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Game Day Canes at Blue Jackets

The Canes and Blue Jackets close out their season series tonight.

James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

Carolina Hurricanes at Columbus Blue Jackets
March 15, 2015 - 5:00 pm ET
Nationwide Arena - Columbus, OH
TV - Fox Sports Carolinas
Radio - 99.9 FM The Fan
SB Nation Rival Blog - The Cannon

Fancy Stats

Hurricanes Blue Jackets
Record 25-34-8 30-34-4
Points 58 64
Division Rank 8th Metro 7th Metro
Conference Rank 15th EC 13th EC
Streak Lost 2 Won 3

Power Play % 19.7% 21.5%
Penalty Kill % 85.5% 78.6%
Goals/Game 2.30 2.53
Goals Against/Game 2.67 3.13
Shots/Game 30.4 28.6
Shots Against/Game 27.4 32.9
ES Goals For % 43.2% 43.4%
ES Corsi For % 51.9% 47.1%
ES PDO 97.1 98.9
PIM/Game 7.1 12.2

Goaltender Ward Bobrovsky
Record 18-20-5 20-16-2
ES Save Percentage .914 .922
GAA 2.44 2.81

Goaltender Khudobin McElhinney
Record 7-13-3 10-14-2
ES Save Percentage .901 .916
GAA 2.69 2.85

Stats via and War on Ice

Game Notes

  • Last night the Hurricanes wrapped up a five-game home stand in a 2-0 shutout loss to the Florida Panthers. The Canes went 1-3-1 in their home stand which shouldn't be surprising given the trade deadline took veteran players off the Canes' roster and the three losses were to teams fighting for a playoff spot. The one overtime loss was to tonight's opponent, the Columbus Blue Jackets, in a 4-3 shootout just this past Monday night.
  • The Canes are 2-0-1 against the Blue Jackets this season and tonight's game will close out their series.
  • Since Monday's game the Blue Jackets have posted two wins, both with Sergei Bobrovsky in net, and he's confirmed to get the start again tonight. Brandon Dubinsky is expected to make a return after missing the last two games with an illness. Defenseman Justin Falk is expected to be a healthy scratch, which should serve to reduce confusion with Canes defenseman Justin Faulk who has two goals and two assists against the Blue Jackets this season.
  • With the 5 pm start, neither team is holding a formal skate this morning, so official injuries and scratches won't be reported until closer to game time.

Projected line-ups

Hurricanes (from Saturday's game)

Eric Staal - Jordan Staal - Elias Lindholm
Chris Terry - Victor Rask - Andrej Nestrasil
Jeff Skinner - Riley Nash - Alexander Semin
Brad Malone - Jay McClement - Nathan Gerbe

Ron Hainsey - Justin Faulk
Rasmus Rissanen - John-Michael Liles
Michal Jordan - Brett Bellemore

Cam Ward
Anton Khudobin

Injuries and Scratches: Jack Hillen (concussion), Patrick Dwyer, Ryan Murphy

Blue Jackets (from team reports):

Rene Bourque - Ryan Johansen - Cam Atkinson
Scott Hartnell - Alexander Wennberg - Marko Dano
Brandon Dubinsky - Artem Anisimov - Nick Foligno
Corey Tropp - Mark Letestu - Jared Boll

Jack Johnson - David Savard
Fedor Tyutin - Dalton Prout
Justin Falk - Cody Golubef

Sergei Bobrovsky
Curtis McElhinney

Injuries and Scratches: Boone Jenner (IR back), Jeremy Morin (IR heart), Ryan Murray (IR ankle), Jack Skille (IR shoulder), Matt Calvert (IR concussion), Kevin Connauton (lower body), David Clarkson (torn oblique)