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Second verse, same as the first?

Jamie Kellner

Carolina Hurricanes at Columbus Blue Jackets
January 9, 2016 - 7:00 pm ET
Nationwide Arena - Columbus, OH
Fox Sports Carolinas - 99.9 FM - WRALSportsFan app
SB Nation Rivals - The Cannon

Vital Statistics


Hurricanes Blue Jackets
Record 17-18-7 15-24-3
Points 41 33
Division Rank 7th Metro 8th Metro
Conference Rank 13th EC 16th EC
Last 10 Games 5-3-2 4-6-0
Streak Won 1 Lost 2



Goals/Game 2.33 2.48
Goals Against/Game 2.71 3.19
ES Goals For % 45.7% 45.0%
Shots/Game 29.7 29.0
Shots Against/Game 26.2 30.5
ES Corsi For % 53.4% 47.4%
Faceoff % 53.4% 48.7%
ES PDO 97.9 98.7
Power Play % (Rank) 16.5% (28) 18.5% (20)
Penalty Kill % (Rank) 79.4% (21) 80.7% (13)
PIM/Game 06:27 13:15



Goaltender #1 Ward Korpisalo
Record 12-11-4 1-4-0
ES Save % .013 .917
GAA 2.40 3.65



Goaltender #2 Lack Forsberg
Record 5-7-3 1-2-0
ES Save % .899 .913
GAA 2.41 2.49

*Stats from NHL.com and War on Ice

Game Notes

  • After a 4-1 Canes win last night over the Blue Jackets, both teams packed it up and headed to Columbus, where they'll do it all over again. At 41 points, the Canes can make it to hockey .500 in game 43 with a win tonight.
  • Jordan Staal continued to make his presence felt on offense, scoring the first goal of the evening, and Elias Lindholm (twice) and Chris Terry broke scoring slumps by finding the back of the net. Brandon Dubinsky was the lone goal-scorer for Columbus.
  • Heading into tonight's game, there are no reported changes to the roster. Victor Rask remains a game-time decision, and as of noon the team has not heard from the NHL Department of Player Safety as to any supplemental discipline levied to Brad Malone for his hit on Nick Foligno. Cam Ward gets the call for a consecutive start in net. Here's why:

  • Nine Canes players found the scoresheet last night. Jordan Staal has four points (2g, 2a) in his last two games. Noah Hanifin has assists in each of his last two games. With two assists last night, Kris Versteeg is now one point shy of 300 career NHL points.
  • Nick Foligno will not be back in the lineup tonight for the Blue Jackets; he has been placed on injured reserve. Kerby Rychel has been recalled from AHL Lake Erie. For those who keep track of such things, Rychel has three assists this season but has never scored a goal in his 16-game NHL career. Joonas Korpisalo will likely get the start in net tonight.

Projected Lineups

Hurricanes (1/9 team reports)

Kris Versteeg - Eric Staal - Elias Lindholm
Joakim Nordstrom - Jordan Staal - Andrej Nestrasil
Jeff Skinner - Riley Nash - Chris Terry
Brock McGinn - Jay McClement - Brad Malone

Ron Hainsey - Justin Faulk 
John-Michael Liles - Brett Pesce
Noah Hanifin - Jaccob Slavin

Cam Ward
Eddie Lack

Injuries and scratches: James Wisniewski (IR ACL), Nathan Gerbe (IR ankle), Phillip Di Giuseppe (concussion), Victor Rask (upper body), Michal Jordan (healthy)


Blue Jackets (1/9 team reports)

Boone Jenner - Brandon Dubinsky - Cam Atkinson
Scott Hartnell - Alexander Wennberg - Brandon Saad
Kerby Rychel - William Karlsson - Josh Anderson
Rene Bourque - Gregory Campbell - Jared Boll

Ryan Murray - Seth Jones
Jack Johnson - David Savard
Fedor Tyutin - Justin Falk (the other one)

Joonas Korpisalo
Anton Forsberg

Injuries and Scratches: Matt Calvert (IR knee), David Clarkson (IR upper body), Markus Hannikainen (IR shoulder), Sergei Bobrovsky (IR groin), Curtis McElhinney (IR ankle), Nick Foligno (IR upper body) Kevin Connauton (healthy), Cody Goloubef, Dalton Prout (healthy)

Storm Debris

  • Canes Gameday Hub [CH.com].
  • Blue Jackets Gameday Central [Jackets.com].
  • [Insert flag emoji here] The Hurricanes climb in the standings is fueled by six US defensemen [SI.com] and even Luke DeCock is acknowledging it's a bright spot [N&O].
  • Blue Jackets perspectives on last night's loss [Columbus Dispatch] [Today's Slapshot].
  • The NHL Department of Player Safety is on the lookout for violence on the ice [N&O].