BLUE JACKETS 4 | HURRICANES 3
Scott Hartnell Post Game
Dalton Prout Post Game
Scott Hartnell's Second Goal
Ryan Johansen Shootout Winner
ANALYSIS: A much better period from the Blue Jackets, and they've got this back to a one-goal game with 20 minutes to play. Scott Hartnell scored the big goal for Columbus in the middle frame, banging in a rebound off a Kevin Connauton shot from the left point. Puck possession favors the Hurricanes overall, but the Jackets established some zone time in the second period and got their cycle game going, and they were able to draw some penalties as a result. They've slowed the Hurrianes' transition game a little bit, enabling them to settle into the game and spend less time defending on dumps-in and chip plays. They need another strong third period to pick up two points, but their game is heading in the right direction.
Scott Hartnell Goal
ANALYSIS: That was probably the most disjointed first period we've seen from the Blue Jackets in quite some time. They were all over the place, their forechecking game non-existent and their penalty kill in a serious struggle against the Hurricanes power play. Carolina scored two power play goals in the first 20 minutes and the first one - off the stick of Victor Rask - came only seven seconds into a Fedor Tyutin penalty. Columbus had a brief (16 seconds) 5-on-3 in the first period, but one 200-foot clearance by Carolina off the faceoff took care of the two-man advantage. Sergei Bobrovsky is a frustrated goaltender right now and he's had plenty of traffic around his crease; he threw his stick in disgust after the final goal of the period, a power play goal from Ryan Murphy with 9.6 seconds left. Shots are even at 13-13.
Rene Bourque Goal
Rene Bourque Pregame
Mark Letestu Pregame
Todd Richards Pregame
UPDATE (12:45 PM): According to head coach Todd Richards, Scott Hartnell will be in the lineup tonight. Defenseman Kevin Connauton will also play tonight. Recently recalled forward Luke Adam will not dress.
UPDATE (11:35 AM): FOX Sports Ohio's Dave Maetzold tells us that Scott Hartnell is not skating with the team this morning. Luke Adam is on a line with Alexander Wennberg (who looks ready to go) and Marko Dano, but that could change tonight. Kevin Connauton is paired with Cody Goloubef.
UPDATE (11:30 AM): The Blue Jackets are on the ice for their morning skate at PNC Arena. As expected, Sergei Bobrovsky is in the visitors' net and will start tonight.
UPDATE (10:30 AM): Cam Ward will get the start in goal tonight for Carolina, according to Michael Smith of the Hurricanes' website. John Michael-Liles and Chris Terry are the expected healthy scratches.
We're back on the road, Jackets fans!
The Blue Jackets hope to regain their scoring touch in Raleigh when they take on the Carolina Hurricanes. The Jackets and Canes haven't met for quite a while, dating all the way back to early November when they met twice in a span of four days between Nov. 4-7. The Hurricanes had the upper hand in both contests, first beating the Jackets 4-2 at Nationwide Arena and then riding a third period surge to an eventual 3-2 overtime win at PNC Arena.
- The Jackets figure to have at least one player back from injury against the Hurricanes. Kevin Connauton has not played since Feb. 24 against Buffalo, but he practiced on Monday and was deemed healthy. Todd Richards said the coaches would decide whether or not to insert Connauton back into the lineup Tuesday, but he is medically cleared.
- Also on the ice for practice was defenseman Ryan Murray, who has not played since Feb. 6 and has played only three games since Nov. 1. Richards said that Murray had a "good day" and is now considered day-to-day, meaning he may not be ready to go against the Hurricanes but he will travel with the team on the trip.
- Monday wasn't all good news on the injury front. Fedor Tyutin missed practice for the Jackets after feeling under the weather in the morning. Jared Boll left practice early after taking a puck off the hand. Richards anticipates both will be ready to play.
- Richards was less sure about Alexander Wennberg, who didn't practice after getting banged up against Colorado on Saturday. Richards said he was unsure whether or not Wennberg would be ready, and on Monday afternoon, the Jackets recalled forward Luke Adam from Springfield on an emergency basis. Adam was acquired from the Sabres in a deal that sent Jerry D'Amigo the other way, and he's racked up five goals and 18 points in 31 games since joining the Falcons.
- Sergei Bobrovsky will start tonight in Carolina, his fourth straight game action since returning from injured reserve on Mar. 3. Bobrovsky backed up Curtis McElhinney Sunday night but was called in to start the second period after the Avalanche scored three goals in the first. Bobrovsky stopped 20 of 21 shots through two periods of action.
- While the Jackets are coming off a frustrating shutout loss, the Hurricanes are coming off a robust scoring performance on Sunday to beat the Oilers. The Canes rattled off six straight goals to beat Edmonton 7-4, including a hat trick and five-point game from Elias Lindholm and two goals from Jeff Skinner.
- The Jackets have given up seven power play goals in the past four games. The Hurricanes have the NHL's best power play since the All-Star break, clicking at 26.8 percent