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NHL Preview: Tampa Bay Lightning (4-2-3) at Columbus Blue Jackets (3-4-2)




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Andrei Vasilevskiy Back Out 9

2023-24 Total Man Games Lost: 19



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Tampa Bay 1 1 1 0 3

The Tampa Bay Lightning collected points for the sixth-straight game in a 4-3 overtime loss to the Seattle Kraken Monday night at AMALIE Arena…The Bolts fell to 4-2-3 on the season with a home record of 4-0-2…Brian Dumoulin opened the scoring and gave SEA a 1-0 lead at the 12:08 mark of the first period…Former Tampa Bay forward Yanni Gourde doubled SEA’s lead 60 seconds later, putting the Bolts in a 2-0 hole with 6:52 remaining in the first period…Tanner Jeannot got the Lightning back within one just 29 seconds later after a shot from Haydn Fleury was blocked in front of the net, but Jeannot was right there to shovel a backhand shot over the blocker of Philipp Grubauer with Darren Raddysh picking up the secondary assist…Kailer Yamamoto restored the two-goal lead for SEA when he scored a power-play goal with 4:08 left in the first…At the 3:40 mark of the second period, Alex Barré-Boulet found himself all alone on the back door and rifled a shot past Grubauer to make it a 3-2 game with Brandon Hagel and Jeannot picking up the helpers…With 5:28 remaining in regulation, Hagel tied the game when he threw the puck towards the net before it deflected off a skate and through the five hole of Grubauer to send the game to overtime…With SEA on a 4-on-3 power play in overtime, Jared McCann blasted a one-timer into the back of the net for the game-winning goal…Jonas Johansson made 39 saves on 43 shots against.


The Lightning and Blue Jackets are playing the first of three matchups this season and the first of two meetings at Nationwide Arena…The Bolts posted a 3-0-0 record vs. CBJ last season, winning the three contests by a combined score of 15-6…Nikita Kucherov (2-5—7) led Tampa Bay in points vs. CBJ last season and was tied for the team lead in both goals and assists…Kucherov has posted a multi-point effort and scored a goal in nine of his last 11 contests vs. CBJ (12-15—27)…Kucherov has found the scoresheet in 11 of his last 12 games vs. CBJ (12- 16—28)…Kucherov has points in five of his last six contests at CBJ (6-5—11) with goals in four of those six games… Steven Stamkos has pointed in six of his last seven contests vs. CBJ (5-7—12) and is riding a four-game point streak at CBJ (3-3—6)…Stamkos has found the scoresheet in 11 of his 15 career games at CBJ (8-9—17)…Victor Hedman has picked up points in seven straight contests vs. CBJ (1-10—11) with at least one assist in each of those seven games…Hedman has points in 15 of his last 20 games vs. CBJ (3-19—22) and eight of his last 10 at CBJ (1-10—11)…Brayden Point has scored a goal in two consecutive contests vs. CBJ (2-0—2) and has eight points over his last seven games vs. CBJ (3-5—8)…Point has collected 12 points over his last 10 games at CBJ (4-8—12)… Brandon Hagel has recorded four points over his last two contests vs. CBJ (2-2—4)…Tanner Jeannot has found the scoresheet in four of his last five games vs. CBJ (2-3—5)…The Lightning have scored three or more goals in eight of their last 10 contests vs. CBJ (total: 43 goals)…The Bolts are 7-3-0 in their last 10 games at CBJ and 8-2-0 in the last 10 meetings overall…Tampa Bay is 31-14-0 with one tie all-time vs. CBJ, including a road record of 13-9-0 with one tie…Kucherov (13-22—35) holds the Lightning franchise record for career points vs. CBJ, while Stamkos (15- 18—33) leads the way in goals.


Nov. 2, 2023 Game No. 10 (3-4-2, 8 pts.)

vs. Tampa Bay Lightning (4-2-3, 11 pts.), Nationwide Arena Home Game No. 7 (2-3-1, 5 pts.)

The Blue Jackets Press Box website, which includes game notes, stats, releases and video/audio clips as well as the 2023-24 Media Guide can be accessed at Follow @BlueJacketsPR on Twitter for comprehensive information and updates on the team.

THE LAST GAME: OCT. 30, 2023 – CBJ 3 at DAL 5

CBJ Goal Scorers: Voronkov (1), Severson (1), Kuraly (2)

DAL Goal Scorers: Harley (2), Hintz (3), Duchene (1), Dadonov (2), EN – Johnston (3)

Goalies: CBJ – Merzlikins (28/32; 57:13); DAL – Oettinger (22/25; 59:34)

CBJ PP: 0/3; PK: 3/3 | Shots: CBJ: 25 / DAL: 33

3 Stars: 1. Duchene, DAL; 2. Hintz, DAL; 3. Robertson, DAL

Noteworthy: DAL scored 27 seconds into the game, but CBJ scored 2 consecutive goals to take the lead, 2-1, after the 1st… DAL scored 4 consecutive goals to lead 4-2, with CBJ scoring with 2:50 left in the 3rd to make the final 5-3… Voronkov scored his 1st career NHL goal… Severson scored his 1st career CBJ goal… Kuraly scored his 2nd goal of the season (2-0-2 in 9 GP)… Provorov recorded his team-leading 7th assist of the campaign to give him 0-5-5 in the past 6 games.


Tarasov (knee); Placed on Injured/Non-Roster (Oct. 9); Week-to-Week (9 Games)

Laine (upper body); Placed on Injured Reserve (Retro to Oct. 20); Day-to-Day (5 games)



2023-24 Series: 0-0-0 (0-0-0 vs. TBL)

2022-23 Series: 0-3-0 (0-1-0 vs. TBL)

All-Time Series: 14-25-1-6 (9-11-1-2 vs. TBL)

Last 10 (Overall | Home): 2-7-1 | 3-5-2

All-Time GF/GA: 101-143

All-Time SF/SA: 1,319-1,393

All-Time PP: 20-of-148

All-Time PK: 121-of-158

THE LAST GAME VS. TBL: JAN. 10, 2023 – CBJ 3 at TBL 6

CBJ Goal Scorers: Bayreuther (2), Berni (1), Marchenko (9)

TBL Goal Scorers: Kucherov (15), PP – Paul (15), Namestnikov (3), PP – Kucherov (16), PP – Point (23), Colton (9)

Goalies: CBJ – Merzlikins (40/46; 60:00); TBL – Vasilevskiy (21/24; 60:00)

CBJ PP: 0/1; PK: 1/4 | Shots: CBJ: 24 / TBL: 46 3 Stars: 1. Kucherov, TBL; 2. Hedman, TBL; 3. Namestnikov, TBL

Noteworthy: CBJ allowed a season-high 3 power play goals for the 2nd time this season (also on 12/7/22 vs. BUF)… CBJ recorded a 41 hits, 2nd-most in a game in 2022-23 (43; 3/7/23 at PIT)… Berni scored 1st career NHL goal… Marchenko scored a goal, giving him 4- 0-4 in the last 3 games… Laine recorded his 3rd multi-assist/6th multi-point game of the campaign (0-2-2)… Oliver recorded new single-game career-high in hits with 8.


Columbus looks to snap a four-game losing streak (0-2-2) after falling 5-3 at Dallas in its most recent contest on Monday. Following Thursday’s game against the Lightning, the Blue Jackets will play four of their next five games on the road (Nov. 4 at Washington, Nov. 6 at Florida, Nov. 11 at Detroit and Nov. 12 at NY Rangers). The Blue Jackets are in a stretch of eight-of-10 games played against Eastern Conference teams from Oct. 26-Nov. 14. The only two games against the Western Conference during that stretch come against the Dallas Stars (Oct. 30 at Dallas, Nov. 9 at Columbus). The club plays 15 games in the month, including three back-to-back sets (Nov. 11 at Detroit/Nov. 12 at NY Rangers, Nov. 18 at Washington/Nov. 19 at Philadelphia and Nov. 26 at Carolina/Nov. 27 vs. Boston).

SHOTS, SHOTS, SHOTS Columbus had outshot four-straight opponents (Minnesota, Anaheim, Montreal and the NY Islanders) by a combined 44 shots prior to Monday’s contest at Dallas (25-33; -8). The last time the Blue Jackets outshot their opponents in four-straight games was Jan. 6-13, 2022 (+18). The team outshot the Wild 54-28 (+26) in the 5-4 overtime win at Minnesota on Oct. 21. The 54 shots on goal tied for the fourthmost in a single game in franchise history and was the second-most in a win, trailing only the 60 shots recorded in a 3-2 SOW at Arizona on Dec. 3, 2016. The +26-shot differential was tied for the third-highest in a win in franchise history, trailing only +28 (44-16) recorded in a 2-0 win vs. Detroit on Feb. 7, 2020 and +27 (47-20) in a 3-1 victory over Nashville on Apr. 27, 2013. It also tied the record for largest shot differential in a road victory after also finishing +26 (60-34) in a 3-2 SO win at Arizona on Dec. 3, 2016.

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