Game Preview: Blue Jackets’ Road Trip Continues with a Two-Game Series Against the Panthers

FLORIDA PANTHERS
28-12-5 (61 points)
ROSTER / SCHEDULE

7:00 P.M. – MONDAY, APRIL 19
BB&T CENTER 
SUNRISE, FL

BALLY SPORTS OHIO
FOX SPORTS

These are tough games to play. They’re even tougher to watch.

Following a 5-1 defeat at American Airlines Center on Saturday night, you can even see it on the forlorn face of Blue Jackets head coach John Tortorella. What else can be said, at this point? The Blue Jackets’ season is, for all intents and purposes, over…but they still have a handful of games to play before the regular season is fully cooked.

Their weekend series in Dallas wasn’t great, to be fair to Tortorella. Columbus scored first in both games before conceding the rest of the way, and there just wasn’t a ton of life in the legs of the Blue Jackets–which is one thing there’s no excuse for. Their lineup is flush with young players hoping to make an impressions, carve out a job for next season, etc…but their energy level in the second and third periods of both games in Dallas was exhibition-esque.

This Florida trip couldn’t come at a worse time for the Blue Jackets (or better time, depending on how you view the outcome of the remaining games). The Panthers are geared up and in a battle for the spot in the Central Division, and so are the Lightning, the next stop on the roadie. Old friend David Savard likely can’t wait to…

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