The Columbus Blue Jackets play the second half of a back-to-back on Saturday when they visit the Florida Panthers. The Blue Jackets visit Carolina on Friday before heading to south Florida. Columbus defeated the Ottawa Senators 6-3 on Monday in their most recent outing. Zach Werenski and Pierre-Luc Dubois scored two goals each, while Cam Atkinson and Josh Anderson scored one apiece and Sergei Bobrovsky made 22 saves in net for the Blue Jackets.
Florida lost its last outing on Thursday night to the Buffalo Sabres 4-3. Alexander Barkov led the Panthers in the loss with one goal and one assist, while Frank Vatrano and Mike Hoffman each scored one goal. The loss was just the third for Florida in its last nine games played. Roberto Luongo stopped 29 shots in net for Florida.
Cam Atkinson leads the Blue Jackets in goals scored with 24. Artemi Panarin leads in assists with 31 and points with 43. Goalie Sergei Bobrovsky is 17-11-1 with a 2.74 goals against average and .910 save percentage. Columbus is 9th in goals scored at 3.31 and 18th in goals against at 3.03.
Mike Hoffman leads the Panthers in goals scored with 19. Jonathan Huberdeau is the assists leader with 35 and points leader with 45. Roberto Luongo is 8-8-1 with a 3.24 goals against average and .896 save percentage. Florida is 10th in goals per game at 3.21 and 28th in goals against at 3.46.