Tonight our Columbus Blue Jackets take on Martin St. Louis and the Tampa Bay Lightning, puck drop is set for 7:00 PM at Nationwide Arena! For full pre-game analysis and coverage check out Game Day Edition: Tampa Bay Lightning @ Columbus Blue Jackets and Columbus Blue Jackets vs Tampa Bay Lightning: Behind Enemy Lines.
This game marks the 1st of 13 games in the month of December and also the return of Brandon Dubinsky – the Blue Jackets will certainly gain back a bit of momentum with one of their leaders back on the ice in Union Blue! Speaking of leaders, Tampa Bay is still without superstar Steven Stamkos – good news for the Lightning though, he is already up and walking without crutches after his surgery to repair his broken tibia [Full Story on CBS Sports].
The Blue Jackets will play the Lightning two more times this season after their match-up tonight – once more in Columbus (01/13/14) and then in Tampa Bay on April 11th (second to last game of the season).
Onto some thought provoking questions – make sure to comment below and share your predictions!
1) Will Brandon Dubinsky produce a point in his return? If so, an assist or a goal?
2) Ryan Johansen has scored in the last two games, can he make it three in a row?
3) Corey Tropp has played two games with the Jackets so far and has one assist already, will he score his first goal as a Blue Jacket tonight?
4) Final score predictions!