FEB. 8, 2021 II vs. CAROLINA HURRICANES II NATIONWIDE ARENA II 7 PM ET
TV: FOX Sports Ohio Jeff Rimer (play-by-play), Jody Shelley (color analyst)
Radio: 105.7 FM Bob McElligott (play-by-play), Dylan Tyrer (host)
COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS
Record: 5-5-3, 13 pts. (5th, Discover Central Division)
Goals: 2.69 Goals-For/3.23 Goals-Against… Shots: 28.2 Shots-For/32.5 Shots-Against
Power Play: 13.5 percent (26th, NHL)… Penalty Kill: 77.4 percent (21st, NHL)
Penalty Minutes: 7.5 PIM (6th-T, NHL)… Overtime Record (Shootout): 1-2-1 (1-1)
Record: 7-2-0, 14 pts. (2nd, Discover Central Division)
Goals: 3.33 Goals-For/2.67 Goals-Against… Shots: 33.3 Shots-For/25.6 Shots-Against
Power Play: 23.5 percent (10th, NHL)… Penalty Kill: 80.0 percent (15th-T, NHL)
Penalty Minutes: 8.9 PIM (18th-T, NHL)… Overtime Record (Shootout): 3-0-0 (2-0)
Results: Columbus has gone 21-18-3 in 42 regular season games vs. Carolina, including 11-9-1 at home… Of Note: The Blue Jackets had won four-straight games in the series since Mar. 15, 2019, including three consecutive contests at Nationwide Arena over that span, prior to Sunday’s 6-5 loss… The club is 9-5-1 in the last 15 meetings against the Hurricanes dating back to Jan. 17, 2017… CBJ have won six of the last nine games in Ohio in the series (6-3-0)… All three contests in 2019-20 were decided by a single goal… The Blue Jackets own all three shutouts and hat tricks in the all-time series while neither team has been awarded a penalty shot… Goals: CBJ – 113, CAR – 106… CBJ PP: 22-of-140 (15.7%)… CBJ PK: 133-of-152 (87.5%).
This Season (CBJ, 0-1-0)
Feb. 7 – Carolina 6, at COLUMBUS 5
Feb. 8 – at COLUMBUS
Feb. 15 – at Carolina
Mar. 18 – at Carolina… Mar. 20 – at Carolina
Mar. 22 – at COLUMBUS… Mar. 25 – at COLUMBUS
May 1 – at Carolina
2019-20 Results (CBJ, 3-0-0)
Oct. 12, 2019 – Columbus 3, at Carolina 2
Oct. 24, 2019 – at Columbus 4, Carolina 3 (OT)
Jan. 16, 2020 – at Columbus 3, Carolina 2
Apr. 3, 2020 – at Carolina (Cancelled)
CBJ TEAM NOTES
Columbus has dropped three of its past four games following a seven-game regulation unbeaten streak (4-0-3)… The club has recorded points in five of seven home games in 2020-21 (3-2-2)… CBJ’s back-to-back set against Carolina (Feb. 7-8) concludes a stretch of eight-of-10 games played at Nationwide Arena from Jan. 21-Feb. 8… The Blue Jackets have scored the game’s first goal in nine of their 13 games (3-3-3) and outscored the opposition 15-8 in first period play… Columbus is 4-1-3 in one-goal games… The Blue Jackets are 3-1-1 in games playing in back-to-back situations in 2020-21 (1-0-1 in second games).
CBJ PLAYER NOTES
RW Patrik Laine, who made his CBJ debut on Tuesday vs. Dallas, has scored three goals in the past two games, including his first two-goal game as a Jacket on Sunday vs. Carolina… C Jack Roslovic, picked up his first goal and multi-point outing with the Blue Jackets on Thursday vs. Dallas, added his second with 0-2-2 on Sunday vs. Carolina and has an assist/point in a career high four-straight games (1-5-6)… RW Oliver Bjorkstrand leads the club in scoring with 4-7-11 in 13 games after being shut out in his first two contests of the season.
• LW Nick Foligno tallied 1-1-2, including his 200th NHL goal, on Sunday vs. Carolina , to raise his career totals to 200-273-473
in 570 games.
• D Seth Jones collected two assists on Sunday vs. Carolina to give his 46-154-200 in 338 games as a Blue Jacket.
OhioHEALTH INJURY REPORT
• LW Gus Nyquist (shoulder surgery on Nov. 3; Injured Reserve) is expected to miss five-to-six months.
• G Elvis Merzlikins (upper body; Injured Reserve) is day-to-day.
• G Matiss Kivlenieks (lower body) is day-to-day.
• D Zach Werenski (lower body; Injured Reserve) is expected to miss one-to-two weeks.
o TOTAL MAN GAMES LOST: 31.
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