Blue Jackets back on ice tonight at the Carolina Hurricanes, 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 (11-12-7, 29 pts./5th, Discover Central Division) 

Goals:  2.63 Goals-For/3.20 Goals-Against… Shots:  29.0 Shots-For/31.2 Shots-Against

Power Play:  16.0 percent (25th, NHL)… Penalty Kill:  72.9 percent (28th, NHL)

Penalty Minutes:  6.9 PIM (3rd-T, NHL)… Overtime Record (Shootout):  2-4-3 (1-3)

CAROLINA HURRICANES (20-7-1, 41 pts./3rd, Discover Central Division)

Goals:  3.32 Goals-For/2.57 Goals-Against… Shots:  31.6 Shots-For/29.0 Shots-Against

Power Play:  31.9 percent (1st, NHL)… Penalty Kill:  81.8 percent (9th, NHL)

Penalty Minutes:  7.7 PIM (14th, NHL)… Overtime Record (Shootout):  7-1-0 (4-0)

Players to Watch:  Sebastian Aho (Leads team with 26 pts in 28 GP in 2020-21 and has 289 pts in 338 career GP); RW Andrei Svechnikov (Posted 20 goals in each of first two seasons)


Results:  Columbus has gone 22-19-3 in 44 regular season games vs. Carolina, including 10-10-2 on the road… Of Note: The Blue Jackets have won five of the last seven games in the series since Mar. 15, 2019… The club is 10-6-1 in the last 17 meetings against the Hurricanes dating back to Jan. 17, 2017… Columbus and Carolina had played in one-goal games in five-straight games prior to the teams’ last meeting on February 15… 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 on February 8 (Cam Atkinson goal)… Goals:  CBJ – 119, CAR – 115… CBJ PP:  22-of-144 (15.3%)… CBJ PK:  134-of-155 (86.5%).

This Season (CBJ, 1-2-0)

Feb. 7 – Carolina 6, at COLUMBUS 5

Feb. 8 – at COLUMBUS 3, Carolina 2

Feb. 15 – at Carolina 7, COLUMBUS 3

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)


The Blue Jackets have picked up points in their last three games (1-0-2) following a 2-1 shootout loss to Dallas on Sunday… Thursday’s game in Carolina is the first of four-straight games against the club (two road/two home)… The Jackets  will play 10 of their next 12 games against the top three teams in the Central Division (Tampa Bay, Florida, Carolina) from Mar. 18-Apr. 8… CBJ and the Hurricanes are tied for first in the NHL in scoring the first goal of their game (20)… Columbus is 3-2-2 in March games this season.  The Jackets are 10-3-3 in their last 16 games played in the month of March dating back to Mar. 24, 2019… The Blue Jackets are 5-2-1 (11 pts) on Thursdays in 2020-21, recording a point in seven of their last eight games on the day (5-1-1).  The club is scheduled to have five more Thursday contests this season following the game in Carolina.


RW Cam Atkinson has 10-7-17 with four multi-point outings in the last 19 games… RW Oliver Bjorkstrand has recorded 4-3-7 in the last seven games… F Max Domi has recorded 2-2-4 in his past three games, including the first two multi-point efforts of his Blue Jackets career… G Joonas Korpisalo has posted a 2.18 GAA and .923 SV% in his past eight games since February 25… C Jack Roslovic collected four assists in the two-game series against Dallas and has helpers in three-straight games (0-5-5).  He leads the team in assists with 5-14-19 in 23 games in 2020-21… D David Savard is one of only three players in the NHL with 60-plus blocked shots (63) and hits (68), joining Edmonton’s Adam Larsson and Chicago’s Calvin de Haan… D Zach Werenski notched goals in both contests vs. the Stars and now has points in four consecutive outings (2-3-5).  He leads club defensemen in goals and ranks second in assists and points with 3-9-12 in 23 appearances this season.


•     D Vladislav Gavrikov is two games from 100 in his NHL career (6-18-24, 98 GP).

•     D Scott Harrington is three games from 200 in his NHL career (7-30-37, 197 GP).

•     D Dean Kukan is five games from 100 for his NHL career (2-16-18, 95 GP).

•     LW Eric Robinson is six games from 100 in his NHL career (11-10-21, 94 GP).


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

                              o TOTAL MAN GAMES LOST:  68.



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