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Carolina Hurricanes at Columbus Blue Jackets: Game Preview and Storm Advisory

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The Hurricanes come off of an extended break to take on the Blue Jackets in Columbus.

Columbus Blue Jackets v Carolina Hurricanes Photo by Gregg Forwerck/NHLI via Getty Images

The Hurricanes come off of a long, awkward break to take on a division rival in the Columbus Blue Jackets. The Canes will look to stop the bleeding after a two game slide that wrapped up their recent West Coast trip.

Vital Statistics

Category Hurricanes Blue Jackets
Category Hurricanes Blue Jackets
Record 21-7-3 13-13-7
Goals/Game 3.23 2.54
Goals Against/Game 2.48 3.12
Shots/Game 31.52 28.70
Face Off Win % 54.4% 46.2%
Power Play % (Rank) 30.6% (1st) 14.8% (26th)
Penalty Kill % (Rank) 82.9% (9th) 74.0% (26th)
ES Corsi For % 53.04% 46.16%
ES PDO 100.96 99.42
PIM/Game 07:21 06:43

Goaltender #1

Category James Reimer Joonas Korpisalo
Category James Reimer Joonas Korpisalo
Record 12-4-1 8-10-5
Save % 0.909 .900
GAA 2.68 2.98

Goaltender #2

Category Alex Nedeljkovic Elvis Merzlikins
Category Alex Nedeljkovic Elvis Merzlikins
Record 7-2-2 5-3-2
Save % .930 .912
GAA 1.96 2.91

Game Notes

  • The Hurricanes and Blue Jackets are meeting for the second of four matchups this season. Columbus took a 3-2 win in the teams’ first meeting at PNC on October 12.
  • Carolina is 9-8-1 all time at Nationwide Arena, and holds a 20-15-4 record overall against the Blue Jackets.
  • Erik Haula is hot. In just nine games with the Hurricanes, he’s posted seven goals and enters tonight on a five-game point streak. He left Saturday’s game after a high hit from Anaheim’s Josh Manson, but Haula is not concussed and may play tonight.
  • And speaking of getting hot, Haydn Fleury has a chance for his first NHL goal streak, after finally finding the net against the Ducks in his 96th career game.

Storm Advisory

  • Included in this week’s 31 Thoughts is a mention of what Is at stake for Aleksi Saarela, now on his third team in less than a year and quickly running out of NHL runway. [Sportsnet]
  • There are some surprises in the early season standings. How many of the fast starts are sustainable? [ESPN]
  • The tornado that hit Dallas on Sunday night made for a harrowing experience for Ben Bishop. [The Athletic ($)]
  • Speaking of unexpected hot starts, it’s somewhat remarkable what Ralph Krueger has done to turn the Sabres around. [Die By The Blade]