Columbus Blue Jackets Game Day Preview: Travels to Carolina Hurricanes tonight, 7 PM



TV:  FOX Sports Ohio   Jeff Rimer (play-by-play), Jody Shelley (color analyst), Dave Maetzold (reporter)     

Radio:  97.1 The Fan    Bob McElligott (play-by-play), Dylan Tyrer (host)


COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS (7-5-4, 18 pts./4th-T, Discover Central Division) 

Goals:  2.88 Goals-For/3.25 Goals-Against… Shots:  28.9 Shots-For/31.4 Shots-Against

Power Play:  16.7 percent (20th, NHL)… Penalty Kill:  77.1 percent (20th, NHL)

Penalty Minutes:  6.9 PIM (3rd-T, NHL)… Overtime Record (Shootout):  1-3-1 (1-1)

2019-20 Record:  33-22-15, 81 pts. (5th, Metropolitan Division)

2020 Playoffs:  Beat Toronto, 3-2 (ECQR)… Lost to Tampa Bay, 4-1 (ECQF)

CAROLINA HURRICANES (9-3-0, 18 pts./3rd, Discover Central Division)

Goals:  3.33 Goals-For/2.75 Goals-Against… Shots:  31.4 Shots-For/26.5 Shots-Against

Power Play:  24.4 percent (12th, NHL)… Penalty Kill:  79.6 percent (18th, NHL)

Penalty Minutes:  8.2 PIM (13th, NHL)… Overtime Record (Shootout):  4-0-0 (3-0)

2019-20 Record:  38-25-5, 81 pts. (4th, Metropolitan Division)

2020 Playoffs:  Beat NY Rangers, 3-0 (ECQR)… Lost to Boston, 4-1 (ECQF)

Players to Watch:  C Sebastian Aho (Fourth in 2015 Draft Class in scoring); RW Andrei Svechnikov (Posted 20 goals in each of first two seasons)


Results:  Columbus has gone 22-18-3 in 43 regular season games vs. Carolina, including 10-9-2 on the road… Of Note: The Blue Jackets have won five of the last six games in the series since Mar. 15, 2019… The club is 10-5-1 in the last 16 meetings against the Hurricanes dating back to Jan. 17, 2017… Each of the last five contests have been decided by a single goal… The Blue Jackets own all three shutouts and hat tricks in the all-time series and were awarded the first penalty shot in the series in the most recent meeting (Cam Atkinson goal)… Goals:  CBJ – 116, CAR – 108… CBJ PP:  22-of-141 (15.6%)… CBJ PK:  134-of-153 (87.6%).

This Season (CBJ, 1-1-0)

Feb. 7 – Carolina 6, at COLUMBUS 5

Feb. 8 – at COLUMBUS 3, Carolina 2

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)


Columbus stretched its point streak to three-straight games (2-0-1) with a 3-2 overtime loss in Chicago on Saturday… CBJ have recorded points in five of their last six road contests (3-1-2)… The Blue Jackets have scored the game’s first goal in 12 of their 16 games (5-3-4), including the last five-straight (3-1-1)… The club has outscored the opposition 18-8 in first period play and lead the league in goal differential in the opening 20 minutes of play… Columbus is 6-1-4 in one-goal games with each of its past five games decided by a single goal… The Blue Jackets rank 11th in the NHL in power play percentage since Jan. 28 (nine games), having scored on 6-of-23 power play opportunities (26.1 pct).


RW Cam Atkinson tallied a goal in his third-straight game (3-4-7) and finished with his second consecutive multi-point effort with a goal and an assist on Saturday in Chicago… D Seth Jones picked up an assist on Saturday and has set a new career high with an active five-game assist streak (0-6-6) and tied his career high with a six-game point streak (Dec. 18-29, 2017)… RW Patrik Laine notched his sixth goal of the campaign and fourth as a Blue Jacket on Saturday.  He has 4-1-5 in his last five games with the club, including two goals on Feb. 7 vs. Carolina… C Jack Roslovic had posted points in a career-best six-game point streak (4-5-9) prior to Saturday’s loss in Chicago… C Kevin Stenlund (2-3-5, 5 GP), had collected points in each of his first four games of the campaign prior to Saturday.


•     D Scott Harrington is six games from 200 in his NHL career (7-29-36, 194 GP).


•       LW Gus Nyquist (shoulder surgery on Nov. 3; Injured Reserve) is expected to miss five-to-six months.

•       G Matiss Kivlenieks (lower body; Injured Reserve) is day-to-day.

o                 TOTAL MAN GAMES LOST:  40.


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