GameDay Caterwaul: Florida Panthers vs Columbus Blue Jackets Open Forum

Happy thoughts: Cats are 2-5-1 all-time in Ohio.

  • WHO: Florida Panthers (9-6-6 24P) at Columbus Blue Jackets (6-15-2 14P)
  • WHEN: 7:00 p.m. ET (LBC GameThread at 6:30ish)
  • WHERE: Nationwide Arena - Columbus, OH
  • HOW TO WATCH: Fox Sports Florida (FLA); Fox Sports Ohio (CBJ)
  • HOW TO LISTEN: WQAM 560 (FLA); WBNS 97.1 (CBJ)
  • ENEMY INTEL: The Cannon
  • FLA IN SEASON SERIES: Game 1 of 3 (0-0)
  • PLAYER STATS: Florida / Columbus


Last game for Florida: 3-2 regulation victory vs. Ottawa. The longtime anti-Florida juggernaut known as "Andy" fell to the Cats for only the fourth time in 15 games as the Panthers, riding high on goals from Dylan Olsen, Sean Bergenheim and Jimmy Hayes, topped their former backup in a 46-shot performance Saturday in Sunrise. Vincent Trocheck, a demon in Ottawa's defensive zone throughout the evening, notched 2 assists and first-star honors. Al Montoya stopped 22 Senators shots. Roberto Luongo (arm strain) is on the trip after goaltender Dan Ellis was reassigned to San Antonio Sunday. F Jussi Jokinen (flu) is expected to return.

Last game for Columbus: 2-1 regulation loss in Nashville. Ryan Johansen's ninth goal of the season (and 25th point!) knotted the score early in the third period before Nashville's Colin Wilson nailed his game-winner late in the same frame as the Preds sealed a fourth-straight win. Worthy of mention: the Jackets had the only power-play goal of the game, led in hits (25-14), face-off wins (35-31), and blocked shots (21-10). All that against the Central Division leader, so regardless of a horrific injury situation, they're not mailing it in. Keep in mind: the Jacks are 8-0 vs Florida in the past eight contests.

NHL Preview:

Monday in the Atlantic Division

Matchup Record / Points Atlantic Rank Start (ET)
Tampa Bay 16-6-2 / 34P 1st 7:00
NY Rangers 11-8-4 / 26P Metro
Montreal 16-7-2 / 34P 2nd 9:00
Colorado 9-10-5 / 23P Central
Boston 14-9-1 / 29P 4th 10:00
Anaheim 14-6-5 / 33P Pacific

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