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Blue Jackets at Lightning preview

Columbus seeks third straight win, tries to avenge loss to Tampa Bay 16 days ago

by Corey Long / NHL.com Correspondent

BLUE JACKETS (9-4-0) at LIGHTNING (10-2-2)

7 p.m. ET, SUN, FS-O, NHL.TV

 

The Game

The Columbus Blue Jackets will look for their third consecutive win when they play the Tampa Bay Lightning at Amalie Arena on Saturday.

The Lightning are 0-1-1 in their past two home games, including a 2-1 overtime loss to the New York Rangers on Thursday.

Tampa Bay defeated the Blue Jackets 2-0 In Columbus on Oct. 19, when goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy made 43 saves and rookie defenseman Mikhail Sergachev scored the first two goals of his NHL career.

The Lightning will hold a pregame celebration for their 2003-04 Stanley Cup Championship team. Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella coached that team and was 239-222-38 with 36 ties in 535 regular-season games with the Lightning. He led Tampa Bay to four Stanley Cup Playoff appearances.

 

Players to watch

Blue Jackets forward Josh Anderson scored two goals in an 8-3 win at the Florida Panthers on Thursday and is tied with Sonny Milano for the team lead with five.

Vasilevskiy is 9-0-1 in his past 10 starts and has given up 21 goals in that span.

 

They said it

"I'm anxious to see how we play [Saturday]. That's certainly not being negative on Florida, but Tampa is a better team. It's a better back end. They defend better. We are going to have our hands full. So I guess in a roundabout way we're still trying to be consistent on who we are. We're still working on it." -- Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella

"[The Blue Jackets] are a very good team. They last time we played them we had a great road game and played very well defensively. We have to have that same mentality. They are going to check us very tight, and that's something that we have struggled with as a team." -- Lightning center Steven Stamkos

 

Blue Jackets projected lineup

Artemi Panarin -- Nick Foligno -- Josh Anderson

Boone Jenner -- Brandon Dubinsky -- Tyler Motte

Matt Calvert -- Alexander Wennberg -- Oliver Bjorkstrand

Sonny Milano -- Pierre-Luc Dubois -- Markus Hannikainen

Zach Werenski -- Seth Jones

Jack Johnson -- David Savard

Ryan Murray -- Markus Nutivaara

Sergei Bobrovsky

Joonas Korpisalo

Scratched: Zac Dalpe, Scott Harrington

Injured: Cam Atkinson (lower body), Gabriel Carlsson (undisclosed), Lukas Sedlak (ankle)

 

Lightning projected lineup

Vladislav Namestnikov -- Steven Stamkos -- Nikita Kucherov

Ondrej Palat -- Brayden Point -- Yanni Gourde

Alex Killorn -- Tyler Johnson -- J.T. Brown

Chris Kunitz -- Gabriel Dumont -- Ryan Callahan

Victor Hedman -- Jake Dotchin

Mikhail Sergachev -- Anton Stralman

Braydon Coburn -- Dan Girardi

Andrei Vasilevskiy

Peter Budaj

Scratched: Andrej Sustr, Slater Koekkoek

Injured: Cedric Paquette (upper body)

 

Status report

The Blue Jackets did not hold a morning skate. ... Johnson was moved back to his original line with Killorn after playing with Kunitz and Callahan on Thursday.

 

Stat pack

Columbus has won its past two games at Amalie Arena and is 3-1-0 in its past four against Tampa Bay.

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