GameDay Caterwaul: Panthers at Blue Jackets Open Forum

Game 61: Final five-game trip of 2015-16 opens with matinee in Ohio

Panthers (34-18-7 75P) vs Blue Jackets (25-29-8 58P)

  • WHEN: 3:00 p.m. ET - LBC GameThread right here at 2:30ish
  • WHERE: Nationwide Arena - Columbus, OH
  • UPCOMING GOODIES: The latest episode of "Inside The Panthers: Eye For Talent" will premiere on FOX Sports Florida following the game at 6 pm...Terrific discounts for members of the military - active or retired - were recently announced by the team, so check out the latest here..1996 Panthers SCF 20th Anniversary will be celebrated on March 12 (details).

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  • FLA IN SEASON SERIES: Game 3 of 3 (2-0)
  • ALL-TIME vs CBJ: 7W-8L-0T 3OTL 2SOL 46GF 58GA
  • ALL-TIME at CBJ: 3W-6L-0T 0OTL 1SOL 19GF 29GA
  • LAST FIVE vs CBJ: 3-1-1 12GF 11GA
  • LAST GAME vs CBJ: FLA 3 vs CBJ 2 REG (Todd's Recap) - 12/27/2015/

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  • PROJECTED STARTERS: Luongo (26-14-5 2.26/.925 4SO), Korpisalo (11-7-4 2.61/.920 0SO)
  • JAGR WATCH: All-time vs CBJ (regular season): 19GP 7G-8A 15P 0GWG
  • PLAYER STATS: Florida / Columbus /

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Notable:

Forwards Jonathan Huberdeau (IR/upper body) and Quinton Howden (upper body/day-to-day) remain out, as is D Willie Mitchell. The Panthers travel to Saint Paul for another 3 pm start tomorrow vs the Wild.

NHL.com Preview:

Defenseman Jack Johnson was placed on injured reserve Friday. Johnson, who has 14 points (six goals) in 60 games this season and leads Columbus in average time on ice (24:10), will be sidelined for two weeks after sustaining an upper-body injury in a 6-1 win against the New Jersey Devils on Thursday. Columbus recalled defenseman Michael Paliotta from Lake Erie of the American Hockey League. Defenseman Cody Goloubef, a scratch in the past six games, took Johnson's spot next to David Savard during practice Friday, according to the Columbus Dispatch. (More)

Yahoo.com Preview:

Gallant's only previous head coaching job was with Columbus (25-29-8) between 2003-07. He lost his first two games against his former club last season before winning three straight. The Blue Jackets took 10 consecutive meetings before this current slide. The coach got a key player back Thursday in Aleksander Barkov, who scored twice after missing six games with a head injury. Barkov had scored in four consecutive games and had at least a point in six straight before he was hit in the head by Detroit's Justin Abdelkader in a Feb. 8 loss. ''It's always nice to be back,'' Barkov said. ''I hate missing games because it's so boring. Finally, I'm playing and trying to have fun.'' (More)

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Last game for the Cats: 3-2 regulation victory at home over Arizona Thursday . Past five: 3-1-1 9GF 11GA (streak: 2W)

Last game for 'Lumbus: 6-1 demolition of New Jersey on Thursday. Past five: 2-1-2 14GF 13GA (streak: 1W)

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

  • TORONTO (21-28-10 52P) at MONTREAL (29-27-5 63P), 7:00
  • DETROIT (30-20-11 71P) at Colorado (32-27-4 68P), 8:00 NBC (outdoor game)
  • OTTAWA (29-27-6 64P) at Calgary (26-30-4 56P), 10:00
  • BUFFALO (57P) at Los Angeles (36-20-4 76P), 11:00
  • Idle: TBL (72P), BOS (72P), DET (71P), MTL (63P), BUF (55P)/

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