (11-4-3; .611)… The Blue Jackets have trailed in 23 of their 36 victories this season, including nine of their last 12 wins. The 23 comeback victories are the sixth-most in the NHL and are a new single season record in franchise history (20; 2005-06, 2018-19)… The club has also tied the franchise record with nine victories when trailing after two periods (2005-06). Only NHL-leading Florida (11) has done it more this season… CBJ boast four 50-point scorers. It’s the third-most total in a single-season in CBJ history, trailing only five 50-point scorers registered in 2009-10 and 2016-17… The club also has four players record at least 20 goals this season, tied for the second-most in a single-season in franchise history (5; 2018-19)… The Blue Jackets rank sixth in the NHL in goals (42) and 15th in points (170) by defensemen. The club’s defensemen have combined for 9-33-42 in the last 22 outings… Columbus has killed off 27-of-31 opponent power play attempts over the last 10 games to rank fifth in the NHL in PK pct. since Apr. 4 (87.1 pct.)… CBJ have tied a season high with a power play goal in four-straight contests (4-of-12; 33.3 pct.). The club also posted a PPG in four consecutive contests from Mar. 17-25 (5-of-15; 33.3 pct.)… The team concludes its season with its 14th back-to-back set on Thursday vs. Tampa Bay and Friday at Pittsburgh.
CBJ PLAYER NOTES
D Nick Blankenburg, who notched his first career goal and multi-point effort (1-1-2) on Sunday, recorded eight hits on Tuesday… C Sean Kuraly, who will miss the last two games with a foot injury,set a single-season career high in goals and points with 14-16-30 in 77 games in his first campaign with the team… LW Gus Nyquist has registered 0-8-8 in the last seven games and has totaled 3-11-14 in the last 18 contests and 4-15-19 in his past 25 outings. He has reached the 30-assist mark in a season (33) for the third time in his career… D Andrew Peeke ranks fifth-T in the NHL in blocked shots this season with 166 which also trails only Ryan Murray’s 171 blocked shots registered in 2015-16 for the most in a single season in club history (stat since 2005-06)… C Jack Roslovic, who has points in five consecutive games (4-2-6), has recorded 9-3-12 with three multi-goal efforts in the last eight outings. His nine goals and 12 points in 12 games are the most in the month of April in franchise history. He has also registered 13-11-24, while averaging 17:48 of ice time in his last 30 outings since Feb. 24 to help set single-season career highs in goals, assists and points with 21-23-44 in 79 games this season… C Cole Sillinger has collected 4-5-9 in his last 12 games. His 15 goals are the fourth-most among CBJ rookies in a single season in franchise history and his 30 points are tied for seventh-most… RW Jakub Voracek has registered 4-28-32 in his last 37 appearances since Jan. 31. His 10 assists in April are tied for the most in the month in club history (Dubinsky, 2013). He leads the club in assists with 54, which is the third-highest total in CBJ history (Artemi Panarin – 59 in 2018-19 and 55 in 2017-18). His 39 primary assists (7th in NHL), meanwhile, are the second-most in a single season in CBJ history (Panarin, 44 in 2018-19)… D Zach Werenski has recorded 2-11-13 in his last 16 games played and 5-22-25 in 32 outings since Jan. 23. The 24-year-old has set single-season career highs in both assists and points with 11-37-48 in 68 contests this season, posting the third-highest point total by a blueliner in a single campaign in franchise history (Jones – 57 in 2017-18; Wisniewski – 51 in 2013-14).
• C Sean Kuraly is two points from 100 for his NHL career (38-60-98, 347 GP).
• LW Gus Nyquist is two points from 400 for his NHL career (163-235-398, 650 GP).
• RW Jakub Voracek is three points from 800 for his NHL career (221-576-797, 1,045 GP).
OhioHEALTH INJURY REPORT
• G Daniil Tarasov (hip; Injured Reserve on Jan. 4) is out indefinitely
• C Alexandre Texier (fractured finger; Injured Reserve on Jan. 26) is out indefinitely
• C Boone Jenner (lower back; Injured Reserve on Mar. 11) is out indefinitely
• G Joonas Korpisalo (hip) is out indefinitely
• RW Patrik Laine (upper body: First game missed Apr. 17) is day-to-day
• D Adam Boqvist (lower body; First game missed Apr. 22) is day-to-day
• C Sean Kuraly (foot: First game missed Apr. 26) is out indefinitely
TOTAL MAN GAMES LOST: 353
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