Blue Jackets continue trip through Sunshine State with visit to Florida Panthers

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)

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP

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)

FLORIDA PANTHERS

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).

ALL-TIME SERIES

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.

MILESTONES

•     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.

COURTESY BLUE JACKETS COMMUNICATIONS

RELATED ARTICLES