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Carolina Hurricanes vs. Columbus Blue Jackets: Preview and Game Discussion

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The Hurricanes take on the Columbus Blue Jackets tonight looking to earn another 2 points in the second half of a back-to-back set.

The Hurricanes face off against Metropolitan Divisional foe Columbus Blue Jackets tonight, back on home ice for the first time in six games.


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

  • The Hurricanes lead the series all-time with a 17-12-4 record, including a 9-5-3 record at home.
  • Tonight marks the fourth and final meeting between the two teams this season. The Blue Jackets took the October 10th matchup in PNC Arena in overtime and the November 28th game in Columbus in a shootout decision, while the Hurricanes beat the Blue Jackets once in enemy territory on November 10th.
  • The Hurricanes impressed against the Jackets last season, earning a 3-1-0 record against one of the strongest teams in the league.
  • The Canes have earned a point in 15 of their last 18 games against the Blue Jackets, posting an 11-3-4 record during that stretch.
  • Jordan Staal earned his first multi-goal game with the Hurricanes on the November 10th win in Columbus.
  • The Hurricanes are 6-for-6 on the penalty kill against the Blue Jackets this season, and have killed off their last 17 penalties vs Columbus, dating back to April of 2016.
  • Tonight is also the second Homegrown Series game of the season, so enjoy some chicken & waffles and pick up a T-shirt from Oak City Collection, among other promotions!

Lines and Rosters

The Hurricanes didn’t skate this morning coming off of a game in Buffalo last night and a flight home. Expect them to come out with the same look as last night but with Darling between the pipes.

Carolina Hurricanes

Sebastian Aho - Victor Rask - Teuvo Teravainen

Brock McGinn - Jordan Staal - Justin Williams

Jeff Skinner - Derek Ryan - Elias Lindholm

Joakim Nordstrom - Marcus Kruger - Phil Di Giuseppe

Jaccob Slavin - Brett Pesce

Haydn Fleury - Justin Faulk

Noah Hanifin - Trevor van Riemsdyk

Scott Darling

Cam Ward

Blue Jackets

Artemi Panarin - Pierre-Luc Dubois - Josh Anderson

Matt Calvert - Boone Jenner - Nick Foligno

Cam Atkinson - Alexander Wennberg - Oliver Bjorkstrand

Tyler Motte - Lukas Sedlak - Jordan Schroeder

Zach Werenski - Seth Jones

Jack Johnson - Markus Nutivaara

Scott Harrington - David Savard

Sergei Bobrovsky

Joonas Korpisalo