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Game Day Central: Blue Jackets vs. Hurricanes

by Staff / Columbus Blue Jackets





GAME AUDIO: Matt Calvert 2nd intermission interview | LISTEN

Instead of a bounce-back period from the Jackets, we saw the complete opposite. The Hurricanes took advantage of some careless penalties by the Blue Jackets, scoring a power play goal early in the period (Loktionov on the door step) to boost their lead to 2-0. Then, in the later stages of the second, Patrick Dwyer scored off the rush while the Jackets were slow in making a line change. Columbus has 27 shots at Anton Khudobin through two periods and things haven't been too difficult for him, and that'll have to change in the third. 

Corey Tropp 1st intermission interview. | LISTEN

FIRST PERIOD ANALYSIS: One mistake early in the first period is all that currently separates the Blue Jackets and Hurricanes. An ill-timed pinch by Fedor Tyutin along the left wing boards allowed Nathan Gerbe to spring a 2-on-1 for the Canes, and he kept the puck and scored for a 1-0 lead. From there, though, the territorial advantage belonged to the Jackets, who out-shot Carolina 11-5 in the opening period and controlled long stretches of play. The impact of Blake Comeau, back after a two-game suspension, has been noticeable and he's thrown his weight around early and often. The Blue Jackets have had some nice looks at Khudobin, but they'll need more traffic at the net to beat him.

Pre-game interviews from coach Richards, Foligno, and MacKenzie

INSIDE EDGE: Game day breakdown of Jackets vs. Hurricanes!

UPDATE (11:00 AM):
Here's the Jackets' projected lineup for tonight's game against the Hurricanes...

Jenner - Johansen - Horton
Calvert - Dubinsky - Foligno
Umberger - Anisimov - Tropp
MacKenzie - Letestu - Comeau

Johnson - Prout
Tyutin - Wisniewski
Nikitin - Savard


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MORNING SKATE: Welcome home! The Blue Jackets are back in Columbus and they're getting set for a Metro Division game against the Hurricanes on Tuesday. The team is scheduled for a 10 a.m. morning skate at Nationwide Arena, and as always, we'll have game day coverage for you right here at Game Day Central. Also, look for lineup changes, thoughts on the match-up against the Hurricanes, storylines from the other side and an interview with coach Todd Richards. Stay tuned to this page for the latest!

Fresh off a stretch in which they played 10 games in 17 days, the Blue Jackets practiced on Monday in preparation for Tuesday's game against Carolina. After practice, Todd Richards said that Blake Comeau will return to the lineup after serving his two-game suspension. No decision had yet been made on who will be scratched. 

On defense, expect the same pairings as were used Saturday in Minnesota. If that remains the case, Nick Schultz and Frederic St. Denis will be healthy scratches on Tuesday.

Sergei Bobrovsky starts in goal for the Blue Jackets.

It hasn't taken long for the Blue Jackets and Hurricanes to get to know one another, and the previous meeting in the season series was good proof of that.

The Blue Jackets were seemingly in control, leading 2-0 deep into the third period after scoring two goals in the first three minutes of the game. Carolina couldn't get much going offensively and they appeared frustrated by the ability of Bobrovsky to keep coming up with saves when he was called upon. 

But somewhere down the stretch, something changed for the Hurricanes and once they broke through, they *really* broke through.

Eric Staal got Carolina on the board midway through the third, and a few minutes later, he scored again to tie the game at 2-2. The crowd at PNC Arena, which hadn't much to cheer about for most of the game, was alive and roaring in the final minutes. When Jordan Staal capped off the Canes' three-goal rally with about five minutes left, it was bedlam...and the Blue Jackets, rightfully shocked, were unable to recover.

This game is another big one for the Blue Jackets, and you can go ahead and throw the "important" blanket over every remaining game on the schedule. With 15 games to go, the Blue Jackets are in points-accumulation mode and they want to keep climbing the Metropolitan Division standings each time they take the ice. Tuesday's game against Carolina is the start of a busy week for the Jackets, as they'll head to Montreal for a game on Thursday and then turn around to play the New York Rangers on Friday night at Nationwide Arena. 

The Hurricanes are in a desperate spot and they need to pick up wins to stay on the fringe of the race. The Blue Jackets, also in a desperate situation, want to keep pace with the teams around them and take advantage of games in-hand they have on other teams. 



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