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GAME DAY: vs. Florida

Jackets host Panthers in penultimate home game

Thursday, 03.29.2012 / 10:31 PM / Multimedia
By Rob Mixer  - BlueJackets.com

  Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Florida Panthers
RECORDS - CBJ: 25-45-7 (Home: 15-21-3), FLA: 37-24-16 (Road: 17-15-6)
WHEN: Mar. 30, 2012 - 7 p.m.   |   WHERE: Nationwide Arena
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Breakdown
Two years ago, Panthers GM Dale Tallon took over a team saddled by bad contracts and a lack of direction. The architect of the 2010 Stanley Cup winning Chicago Blackhawks team had a vision for both the short-term and long-term in South Florida, and immediately got to work re-shaping the club that, in 2011-12, has been one of the biggest surprises around the National Hockey League.

Tallon garnered headlines this past offseason with an extravagant shopping spree of trades and free-agent signings that drew heavy criticism from around the hockey media sphere. Before the brand-new roster took shape, however, Tallon let former head coach Peter DeBoer go and brought in Kevin Dineen – a longtime NHL player and successful coach with the AHL’s Portland Pirates. With another piece of the puzzle in place, the Panthers moved forward and got to work on the roster. Tallon traded for Brian Campbell from Chicago (they won a cup together), signed a new starting goaltender in Jose Theodore, and completely revamped the forward group.

Tomas Fleischmann, Kris Versteeg (trade), Scottie Upshall, Tomas Kopecky, Sean Bergenheim and others were brought in on multi-year deals to be part of the next chapter in Sunrise. Tallon traded power forward David Booth to the Canucks early in the season, bringing veterans Mikael Samuelsson and Marco Sturm in return. How would these players fit? Would they have cohesion, or would it be a complete failure? The results have spoken for themselves: the Panthers currently lead the Southeast Division and are holding down the third seed in the Eastern Conference, and are closing in on securing their first playoff appearance in over a decade.

Much of their success can be credited to Dineen’s even-handed approach, which has been revered by his players and kept them from experiencing any significant swoons over the course of a long regular season. With Theodore playing last night in Minnesota, it’s possible that Scott Clemmensen plays tonight in Columbus against the Blue Jackets.

G
Nash (27) Fleischmann (24)
A
Prospal (35) Campbell (45)
PTS
Nash (53) Fleischmann (56)
PIM
Dorsett (212) Barch (112)
+/-
MacKenzie (+4) Weiss (+8)
W/L
Mason (14-26-3)
Theodore (22-14-9)
GAA
Sanford (2.60) Theodore (2.35)
SVP
Sanford (.911) Theodore (.921)
• The Blue Jackets conclude a stretch of playing five of six at home tonight against the Panthers. Columbus has gone 12-13-1 the last 26 games after posting a 4-15-2 mark the previous 21 outings.

Jack Johnson has points in seven of the last 13 games, including two assists Mar. 23 vs. Carolina. The assists, added with a helper Mar. 26 at Detroit, give him 101 for his NHL career (358 games). He has 3-6-9 the last 13 games, including three multi-point games, while playing 25-plus minutes in the last 12 games. He set a franchise record playing 31:25 Mar. 26 vs. Detroit. Two nights later he broke that record by playing 32:16 vs. Detroit..

• Tonight marks lone meeting this season between the Blue Jackets and Panthers. Columbus is 7-4-0 all-time against Florida, including a 3-2-0 mark at Nationwide Arena. The Blue Jackets have won four straight meetings between the clubs, including the most recent meeting at Nationwide (3-2 SOW, Mar. 29, 2011).

Nikita Nikitin has points in four of the last six games, including two assists Wednesday vs. Detroit. He has 1-5-6 during that stretch after being held pointless the previous 11 games. It marked his third career multi-point game and second in the last four games.


STEPHEN WEISS

 
C - #9
  19 GOALS
  36 ASSISTS
  55 POINTS




• In the midst of the summer overhaul, Tallon went to Weiss – the Panthers franchise player – and asked if he wanted to be part of the solution. Weiss elected to stay in Florida, the captain has had a tremendous season centering the Panthers’ top line.


D Radek Martinek (concussion); out for the season
LW Kristian Huselius (lower body); indefinitely
D Marc Methot (jaw); indefinitely
D Fedor Tyutin (hand); indefinitely
D James Wisniewski (upper body); indefinitely
G Curtis Sanford (lower body); indefinitely

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Johnson 2 2 1 0 3
M. Calvert 2 2 0 3 2
R. Johansen 2 1 1 -1 2
B. Dubinsky 2 0 2 0 2
D. Savard 2 0 2 1 2
B. Jenner 2 0 2 -1 2
D. MacKenzie 2 1 0 0 1
M. Letestu 2 1 0 1 1
A. Anisimov 2 0 1 -1 1
C. Atkinson 2 0 1 1 1
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Bobrovsky 1 1 0 .905 3.00
 
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