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

The Hurricanes will look to get back in the win column and get revenge against the Blue Jackets after back-to-back overtime losses.

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

Coming off a pair of painful overtime losses to the Blue Jackets, the Hurricanes will look to get back in the win column, snap a three-game skid and get a measure of revenge.

The Hurricanes currently have a game in hand on both Florida teams, which Monday’s game represents with neither of those teams playing. With the Canes currently a point back of Florida for second and five back of Tampa Bay for the Central lead, this will be an important game.

Let’s take a look at how these two match up for game three:

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 registered at least a point in 11 straight games, which ties Mark Howe for the franchise record for a point streak by a defenseman. He’ll be looking to set a new record tonight.
  • If Hamilton scores the goal that was ultimately denied him in Saturday’s offsides review in overtime, it’ll be his 100th career tally.
  • Martin Necas will play his 100th career NHL game tonight.
  • While they’ve had three losses to Columbus this season, Carolina has largely been successful against its former Metropolitan rivals in recent memory, with a 16-8-7 record in the last 31 games against the Jackets.
  • Alex Nedeljkovic is likely to start in net for the Hurricanes tonight. He made his first start of the season in Columbus on Feb. 8, making 19 saves in a 3-2 loss. The Ohio native also made his first career NHL appearance in Columbus in relief of Cam Ward during the 2016-17 season.

Storm Advisory

  • Defenseman Ryan McDonagh left the Tampa Bay Lightning game yesterday with a lower-body injury. [Tampa Bay Lightning]
  • Akil Thomas, Devante Smith-Pelly and Quinton Byfield form the first professional hockey’s all-black line since the 1940’s. [Sportsnet]
  • Colorado Avalanche acquire Goaltender Jonas Johansson from the Buffalo Sabres. [ESPN]
  • Marc-Andre Fleury is quietly putting together a career year in Vegas. His turnaround this season has been incredible. [NBC Sports]