PANTHERS (29-17-5) at BLUE JACKETS (28-16-9)
7 p.m. ET; FS-O, FS-F, NHL.TV
The Columbus Blue Jackets will seek to extend their point streak to nine games when they host the Florida Panthers at Nationwide Arena on Tuesday.
Columbus, third in the Metropolitan Division, is 7-0-1 in its past eight games and has 39 points since Dec. 9 (17-2-5), the most in the NHL in that span.
The Blue Jackets, who start a four-game homestand, are 8-1-1 in the past 10 home games, outscoring opponents 34-13.
Aleksander Barkov could miss his second straight game for the Panthers because of a lower-body injury the forward sustained in a 4-0 loss to the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday.
Florida is 7-1-0 in the past eight games after defeating the Toronto Maple Leafs 5-3 on Monday.
Players to watch
Florida Panthers defenseman Mark Pysyk, who played forward against the Maple Leafs with Aleksander Barkov injured, had his first NHL hat trick on Monday.
Blue Jackets goalie Elvis Merzlikins is 6-0-0 in his past six games with a 1.34 goals-against average, .959 save percentage and three shutouts.
They said it
"I still think there's room for us to be better, but certainly being down the way we were it's a surprising comeback." -- Panthers coach Joel Quenneville on Florida winning after trailing Toronto 3-1 in the third period on Monday.
"We're in the back half of the season so you start getting excited about the playoff races, but you have to stay in the moment. There's two points on the line tonight and that's got to be the focus." -- Blue Jackets forward Eric Robinson
Panthers projected lineup
Jonathan Huberdeau -- Vincent Trocheck -- Evgenii Dadonov
Brett Connolly -- Noel Acciari -- Jayce Hawryluk
Frank Vatrano -- Dominic Toninato -- Mike Hoffman
Colton Sceviour -- Denis Malgin -- Mark Pysyk
Mike Matheson -- Aaron Ekblad
Riley Stillman -- Anton Stralman
Keith Yandle -- Josh Brown
Scratched: Brian Boyle
Injured: MacKenzie Weegar (upper body), Chris Driedger (lower body), Aleksander Barkov (lower body)
Blue Jackets projected lineup
Nick Foligno -- Pierre-Luc Dubois -- Oliver Bjorkstrand
Gustav Nyquist -- Boone Jenner -- Cam Atkinson
Sonny Milano -- Riley Nash -- Emil Bemstrom
Nathan Gerbe -- Ryan MacInnis -- Eric Robinson
Zach Werenski -- Seth Jones
Vladislav Gavrikov -- David Savard
Scott Harrington -- Markus Nutivaara
Scratched: Andrew Peeke, Jakob Lilja
Injured: Brandon Dubinsky (wrist), Josh Anderson (shoulder), Ryan Murray (lower body), Joonas Korpisalo (knee), Alexandre Texier (back), Dean Kukan (knee), Alexander Wennberg (upper body)
The Panthers did not hold a morning skate but Bobrovsky is expected to start his second straight game. … MacInnis replaces Wennberg, the center who was injured Sunday against the Canadiens and is expected to miss three to four weeks.
Hoffman has 15 points (six goals, nine assists) in his past 12 games. … Yandle needs one goal for 100 in the NHL. … Huberdeau has 29 points (eight goals, 21 assists) in his past 19 games. … Bjorkstrand had 13 points (10 goals, three assists) in an eight-game point streak. … Dubois has eight points (two goals, six assists) in a four-game point streak. … Nyquist has two goals and an assist in a three-game point streak. … Pysyk is expected to play his 400th NHL game.