In each of the first two games, both in Raleigh, the Blue Jackets won, though the Canes secured a point in both with an overtime loss followed by a shootout loss. Now things will head north to Columbus, where the teams are both 1-1-0 against each other this year.
Alex Nedeljkovic, an Ohio native who stopped 25 of 28 shots faced in the overtime loss last week, will be in net for Carolina, who will still be without Teuvo Teravainen and Vincent Trocheck.
Here’s how Rod Brind’Amour’s squad will lineup in Columbus:
Nino Niederreiter - Sebastian Aho - Martin Necas
Andrei Svechnikov - Jordan Staal - Jesper Fast
Brock McGinn - Jordan Martinook - Warren Foegele
Cedric Paquette - Morgan Geekie - Steven Lorentz
Jaccob Slavin - Dougie Hamilton
Brady Skjei - Brett Pesce
Haydn Fleury - Jake Bean
Injuries and Scratches: Petr Mrazek (right thumb), Teuvo Teravainen (concussion symptoms, IR), Vincent Trocheck (upper body)
Taxi Squad: Jake Gardiner, Joey Keane, Max McCormick, Beck Warm
For the Blue Jackets, Joonas Korpisalo will be in the crease. He’s 8-9-5 on the season with a 2.97 GAA, but he did get the win against Carolina in game one of this stretch.
Columbus heads into Monday’s game on a five-game point streak, highlighted recently by a three-game point streak and two-game goal streak from Seth Jones.
With Korpisalo in net, here is how John Tortorella’s squad is expected to hit the ice Monday:
Oliver Bjorkstrand - Kevin Stranlund - Patrik Laine
Max Domi - Jack Roslovic - Cam Atkinson
Boone Jenner - Riley Nash - Nick Foligno
Stefan Matteau - Ryan MacInnis - Eric Robinson
Zach Werenski - Seth Jones
Vladislav Gavrikov - David Savard
Dean Kukan - Michael Del Zotto
Injuries and Scratches: Gabriel Carlsson (healthy), Scott Harrington (healthy) MIkhail Grigorenko (healthy), Gustav Nyquist (shoulder, IR), Emil Bermstrom (lower body), Brandon Dubinsky (wrist, LTIR)
Taxi Squad: Alexandre Texier, Zac Dalpe, Cam Johnson