The Blue Jackets road trip wraps up tonight with a flight to Sunrise to take on the miserable Florida Panthers.
This is the first time these two teams have meet since the firing of former head coach Gerald Gallant. The Panthers general manger Tom Rowe has been the head coach since late November/early December. They have seen Jaromir Jagr play like his age; Roberto Luongo and James Reimer play subpar at times; other acquisitions not perform up to expectations; and injuries to primary and secondary players.
Whether it is a battle of analytics and old school or a one wonder year, the Panthers are back out of playoff picture as the sun sets on their veteran guys.
The Panthers played last night in an upsetting defeat to the New York Islanders on home ice, and prepare to take on the league best Blue Jackets. The Jackets beat the Bolts last night, in a night where No. 26 was raised to the rafters.
On the Blue Jackets side of things, the new line combinations worked in their win last night, but other news suggests otherwise. This afternoon, Sergei Bobrovsky has been asked to report back to Columbus for a further evaluation of his illness. As a result, Jonas Korpisalo will play in consecutive games.
Seth Griffith--Vincent Trocheck^--Jaromir Jagr
Jonathan Marchessault--Jussi Jokinen--Reilly Smith
Jared McCann--Michael Sgarbossa--Colton Sceviour
Paul Thompson--Derek MacKenzie--Shawn Thornton
Keith Yandle--Mark Pysyk
Michael Matheson--Jason Demers
Jakub Kindl--Aaron Ekblad
Scratched: Denis Malgin
Injured: Jonathan Huberdeau, Alex Petrovic, Greg McKegg, Alex Barkov, Nick Bjugstad
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, Sergei Bobrovsky^
^ is 2017 NHL All Star
Enjoy the games tonight..
More to come...
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