The Carolina Hurricanes take on the Columbus Blue Jackets Thursday night in Raleigh, seeking their ninth win in ten games.
A 4-2 defeat Tuesday night at the hands of the Detroit Red Wings ended the Carolina Hurricanes’ eight-game winning streak. The Hurricanes struggled to stay out of the penalty box and the Red Wings made them pay twice in the first period. Nino Niederreiter tied the team-lead in goals with his13th of the year and Sebastian Aho scored the other marker off a beautiful play from Martin Necas.
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While special teams has been excellent all year, the Canes fell short in that department against the Wings.
The Columbus Blue Jackets come in off a four-game homestead, winning one of the four. Oliver Bjorkstrand has been their best player with 23 points, but they are not getting enough production throughout their lineup to be a force thus far in the Discover Central Division. The Blue Jackets sit fifth in the division with 29 points, while the Hurricanes lie third in the three-headed race for first with 41 points.
The Canes are 2-1 against Columbus this year. The last battle was a 7-3 Carolina victory back on February 15th. However, the Blue Jackets have consistently been a difficult team to play against and tonight should be no exception. The Hurricanes will have their hands full as they look to bounce back and return to their winning ways tonight.