BLUE JACKETS (11-13-4) at PANTHERS (13-9-5)
7 p.m. ET; ESPN+, FS-F, FS-O, NHL.TV
Sergei Bobrovsky will face the Columbus Blue Jackets for the first time since joining the Florida Panthers when they play at BB&T Center on Saturday.
Bobrovsky signed a seven-year contract with the Panthers on July 1 after playing the previous seven seasons with the Blue Jackets, winning the Vezina Trophy in 2013 and 2017. He is 9-6-4 with a 3.48 goals-against average and an .884 save percentage, which is tied for last in the NHL among goalies to play at least 10 games this season.
Florida has lost four of its past five games after winning five of its previous six.
Columbus has lost three in a row after going 5-2-0 in its previous seven games.
Players to watch
Blue Jackets forward Pierre-Luc Dubois has one assist in his past six games but has gotten at least one point in each of his six games against Florida (two goals, seven assists).
Panthers center Aleksander Barkov has scored in each of his past two games and is one shy of tying Stephen Weiss for fourth in Florida history.
They said it
"I am certainly not going to put any type of negative tone on how we played because we played our [butt] off and played really well. But we are in that wave of finding ways to lose games, and we have to try to turn this around." -- Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella on the 3-2 loss to the New York Rangers on Thursday
"It will be a weird feeling to play against guys you spent seven years with. It'll be interesting. I know how hard they work. It's not going to be an easy game, that's for sure." -- Panthers goalie Sergei Bobrovsky
Blue Jackets projected lineup
Gustav Nyquist -- Boone Jenner -- Oliver Bjorkstrand
Sonny Milano -- Pierre-Luc Dubois -- Josh Anderson
Nick Foligno -- Alexandre Texier -- Cam Atkinson
Emil Bemstrom -- Riley Nash -- Alexander Wennberg
Dean Kukan -- Seth Jones
Ryan Murray -- David Savard
Vladislav Gavrikov -- Andrew Peeke
Scratched: Scott Harrington, Eric Robinson
Injured: Brandon Dubinsky (wrist), Markus Nutivaara (upper body), Kole Sherwood (oblique), Zach Werenski (shoulder)
Panthers projected lineup
Jonathan Huberdeau -- Aleksander Barkov -- Evgenii Dadonov
Mike Hoffman -- Vincent Trocheck -- Brett Connolly
Frank Vatrano -- Aleksi Saarela -- Noel Acciari
Dominic Toninato -- Brian Boyle -- Colton Sceviour
Keith Yandle -- Aaron Ekblad
MacKenzie Weegar -- Anton Stralman
Mike Matheson -- Josh Brown
Scratched: Mark Pysyk, Denis Malgin
Injured: Jayce Hawryluk (upper body)
The Blue Jackets placed Werenski on injured reserve Friday, retroactive to Nov. 30. … Peeke, who is from Parkland, Florida, is expected to remain in the lineup after making his NHL debut Thursday. … Saarela will make his NHL debut after being recalled from Springfield of the
American Hockey League on Friday. Saarela, who was acquired in a trade with the Chicago Blackhawks on Oct. 22, had 10 points (four goals, six assists) in 17 games for Springfield.
Columbus has won seven straight against Florida. … The Blue Jackets are 0-9-3 when their opponent scores first. … Yandle has four assists during a three-game point streak. … Tortorella is one win shy of tying Darryl Sutter (634) for 15th in NHL history.