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Columbus Blue Jackets at Carolina Hurricanes: Game Preview, Notes, How to Watch

The Hurricanes ride a 12 game point streak into a must win contest against the second place Blue Jackets.

Jamie Kellner

Columbus Blue Jackets (49-19-7) at Carolina Hurricanes (33-27-14)
Thursday, March 30th, 2017 - 7:00 pm ET
PNC Arena - Raleigh, NC
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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 Cam Ward Steve Mason
Category Cam Ward Steve Mason
Record 26-22-12 32-20-5
ES Save % .910 .919
GAA 2.69 2.66

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 is the final meeting of the season between the Canes and Jackets. The other three matchups all came in an eleven-day stretch in January, with the Canes winning at home on January 10 (5-3) and falling on the road on January 17 (4-1) and 21 (3-2).
  • Since the Blue Jackets moved to the East in 2013, the Canes are 9-5-2 against Columbus. Before that, they had not beaten the Jackets since 2005.
  • Forward Lee Stempniak scored his 15th goal of the season on Tuesday against Detroit and is now one goal shy of 200 NHL goals. Stempniak is riding a two game point streak into tonight’s contest.
  • Forward Sebastian Aho is ranked third in goals (23) and fifth in points (47) among all NHL rookies. In addition to his impressive rookie campaign, Aho has been hot against the Blue Jackets, scoring twice in the three contests.
  • In 10 games since March 13, the Hurricanes have outscored their opponents 15-4 in third periods, and have gone 7-0-3 in that span.
  • With a decisive win in Raleigh Tuesday night over Detroit, the Canes have improved their point streak to 12 games (8-0-4). This ties the franchise record point streak set in 2005.
  • Tonight is Kids ‘N Community Foundation Night. Yesterday, the Hurricanes announced that the Foundation has made $560,000 worth of grants to 29 local organizations over the course of the 2016-17 season. The recipients will be honored on the ice at the second intermission tonight.
  • Additionally, fans can donate to the KNCF by texting CANESKIDS to 243725 through the end of the game tonight. All donations will be matched, up to a total of $5,000, by an anonymous KNCF supporter and season ticket member. More on the grants is below:

Foundation’s impact will be celebrated in-game March 30

The Carolina Hurricanes today announced that the Kids ‘N Community Foundation has donated a total of $560,000 in cash grants to 29 different children’s charitable organizations in North Carolina throughout the 2016-17 season. This grant cycle brings the Foundation and team’s donation totals to more than $14 million in cash and in-kind services since 1997. The Foundation will celebrate its 2016-17 grant cycle recipients at the Hurricanes’ game on Thursday at PNC Arena against the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Along with Thursday’s in-game celebration, fans will have the opportunity to donate to the Foundation by texting the code CANESKIDS to 243725, from now through the end of Thursday’s game. A Hurricanes Season Ticket Member and Foundation supporter, wishing to remain anonymous, has pledged to match cash donations up to $5,000.

GOAL (Growing Opportunities and Leaders) Grants were introduced by the Kids N’ Community Foundation in 2012, and are distributed in $50,000 increments, for a total of $150,000 over three years, to six organizations. East Durham Children's Initiative, The Hill Center/Boys and Girls Club of Greater Durham, Durham Nativity School, Transitions LifeCare, Read and Feed and StepUp Ministry each received incremental funding in 2016-17.

The Foundation issued 15 Game Changer Grants during their spring grant cycle, totaling $150,000. The Game Changer Grant recipients are: ACCESS of Wilmington, Book Harvest, HELPS Education Fund, Junior League of Raleigh and Special Olympics NC at the $5,000 level; Alice Aycock Poe Center for Health Education, Assistance League of the Triangle Area, City of Oaks Foundation, Orange County Rape Crisis Center and The First Tee of the Triangle at the $10,000 level; Me Fine Foundation, Playworks, NC Amateur Sports, Student U, Wake PTA Council and WAKE Up and Read at the $15,000 level.

Future Canes Grants, awarded to eight youth hockey organizations, totaled $110,000. Future Canes Grants are provided to grow the sport of hockey throughout North Carolina, and the funds go towards scholarships and program costs to ensure that children who suffer financial restraints or disabilities are able to play ice hockey. Future Canes Grant recipients are: Bridge II Sports, Coastal Carolina Hockey Association, Greensboro Youth Hockey Association, Raleigh Youth Hockey Association, Triangle Special Hockey Association, Triangle Youth Hockey of North Carolina, United Heroes League and Winston-Salem Youth Hockey Association.

All 29 groups will be represented during an on ice check presentation during the second intermission ofThursday’s game, and individuals from the Foundation will be siren sounders for the evening. Carolina Hurricanes corporate partners that been impactful supporters of the Kids ‘N Community Foundation will have their donations recognized with check presentations in game. These partners include the Carolina Ale House, Mercury Gate and Tito’s Vodka.