Carolina at Columbus Sunday, February 7, 2021: Game thread with Game Notes, Scorers, Writer Commentary, Information and Postgame Audio: Final, Hurricanes 6 Blue Jackets 5

Carolina at CBJ in pregame warmups ( photo)
GameDay Information (courtesy Blue Jackets)
Courtesy NHL & Blue Jackets

THE LAST GAME: Feb. 4, 2021 – CBJ (4) at DAL (3)
CBJ Goal Scorers: Bjorkstrand, Roslovic, Laine, Atkinson
DAL Goal Scorers: PP – Hintz, Dickinson, Benn
Goalies: CBJ – Korpisalo (25/28, 60:00); DAL – Khudobin (21/25, 58:34)
CBJ PP: 0/3; PK: 2/3 | Shots: CBJ: 25 / DAL: 28
3 Stars: 1. Bjorkstrand, CBJ; 2. Roslovic, CBJ; 3. Atkinson, CBJ
Noteworthy: CBJ scored 2 goals in the 1st period, giving them 13 goals in the 1st period this season… Atkinson (GWG 3:42 into 3rd) scored his 200th
CBJ/NHL career goal… Bjorkstrand recorded 4th multi-point game of season (1-1-2)… Roslovic collected 1st goal/multi-point game as a Jacket (1-1-
2)… Laine scored his 1st goal as a Jacket… Jones notched 200th NHL career assist.

Nyquist (shoulder); Placed on Injured Reserve (1/11); five to six months; (12 games)
Merzlikins (upper body); Placed on Injured Reserve (2/4); day-to-day; (1 game)
Zach Werenski (lower body); Placed on Injured Reserve (2/4); 1-2 weeks

Feb. 6 Placed Werenski on Injured Reserve retroactive to Feb. 4 and recalled Foudy from taxi squad
Feb. 4 Placed Merzlikins on IR, added Kivlenieks to the roster and recalled Johnson to taxi squad
Feb. 3 Activated Stenlund off IR
Feb. 3 Assigned Foudy to taxi squad and Gerbe to Cleveland (AHL)
Feb. 2 Activated Laine off IR, placed Stenlund on Injured Reserve, recalled Kivlenieks to taxi squad, and assigned Johnson to Cleveland (AHL)
Feb. 1 Added Johnson to taxi squad and assigned Kivlenieks to Cleveland (AHL)

2020-21 Series: 0-0-0 (0-0-0 vs CAR)
2019-20 Series: 3-0-0 (2-0-0 vs CAR)
All-Time Series: 21-17-0-3 (11-8-0-1 vs CAR)
Last 10 (Overall | HOME): 6-4-0 | 6-3-1
All-Time GF/GA: 108-100
All-Time SF/SA: 1,126-1,273
All-Time PP: 21-of-135
All-Time PK: 131-of-149

THE LAST GAME VS. CAR: Jan. 16, 2020 – CBJ (3) vs. CAR (2)
CBJ Goal Scorers: Bemstrom, Atkinson, Foligno
CAR Goal Scorers: Necas, Staal
Goalies: CBJ – Merzlikins (32/34, 59:57) CAR – Mrazek (15/18, 58:46)
CBJ PP: 0/1; PK: 2/2 | Shots: CBJ: 18 / CAR: 34
3 Stars: 1. Atkinson, CBJ; 2. Merzlikins, CBJ; 3. Foligno, CBJ
Noteworthy: CBJ improved to 6-1-1 in the last 8 home games… CBJ had single-game season-high 26 blocked shots… 200th win for Tortorella as CBJ
coach… Atkinson with 4th multi-point game of season (1-1-2) in return to lineup… Foligno scored with 1:41 left for 1st GWG of this season.

SEASON SERIES LEFT: Feb. 8 at CBJ… Feb. 15 at CAR… Mar. 18 at CAR… Mar. 20 at CAR… Mar.22 at CBJ… Mar. 25 at CBJ… May 1 at CAR

CBJ: Legace played last NHL season with club in 2009-10… Nash made NHL debut with club and had 31-50-81 in 242 career games from 2011-16. ///
CAR: Dzingel was acquired at 2018-19 trade deadline and had 4-8-12 in 21 GP and 1-0-1 in 9 playoff GP.
Columbus Blue Jackets: Media Notes
NOTED (Team Highlights vs. CAR)
CBJ have won 4-straight games vs. CAR and 5 of last 6 overall.. CBJ are 6-2-0 in last 8 games on home ice vs. the Canes… CBJ have killed off 36-of37 CAR PP chances in past 17 meetings including all 24 opportunities over the past 12 contests… CBJ has all 3 shutouts (MR: Bobrovsky, 3/15/19) and
all 3 hat tricks (MR: Atkinson, 11/17/18) in the series… Neither team has a penalty shot… The winning team has scored 3 or more goals in all 20 games
at Nationwide Arena in the all-time series (including SO goals)… Most goals scored vs CAR: 5 (3/23/12)… Most goals allowed vs CAR: 4 (4x, MR:

HOW THE JACKETS WERE BUILT (Active: 23, Injured: 3, Taxi Squad: 5)
Drafted (14): Atkinson, Bemstrom (TS), Bjorkstrand, Carlsson, Foudy, Gavrikov, Jenner, Korpisalo, Merzlikins (IR), Peeke (TS), Savard, Stenlund,
Texier, Werenski
Trade (6): Domi, Foligno, Harrington, Jones, Laine, Roslovic
Free Agent (10): Clendening (TS), Del Zotto, Grigorenko, Johnson (TS), Kivlenieks, Koivu, Kukan, Matteau (TS), Nash, Nyquist (IR), Robinson


The Blue Jackets have made it a habit of scoring the first goal in their game this season, scoring first in eight of the twelve contests. That total ranks third in the NHL and only trailing Montreal (10) and Colorado (nine). The club has scored 13 goals in the first, tied for the fourth-most in the NHL and
outscoring opponents 13-7 in that frame. Eight of the club’s first period goals have been scored in the first 10 minutes of play in the game, including four in the opening five minutes.

Columbus closes out a stretch heavy in home games in the back-to-back set against Carolina on Sunday/Monday with eight-of-10 games played at
Nationwide Arena from Jan. 21-Feb. 8. The club has picked up points in five of its six home games (3-1-2), including the first four home games of a
season for the first time in franchise history (2-0-2).


The Blue Jackets see their third afternoon game of the 2020-21 season on Sunday. The club has earned victories in each of its first two matinees this
season with a 3-2 win in Detroit on Jan. 19 and 5-2 victory over Tampa Bay on Jan. 23. CBJ are currently scheduled with seven matinee contests in
2020-21 (before 5pm start). The team has gone 10-3-3 in its past 16 matinees since Nov. 20, 2016 where puck drop has been before 3pm local time.
The club has fared well in early games over recent years, with a 19-3-4 record in its past 26 contests that have begun before 5pm local time.

Columbus plays its third of eight back-to-back sets of the season on Sunday/Monday vs. Carolina. It’s the first of two back-to-backs in the month of February with the club also playing on Feb. 27-28 in Nashville. CBJ have recorded points in all four back-to-back games this season (3-0-1; 2-0-0 in 1st
game). The team went 12-9-5 (6-3-4 in 1st game) in back-to-back situations in 2019-20, including 5-4-1 at home (5-2-0 in 1st game).

Jack Roslovic made his Blue Jackets debut at Nationwide Arena against the Panthers on Jan. 28 and has since rattled off a three-game assist/point
streak (1-3-4) beginning on Jan. 31 at Chicago. It’s tied for his career best assist (second time) and point streaks (fourth time). The 25th overall pick in
the 2015 NHL Draft became the second Columbus native (New Albany’s Kole Sherwood on Feb. 16, 2019 at Chicago) to play for the franchise with his
first game. He grew up playing in the Ohio AAA Blue Jackets program, suiting up for the 14U team in 2011-12 and 16U/18U teams in 2012-13.

Laine made his debut Tuesday at Nationwide Arena vs. Dallas and scored his first goal in a CBJ uniform on Thursday vs. Dallas. The 2016 second
overall pick was acquired along with Roslovic in a trade from the Jets on Jan. 23. Laine, who has 141-110-251 in 308 career GP, ranks third-T in the
NHL in PPG (52), ninth in goals-per-game (.46) and 10th in goals since making his NHL debut in 2016-17. He has tallied 28-plus goals and 50-plus
points in each of his four NHL campaigns.

Forward Oliver Bjorkstrand leads the team in goals (tied), assists, points and multi-point efforts with 4-6-10 and four multi-point outings in 12 games in
2020-21. The winger, who signed a five-year contract extension with CBJ on Jan. 6, led the club in goals (21), GWG (five) and multi-point efforts (11) in
2019-20 despite being limited to 49 contests due to injury.

Forward Boone Jenner became the ninth player in franchise history to play in 500 career games with the Blue Jackets after taking to the ice on Tuesday
vs. Dallas. Jenner has notched six points in 12 games this season, ranking third-T on the team for points (3-3-6). Four of his six points were collected on the road, including all three of his goals this season (3-1-4).

•Atkinson scored his 200th CBJ/NHL career goal on 2/4 vs. DAL
•Jones notched his 200th NHL career assist on 2/4 vs. DAL
•Laine scored his 1st goal in CBJ uniform on 2/4 vs. DA
•Roslovic collected his 1st goal as a Jacket on 2/4 vs. DAL
•Jenner played his 500th NHL career game on 2/2 vs. DAL
•Roslovic (assist) tallied his 1st point in CBJ uniform on 1/31 at CHI

•Foligno is 1 goal away from 200 in NHL career
•Jones is 2 points from 200 in CBJ career

•CBJ is 4-0-3 in 1-goal games (2nd-T in NHL in 1-Goal GP)
•CBJ ranks 11th in the NHL in blocked shots-per-game (13.77)
•CBJ (30 goals overall) have scored 13 goals in the 1st period and 12 in the 3rd period this season
•8 of CBJ’s 12 games have been decided by a single goal (not incl. EN goals)

•Atkinson has points in 4 of last 6 home games (2-2-4)
•Del Zotto, who leads CBJ defensemen with 4 assists, is 5th-T among NHL defensemen in +/- (+9)
•Foligno, who finished 7th in the NHL with a career-high 212 hits in 2019-20, leads the club in hits (29)
•Foligno has collected points in 4 of CBJ’s 6 home games (3-2-5)
•Robinson has 6 points in the last 7 games (2-4-6)

GOALS: 5 (1/23 vs. TBL)… GOALS AGAINST: 6 (2/2 vs DAL)… PPG: 1 – 4x (MR: 2/2 vs. DAL)… PPGA: 2 (2/2 vs DAL)… SHOTS: 44 (1/16 at NSH)…
SHOTS AGAINST: 37 – 2x (MR: 1/21 vs. TBL)… PIM: 24 (1/18 at DET)… HITS: 39 (1/31 at CHI)… FOW: 34 (1/14 at NSH)… BKS: 21 (1/29 at CHI)

GOALS: 1 – 30x, MR: Bjorkstrand, Roslovic, Laine, Atkinson (2/4 vs DAL)… ASSISTS: 2 – Del Zotto (1/16 at NSH)… POINTS: 2 – 9x, MR: Bjorkstrand,
Roslovic (2/4 vs DAL)… HITS: 7, Del Zotto (1/31 at CHI)… PLUS/MINUS RATING: +3 – Gavrikov &Savard (1/23 vs. TBL)… SOG: 6 – 4x, MR: Texier
(1/31 at CHI)… TOI: 27:59 – Jones (1/21 vs. TBL)… SAVES: 35 – Korpisalo (1/18 at DET, 37 shots)

Carolina Hurricanes: Media Notes

The Hurricanes fell 6-4 to the Blackhawks at United Center on Thursday. Sebastian Aho (1g, 1a), Dougie Hamilton (2a) and Andrei Svechnikov (1g,
1a) each recorded two points, while Brett Pesce tallied an assist to extend his assist streak to three games. Nino Niederreiter also scored a goal to
extend his point streak to three games (2g, 1a). James Reimer made 29 saves in net.

Jesper Fast, COVID protocol, missed five games (1/28-2/4)
Max McCormick, upper-body, missed three games (1/31-2/4)
Petr Mrazek, upper-body, missed three games (1/31-2/4)
2020-21 Man-Games Lost Due to Injury: 25

Feb. 2 Recalled Antoine Bibeau to the team’s taxi squad
Feb. 1 Reassigned Joey Keane, Sheldon Rempal and Drew Shore to Chicago (AHL)
Jan. 31 Recalled Alex Nedeljkovic and Drew Shore from the team’s taxi squad
Jan. 28 Recalled Joey Keane and Drew Shore to the team’s taxi squad
Jan. 28 Recalled Jake Bean, Morgan Geekie, Steven Lorentz and Max McCormick from the team’s taxi squad
Jan. 28 Recalled Sheldon Rempal from Chicago (AHL)

Nino Niederreiter has recorded a point in three consecutive games (1/31-2/4: 2g, 1a)
Brett Pesce has tallied an assist in three consecutive games (1/31-2/4: 3a)

Dougie Hamilton is four goals shy of 100 career NHL goals
Brock McGinn is five points shy of 100 career NHL/Hurricanes points
Nino Niederreiter is five points shy of 300 career NHL points
Jordan Staal is five points shy of 300 Hurricanes points

Drew Shore made his Hurricanes debut vs. DAL (1/31)
Steven Lorentz recorded his first career NHL/Hurricanes point (assist) vs. DAL (1/30)
Steven Lorentz made his NHL/Hurricanes debut vs. TBL (1/28)
Max McCormick made his Hurricanes debut vs. TBL (1/28)
Sheldon Rempal made his Hurricanes debut vs. TBL (1/28)

Feb. 7 at Columbus 3:00 p.m. FSCR HRN
Feb. 8 at Columbus 7:00 p.m. FSCR HRN
Feb. 11 at Dallas 8:30 p.m. FSCR HRN
Feb. 13 at Dallas 8:00 p.m. FSCR HRN
Feb. 15 vs. Columbus 7:00 p.m. FSCR HRN

  • All times are Eastern | FSCR = FOX Sports Carolinas | HRN = Hurricanes Radio Network

— Carolina and Columbus are meeting for the first of eight matchups between the teams this season. The Hurricanes will return to Nationwide Arena on
2/8, 3/22 and 3/25. The Blue Jackets will visit PNC Arena on 2/16, 3/18, 3/20 and 5/1.
— The Hurricanes and Blue Jackets are meeting for the 42nd time in their histories, with Carolina holding a 20-16-0-5 record all-time against Columbus,
including a 9-9-0-2 road record.
— The Hurricanes are 14-7-5 in their last 26 games in the series.
— Ryan Dzingel registered 12 points (4g, 8a) in 21 regular season games with the Blue Jackets in 2018-19 and added a goal in nine playoff contests.
Dzingel also played three seasons of college hockey at Ohio State, tallying 108 points (45g, 63a) in 110 NCAA games with the Buckeyes from 2011-14.
— Jordan Staal has recorded 17 points (10g, 7a) in 31 career games against the Blue Jackets.
— Riley Nash skated in 242 games for Carolina from 2011-16, posting 81 points (31g, 50a).
— Columbus Assistant Coach Brad Shaw played 212 games as a defenseman for Hartford from 1986-92, recording 95 points (11g, 84a). He also
appeared in 19 playoff games for the franchise, tallying 12 points (4g, 8a).
— Columbus Goaltending Coach Manny Legace was drafted by the Whalers in the eighth round (188th overall) of the 1993 NHL Draft, and he was
traded to LAK on 7/31/98 before playing a game for the franchise. He later signed with Carolina as a free agent on 11/9/09, playing 28 games during the
2009-10 season and registering a 10-7-5 record, 2.81 GAA, .907 save percentage and one shutout with the Hurricanes.
— Nathan Gerbe played 206 games for the Hurricanes from 2013-16, notching 66 points (29g, 37a). He signed with Carolina as a free agent on 7/25/13 and was released following the 2015-16 season.
— Nino Niederreiter and Mikko Koivu were teammates with MIN from 2013-19 and shared points on 44 goals for the Wild.
— Sebastian Aho and Patrik Laine were linemates at the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship and combined for 27 points (12g, 15a) in 14 games to
lead Finland to a gold medal.

Jaccob Slavin returned to the lineup at CHI (2/2) after missing three games while in COVID protocol. He has not been assessed a penalty through five
games this season. Slavin has accumulated the fewest penalty minutes of any NHL defenseman since entering the league in 2015-16 (58, min. 300
GP), and his 10 PIM last season tied him with Matt Roy (LAK), Marc-Edouard Vlasic (SJS) and Zach Werenski (CBJ) for the league low among
defensemen (min. 60 GP).

Fewest PIM by a defenseman, 2015-present (min. 300 GP):
Jaccob Slavin (CAR): 58
Zach Werenski (CBJ): 67
Nate Schmidt (VAN/VGK/WSH): 68
Oscar Klefbom (EDM): 70
Jared Spurgeon (MIN): 80

Despite Thursday’s loss at CHI, the Hurricanes have started the season with a 6-2-0 record, tying last season’s franchise record for points through the
team’s first eight games. Before 2019-20, the high mark through seven games was 11 points, achieved by Hartford in 1991-92 and 1996-97 (both 5-2-1)
and Carolina in 2005-06 (5-2-1) and 2007-08 (4-1-3).

Alex Nedeljkovic is a native of Parma, Ohio, and was recalled from the taxi squad on 1/31. His next start will be his seventh in the NHL. In four starts
last season, he posted a 1-2-1 record with a 3.05 goals-against average and an .887 save percentage. He also played 29 AHL games with Charlotte in
2019-20 and earned a 16-10-2 record with a 2.49 goals-against average, a .906 save percentage and four shutouts.

Brett Pesce tallied an assist in the third period at CHI (2/4). He has now recorded an assist in three consecutive games, tying his career-long assist
streak (12/31/19-1/5/20, 12/11/15-12/15/15: 3a).

Andrei Svechnikov registered a goal and an assist at CHI (2/4), marking the 26th multi-point game of his NHL/Hurricanes career and his third this
season. He has now posted the third-most multi-point games of any player in his first three seasons in team history (since relocation).
Most multi-point games by a player in his first three seasons, team history (1997-present):
Eric Staal (2003-07): 50
Sebastian Aho (2016-19): 45
Andrei Svechnikov (2018-21): 26
Jeff Skinner (2010-13): 25
Erik Cole (2001-04): 21

Andrei Svechnikov scored his sixth goal of the season and the 50th of his career at CHI (2/4). At 20 years and 315 days old, he became the fifth youngest player in franchise history and the third-youngest in team history (since relocation) to reach the 50-goal mark.
Youngest player to reach 50 career goals, team history (1997-present):
Jeff Skinner (3/10/12): 19 years, 299 days
Sebastian Aho (3/20/18): 20 years, 237 days
Andrei Svechnikov (2/4/21): 20 years, 315 days
Eric Staal (3/4/04): 21 years, 126 days
Jeff O’Neill (1/1/99): 22 years, 312 days

Nino Niederreiter scored his fourth goal of the season at CHI (2/4), setting a new career high in goals through his first eight games of the season. In
2016-17, when he scored a career-high 25 goals with MIN, he scored his fourth goal of the season in his 13th game. He has now scored 141 goals in
609 career NHL games, the most of any Swiss-born player in NHL history.
Most goals by a Swiss-born player, NHL history:
Nino Niederreiter (CAR/MIN/NYI): 141
Roman Josi (NSH): 111
Mark Streit (PIT/PHI/NYI/MTL): 96
Timo Meier (SJS): 77
Kevin Fiala (MIN/NSH): 74

Jordan Staal posted a four-game assist/point streak from 1/28-2/2 (1g, 5a). He has now recorded 189 assists with the Hurricanes and recently passed
Sami Kapanen (187) and Justin Williams (188) to move up to sixth in assists in team history (since relocation). Thursday’s game at CHI (2/4) also
marked his 536th game with Carolina, and he is now tied with Jeff O’Neill for the ninth-most games played in team history.

Sebastian Aho scored his second goal of the season at CHI (2/4). He has now scored 123 goals in 318 games played since entering the NHL in 2016-
17, and he ranks second among all Finnish-born players in goals over that span.
Most goals by a Finnish-born player, 2016-present:
Patrik Laine (WPG/CBJ): 141
Sebastian Aho (CAR): 123
Aleksander Barkov (FLA): 107
Mikko Rantanen (COL): 106
Mikael Granlund (MIN/NSH): 83

Dougie Hamilton tallied two assists at CHI (2/4), marking his 64th career multi-point game and his 16th with the Hurricanes. He has now registered 85
points (32g, 53a) in 137 games with Carolina, and his 0.62 points per game ranks first among defensemen in team history (since relocation, min. 50
Most points per game by a defenseman, team history (1997-present, min. 50 GP):
Dougie Hamilton (2018-21): 0.62
Sandis Ozolinsh (2000-02): 0.57
Joni Pitkanen (2008-13): 0.53
Joe Corvo (2008-11, 2013): 0.49
Andrej Sekera (2013-15): 0.48

Carolina is opening their second of 11 sets of back-to-backs this season. Last season, the Hurricanes went 7-5-0 in the first game and 7-4-1 in the
second game of back-to-backs. They are 1-0-0 in the first game and 1-0-0 in the second game of back-to-backs in 2020-21.


Patrik Laine opens the scoring with a 1-timer on the power play at 10:07 1-0 Columbus
Brock McGinn ties it at 1-1 with 10:32 to go on a CBJ mistake
Riley Nash redirects a Nick Foligno one-timer off the RW for a 2-1 Blue Jackets lead.


  • Scott Harrington plays all out at defenseman
  • CBJ Trouble getting out of its own zone. Problem all year.
  • Not a lot of flow for Columbus
  • Carolina goalie James Riemers is slow tonight with his glove hands.
Warren Foegele ties the game at 2-2 with 7:23 to go. Assists from Staal and Dzingel
Nick Foligno, CBJ Captain scored the 200th goal of his career scoring at 14:24 2nd period to go up 3-2
Brett Pesce gets the equalizer for Carolina with a shot throught the middle. Tied game at 3-3 with 16:35 to go 2nd period
Vincent Trocheck puts the Hurricanes up 4-3 on a backhand shot from the slot at 17:45. CBJ challenged that Trocheck was offsides and loses. Gives Carolina a power play for delay of game.
NHL Situation Room ruling on CBJ challenge of offsides goal (courtesy NHL)



Max Domi tied the game 4-4 for the Blue Jackets at 2:08 of the period. Assists to Harrington and Bjorkstrand
Jordan Staal put Carolina up for good at 5-4 on a tipped shot PPG at 5:33. Assists to Trocheck and Hamilton
Dougie Hamilton pushed the Hurricanes lead to 6-4 at 10:37. Assists to Staal and Dzingel
Patrik Laine of the CBJ is rounding into shape with his game and shot. Scored his second goal of the game at 19:03 to cut the lead to 6-5.



FO 56%

PP 1/3

PIM 15






FO 44%

PP 1/5

PIM 11



GVA 13


Jordan Staal Carolina
Dougie Hamilton Carolina
Nick Foligno Columbus
67,404 David Savard CBJ Def On why the Carolina goal stood but the penalty for offsides was waved off Key to the game 2 7 2021.mp3
67,409 Nick Foligno CBJ LW How weird was that offsides goal scenario at the 2nd intermission 2 7 2021.mp3
67,416 Patrik Laine CBJ RW after being injured is he starting to get his game back 2 7 2021.mp3
67,417 Patrik Laine CBJ RW The power play is starting to click with him on it 2 goals tonight 2 7 2021.mp3
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