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Huberdeau, Panthers to host the Blue Jackets

February 23, 2022 GMT

Columbus Blue Jackets (26-23-1, fifth in the Metropolitan) vs. Florida Panthers (35-11-5, first in the Atlantic)

Sunrise, Florida; Thursday, 7 p.m. EST

BOTTOM LINE: Jonathan Huberdeau leads Florida into a matchup against Columbus. He’s first in the league with 72 points, scoring 17 goals and recording 55 assists.

The Panthers are 20-5-3 in Eastern Conference games. Florida averages 9.6 penalty minutes per game, the ninth-most in the league. Radko Gudas leads the team serving 63 total minutes.

The Blue Jackets are 14-14-0 in Eastern Conference play. Columbus ranks sixth in the Eastern Conference averaging 3.3 goals per game, led by Boone Jenner with 21.

In their last meeting on Jan. 31, Florida won 8-4. Mason Marchment recorded a team-high 6 points for the Panthers.

TOP PERFORMERS: Aleksander Barkov leads the Panthers with 23 goals and has 45 points. Huberdeau has two goals and 15 assists over the last 10 games for Florida.

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Sean Kuraly leads the Blue Jackets with a plus-nine in 50 games this season. Patrik Laine has 12 goals and eight assists over the last 10 games for Columbus.

LAST 10 GAMES: Panthers: 7-3-0, averaging 4.5 goals, 7.3 assists, 4.2 penalties and 9.3 penalty minutes while giving up 3.1 goals per game with an .894 save percentage.

Blue Jackets: 8-2-0, averaging 4.6 goals, 7.2 assists, 2.9 penalties and 5.8 penalty minutes while allowing 3.8 goals per game with an .892 save percentage.

INJURIES: Panthers: Jonas Johansson: out (covid-19), Markus Nutivaara: out (undisclosed).

Blue Jackets: Joonas Korpisalo: day to day (lower body), Emil Bemstrom: out (health protocols), Elvis Merzlikins: day to day (lower body).

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The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar.