Sep 26, 2013; Columbus, OH, USA; Columbus Blue Jackets center R.J. Umberger (18) shoulders Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Ryan Murphy (7) off the puck at Nationwide Arena. The Hurricanes won the game 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Greg Bartram-USA TODAY Sports

Carolina Hurricanes: Game #37: Vs. Columbus Blue Jackets

The Carolina Hurricanes (14-14-8) will take on new division rival, the Columbus Blue Jackets (15-17-4) for the first time ever tonight at 7 ET. The game will be televised on Fox Sports: Carolinas and broadcasted on the radio at 99.9 FM The Fan.

Hurricanes Lineup:
Jeff Skinner – Eric Staal – Tuomo Ruutu
Nathan Gerbe – Jordan Staal – Alexander Semin
Jiri Tlusty – Riley Nash – Patrick Dwyer
Drayson Bowman – Manny Malhtora – Radek Dvorak
Justin Faulk – Andrej Sekera
Brett Bellemore – Ron Hainsey
Ryan Murphy – Tim Gleason
Justin Peters
[Cam Ward]
Scratches: Jay Harrison and Anton Khudobin (Injured). Kevin Westgarth and Mike Komisarek (Healthy).
Blue Jackets Lineup
Nick Foligno – Ryan Johansen – R.J. Umberger
Boone Jenner – Artem Anisimov – Cam Atkinson
Blake Comeau – Brandon Dubinsky – Corey Tropp
Derek MacKenzie – Mark Letestu – Jack Skille
Jack Johnson – Fedor Tyutin
James Wisnieski – Ryan Murray
David Savard – Nikita Nikitin
Curtis McElhinney
[Mike McKenna]
Scratches: Marian Gaborik, Matt Calvert, Sergei Bobrovsky, Nathan Horton, Jared Boll and Cody Bass (Injured).

Hurricanes Outlook: The Canes stole a point in Tampa Bay on Saturday after a great game by Justin Peters. But the same couldn’t be said about the rest of the team.

The offense couldn’t create chances and the defense had a rough game in front of Peters.

A starter has not been announced yet, but one would expect Peters in net, after his 47-save performance against the Lightning.

Jiri Tlusty was one of the few besides Peters, who had a strong game, scoring two goals. His season has not been strong and building on that effort would make a big difference for the Hurricanes.

Jay Harrison was injured and could not return against the Lightning. He was listed as having an upper-body injury and no update was given. If he can’t play Ryan Murphy is the likely replacement.

Blue Jackets Outlook: Injuries have wreaked havoc on the Blue Jackets’ lineup and their last game against the Philadelphia Flyers was no different.

Marian Gaborik broke his collarbone after missing 17 games and Matt Calvert was also injured. Nathan Horton has yet to play a game this season, Sergei Bobrovsky has missed the past few weeks and injuries to other players have hurt the team’s depth.

But the Blue Jackets were still able to earn a win against the Flyers Saturday night by a 6-3 margin, showing the team can still score.

The defense is skilled with players like Jack Johnson, James Wisniewski and Ryan Murray and isn’t dealing with any injuries this season.

Ryan Johansen has started to emerge as a young star with 29 points in 34 games. Brandon Dubinsky has supplied depth with 22 points in 30 games.

A recap will be posted after the game.

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