A three-game losing streak takes the Columbus Blue Jackets (7th in Metropolitan Division) to Florida, where the local Panthers (2nd in Atlantic) have split the first two fixtures of their current nine-game homestand…
Jackets Lose Third StraightThree straight defeats (0-3-0) are currently spoiling the mood of the Columbus Blue Jackets (11-13-4), who most recently dropped a 3-2 decision against the New York Rangers at Nationwide Arena on Thursday. Cam Atkinson (5 goals, 16 points this year) opened the scoring midway through the first period before the Blueshirts netted three times ahead of the second intermission, with Seth Jones (4 markers, 16 points) remaining the only goalscorer in the final third, despite the Jackets outshooting New York 18-2. Columbus is 1-4-0 in its last five fixtures and 3-5-3 when playing on the road so far this year.
Goalie Joonas Korpisalo made 16 saves against the Rangers and has now gone 11-10-1 for the ongoing campaign with a 2.85 GAA and a .900 save percentage. He has registered a 3-1-0 career total against the Florida Panthers with a 3.45 GAA and a .905 save percentage. The Blue Jackets, meanwhile, are netting the 3rd lowest amount of goals per game (2.50), while conceding the 13th highest quantity in their defensive zone (3.07). They are 12th in power play (19.8%) and 19th in penalty kill (79.5%).
Cats Get Beaten By MinnesotaThe current season-long nine-game homestand of the Florida Panthers (13-9-5) went 1-1-0 after the team followed up Saturday’s 3-0 shutout of the Nashville Predators with a 4-2 defeat against the Minnesota Wild at BB&T Center on Tuesday. Aleksander Barkov (9 goals, 32 points this year) and Jonathan Huberdeau (11 goals, 33 points) both scored in the opening frame to give the Cats a 2-0 lead before the visitors buried two strikes in each of the following periods. Florida has now lost four of its past five outings (1-4-0) after winning five of six prior (5-1-0). The team is 7-4-2 on own ice this season.
There’s a new Cat in town! 😸👋 pic.twitter.com/2dfvTYo5ba— Florida Panthers (@FlaPanthers) December 6, 2019
Goalie Chris Driedger (1-1-0 for the year with a 1.53 GAA and a .942 save percentage) made 22 saves versus Minnesota, but will slot into the back-up role for the upcoming fixture, with Sergei Bobrovsky returning to the crease for the clash versus his former employers Columbus. Bobrovsky is set to face the Blue Jackets for the first time in his career, having spent seven seasons with them. He is 9-6-4 for the year with a 3.48 GAA and a .884 save percentage. The Panthers, meanwhile, are 5th in most goals scored per game (3.44), 3rd in most goals given up on average (3.48) and 7th in both power play (22.9%) and penalty kill (84.8%).
Columbus (according to Covers.com)
- Blue Jackets are 0-4 in their last 4 road games.
- Blue Jackets are 2-5 in their last 7 vs. a team with a losing record.
Florida (according to Covers.com)
- Panthers are 21-9 in their last 30 vs. a team with a winning % below .400.