Carolina Hurricanes: Game #52 Vs. Columbus Blue Jackets

The Carolina Hurricanes will take on the red-hot Columbus Blue Jackets at home tonight at 7 ET in an effort to extend their three-game win streak. The game will be televised on Fox Sports: Carolinas and broadcasted on the radio at 99.9 FM The Fan.

The Blue Jackets have won the first two games against the Hurricanes. Last time on Jan. 10, Sergei Bobrovsky earned a 3-0 shutout win.

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

Hurricanes’ Outlook: The Canes played Saturday afternoon against the Ottawa Senators and won in a convincing matter, 6-3. Nathan Gerbe had three points in the game. Him and Manny Malhotra seemed to have some good chemistry in the game.

Jordan Staal also had a strong game, even though he did not appear on the score sheet.

Anton Khudobin recorded his 10th win of the season and you have to imagine coach Kirk Muller will continue to ride him in net.

Patrick Dwyer missed his second game in a row on Saturday. No updates have been given on him regarding his lower-body injury.

Getting the puck past Sergei Bobrovsky will be the most important point for the Hurricanes in this one. The Russian goalie had a great game against the Canes last time and nobody could score.

Blue Jackets’ Outlook: When the Blue Jackets defeated the Hurricanes on Jan. 11, it was the second win in an eventual seven-game win streak. That win streak came to an end Saturday when the team lost to the Buffalo Sabres, 5-2.

Bobrovsky was in net against the Sabres, so the Canes could miss out on the goalie that shut the door on them in the last meeting.

One reason for the Jackets’ recent turnaround has been the return of Nathan Horton, who missed the first months of the season while recovering from shoulder surgery.

Since his return, the former Florida Panther has seven points in 11 games. Ryan Johansen leads the team with 37 points in 51 games. Brandon Dubinsky and James Wisniewksi follow him with 34 and 31 points, respectively.

A recap will be posted after the game.

Topics: Carolina Hurricanes, Nathan Gerbe, Sergei Bobrovsky

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