The Hurricanes earned a 3-0 win against the Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena on Monday. Sebastian Aho (2a) and Jesper Fast (1g, 1a)
each recorded two points. Dougie Hamilton posted an assist to extend his point streak to 12 games, the franchise-record point streak by a defenseman,
and Brady Skjei scored his first goal with Carolina. Martin Necas also scored, while Brett Pesce and Jordan Staal each registered an assist. Alex
Nedeljkovic made 19 saves in net to earn his second shutout of the season.
Petr Mrazek, right thumb surgery, missed 26 games (1/31-3/22)
Teuvo Teravainen, concussion, missed eight games (3/7-3/22)
Vincent Trocheck, upper body, missed six games (3/11-3/22)
2020-21 Man-Games Lost Due to Injury: 87
March 16 Recalled Joey Keane and Beck Warm to the team’s taxi squad
March 16 Reassigned Antoine Bibeau and Joakim Ryan to Chicago (AHL)
March 9 Recalled Antoine Bibeau to the team’s taxi squad
Dougie Hamilton has tallied a point in 12 consecutive games (2/27-3/22: 2g, 12a)
Dougie Hamilton has registered an assist in four consecutive games (3/16-3/22: 4a)
MILESTONES WITHIN REACH
Dougie Hamilton is one goal shy of 100 career NHL goals
Teuvo Teravainen is two points shy of 300 career NHL points
Jordan Staal is three assists shy of 200 Hurricanes assists
Brett Pesce is five assists shy of 100 NHL/Hurricanes assists
MILESTONES RECENTLY ACHIEVED
Brady Skjei scored his first career Hurricanes goal at CBJ (3/22)
Martin Necas played his 100th career NHL/Hurricanes game at CBJ (3/22)
Jordan Martinook played his 400th career NHL game vs. CBJ (3/18)
Jesper Fast recorded his 100th career NHL assist at DET (3/16)
Dougie Hamilton recorded his 100th Hurricanes point (goal) at DET (3/14)
Cedric Paquette played his 400th career NHL game vs. NSH (3/11)
Jaccob Slavin played his 400th career NHL/Hurricanes game vs. NSH (3/11)
HURRICANES vs. BLUE JACKETS SERIES NOTES
— Carolina and Columbus are meeting for the seventh of eight matchups between the teams this season. The Blue Jackets will travel to PNC Arena on
— The Hurricanes and Blue Jackets are meeting for the 48th time in their histories. Carolina holds a 23-17-0-7 record all-time against Columbus,
including a 11-10-0-2 road record.
— The Hurricanes are 17-8-7 in their last 32 games in the series.
— Carolina leads the season series 3-1-2 in 2020-21.
— The Hurricanes posted a 6-5 win against the Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena on 2/7. Jordan Staal posted three points (1g, 2a), while Ryan Dzingel
(2a), Dougie Hamilton (1g, 1a), Brett Pesce (1g, 1a) and Vincent Trocheck (1g, 1a) all posted two. James Reimer made 17 saves.
— Carolina lost to Columbus, 3-2, at Nationwide Arena on 2/8. Brock McGinn and Nino Niederreiter scored for the Hurricanes, and Alex Nedeljkovic
made 19 saves in his first start of the season.
— The Hurricanes posted a 7-3 win over the Blue Jackets at PNC Arena on 2/15. Brock McGinn (2g, 2a) and Teuvo Teravainen (1g, 3a) each posted
four points, while James Reimer made a season-high 37 saves in net.
— Carolina fell to Columbus in overtime, 3-2, at PNC Arena on 3/18. Sebastian Aho scored both Hurricanes goals, while Alex Nedeljkovic made 25
saves in goal.
— The Hurricanes suffered a 3-2 shootout loss against the Blue Jackets at PNC Arena on 3/20. Dougie Hamilton posted an assist to tie Mark Howe’s
franchise-long point streak by a defenseman, and James Reimer made 29 saves.
— Carolina earned a 3-0 win over Columbus at Nationwide Arena on 3/22. Sebastian Aho (2a) and Jesper Fast (1g, 1a) each tallied two points, while
Alex Nedeljkovic made 19 saves to record his second shutout of the season.
— Sebastian Aho has posted 16 points (9g, 7a) in 21 career games against the Blue Jackets.
— Jordan Staal has recorded 23 points (13g, 10a) in 37 career games against Columbus.
— Riley Nash skated in 242 games for Carolina from 2011-16, posting 81 points (31g, 50a).
— Zac Dalpe was drafted by the Hurricanes in the second round (45th overall) of the 2008 NHL Draft, and he earned 10 points (5g, 5a) in 41 games with
Carolina from 2010-13.
— 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.
— 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.
— Alex Nedeljkovic is a native of Parma, Ohio, and he and Zach Werenski were Bantam AAA teammates with Belle Tire in Detroit, leading the team to
a national championship in 2012.
Dougie Hamilton posted an assist at Columbus (3/22) to extend his point streak to 12 games (2/27-3/22: 2g, 12a) and notch the longest point streak by
a defenseman in franchise history. The record was previously held by Mark Howe (1/12/80-2/6/80: 6g, 18a), set in Hartford’s first NHL season. His
streak is the longest active point streak in the NHL and the longest by any NHL defenseman this season. Hamilton now trails Auston Matthews (TOR,
1/24-2/20: 16g, 8a in 13 GP) by one game for the longest point streak by any NHL player in 2020-21. He is just the fourth NHL defenseman since 1997-
98 to record a point in at least 12 consecutive games, joining Roman Josi (NSH, 2019-20), Shayne Gostisbehere (PHI, 2015-16) and Mathieu Schneider
(DET, 2006-07). Hamilton has also tallied an assist in each of his last four games (3/16-3/22: 4a), and his team-leading 22 assists rank fourth among
NHL defensemen in 2020-21.
DAWN OF THE NED
Alex Nedeljkovic stopped all 19 shots he faced against the Blue Jackets (3/22) to record his second career NHL/Hurricanes shutout and his second of
2020-21. He is just the second rookie goaltender in franchise history to record at least two shutouts, joining Peter Sidorkiewicz (4 SO in 1998-99).
Nedeljkovic also tied Ilya Sorokin (NYI) and Kaapo Kahkonen (MIN) for the most shutouts by any NHL rookie goaltender in 2020-21. He is now 7-2-2
with a 1.96 goals-against average and a .930 save percentage this season, and he now ranks fourth in GAA and tied for third in save percentage among
NHL goaltenders 2020-21 (min. 5 GP).
Sebastian Aho earned two assists at Columbus (3/22) for his 11th multi-point game and his second multi-assist game of the season. He has now
registered 159 assists since entering the NHL in 2016-17, tying Kevin Dineen (1984-89) for the fourth-most assists by a player in his first five career NHL
seasons in franchise history. His next assist will tie Ray Ferraro (1984-89) for third in that category. Aho has now recorded a team-leading 30 points
(13g, 17a) in 2020-21 after leading the Hurricanes in both goals (38) and points (66) last season.
THE GREAT STAAL
Jordan Staal played his 559th game with the Hurricanes against the Blue Jackets (3/22), tying Justin Faulk (2011-19) for the sixth-most games played
in team history and the 10th-most in franchise history. He also tallied his 197th Hurricanes assist on Monday, passing Dave Babych (1985-91) for the
10th-most assists in franchise history. Staal has now earned 23 points (10g, 13a) this season, and the Hurricanes have posted a 12-0-1 record in games
when he has recorded a point.
Martin Necas scored a goal at Columbus (3/22) in his 100th career NHL/Hurricanes game. He has now posted 11 points in 11 games in March (3/1-
3/22: 4g, 7a), which ranks third on the team in points this month behind Sebastian Aho (7-6—13) and Dougie Hamilton (2-11—13). In four March
games in 2019-20, he tallied one assist. Necas has registered 22 points (6g, 16a) this season, and his 16 assists lead all 2017 draftees.
Jesper Fast tallied two points (1g, 1a) against the Blue Jackets (3/22) for his third multi-point game this season. He has now earned three points in his
last two games (3/20-3/22: 1g, 2a) and five points in his last six (1g, 4a). His 14 points (4g, 10a) this season are his most through 26 games since 2017-
18 (7-8—15 in 26 GP), when he recorded a career-high 33 points (13g, 20a) with NYR.
HAPPY EARLY BIRTHDAY
Brady Skjei (27) and Andrei Svechnikov (21) are each celebrating their birthdays on Friday (3/26). Skjei scored his first Hurricanes goal at CBJ (3/22)
in his 38th game with the team since being acquired from NYR on 2/24/20. Svechnikov has earned 121 points (53g, 68a) in his NHL/Hurricanes career,
marking the fourth-most points by a player before his 21st birthday in franchise history and the second-most in team history (Jeff Skinner: 64-67—131).
He is also tied with Sebastian Aho for the fourth-most goals by age 21 in franchise history.
RAISING THE BAR
With a win at Columbus on Monday, the Hurricanes improved to 21-7-3 (45 points) this season, setting the franchise record for points through the team’s
first 31 games of any season. The previous record was 42 points (20-9-2), achieved in 2005-06.
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