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

The Hurricanes take on the Blue Jackets in a game that could go a long way to deciding each team’s postseason fate.

Jamie Kellner

The Hurricanes look to keep pace in the playoff race as they take on the Blue Jackets in Columbus without a defensive stalwart in Calvin de Haan.

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 game is the fourth and final meeting between the two teams this season. The Canes lead the season series at 2-1-0.
  • The Hurricanes took the first matchup in Nationwide Arena on October 5th for their first win of the season. Columbus won the November matchup and the Canes earned the win in the early January game.
  • After taking a stick blade to the eye, Calvin de Haan is reportedly feeling better but not close to returning to the team. He did not practice yesterday and will not play tonight.
  • Micheal Ferland, on the other hand, skated with the team in full capacity yesterday and is expected to play tonight against Columbus.
  • The Hurricanes have posted a record of 23-7-2 in their last 32 games. That’s tied with the league leading Tampa Bay Lightning for the most wins and points since New Year’s Eve.

Storm Advisory

  • Watch out: events at PNC Arena are being targeted in a ticket counterfeiting scheme. [TBJ]
  • Rod Brind’Amour appeared on Sirius XM yesterday morning to talk Hurricanes.
  • The Hurricanes will take part in what’s believed to be the first NHL Broadcast in the Plains Cree Language against the Canadiens on March 24. Canes forward Micheal Ferland is of Cree descent, making it fitting that the Canes are involved. [CBC]
  • A CC community member from England is making the trip across the pond to spend a long weekend in North Carolina and see a Canes game in PNC Arena. Give some good advice regarding what to do during the stay in Raleigh! [CC Fanpost]
  • The draft lottery date has been moved up by the NHL. This is big news for the scouts who work tirelessly in order to ensure their team gets the best possible player on draft day. [The Hockey News]

Stalking the Standings

The Canadiens lost a big game last night against the Islanders. They now sit two points behind the Hurricanes with two fewer games remaining to play. Tonight is probably the biggest night of the season for the Hurricanes’ playoff hopes, so be sure to keep an eye on the game. That said, with only one other game on the schedule that impacts the East playoff race, the Canes will end the night in a playoff spot. Which one, though, is still an open question.

Tonight’s Rooting Guide

  • Hurricanes over Blue Jackets, as if you needed us to tell you
  • Maple Leafs over Flyers