Columbus (14-28-2) at Florida (18-22-6) 7:30 pm EST
SUNRISE, Florida (Ticker) -- The Florida Panthers have been making
the most of their home-ice advantage as they keep their sights set
on a playoff spot.
Florida tries to improve its home mark to 9-1-1 in its last 11
games when it hosts the Columbus Blue Jackets in their lone
meeting of the season.
After losing 12 straight games from October 27-November 23, the
Panthers have made tremendous strides and are just five points
behind New Jersey for the final Eastern Conference postseason
Captain Olli Jokinen and Joe Nieuwendyk scored first-period
goals for Florida in Thursday's 3-1 triumph over the St. Louis
Blues. Nieuwendyk needs one goal for his 544th, which would tie
Hall of Famer Maurice Richard on the all-time list.
Columbus fell short in its bid for a second three-game winning
streak of the campaign with Friday's 4-2 loss to the Tampa Bay
Lightning. However, the Blue Jackets became the last team to
score 100 goals this season.