BLUE JACKETS AT HURRICANES
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HARTSY x 2!
Hartnell puts the Jackets ahead 2-1 after two. LISTEN
SECOND PERIOD RECAP:
Another solid road period for the Blue Jackets, and they hold a 2-1 edge over the Hurricanes after 40 minutes are complete at PNC Arena. Scott Hartnell has both goals for Columbus - his second and third of the season - and both were nearly identical. Boone Jenner, playing his second game of the season, has been a dominant physical force and has made life difficult for the Hurricanes inside their own end, and he's had a solid night in the face-off circle. On both goals, he out-worked the Carolina defense down low and found Hartnell in front of the net, the first from the slot and the second from the side of the net, to turn the game around give the Jackets a deserved lead. They've played a sound road game thus far and they need 20 more minutes to head home with two points. Shots are 20-14 favoring the Jackets.
Scott Hartnell makes this a 1-1 game! LISTEN
FIRST PERIOD RECAP:
Well, it was a much better period for the Blue Jackets to start the game off tonight and it goes back to their work ethic and their identity. They were getting pucks deep, established their forecheck and drew two penalties against Carolina just by working hard below the icing line. The Canes had a goal waved off due to Alexander Semin pushing Curtis McElhinney into the net, and it was originally ruled a good goal on the ice. After a discussion among the on-ice officials, it was disallowed and the Blue Jackets caught a break that seemed to get them going. Shots are 11-4 after 20 minutes and the two power plays helped Columbus forge ahead in that regard, and in addition, they were pretty strong 5-on-5 in all three zones.
Here's the projected Blue Jackets lineup for tonight's game...
*Adam Cracknell and Marko Dano, who both played Tuesday vs. Carolina, are expected to be scratched tonight in Raleigh.
BLUE JACKETS AT HURRICANES
*Jack Johnson is serving a three game suspension for his hit on Jiri Tlusty in Tuesday's game. James Wisniewski returned to full practice on Thursday, and head coach Todd Richards expects him in the lineup tonight. He was paired in practice with Tim Erixon.
*With Wisniewski's return to the lineup, defenseman Ryan Murray was put back on injured reserve with a lower-body injury. He remains day-to-day, with Richards having little update on his condition as of yesterday afternoon.
*Sergei Bobrovsky continued his progress towards a return Thursday, with Richards saying he had begun catching pucks and undergoing some activity with his injured glove hand. There is still no target date for his return.
According to Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch, it appears Curtis McElhinney will get the start in goal for Columbus.
These were the lines and pairings used during Tuesday's game...
Savard- St. Denis
Welcome to Game No. 13, folks.
The Blue Jackets are back on the road this evening looking to break out of their losing streak, and they'll do it against a familiar foe. Tonight's Metro Division battle is a rematch of Tuesday's 4-2 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes, with the scene shifting to PNC Arena in Raleigh. The Hurricanes have won three in a row after going winless in their first eight games, and they'll try to keep that positive momentum on home ice.
With Jack Johnson suspended for the next three games, the Blue Jackets have some more reinforcements returning from injured reserve just in time.
We'll have plenty more news, notes, quotes and photos throughout the day as we get set for the game. Stay tuned right here and let us bring game day to YOU, only at Game Day Central.