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Game 36: Staying on point after a long layoff

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Columbus Blue Jackets (13-21-3 29P) at Florida Panthers (19-12-4 42P)

  • WHEN: 6:00 p.m. ET - LBC GameThread right here at 5:30ish
  • WHERE: BB&T Center - Sunrise, FL
  • TICKETS: Single Game


  • ON THE TUBE: FOX Sports Florida, FOX Sports Ohio
  • ON THE DIAL: 560, 640, 760, 1210 (AM); 97.7, 107.9 (FM); Official App (iOS, Android)
  • SOCIALLY SPEAKING: #FlaPanthers, #CBJ, #CBJvsFLA, @LitterBoxCats, LBC FaceBook page
  • ENEMY INTEL: The Cannon
  • SB NATION: Game Hub


  • FLA IN SEASON SERIES: Game 2 of 3 (1-0-0)
  • ALL-TIME vs CBJ: 6W-8L-0T 3OTL 2SOL 43GF 56GA
  • ALL-TIME vs CBJ at FLA: 3W-2L-0T 3OTL 1SOL 24GF 27GA
  • LAST FIVE vs CBJ: 2-2-1 11GF 13GA


  • PROJECTED STARTERS: Luongo (14-11-3 .925/2.21 2SO), McElhinney (1-5-2 .883/3.32 0SO)
  • JAGR WATCH: All-time vs CBJ (reg season): 18GP 7G-8A 15P 0(!)GWG
  • PLAYER STATS: FloridaColumbus



D Dave Bolland (who knows) and Steven Kampfer (lower body) remain out; F Nick Bjugstad (migraines) practiced this morning with the team - his second such appearance in as many days; would guess we'll see him later in the week. The Panthers are seeking a sixth-straight victory for the first time since 2008. Florida defeated 'Lumbus in a 2-1 SO earlier this month. Preview:

[Columbus] forward Scott Hartnell has five goals and 11 points in his past 10 games after scoring Saturday, but his charging major led to a game misconduct and another power-play goal given up. This is the end of a three-game road trip. (More) Preview:

A season full of lowlights produced another one for the Blue Jackets, who were holding a 2-1 lead when they were whistled for three minor penalties in a three-second span in the second period. Columbus proceeded to allow two 5-on-3 goals in 32 seconds to cough up the lead. ''I've never seen that before,'' coach John Tortorella said. ''And certainly that was the beginning of the end. Those are the type of things that really define us.'' (More)


Last game for the Cats: 2-1 SO victory over Ottawa on Tuesday from Sunrise. Past five: 5-0-0 19GF 7GA (streak: 5W)

Last game for 'Lumbus: 5-2 loss Saturday in Tampa Bay. Past five: 2-3-0 15GF 22GA (streak: 2L)


Sunday in the Atlantic Division (Standings / Panthers Playoff Chances):

  • BOSTON (19-11-4 42P) at OTTAWA (17-12-6 40P), 5:00
  • TORONTO (12-14-7 31P) at NY Islanders (19-11-5 43P), 6:00
  • Idle: MON (43P), DET (43P), TBL (39P), BUF (34P)


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