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Game Day Canes vs. Blue Jackets: Repeat? Yes Please

Three wins in a row, and the Canes get another go against the team they defeated Tuesday night.

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Carolina Hurricanes vs Columbus Blue Jackets
November 7, 2014 - 7:00 pm ET
PNC Arena - Raleigh, NC
TV - Fox Sports Carolinas
Radio - 99.9 FM The Fan
SB Nation Rival Blog - The Cannon

Fancy Stats

Hurricanes Blue Jackets
Record 3-6-2 4-8-0
Points 8 8
Division Rank 7th Metrp 8th Metro
Conference Rank 14th EC 15th EC
Streak Won 3 Lost 6

Power Play % 18.4% 20.4%
Penalty Kill % 79.0% 78.6%
Goals/Game 2.27 2.50
Goals Against/Game 3.18 3.42
Shots/Game 27.7 29.5
Shots Against/Game 27.0 31.2
ES Goals For % 39.0% 39.1%
ES Corsi For % 50.5% 49.1%
PIM/Game 10.1 12.8

Goaltender Ward McElhinney
Record 3-3-1 0-3-0
ES Save Percentage .893 .886
GAA 2.84 4.08

Goaltender Khudobin Forsberg
Record 0-3-1 0-1-0
ES Save Percentage .891 .952
GAA 3.24 3.05

Game Notes

  • The big story is that every Canes fan's favorite Columbus player, Jack Johnson, will be out of the line-up tonight after receiving a three-game suspension for his illegal check to Jiri Tlusty's head in Tuesday's game. In case you missed it, the DoPS video does an outstanding job explaining the rationale behind the suspension.
  • Tlusty did skate yesterday in practice, but in a no-contact jersey. He's expected to be in the line-up tonight, but confirmation will come after today's morning skate. If he's not able to skate, Brad Malone will draw back in. There were no changes to the forward lines from Tuesday's game.
  • Tim Gleason did not practice yesterday, and there was no update to his status after practice. If he's unable to play, expect John-Michael Liles to take his spot on defense.
  • Cam Ward will be back in net for his fifth consecutive start. The Canes face another back-to-back scenario this weekend, heading to DC to take on the Capitals Saturday night. Ward will be evaluated after tonight's game and a decision will be made then as to tomorrow's netminder.
  • The most concerning statistic for the Columbus Blue Jackets is the six-game losing streak. The Blue Jackets are a team decimated by injuries, but they are hard-working and physical. It's difficult to believe they won't break through with a win some time soon.
  • While the Jackets are losing Jack Johnson, they're getting back James Wisniewski, who was activated from IR yesterday after suffering a broken index finger on October 28. Ryan Murray (who was not in the line-up Tuesday) has been moved to IR to accommodate Wisniewski's return.
  • Nick Foligno continues to have the hot mits, scoring both goals in Tuesday's loss. He leads the team with 6 goals.
  • The Blue Jackets haven't named their starting goaltender.

There's not a lot else that is new going into tonight's game, so how about a few AWESOME clips.

  • Bill Peters was interviewed yesterday on Hockey This Morning. [SiriusXMNHL]
  • Ron Francis was interviewed yesterday on Hockey Central @ Noon (requisite height/weight/body fat stats report on Jordan Staal) []
  • Great feature on Jay Harrison from Chantel McCabe, making her WRITING debut []
  • NHL COO John Collins says ads on jerseys are coming [theScore]
  • An update on the evolution of hockey's analytics movement, from a bit of an unusual source [Rolling Stone]
  • Adorable:

  • Adorable Part 2:

  • Best tweet/hashtag/meme-buster evar:

Projected line-ups

Hurricanes (from yesterday's practice)

Jiri Tlusty - Eric Staal - Alexander Semin
Nathan Gerbe - Riley Nash - Elias Lindholm
Jeff Skinner - Jay McClement - Patrick Dwyer
Chris Terry - Victor Rask - Zach Boychuk
Brad Malone

Andrej Sekera - Justin Faulk
Tim Gleason - Jay Harrison
Ron Hainsey - Brett Bellemore
John-Michael Liles

Cam Ward
Anton Khudobin

Injuries and Scratches: Jordan Staal (IR broken fibula), John-Michael Liles (healthy), Brad Malone (healthy)

Blue Jackets (from yesterday's practice)

Scott Hartnell - Boone Jenner - Cam Atkinson
Brian Gibbons - Ryan Johansen - Nick Foligno
Matt Calvert - Alexander Wennberg - Jack Skille
Corey Tropp - Michael Chaput - Jared Boll

Fedor Tyutin - James Wisniewski
Frederic St. Denis - David Savard
Tim Erixon - Dalton Prout

Curtis McElhinney
Anton Forsberg

Injuries: Nathan Horton (back), Brandon Dubinsky (IR, abdominal surgery), Sergei Bobrovsky (IR, broken finger), James Wisniewski (IR, broken finger), Artem Anisimov (IR, concussion), Mark Letestu (IR, groin), Cody Goloubef (IR, right knee), Ryan Murray (IR, knee)

It's Hockey Fights Cancer Night in the arena. Pick up a card on the concourse and show the world who you fight for. The Canes are in their black jerseys again tonight. Both teams are scheduled to skate this morning. Stay tuned for updates, and see you at the rink.