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Number To Know — Sept. 22, 2014

The Carolina Hurricanes may have lost their preseason opener to Columbus, 4-3, but the Canes showed they could carry the play.

Number To Know

6 — The number of shots faced by Hurricanes goaltender Alex Nedeljkovic, the second-round pick who was seeing his first action in an NHL game. Nedeljkovic relieved Cam Ward — who allowed three goals on 13 shots — at the game's midway point, and Carolina dominated the balance of the game but was unable to mount a comeback.

It was good to see the Hurricanes seemingly wear down their opponent as the game progressed, perhaps offering a glimpse into the system new coach Bill Peters wants to implement with less than three weeks before the season opener.