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.
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.
A recap will be posted after the game.