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Carolina Hurricanes vs Columbus Blue Jackets Take Two: Game Preview

The Hurricanes look to right the ship against Columbus tonight at home.

NHL: Columbus Blue Jackets at Carolina Hurricanes James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

The Carolina Hurricanes look to avenge Thursday night’s overtime loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets with game two of a four-game set tonight. Rod Brind’Amour has talked about the fact that you can’t win playing 40 minutes in the NHL. The Canes have been able to overcome that multiple times this year, but have been unable to do so while shorthanded with injuries.

The Canes look to put Thursday night’s game and their weird travels behind them tonight. The depleted Canes still have a great chance if they can play a full 60 minutes. They showed just how dominant they could be in a two-goal second period in their last game.

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

  • Dougie Hamilton has a 10-game point streak, the second for a defenseman in franchise history. Mark Howe is the only player with a longer streak with 11.
  • Seth Jones's overtime game-winner was the ninth of his career. he leads all defensemen with eight such goals since the start of the 16-17 season.
  • In case you missed it, you can read all about the first game of this series here.
  • Sebastian Aho’s two-goal game was his 10th multi-point game of the season and his second multi-goal game of the season. He also has a three-game point streak and 11 points in his last nine games.
  • Jordan Staal is set to play his 578th game with the Hurricanes. After tonight he will be one game shy of Justin Faulk for sixth-most games played in a Canes sweater.
  • The canes have the highest overtime/shootout points percentage since 2019 with a .860 (18-0-7 record). That's a long way from the dark ages.