Blue Jackets travel to Raleigh tonight taking on Carolina at 7 PM

MAY 1, 2021 II at CAROLINA HURRICANES II PNC ARENA II 7 PM ET

CBJ BROADCAST INFORMATION

TV:  Bally 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)

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP

COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS

Record: 16-25-10, 42 pts. (8th, Discover Central Division) 

Goals:  2.33 Goals-For/3.27 Goals-Against… Shots:  28.9 Shots-For/32.1 Shots-Against

Power Play:  14.7 percent (27th-T, NHL)… Penalty Kill:  79.8 percent (16th, NHL)

Penalty Minutes:  7.3 PIM (9th-T, NHL)… Overtime Record (Shootout):  5-7-3 (3-3)

CAROLINA HURRICANES

Record: 33-10-7, 73 pts. (1st, Discover Central Division)

Goals:  3.20 Goals-For/2.36 Goals-Against… Shots:  32.1 Shots-For/28.4 Shots-Against

Power Play:  27.2 percent (1st, NHL)… Penalty Kill:  84.4 percent (3rd, NHL)

Penalty Minutes:  7.4 PIM (11th-T, NHL)… Overtime Record (Shootout):  8-5-2 (4-2)

Players to Watch:  Sebastian Aho (Leads team with 51 pts in 50 GP in 2020-21 and has 10-7-17 in 22 career GP vs. CBJ); D Dougie Hamilton (Leads club in assists and ranks second-T in points with 8-31-39 in 50 GP)

ALL-TIME SERIES

Results:  Columbus has gone 24-20-4 in 48 regular season games vs. Carolina, including 12-10-2 on the road… Of Note: The Blue Jackets have won seven of the last 11 games in the series since Mar. 15, 2019… The club is 12-7-2 in the last 21 meetings against the Hurricanes dating back to Jan. 17, 2017… CBJ are 3-1-0 in the past four visits to Carolina… Columbus and Carolina have played in one-goal games in eight of the last 10 outings… Carolina recorded its first shutout in the all-time series on March 22 of this season with the Blue Jackets registering the first three of the series… Goals:  CBJ – 127, CAR – 126… CBJ PP:  23-of-153 (15.0%)… CBJ PK:  141-of-163 (86.6%).

This Season (CBJ, 3-3-1)

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 – Carolina 4, at COLUMBUS 3 (OT)

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

The Blue Jackets snapped a nine-game winless streak (0-7-2) with a 1-0 shootout victory over Detroit on Tuesday… CBJ play the final road game of the 2020-21 season on Saturday.  The club is 8-1-0 in road finales in the last nine campaigns… Columbus has killed off 46-of-51 opponent power play attempts in the past 20 games since March 20 (90.2 pct; 2nd in NHL) and 49-of-55 over the last 23 since March 13 (88.9 pct.; 1st in NHL)… The Blue Jackets have played in 25 one-goal games this season, including each of the past two contests (1-0-1)… CBJ have scored the first goal of the game on 30 occasions.

CBJ PLAYER NOTES

RW Cam Atkinson ranks second on the club in goals and points with 14-17-31 in 50 appearances and has 3-1-4 in seven contests vs. Carolina this season… RW Oliver Bjorkstrand leads the club in goals, assists, points and multi-point efforts with 15-23-38 and eight multi-point outings in 51 outings.  He is two points from tying his single season career high (2017-18)… C Max Domi has posted 2-7-9 in his last 12 games played… D Seth Jones, who ranks fifth in the NHL in TOI/G (25:11), leads CBJ blueliners in assists and points with 5-19-24 in 51 GP.  He leads the club in scoring against the Hurricanes this season with 3-5-8 in 7 GP… G Elvis Merzlikins tied his career high with a 41-save shutout on Tuesday and has posted a 1.87 GAA and .946 SV% in his past five games played since April 17… C Jack Roslovic has 4-4-8 and two multi-point efforts in the last 11 appearances and has set career highs in assists and points this season with 10-20-30 in 43 GP… C Alexandre Texier has already set career highs in assists, points and games played this season (4-11-15 in 44 GP).

MILESTONES

•     RW Cam Atkinson is one point from 400 in his NHL career (212-187-399, 622 GP).

•     RW Oliver Bjorkstrand is three games from 300 in his NHL career (80-91-171, 297 GP).

•     C Jack Rolsovic is three points from 100 in his NHL career (36-61-97, 223 GP).

•     HC John Tortorella (671) is two wins from surpassing Mike Keenan (672) for 12th-most wins in NHL history.

OhioHEALTH INJURY REPORT

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

•       C Boone Jenner (broken finger on Apr. 6) is expected to miss six weeks.

•       D Zach Werenski (inguinal/sports hernia: Injured Reserve) is out for the rest of the season.

•       G Joonas Korpisalo (lower body injury on Apr. 25) is out for the rest of the season.

                              o TOTAL MAN GAMES LOST:  139.

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