Columbus Blue Jackets end their two-week run of playing Carolina tonight



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


COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS (13-13-7, 33 pts./5th, Discover Central Division) 

Goals:  2.55 Goals-For/3.12 Goals-Against… Shots:  28.7 Shots-For/31.2 Shots-Against

Power Play:  14.8 percent (26th, NHL)… Penalty Kill:  74.0 percent (26th, NHL)

Penalty Minutes:  6.7 PIM (2nd, NHL)… Overtime Record (Shootout):  4-4-3 (2-3)

CAROLINA HURRICANES (21-7-3, 45 pts./2nd, Discover Central Division)

Goals:  3.23 Goals-For/2.48 Goals-Against… Shots:  31.5 Shots-For/28.7 Shots-Against

Power Play:  30.6 percent (1st, NHL)… Penalty Kill:  82.9 percent (9th, NHL)

Penalty Minutes:  7.4 PIM (11th-T, NHL)… Overtime Record (Shootout):  7-2-1 (4-1)

Players to Watch:  Sebastian Aho (Leads team with 30 pts in 31 GP in 2020-21 and has 9-7-16 in 21 career GP vs. CBJ); D Dougie Hamilton (Has 2-12-14 over 12-game point streak and leads club with 22 assists this season)


Results:  Columbus has gone 24-20-3 in 47 regular season games vs. Carolina, including 12-10-1 at home… Of Note: The Blue Jackets have won seven of the last 10 games in the series since Mar. 15, 2019… The club is 12-7-1 in the last 20 meetings against the Hurricanes dating back to Jan. 17, 2017… Columbus and Carolina have played in one-goal games in seven of the last nine meetings… Carolina recorded its first shutout in the all-time series on Tuesday with the Blue Jackets registering the first three of the series… Goals:  CBJ – 124, CAR – 122… CBJ PP:  22-of-150 (14.7%)… CBJ PK:  140-of-162 (86.4%).

This Season (CBJ, 3-3-0)

Feb. 7 – Carolina 6, at COLUMBUS 5

Feb. 8 – at COLUMBUS 3, Carolina 2

Feb. 15 – at Carolina 7, COLUMBUS 3

Mar. 18 – COLUMBUS 3, at Carolina 2 (OT)

Mar. 20 – COLUMBUS 3, at Carolina 2 (SO)

Mar. 22 – Carolina 3, at COLUMBUS 0

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 had their five-game point streak (3-0-2) snapped with the 3-0 loss to the Hurricanes on Tuesday.  It was the second longest point streak of the season for the club, trailing a seven-game point streak from Jan. 18-29 (4-0-3)… The Jackets have played past regulation in five of their last six games… Thursday’s game is the fourth and final contest of four-straight games against Carolina (two road/two home)… The Jackets are in a stretch of 10 of 12 games against the top three teams in the Central Division (Tampa Bay, Florida, Carolina) from Mar. 18-Apr. 8… The Blue Jackets are 6-2-2 in Thursday games this season and have recorded points in five of their six home games on the day (3-1-2)… Columbus is 5-3-2 in March games this season.  The Jackets are 12-4-3 in their last 19 games played in the month of March dating back to Mar. 24, 2019… Following Thursday’s contest, the club will head out on its first of two six-game road trips, traveling to face Detroit, Tampa Bay and Florida from Mar. 27-Apr. 4.


RW Cam Atkinson has 10-7-17 with four multi-point outings in the last 22 games… RW Oliver Bjorkstrand has posted points in four of the six games against Carolina this season (1-5-6) and has 5-6-11 in the last 10 games overall.  He leads the club in goals (tied), assists, points and multi-point efforts with 11-16-27 and seven multi-point outings in 33 games… F Max Domi has recorded 2-3-5 in his past six games… D Seth Jones has recorded .70 points a game since February 1 (4-12-16 in 23 GP).  He has recorded points in four of the six games against Carolina this season (3-3-6)… G Joonas Korpisalo has posted a 2.23 GAA and .920 SV% in his past 10 games since February 25… C Jack Roslovic has posted 0-6-6 in the last six games.  He ranks second on the team in assists with 5-15-20 in 26 games in 2020-21… D Zach Werenski had a five-game point streak from Mar. 9-18 (2-4-6).


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

•     D Dean Kukan is two games from 100 for his NHL career (2-16-18, 98 GP).

•     LW Eric Robinson is three games from 100 in his NHL career (11-10-21, 97 GP).

•     HC John Tortorella (668) is 5 victories from surpassing Mike Keenan (672) and move into 12th place on NHL all-time wins list.


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

•       RW Emil Bemstrom (lower body injury on Mar. 17) is expected to miss a week.

                              o TOTAL MAN GAMES LOST:  77.


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