SUNRISE, Fla. -- After defeating the Florida Panthers for the ninth consecutive time Monday at Nationwide Arena, the Columbus Blue Jackets will look to make it 10 in a row Thursday at BB&T Center.
More importantly, the Blue Jackets will be looking to win consecutive games for the third time this season.
"All that's fresh in my mind is Monday's game," Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards said after the morning skate. "That's it. Couldn't tell you what happened in the past and reasons why. Now we're just trying to focus on tonight."
Florida hasn't defeated the Blue Jackets since a 5-2 victory at Columbus on Nov. 21, 2007. The Panthers' last home victory in the series came Jan. 3, 2004 during goalie Roberto Luongo's first stint in Florida. Panthers coach Gerard Gallant was coaching his second game for Columbus that day after taking over on an interim basis for Doug MacLean midway through the 2003-04 season.
Columbus won 2-1 victory Monday when Boone Jenner scored the game-winning goal with 9:55 left in the third period.