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Gameday: Blue Jackets vs. Hurricanes

by Michael Smith / Carolina Hurricanes
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So, how ‘bout that goal?

This is the gameday hub, where you can find all the latest news and information related to tonight’s game between the Columbus Blue Jackets and Carolina Hurricanes in one handy location. Make this a regular stop throughout the day, as we update it with notes, videos, photos and more as puck drop draws near.

A projected lineup and a preview of tonight’s game can be found below. The Canes will be on the ice at PNC Arena for a 10:30 a.m. morning skate, so check back here then for more!

Last updated: 5:00 p.m.



BEFORE THE FACEOFF
5:00 p.m.

Setting the table for tonight's Metropolitan Division match-up!




QUOTE 'EM
12:15 p.m.

Head coach Bill Peters spoke with the media after the Canes' morning skate. Here's what he had to say.

On building on momentum established Sunday: "Same idea. Start on time and have the puck lots. I thought he had the puck a lot due to the fact that we won a lot of faceoffs and did a good job when we got it playing heavy and holding onto it."

On staying with the game plan: "You’ve got to start over, but if you put the work in and you’re willing to invest, you’re going to have some success. I thought the guys did a good job staying with it."

On young players down the stretch: "You’ve got to manage your time away from the rink properly, make sure you’re looking after your body and getting enough rest to finish the season strong. We’ll do that as a group, too. We’ll manage our schedule properly as we read off of our team."

On leaders down the stretch: "It’s easy to lead when things are going well. When things are tougher or you’re in tough situations, that’s when your real leaders have to step up, and they’ve done a good job of that. Eric has been excellent."

On young defensemen in the lineup: "It’s only been two games for Riss. I think he’ll settle in and get going. Michal Jordan is going to play on the power play here today, so a good opportunity for him and Murph together. ... "I think we have guys in the right spots, and we’ll see if they take advantage of their opportunity."

On how much stock the team puts into their games vs. CBJ in November: "Zero. It’s too long ago, and too many different people in both lineups, so we stay more current than that."



UPDATES FROM MORNING SKATE
10:45 a.m.

The projected lineup below is what the Canes should ice tonight, with one exception. Michal Jordan and Brett Bellemore will form one defensive pair, while John-Michael Liles looks to be the healthy extra. Up front, Chris Terry will remain a healthy extra.

Cam Ward will get the nod in net tonight. This will be his eighth career appearance against the Columbus Blue Jackets.




CANES PROJECTED LINEUP
6:00 a.m.

Based on how the Hurricanes lined up in practice on Monday, we expect the lineup to remain largely consistent with what we saw on Sunday against Edmonton.

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PNC ARENA | 7 p.m.
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A starting goaltender has yet to be named, but don’t be surprised to see the Hurricanes go back to Cam Ward, who won his 18th game of the season on Sunday afternoon.



BLUE JACKETS VISIT IN METRO DIVISION TILT
6:00 a.m.

The Carolina Hurricanes posted their most prolific offensive output in over four years on Sunday afternoon, netting a touchdown and the extra point in a 7-4 win over the Edmonton Oilers.

Elias Lindholm netted his first career hat trick in a five-point performance, Jeff Skinner scored twice and Eric Staal recorded four assists in the win, in which the Canes erased a 3-0 deficit with six straight goals.

“Instead of deviating away from what works, we just stayed with it and got rewarded,” head coach Bill Peters said after the game. “That should be a real good lesson moving forward, not just this year but moving forward. There's no panic and no need to change anything.”

In swapping a 3-0 score for a 6-3 lead, the Hurricanes scored six straight goals for the first time since March 8, 2011, in a 6-1 win at Atlanta.

“You earned the opportunity to be proud of how you played, and you’re excited about how hard you worked,” Peters said after a Monday practice in Raleigh. “That’s how it works. If you put the work in, you’ll be rewarded.”

Lindholm’s hat trick was the first for the Canes since the second game of the season on Oct. 11, in which Jiri Tlusty netted three goals in a 4-3 loss to the New York Islanders. Lindholm ranks third on the team in goals (14) and points (32), both career-high numbers for the sophomore forward.

“He’s stronger, quicker and faster,” Peters said. “He’s got a lot of talent and a lot of potential.”

Skinner’s two goals were his 17th and 18th of the season, and he ranks tied for first on the team in goals. The 22-year-old forward has seven points (5g, 2a) in his last seven games.

“He’s playing better defensively, which leads to less time in the defensive zone, and then obviously he’s a world-class shooter,” Peters said. “He’s been a dynamic player here recently.”

Tonight marks the third of four meetings between the Hurricanes and Blue Jackets this season. The Canes have taken the first two games of this Metropolitan Division rivalry, claiming a 4-2 win in Columbus on Nov. 4 and a 3-2 overtime win in Raleigh three days later.

The Blue Jackets have been idle since Saturday, when they were shut out 4-0 by Colorado. The team has won just one of its last nine games.

Peters announced on Monday that defenseman Jack Hillen had suffered a concussion, and he’ll remain out of the lineup for the time being.

“He’s going through the protocol,” Peters said.

NOTES: The Hurricanes are 6-4-1 all-time against the Blue Jackets at home. … The Canes are 15-9-3 in 2015.



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