The Blue Jackets welcome the Bolts to the Nationwide Arena tonight. These two teams last played on Black Friday, and revenge might be on the mind of Tampa Bay.
The Lightning are a very explosive team, even with the loss of Steven Stamkos. The dynamic forward sustained a long term injury in a matchup against the Detroit Red Wings. They are also without former Blue Jackets defenseman Anton Stralman.
The Bolts also made secondary moves in the offseason. They surprisingly traded defenseman Anthony DeAngelo to the Arizona Coyotes. They bought out the now retired defenseman Matt Carle. Tampa also let former Blue Jacket and now emerging star Jonathan Marchessault to Florida. They added former Blue Jacket in Jeremy Morin. They added former Habs in Gabriel Dumont and Michael Bournival. The Lightning also welcomed back Cory Conacher.
With the Lightning also playing in Columbus, the team welcomes former head coach Todd Richards. Richie was fired last season after the horrendous winless streak. As an assistant coach, his main role with Tampa Bay is working on the power play.
The Blue Jackets are without Dalton Prout and Matt Calvert with injuries; both are on the IR.
The goalie matchup is Sergei Bobrovsky against Andrei Vaslievisky. Two really good Russian netminders. One a prime goalie. One the future of the crease.
Tampa Bay Lightning
Ondrej Palat--Tyler Johnson--Nikita Kucherov
Alex Killorn--Brayden Point--Jonathan Drouin
Brian Boyle--Valterri Flippula--Vladislav Namestnikov
JT Brown--Cedric Paquette--Luke Witkowski
Victor Hedman--Andrej Sustr
Jason Garrison--Nikita Nesterov
Slater Koekkoek--Braydon Coburn
Scratched: Ryan Callahan
Injured: Steven Stamkos, Anton Stralman
Columbus Blue Jackets
Brandon Saad--Alex Wennberg--Nick Foligno
Boone Jenner--Brandon Dubinsky--Cam Atkinson
Scott Hartnell--William Karlsson--Josh Anderson
Markus Hannikanen--Lukas Sedlak--Sam Gagner
Zach Werenski--Seth Jones
Jack Johnson--David Savard
Ryan Murray--Markus Nutivarra
Scratched: Justin Scott, Scott Harrington
Injured: Matt Calvert, Dalton Prout, David Clarkson
Enjoy the games tonight.
More to come...
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