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Carolina Hurricanes at Columbus Blue Jackets: Preview, Stats, Game Notes, How to Watch, Potential Lines and Rosters

Carolina heads back up to Ohio looking to ditch the bad taste of last night’s loss to the Penguins.

NHL: Carolina Hurricanes at Columbus Blue Jackets Russell LaBounty-USA TODAY Sports

Carolina Hurricanes (21-17-7) at Columbus Blue Jackets (30-10-4)

Saturday, January 21, 2017 - 5:00 p.m. ET

Nationwide Arena – Columbus, OH

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Vital Statistics

Category Hurricanes Capitals
Category Hurricanes Capitals
Record 21-18-7 31-9-6
Points 49 68
Division Rank 6 Metro 1 Metro
Conference Rank 10 EC 1 EC
Last 10 Games 5-5-0 9-0-1
Streak Loss 3 Won 2
Goals/Game 2.67 3.22
Goals Against/Game 2.76 2.09
Shots/Game 30.4 30.7
Shots Against/Game 28.0 29.7
Faceoff % 51.6% 50.4%
Power Play % (Rank) 16.5% (23) 20.3% (14)
Penalty Kill % (Rank) 88.7% (1) 86.0% (3)
ES Corsi For % 51.50% 51.56%
ES PDO 98.2 104.1
PIM/Game 05:57 08:45

Goaltender #1

Category Cam Ward Braden Holtby
Category Cam Ward Braden Holtby
Record 18-14-6 22-8-4
ES Save % .912 .938
GAA 2.54 1.99

Goaltender #2

Category Michael Leighton Philipp Grubauer
Category Michael Leighton Philipp Grubauer
Record 2-2-0 9-1-2
ES Save % .849 .928
GAA 3.42 2.05

Game Notes

  • This is the second meeting in five days for these two teams, with the Blue Jackets tying the season series at one win apiece last Tuesday night.
  • Tonight’s matchup again features the League’s best penalty kill (CAR) against the League’s best power play (CBJ). Carolina has stifled the Jackets’ PP thus far, not allowing a goal on eight opportunities in two games.
  • Michael Leighton figures to start in net, making it the first time in 22 consecutive games that Carolina starts a goalie other than Cam Ward. This would also mean that the Canes have played three different goalies in two games against Columbus alone.
  • Columbus forward Matt Calvert will be a healthy scratch tonight, as a “coaches decision” per Aaron Portzline. Rookie Markus Hannikainen will slot in his place.
  • Defenseman David Savard also missed the morning skate after suffering an injury in the Blue Jackets’ loss to the Senators Thursday night.

Projected Lines and Rosters

There isn’t much to go on after last night’s loss (which means these will likely change), but here is how things ended up after yesterday:


Jeff Skinner—Victor Rask—Derek Ryan

Brock McGinn—Jordan Staal—Elias Lindholm

Sebastian Aho—Teuvo Teravainen—Lee Stempniak

Joakim Nordstrom—Jay McClement—Viktor Stalberg

Ron Hainsey—Justin Faulk

Jaccob Slavin—Brett Pesce

Noah HanifinMatt Tennyson

Michael Leighton

Cam Ward

Injuries and Scratches: Bryan Bickell (Multiple Sclerosis), Eddie Lack (Concussion)Ty Rattie (Healthy), Ryan Murphy (Healthy), Klas Dahlbeck (Healthy)

Blue Jackets

Brandon SaadAlexander WennbergNick Foligno

Boone JennerBrandon DubinskyCam Atkinson

Markus HannikainenWilliam KarlssonJosh Anderson

Scott HartnellLukas SedlakSam Gagner

Zach WerenskiSeth Jones

Jack Johnson—David Savard (unlikely to play, but still listed)

Ryan MurrayDalton Prout

Sergei Bobrovsky

Joonas Korpisalo

Injuries and Scratches: Matt Calvert (Healthy), David Savard (???)