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Preview: Panthers at Blue Jackets

Future Hall-of-Famer Jaromir Jagr called Barkov the team?s best player earlier in the season, and the 2013 second overall draft pick is proving him right by collecting 37 points in 44 games. While Barkov and top-four defenseman Erik Gudbranson returned from injuries, third-leading scorer Jonathan Huberdeau (concussion) is out indefinitely for the Panthers as they face the red-hot Blue Jackets. Columbus, which started the season with eight straight losses to ultimately dig itself too deep a hole for a playoff run, routed New Jersey 6-1 on Thursday to improve to 6-1-3 over its last 10 contests. ?We have not had many nights like that,? Blue Jackets forward Matt Calvert told reporters Thursday. ?It has to be good for our confidence.?<BR><BR><STRONG>TV:</STRONG> 3 p.m. ET, FSN Florida, FSN Ohio (Columbus)

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