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BLUE JACKETS VS. HURRICANES
TONIGHT, 7 P.M. | NATIONWIDE ARENA
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POSTGAME INTERVIEWS SECOND PERIOD RECAP:
Todd Richards --> WATCH HERE
Alexander Wennberg --> WATCH HERE
Marko Dano --> WATCH HERE
Matt Calvert --> WATCH HERE
IN GAME UPDATES
Marko Dano ices it late with his second of the night into an empty net --> WATCH HERE | LISTEN HERE
Artem Anisimov puts the Jackets back up by two, 5-3 --> WATCH HERE | LISTEN HERE
Michael Chaput makes it 4-2 in the third period --> WATCH HERE | LISTEN HERE
Marko Dano's rocket puts the Jackets ahead 3-2 early in the third period --> WATCH HERE | LISTEN HERE
The Blue Jackets were better in the second period, but they had to get through a turbulent stretch late in the second period, mainly due to problematic exits out of their own end. Goals from Victor Rask and Michal Jordan came 78 seconds apart, turning a 1-0 deficit into a 2-1 lead and they had the Blue Jackets out of sorts. But a hard-working shift from the Wennberg line (once again), catalyzed by a nice play to keep the puck alive inside the zone by Jack Johnson, got Columbus back to all square. Calvert got a piece of David Savard's point shot to draw the Jackets even to 2-2 with 2:25 left in the second period. Shots favor the Jackets, 22-16, after 40 minutes.
Second period highlights --> WATCH HERE
Matt Calvert tips in his second goal of the night to tie the game --> WATCH HERE | LISTEN HERE
The Blue Jackets had a special surprise for fan Aaron Bowen on his birthday! --> WATCH HERE
FIRST PERIOD RECAP:
BLUE JACKETS VS. HURRICANES
Much like we've seen in the previous exhibition games, both teams got out to a slow start and there wasn't much flow in the first 6-8 minutes. But the Blue Jackets were able to get on the board early thanks to a terrific shift from the Calvert-Wennberg-Atkinson line, and Calvert finished off a loose puck in the slot to make it 1-0 Columbus at the 10:27 mark. Both goaltenders faced eight shots in the opening period, with Bobrovsky getting all eight pucks sent his way. The Wennberg line was solid but also the Anisimov line, which was clicking well in Nashville on Monday night. Marko Dano has shown off not only a strong work ethic in this camp, but also some elite puck skills.
First period highlights --> WATCH HERE
Matt Calvert buries the loose puck in the slot to give the Jackets a 1-0 lead --> WATCH HERE | LISTEN HERE
PRE GAME UPDATES
Boone Jenner underwent surgery today to repair a broken hand suffered in Sunday's practice. Click HERE
for more details and a return timetable.
Todd Richards, James Wisniewski, and Michael Chaput spoke with the media after the morning skate.
Richards--> WATCH HERE
Wisniewski --> WATCH HERE
Chaput --> WATCH HERE
From the head coach...
- Sergei Bobrovsky will start and play the full game tonight. The same is expected for Hurricanes starter Anton Khudobin, whom the Blue Jackets saw a lot of last season.
- Ryan Murray continues to skate and practice, and Richards said he would not be required to play an exhibition game in order to be ready for the season opener in Buffalo. As of today, no decision has been made in that regard.
- Brandon Dubinsky also practiced with the non-playing group today.
- Richards said there's nothing to read into tonight's lineup as to who's in and who's out. Among those not playing are Jerry D'Amigo, Cody Goloubef and Brian Gibbons, all on the "bubble" to make the opening night roster.
- Michael Chaput will play his sixth preseason game tonight. The only one he hasn't played in was the second split-squad game (at home vs. St. Louis).
Tonight's lines and pairs...
The Blue Jackets will take on the Carolina Hurricanes for the second time this preseason when the Canes visit Nationwide Arena on Wednesday night. The two teams met on the first day of the exhibition season, when the Jackets sent half of their split-squad group to Raleigh and defeated the Hurricanes 4-3.
Eleven days later, these two rosters are much more trim, and facing different circumstances than they did on day one.
The Hurricanes already had a full plate heading into this season, having moved on from long-time GM Jim Rutherford and turned the reigns over to franchise legend Ron Francis, who had been serving as President of Hockey Operations. There’s also a new face behind the bench, with Bill Peters landing his first NHL coaching job.
The Jackets aren’t the only team to face injury trouble in the preseason, and the Hurricanes lost a major contributor when center Jordan Staal suffered a broken leg in preseason action against the Sabres. Staal will require surgery and is expected to miss three to four months. Eric Staal has missed most of training camp as he recovers from offseason surgery and is expected to see his first game action on Sept. 30 against the Blues.
The Canes do have some other players to watch heading into the season, with Jeff Skinner coming off a strong and predominantly healthy 30-goal season. Andrej Sekera is looking to prove he’s not a one-hit wonder after a breakout offensive year from the blue line in which he scored 11 goals and 44 points.
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The first meeting between these teams was a sloppy affair (like most preseason openers) but some of what we saw from the Jackets remains true. Cam Atkinson
’s two goals that afternoon were a precursor to a very strong and inspired preseason, Mark Letestu
remains an option to fill higher vacancies in the line-up down the middle, and Nick Foligno
has five points in the preseason and has been one of the team’s best players in camp.
For the Blue Jackets…
**Roster will be available following the team's morning practice**
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