Recreation Preview: Wanting For Any Signal Of Life, The Columbus Blue Jackets Return To Nationwide Enviornment For A Battle Towards The Tampa Bay Lightning

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TAMPA BAY BLITZ

26-10-2 (54 points)
WORK SCHEDULE /. TIME SCHEDULE

7:00 p.m. – TUESDAY 6TH APRIL
NATIONAL ARENA
COLUMBUS, OH

BALLY SPORT OHIO
FOX SPORT

There are only nine home dates left for the Columbus Blue Jackets this season.

At this rate, the 5th line should hope that the Blue Jackets have nine home goals before the end of one of the most disappointing seasons in team history.

The Blue Jackets will be looking for something to delight the home crowd when they return to the Nationwide Arena after a road trip that saw Columbus score just one win in six games. That win came against the Tampa Bay Lightning, which they’ll face Tuesday and Thursday.

The 1-5-0 road trip dashed hopes of a fifth consecutive postseason for Columbus, who have also lost seven of their last eight.

Here’s a look at the lines projected (and subject to change) for Columbus tonight:

Columbus Blue Jackets Projected Lines

LW C. RW

50

Eric Robinson

16

Max Domi

29

Patrik laine

28

Oliver Bjorkstrand

96

Jack Roslovic

13th

Cam Atkinson

38

Boone Jenner

42

Alexandre Texier

71

Nick Foligno

26th

Zac Dalpe

20th

Riley Nash

25th

Mikhail Grigorenko

* Lines can change

LD RD

8th

Zach Werenski

3rd

Seth Jones

44

Vladislav Gavrikov

58

David Savard

43

Mikko Lehtonen

15th

Michael Del Zotto

goalie Backup

90

Elvis Merzlikins

70

Joonas Korpisalo

Storylines

  • FIRST TIME WHOAS: The Blue Jackets have not scored more than one goal in the first period since February 15th. a period of 23 games. In fact, they only scored seven times in those nearly two dozen games. The Blue Jackets must find a way to get the puck online early – if they can’t, they could face a long night against Steven Stamkos and his company.

  • FIND THE RIGHT COMBINATION: The line-up seems to change every night, and as soon as the puck falls, the line-up seems to change from period to period, and once the break occurs, the line-up seems to change from shift to shift. The right combination of players has to be there somewhere, but maybe the right combination has already been found and they just need a little more time to band together. The line from Eric Robinson, Max Domi and Patrik Laine has shown great promise.
  • PLAY TO COMPETITION ?: Columbus has scored points in three out of four games against Blitz this season and has come very close to do that every four games. This team may not be able to hang with the Detroit Red Wings 2001-2002 2020-2021, but it was possible to hang at or near the top with Jon Cooper’s roster for the duration of the run of the lightning.

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