Time: 2:00 pm Eastern Time
Location: Nationwide Arena, Columbus
Broadcast/Streaming: NHL Network, SN, Fox SUN
Opponent SBNation Site: Jackets Cannon
On Thursday the Tampa Bay Lightning defeated the Columbus Blue Jackets in overtime and became the first defending Stanley Cup Champion to start a season with 3-0-0 record since the Dallas Stars did it during the 1999-00 regular season. The Lightning also extended their winning streak against the Blue Jackets: the last time Columbus defeated Tampa in the regular season happened over the four years ago – on January 13, 2017.
It was already announced Pierre-Luc Dubois won’t help the Blue Jackets tonight. Since he asked to be traded at the start of the season, the relationship between Dubois and the Blue Jackets head coach John Tortorella went very badly. In the first game against the Lightning on Thursday, the Blue Jackets forward stayed on the bench after the first period and played just 3:55 minutes overall. Reportedly Dubois is very close to be traded and it could happen even before the start of today’s game.
A trade call is being set up between the Winnipeg Jets and Columbus Blue Jackets to complete trade sending Laine and Roslovic to Columbus for Pierre Luc Dubois. A draft pick to the Jets May also be included.— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) January 23, 2021
In Dubois absence, Max Domi will probably be moved to the first line, however when Dubois was benched during the Thursday’s game, Riley Nash replaced him on the first line. Mikko Koivu, who was on the NHL’s COVID-19 Protocol since the start of the season, attended yesterday’s optional practice and might be close to make his debut for the Blue Jackets. Koivu is a 37-year old forward who signed a one-year contract with the Blue Jackets last autumn after spending his entire NHL career with the Minnesota Wild.
The Lightning recalled Andreas Borgman from taxi squad, while Luke Schenn headed the other way. It’s still not clear if Swedish defenceman will make his debut for the Lightning this afternoon, however as Jon Cooper already mentioned, they definitely wanted to get Borgman in the lineup at some point of the season. Otherwise no big changes are not expected for the Lightning. Curtis McElhinney remains the only Lightning player on the NHL’s COVID-19 Protocol.
After tonight’s game, the Lightning are scheduled to play against the Carolina Hurricanes in Raleigh next week. However the Hurricanes haven’t played since last Monday due to several players being placed on the COVID protocols list and there’s still no information whether next week’s games will be postponed too. In case that the games will be postponed, the Lightning will have another one-week pause before the game against the Nashville Predators on January 30.
Tampa Bay Lightning
Ondrej Palat - Brayden Point - Steven Stamkos
Alex Killorn - Anthony Cirelli - Tyler Johnson
Barclay Goodrow - Yanni Gourde - Blake Coleman
Pat Maroon - Mitchell Stephens - Mathieu Joseph
Victor Hedman - Jan Rutta
Mikhail Sergachev - Erik Cernak
Ryan McDonagh - Andreas Borgmann
Columbus Blue Jackets
Liam Foudy - Max Domi - Oliver Bjorkstrand
Nick Foligno - Riley Nash - Cam Atkinson
Boone Jenner - Alexandre Texier - Eric Robinson
Eric Robinson - Kevin Stenlund - Nathan Gerbe
Vladislav Gavrikov - Seth Jones
Zach Werenski - David Savard
Michael Del Zotto - Dean Kukan