The Columbus Blue Jackets continue their Southern road trip with back to back matchups in Florida. First, the struggling Tampa Bay Lightning.
Tonight is a special night for the Bolts as they retire a legendary player for the franchise in Martin St. Louis. Number 26 will be raised to the rafters. The un drafted winger played most of his career with the Lightning, and was dealt to the Rangers at the twilight of his career for Ryan Callahan.
The Lightning played last night against the Sabres, so they may be a bit more fatigued tonight. They are an under 0.500 team and have had plenty of injuries and goalie problems. Ben Bishop has been under performing from his Vézina finalist year last year, and played in his game last night in weeks. Steven Stamkos is still out of the lineup as he recently got off his crutches. Nikita Kucherov and Victor Hedman continue to have dominate seasons, while everyone else has been subpar.
The Lightning are also a better team at home than on the road. But the Jackets have been dominate on the road and at lhome.
The Jackets have made some lineup adjustments as you will see below. In a words sense. Cam Atkinson is now on the top line. Nick Foligno is on the second line. Scott Hartnell is on the second line. Boone Jenner is on the third line. Matt Calvert is back on the fourth line after missing the last game with an illness. Basically, they jumbled the veteran wingers.
Sergei Bobrovsky will get the start for Columbus. Andrei Vasilevskiy will get the start for Tampa.
Tampa Bay Lightning
Ondrej Palat--Vladislav Namestnikov--Nikita Kucherov
Brian Boyle--Valterri Filppula--Jonathan Drouin
Alex Kilorn--Tyler Johnson--Matthew Peca
Columbus Blue Jackets
Brandon Saad--Alex Wennberg--Cam Atkinson
Scott Hartnell--Brandon Dubinsky--Nick Foligno
Boone Jenner--William Karlsson--Josh Anderson
Matt Calvert--Lukas Sedlak--Sam Gagner
Zach Werenski--Seth Jones
Jack Johnson--David Savard
Markus Nutivarra--Ryan Murray
Scratched: Scott Harrington, Dalton Prout
Injured: David Clarkson
Enjoy the games tonight
More to come
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