Carolina Hurricanes (25-8-6) at
Columbus Blue Jackets (11-24-2)
2022-23 Regular Season — Game 40
Saturday, January 7, 2023 — 4:00 p.m. ET
Nationwide Arena — Columbus, OH
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- Martin Necas enters today’s contest on a seven-game point streak, which is both a career high and the longest by a Hurricanes player this season.
- Rod Brind’Amour still sits one win shy of 200 career wins as a head coach. Could today be the day?
- Max Pacioretty made his debut last game against the Nashville Predators, registering 6 shots and 2 hits in 16:06 of ice time. It’s clear that he’s gotten the green light to go and he may even start on the top line.
- Columbus has been one of the hardest hit teams in terms of injuries this season with currently nine players on IR and 241 total man games lost due to injury.
- And finally, Blue Jackets head athletic trainer Mike Vogt will be working his 1,500th NHL game, so congratulations are in order for him.
Projected Hurricanes Lineup
The Hurricanes haven’t held a morning skate today, but based on practice yesterday, the lines should be somewhat similar to the end of Thursday night’s home loss to Nashville, with Max Pacioretty joining Sebastian Aho and Seth Jarvis on the top line.
Here’s how Carolina projects to line up today:
Max Pacioretty — Sebastian Aho — Seth Jarvis
Andrei Svechnikov — Paul Stastny — Martin Necas
Jordan Martinook — Jordan Staal — Jesper Fast
Teuvo Teravainen — Jesperi Kotkaniemi — Derek Stepan
Jaccob Slavin — Brent Burns
Brady Skjei — Brett Pesce
Calvin de Haan — Jalen Chatfield
Scratched: Dylan Coghlan
Injured: Frederik Andersen (lower body), Ondrej Kase (concussion), Stefan Noesen (lower body)
Projected Blue Jackets Lineup
Johnny Gaudreau — Kent Johnson — Emil Bemstrom
Gustav Nyquist — Jack Roslovic — Patrik Laine
Eric Robinson — Sean Kuraly — Mathieu Olivier
Liam Foudy — Cole Sillinger — Kirill Marchenko
Vladislav Gavrikov — Andrew Peeke
Tim Berni — Erik Gudbranson
Gavin Bayreuther — Adam Boqvist
Scratched: Marcus Bjork, Carson Meyer
Injured: Jakub Voracek (concussion), Nick Blankenburg (ankle), Boone Jenner (thumb), Yegor Chinakhov (ankle), Daniil Tarasov (upper body)