BLUE JACKETS (2-1-0) at PANTHERS (0-0-1)
7 p.m.; Fox Sports Ohio, Fox Sports app, 97.1 The Fan
Taking faceoffs is one of the least glamorous parts of hockey, much like a center snapping the ball in football. In both cases, the task usually goes unnoticed unless a mistake is made.
There's another commonality - hiking the ball puts the play in motion, as does winning a faceoff.
"It's not a pretty part of the game," Blue Jackets center Riley Nash said. "It's a 50-50 battle that starts a lot of plays. Anytime we can come out on top, not just on faceoffs but all those battles, 55-60 percent of the time, I think we'll be pretty successful."
By that measure, the Blue Jackets better their chances of winning each game with their ability to win draws.
Thursday at BB&T Center in Sunrise, Fla., the Blue Jackets will play their second game without injured center Brandon Dubinsky when they face the Florida Panthers.