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

The Hurricanes take on the Blue Jackets tonight as they try to keep up with the fast paced Metropolitan Division playoff race.

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Carolina Hurricanes v Columbus Blue Jackets Photo by Jamie Sabau/NHLI via Getty Images

The Hurricanes are back in action tonight in Ohio as they try to improve their record against Metropolitan Division opponents. It’s their final road game before a three-game homestand leading into the bye week and All-Star break.

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 third of four matchups between the teams this season. The Jackets will travel to Raleigh for an April 3rd matchup to finish out the series.
  • The Blue Jackets lead the series with a record of 2-0-0 (Carolina did earn one point in an OT loss) this season. Despite their performances of late, the Canes are an impressive 14-6-5 in their last 25 games against Columbus.
  • Ryan Dzingel spent a short time on the Blue Jackets after the trade deadline last season — registering 12 points (4g, 8a) in 21 regular season games in Columbus.
  • Jaccob Slavin ranks second on the Canes roster in average time on ice this season with 22:35. He led the team in ice time in each of the previous three seasons as well. Since December 10th, Slavin his logged 349:46 of ice time without taking a penalty — adding up to an active streak of 15 consecutive games without being penalized. Slavin’s 54 penalty minutes in 355 career games since making his NHL debut in 2015 is the fewest by any defenseman during that span with a minumum of 300 games played.
  • Dougie Hamilton was held off the scoresheet on Monday in Washington, so he enters tonight’s game remaining one point shy of 300 in his NHL career.

Storm Advisory

  • The Golden Knights made a big change yesterday, firing Gerard Gallant and replacing him with the man that knocked the Knights out of the playoffs in dramatic fashion last year, Peter DeBoer.
  • And the firing has established a pattern:
  • There’s not a ton new in this article about the Canes new practice facility, but it’s worth reading to see Rod Brind’Amour refer to the “Shower with the Canes” days at the Rec Zone. [Cary Living]
  • Erik Haula was featured on WRAL’s Sunday night sports extra in a sit-down interview with Mary Dunleavy. [WRALSportsFan]
  • Is this photoshopped?
  • Here’s the mid-season prospect rankings. The Hurricanes don’t have many near the top of the list, but what they lack in quality they make up for in quantity. [The Athletic]