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Boone Jenner Post Game

Kerby Rychel Post Game

Todd Richards Post Game

Boone Jenner goal

ANALYSIS: The Blue Jackets did not bring that same energy level from the end of the first period into the second period. There was less pace, not nearly enough pucks to the net, and when they got shots through, they didn't have much traffic in front of Montoya. The Panthers pulled even just 1:23 into the second on a power play goal from Aaron Ekblad, who fired a quick slap shot through traffic that Bobrovsky never got a good read on. Columbus and Florida each had quality chances in the second - most notably a 2-on-1 with Johansen and Hartnell - but nothing came of it. Third period recipe: shoot pucks at will, drive the net and win your battles.

Second Period Highlights

ANALYSIS: After a bit of a sleepy start, the Blue Jackets awakened midway through the first period and they were catalyzed by a pair of terrific penalty kills. The Panthers barely threatened on the power play and Columbus was even able to play a bit of keep away to thwart the two shorthanded situations, and it gave them a noticeable lift as the period went along. They didn't get their first shot on goal until the 11:55 mark, but their second was good enough for a 1-0 lead. Michael Chaput made a great pass from behind the net out front to an undetected Matt Calvert, who made one quick deke on Al Montoya and tucked it into a wide open net. Shots are 6-4 favoring Florida, but the Blue Jackets had the last four shots on goal in that first period. A good finish to the period, but they’ll need more of what got them a 1-0 lead in the next 40 minutes.

Matt Calvert goal

First Period Highlights

Jack Skille Pre-Game

Kerby Rychel Pre-Game

Todd Richards Pre-Game

- Todd Richards said in his pre-game press conference that Brandon Dubinsky remains day-to-day, stressing there is "no chance" he will play tonight.

- Richards expects the Panthers to play a hard game tonight, noting the return of former Blue Jacket Derek MacKenzie.

"It's no different from when we went back into Philadelphia with Scott Hartnell," said Richards. "It was important to the team and you could sense that in the room. I think it'll be similar for them tonight."

UPDATE (10:10 AM): Here are the lines and pairings from today's morning skate...









- Brandon Dubinsky did take part in the morning skate today, but he did not take part in line rushes at the start of the practice. He stayed off to the side with Corey Tropp. Tim Erixon will also be a scratch tonight.

MORNING UPDATE: Woah...wait a second. It's Monday AND a Blue Jackets game day? What's goin' on?

Just when we got settled into the Tuesday-Friday-Saturday game schedule, it's all changing and weird and stuff (it's okay, we'll get over it, we promise). The bright side is that it's game day once more and another opportunity awaits the Blue Jackets as they try to snap out of a six-game skid and get back on track as the calendar turns to December.

Speaking of the calendar...the season is almost two months old. Where has the time gone?

Oh, right. Back to the game.

The Blue Jackets will take the ice at 10 a.m. for their morning skate, and as usual, we'll have up-to-the-minute coverage right here on the Game Day Hub. Lineup changes, starting goalies, photos, you name it - there's one place to find it all and you won't have to leave this page.

Before the skate gets started, here are some nuggets to read over...

- Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards said yesterday that Artem Anisimov will miss tonight's game with an upper body injury. The injury is not a concussion, Richards said, but Anisimov was to be evaluated by team doctors on Sunday and we should have another update today.

- Richards told The Dispatch's Aaron Portzline that rookie forward Kerby Rychel will remain in the lineup tonight against the Panthers. Rychel played 10:36 with two assists on left wing with Boone Jenner and Cam Atkinson on Saturday in Nashville. There was a lot to like about his NHL debut, particularly what he brought from an energy standpoint.

- Brandon Dubinsky skated over the weekend, taking part in a Saturday morning skate at Bridgestone Arena and he continues to make progress toward his season debut. There's a chance it could come tonight, Richards said, but nothing is set in stone. We'll know more after today's skate.

- The Panthers had three goaltenders (Roberto Luongo, Al Montoya and Dan Ellis) on their roster earlier this week, but are bringing Luongo and Montoya on their two-game trip to Columbus and Detroit. Luongo missed the previous game with an upper body injury and is expected to play one of the next two games. As a result, Ellis was assigned to San Antonio on Sunday.

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