Blue Jackets play Florida Panthers tonight looking to end recent losing streak

APRIL 20, 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: 15-23-9, 39 pts. (8th, Discover Central Division) 

Goals:  2.43 Goals-For/3.30 Goals-Against… Shots:  28.9 Shots-For/32.0 Shots-Against

Power Play:  13.5 percent (28th, NHL)… Penalty Kill:  79.0 percent (17th, NHL)

Penalty Minutes:  7.4 PIM (10th-T NHL)… Overtime Record (Shootout):  4-6-3 (2-3)

FLORIDA PANTHERS

Record: 29-12-5, 63 pts. (2nd, Discover Central Division)

Goals:  3.17 Goals-For/2.67 Goals-Against… Shots:  34.1 Shots-For/30.3 Shots-Against

Power Play:  21.6 percent (12th, NHL)… Penalty Kill:  80.3 percent (13th-T, NHL)

Penalty Minutes:  8.9 PIM (21st, NHL)… Overtime Record (Shootout):  8-3-2 (1-2)

Players to Watch:  Aleksander Barkov (Leads the Panthers in goals and ranks second in points with 18-27-45 in 40 GP); LW Jonathan Huberdeau (Leads Florida in assists and points with 15-31-46 in 46 GP)

ALL-TIME SERIES

Results:  Columbus has gone 24-12-4 in 40 regular season games vs. the Panthers, including 9-9-1 on the road… Of Note: The Blue Jackets are 10-5-2 in the last 17 meetings against the Panthers overall… The winning team has scored three or more goals (including SO goals) in 15 of the last 16 meetings… CBJ have killed 24-of-25 Florida power play attempts in the last 10 road games and 39-of-41 over the past 14 road contests in the series… Florida has recorded four of the seven shutouts in the series, including in the most recent meeting on April 4… The Panthers were awarded the first penalty shot in the all-time series on Monday on Frank Vatrano’s third period attempt (Save)… Goals:  CBJ – 113, FLA – 96… CBJ PP:  25-of-133 (18.8%)…CBJ PK:  117-of-132 (88.6%).

This Season (CBJ, 1-4-2)

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 5, COLUMBUS 2

Apr. 4 – at Florida 3, COLUMBUS 0

Apr. 19 – at Florida 4, COLUMBUS 2

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 fell for the sixth-straight game (0-5-1) after falling 4-2 against Florida on Monday… CBJ hit the back half of their second six-game road trip of the season Tuesday’s contest at Florida.  The club plays four of the next five games away from Nationwide Arena from Apr. 20-May 1… Columbus has killed off 37-of-41 opponent power play attempts in the past 16 games since March 20 (90.2 pct; 2nd in NHL) and 40-of-45 over the last 19 since March 13 (88.9 pct.; 1st in NHL)… The Blue Jackets have played in 23 one-goal games this season… The Blue Jackets failed to score the first goal of the contest for the first time in five games on Monday (28 first-goals on campaign)… The Blue Jackets complete their eighth of nine back-to-back sets, and second vs. Florida, on Tuesday… The club has recorded points in four of the last five Tuesday contests (3-1-1).

CBJ PLAYER NOTES

RW Cam Atkinson, who ranks second on the club in goals and points with 14-16-30 in 47 appearances, has 1-4-5 in the past seven contests, including assists in two-straight… RW Oliver Bjorkstrand leads the club in goals, points and multi-point efforts (tied) with 15-19-34 and seven multi-point outings after notching a point for a second consecutive game (1-1-2) with a goal on Monday… F Zac Dalpe tallied his second goal of the campaign and has 1-1-2 in the last five games… D Michael Del Zotto, who skated in his 700th career NHL game on Saturday, has 2-1-3 in the past six games… C Max Domi has notched 2-5-7 in the past nine contests… LW Patrik Laine has tallied 8-9-17 in 12 career games against Florida… C Jack Roslovic has 3-4-7 and two multi-point efforts in the last seven appearances… C Alexandre Texier has already set career highs in assists, points and games played this season (4-11-15 in 41 GP).

MILESTONES

•     RW Cam Atkinson is two points from 400 in his NHL career (212-186-398, 618 GP).

•     RW Oliver Bjorkstrand is seven games from 300 in his NHL career (80-87-167, 293 GP).

•     C Jack Rolsovic is four points from 100 in his NHL career (35-61-96, 219 GP).

•     HC John Tortorella (670) is three 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.

•       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:  122.

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