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Carolina Hurricanes vs. Columbus Blue Jackets: Game Preview, Statistics, Notes and Storm Advisory

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The Hurricanes look to improve on their 2 points earned Saturday night with a win against the divisional foe Blue Jackets.

Jamie Kellner

The Hurricanes are back in action tonight after an exciting win on Saturday night against the Wild. This will be the Hurricanes’ last game on home ice before the signature October road trip. They will not be home again after tonight for two weeks, returning to face the Lightning on October 24.


Vital Statistics

Category Hurricanes Bruins
Category Hurricanes Bruins
Record 8-6 11-5
Goals/Game 2.79 3.31
Goals Against/Game 2.71 2.06
Shots/Game 30.9 34.3
Faceoff % 49.1% 53.3%
Power Play % (Rank) 10.0% (14) 31.9% (1)
Penalty Kill % (Rank) 70.8% (14) 85.7% (4)
ES Corsi For % 55.61% 51.66%
ES PDO 101.2% 101.0
PIM/Game 8:38 6:30

Goaltender #1

Category Petr Mrazek Tuukka Rask
Category Petr Mrazek Tuukka Rask
Record 5-5 11-5
Save % .894 .939
GAA 2.73 1.96

Goaltender #2

Category Curtis McElhinney Jaroslav Halak
Category Curtis McElhinney Jaroslav Halak
Record 3-1 0-0
Save % .943 N/A
GAA 1.70 N/A

Game Notes

  • Tonight’s matchup is the free game of the night on NHL.com, so you will be able to watch no matter where you are, either on FSC locally or on NHL.com elsewhere.
  • The Blue Jackets are coming off of a huge loss to the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday so expect them to come out hungry to claim a bounce back win in Raleigh.
  • Bill Peters said after practice yesterday that Trevor van Riemsdyk, injured in the third period of Saturday’s game, was questionable to play tonight. If he doesn’t go, expect Klas Dahlbeck to make his season debut.
  • Backup goaltender Joonas Korpisalo started for the Jackets on Saturday, giving up 5 goals. Expect for the number one Sergei Bobrovsky to get the nod tonight.
  • With a helper in Saturday night’s win, Justin Williams passed Glen Wesley to achieve sole possession of the 10th spot in the Hurricanes all-time assists list. Congratulations to him.
  • The Hurricanes lead the all-time series between the two teams with a record of 16-12-2. They’re a very impressive 9-5-0 at home.
  • Tonight will be the first of a long four game season series between the division opponents.
  • Jeff Skinner led the offensive charge against the Blue Jackets last season with 5 points (2g, 3a) in four games played. The team will need for Skinner to show up tonight against one of the best goalies in the league.
  • The Hurricanes showed signs of a healthy offense on Saturday’s season opener. Victor Rask, Sebastian Aho, and Elias Lindholm all earned multipoint games.

Storm Advisory

  • In October of 2010, the Hurricanes opened their season in Helsinki, Finland. A young Sebastian Aho sat in the stands watching. 7 years later, that kid is one of the Hurricanes’ brightest young players. [Hurricanes]
  • The Hurricanes announced their 20th anniversary team on Saturday during the home opener:
  • Check out this great advertisement starring everyone’s favorite play-by-play broadcaster:
  • Take a look at this piece following the season opener about the Hurricanes’ ties in South St. Paul, MN. [Pioneer Press]
  • Flames defensemen Travis Hamonic is being recognized for the great work he does in the community after losing his father as a child. [Calgary Sun]
  • Rick Nash, who is due to become a UFA at the conclusion of the season, is looking to have a big season before a summer of unknowns. [The Athletic ($)]
  • The Junior Hurricanes 12U AAA Peewee Major team won the NHL youth cup yesterday morning at PNC Arena. Congratulations to them!
  • The Flyers and Ducks did an AHL goalie swap yesterday. The trade will allow for a change of scenery on both sides.