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Game Day HUB: Blue Jackets vs. Hurricanes

by Staff / Columbus Blue Jackets



Boone Jenner --> WATCH HERE
Nick Foligno --> WATCH HERE

Foligno scores his second goal of the game --> WATCH HERE | LISTEN HERE

Man, the Blue Jackets missed a golden opportunity to change the game in the second period and the Hurricanes capitalized on their mistake. Columbus was on the power play with a chance to tie the game 2-2, but a miscue at the blue line allowed Carolina defenseman Justin Faulk to break in alone on McElhinney, and despite an initial save, the rebound popped up and into the net for a 3-1 Hurricanes lead and a total reversal from a minute earlier. There was momentum on the Jackets' side and life in the building, but the Faulk goal was a dagger at a very inopportune time. Carolina is out-shooting Columbus 28-12 through 40 minutes and there hasn't been much sustained offense for the Blue Jackets thus far, with a lot of "one and done" chances dotted along the way. They'll need a huge third period to scrap their way back into this one, and they could start by putting some pressure on Cam Ward, who hasn't been called on nearly enough to this point in the game.

Second period highlights --> WATCH HERE

One look at the shot count tells you the Hurricanes had the better of play in the opening period - and yes, two power plays helped them out - but they have not been shy in getting pucks toward Curtis McElhinney's net since the drop of the puck. They had 19 shots in the first period and scored twice, putting the Jackets in yet another two-goal hole to start a game. But Columbus got some much-needed life late in the period as a Victor Rask penalty put the Jackets on the power play, and they converted their best chance of the period off the rush. Ryan Johansen broke in down the left wing, fired a shot off the pads of Cam Ward and Nick Foligno cleaned up the rebound at 18:59. The Blue Jackets definitely saw the benefit of having Boone Jenner and Matt Calvert back in the lineup with a strong forechecking presence, but they were unable to create any quality chances. A big second period is needed from the home team to respond to the Canes' strong start.

Nick Foligno's power play goal makes it a 2-1 game --> WATCH HERE | LISTEN HERE
First period highlights--> WATCH HERE

Boone Jenner, Brian Gibbons, and Todd Richards spoke after the morning skate:

Boone Jenner --> WATCH HERE
Brian Gibbons --> WATCH HERE
Todd Richards --> WATCH HERE

UPDATE (11:20AM): Richards confirmed that Ryan Murray will not be available tonight after a minor setback with a lower-body injury. He's considered day-to-day, and Frederic St-Denis will make his season debut.

"I've been here before, so I know what it's going to be like," said St-Denis, who has 17 games of NHL experience with the Montreal Canadiens during the 2011-12 season. "I know what to expect and I'll be ready for sure."

* Todd Richards, on the return of Matt Calvert and Boone Jenner: "I think they're going to provide energy for our group and our team, but we've got to use that energy the right way. We need to sustain it for 60 minutes."

Jenner and Calvert will skate with Alexander Wennberg, whom Richards believes has taken good steps towards playing with more intensity and drive in his game.

* Ryan Johansen believed a strong start against the Hurricanes would be important, with both teams desperate for points: "I think the first goal is big tonight to try to get out to an early lead and roll with that. They've won a couple big games, they beat [the Kings]. I'm sure they're feeling good about their game, any time you beat the defending Cup champs. They're going to try to keep building off that and we need to find a way to get back on track."

*Jack Johnson, was asked about avoiding the mental lapses that Todd Richards has mentioned. "There've been a lot of games when we've had a chance to score to put the game away or change the look of the game and we haven't scored. We've had the opportunities and haven't capitalized on them and then they go down and score. When we do get chances we have to make them count."

*Ryan Murray was absent from the morning skate. He missed practice yesterday with what was described as a maintenance day. 

* Richards announced yesterday that Curtis McElhinney would be his starting goaltender tonight.

* Matt Calvert and Boone Jenner return tonight, and Richards experimented with both them on the second power play unit during the skate. One look during practice featured Calvert and Jenner down low, with Brian Gibbons serving as the other forward and Nick Foligno working the right point with Tim Erixon. A second look featured Jenner, but not Calvert.

*Corey Tropp was at the morning skate. He's been out of the lineup since late in the game against Toronto, when he left with an illness. He took turns on the fourth line during the skate, as did Adam Cracknell.

*Here are the lines and pairning used at this morning's skate...


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*Tonight's game marks the return of Boone Jenner and Matt Calvert to the Blue Jackets lineup, and make no mistake - these are two major additions to a lineup that has been hit hard by injuries. Jenner was activated off IR Monday afternoon, and Calvert will need to be activated prior to tonight's game. This will be Jenner's season debut after missing all of camp, preseason and the first 11 regular season games due to surgery on a broken hand.

*Sergei Bobrovsky went for a light skate yesterday with goaltending coach Ian Clark, but he remains on injured reserve with a broken finger. The fact that he's skating, though, is a good sign that he's progressing.

*Ryan Murray and Scott Hartnell missed Monday's practice for maintenance, coach Todd Richards siad. Both players are expected in the lineup tonight.

*James Wisniewski skated in the OhioHealth Ice Haus yesterday under the watchful eye of strength and conditioning coach Kevin Collins. Wisniewski, also in IR with a broken finger, figures to be at least a week away from returning.

*Cody Goloubef will miss six weeks with a knee injury, as we mentioned down below. The Blue Jackets recalled Frederic St-Denis from Springfield to serve as the seventh defenseman.

These were the lines and pairings used during Saturday's game...




*Tropp left the game due to illness in the second period. His status for tonight's game vs. Carolina will be known after the morning skate.

Welcome to Game No. 12, guys and gals. 

The Blue Jackets are itching to get back on home ice and break out of this funk, and tonight's Metro Division clash with the Carolina Hurricanes is their latest opportunity to do just that. The Hurricanes started 0-6-2 but have reeled off back-to-back wins over the Arizona Coyotes and Los Angeles Kings, so they're a confident group heading into tonight's game.

There's good news on the injury front for tonight and on the horizon, but the Blue Jackets did lose Cody Goloubef to a knee injury sustained on Saturday night. He's expected to miss six weeks.

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.
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