The Carolina Hurricanes (29-30-9) will look to put a stop to their two-game losing streak against Metropolitan Division opponent, the Columbus Blue Jackets, on the road at 7 p.m. 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 two of the previous three meetings, but the Canes won the last game on Jan. 27.UPDATED Hurricanes Lineup Jordan Staal – Eric Staal – Alexander Semin Jeff Skinner – Riley Nash – Elias Lindholm Nathan Gerbe – Andrei Loktionov – Patrick Dwyer Drayson Bowman – Manny Malhotra -Chris Terry Andrej Sekera – Justin Faulk Ron Hainsey - Brett Bellemore Jay Harrison - Ryan Murphy Anton Khudobin [Cam Ward] Possible Scratches: John-Michael Liles, Jiri Tlusty and Radek Dvorak (Injured). Drayson Bowman/Chris Terry, Mike Komisarek and Justin Peters (Healthy). Blue Jackets’ Lineup Nick Foligno – Ryan Johansen – Boone Jenner Matt Calvert – Brandon Dubinsky – Nathan Horton R.J. Umberger – Artem Anisimov – Cam Atkinson Derek MacKenzie – Mark Letestu – Blake Comeau Jack Johnson – Dalton Prout James Wisniewski – Fedor Tyutin Nikita Nikitin – David Savard Sergei Bobrovsky/Curtis McElhinney Possible Scratches: Jared Boll, Jack Skille and Ryan Murray (Injured). Corey Tropp (Healthy).
After building up some hope for the playoffs, the Hurricanes made that long shot vanish with the two losses over the weekend. But there’s still plenty to watch with the team including the development of Elias Lindholm and Ryan Murphy, plus the goalie battle that will head into this summer.
Despite losing to the Edmonton Oilers on Sunday, the Canes played a strong game, but like many others this year, scoring didn’t come easily and the team lost a game it could have won.
Radek Dvorak was injured in the game, pressing the Hurricanes to call up Chris Terry. Personally, I would have liked to see Zach Boychuk get the callup.
UPDATE: Coach Kirk Muller is going with a drastically changed lineup with the Staal brothers together with Alexander Semin and Riley Nash centering the third line.
Anton Khudobin was first off the ice at practicing, signaling he will likely be the starter.
Blue Jackets’ Outlook:
The Jackets started out the season weak with injuries to Sergei Bobrovsky and Nathan Horton, but with the return of the two stars, the team has fought its way into playoff contention.
The Blue Jackets are now third in the Metropolitan with 76 points, tied with the New York Rangers, who have played two more games. This will be an important game for the team as each point becomes crucial, especially when trying to create space from the Rangers.
The team won a 2-1 decision over the Minnesota Wild on Saturday and are 6-3-1 in its last 10.
Ryan Johansen has 50 points in 67 games to lead the team, while Horton has 15 in 27.
A recap will be posted after the game.