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GameDay No. 77: Lines, Betting Odds for Panthers at Blue Jackets



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Columbus goalie Daniil Tarasov stops a shot from Matthew Tkachuk during the Blue Jackets’ 5-3 upset of the Panthers on Nov. 20. (AP Photo/Paul Vernon)

The last time the Florida Panthers visited Columbus, they absolutely dominated the Blue Jackets yet found themselves on the wrong end of a 5-3 score.

Despite dominating time of possession, holding a 96-38 advantage in shot attempts and getting 50 shots on goal, the Panthers left central Ohio with another loss.

They cannot afford one tonight as Florida comes into the day a point back of the Pittsburgh Penguins for the final wild card spot in the Eastern Conference.

Pittsburgh plays host to the Bruins this afternoon.

The Panthers look a little different than they did that Sunday night in November as Sergei Bobrovsky and Sam Bennett will miss tonight’s game due to lingering illness and injury.

That is nothing compared to what the Blue Jackets are going through.

Aside from the likes of Johnny Gaudreau and Boone Jenner, the Blue Jackets look more like their AHL team in Cleveland than an NHL team as they have lost Patrik Laine, Erik Gudbranson, Adam Boqvist and Elvis Merzlikins among others to injuries in the past week.

Of course, the Blue Jackets are a NHL team — just ask the Boston Bruins who needed overtime to pull out a 2-1 win against them on Thursday night.

“We haven’t disrespected any team and they beat us in here,” Florida coach Paul Maurice said. “I loved the game we played. We are at the point of the season where the vast majority of the video we will show will be on us and how we want to play the game and do the things we want to accomplish.”

With Bobrovsky out, Alex Lyon gets a third consecutive start after beating Toronto and Montreal on successive nights. Michael Hutchinson, who had a brief stint with the Panthers last season, will be the startin

According to Maurice, the Panthers will roll out the same lineup as they did in Montreal on Thursday.

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23 Carter Verhaeghe // 16 Sasha Barkov // 10 Anthony Duclair

27 Eetu Luostarinen // 15 Anton Lundell // 19 Matthew Tkachuk

94 Ryan Lomberg // 12 Eric Staal // 13 Sam Reinhart

21 Nick Cousins // 6 Colin White // 54 Givani Smith

42 Gus Forsling // 5 Aaron Ekblad

18 Marc Staal // 62 Brandon Montour

28 Josh Mahura // 7 Radko Gudas

34 Alex Lyon

29 Mack Guzda

Scratched: Casey Fitzgerald

Injured: Patric Hornqvist (LTIR-concussion), Sam Bennett (LBI), Sergei Bobrovsky (illness)


13 Johnny Gaudreau // 38 Boone Jenner // 86 Kirill Marchenko

50 Eric Robinson // 91 Kent Johnson // 41 Hunter McKown

19 Liam Foudy // 7 Sean Kuraly // 52 Emil Bemstrom

46 Joona Luoto // 21 Josh Dunne // 36 Justin Richards

75 Tim Berni // 2 Andrew Peeke

15 Gavin Bayreuther // 6 Billy Sweezey

23 Jake Christiansen // 47 Marcus Bjork

31 Michael Hutchinson

32 Jon Gillies

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