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Gameday: Blue Jackets vs. Hurricanes

by Michael Smith / Carolina Hurricanes
“November. That song is … about … April.”


This is the gameday hub, where you can find all the latest news and information related to tonight’s Metropolitan Division match-up 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.

We’ll be rinkside at PNC Arena to bring you updates from the Hurricanes’ 10:30 a.m. morning skate. Until then, a preview of tonight’s game can be found below.

Last updated: 11:45 a.m.



LINEUP NOTES AND PETERS QUOTES
11:45 a.m.

Head coach Bill Peters confirmed a couple of lineup-related items after the skate. Eddie Lack will indeed get the start in net. He made 42 saves on 44 shots in the Hurricanes' 3-2 win at Columbus last week.

"He was real good against Columbus in the last game," Peters said. "He's battling down the stretch. He worked real hard and came in yesterday with Dave Marcoux to get himself ready. I want our team to play well in front of him and him to continue what he's doing."

Peters also confirmed that Brendan Woods and Brody Sutter would skate alongside Patrick Brown on the team's fourth line.

"That's been a very successful line in the American League, and we'll give it a chance to be successful up here," Peters said.

Here's more of what Peters discussed today.

On the play of Victor Rask: "He's been playing real good. ... He's just real steady. You know what you're going to get out of that line. That line has been very good. They've had a variety of right wingers, but I think Skinny and Rasky have really responded here recently and thrived with the additional ice time."

On if he can tell when Rask is excited: "Not really, no. He's only got the one emotional face. It's pretty flat-lined."

On the season series with Columbus: "They played real well against us in their building. We don't want that type of game again. We want to be better than we were there. We got away with two points, and we need to be better than that."

On starting on time: "Thursday night there was great emotion in the building. Prior to the game ever starting, you could feel the buzz in the building, and that was awesome. Our guys fed off of it and did a good job. I liked our first period."

On Brody Sutter in his natural position in the middle: "It's a different position at the NHL level. It's way quicker, and he's going to have to be responsible and prove that he can do the job."

On the status of Phil Di Giuseppe: "I talked to him yesterday. He's feeling better but not great. We'll see. We're not going to rule him out [for the remainder of the season], but we're not going to rush him back either."



CANES LINES: MORNING SKATE
10:45 a.m.

The Carolina Hurricanes recalled forwards Brody Sutter and Brendan Woods from Charlotte this morning to help fill out their lineup. They're not yet in Raleigh, but based on the team's lines at the morning skate, they should plug into the fourth line.

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Updates from inside the room coming soon!



CANES EYE SEASON SERIES SWEEP OF BLUE JACKETS
6:00 a.m.

BLUE JACKETS vs. HURRICANES
Blue Jackets vs. Hurricanes
PNC ARENA | 7 p.m.
TV: FOX SPORTS CAROLINAS | RADIO: 99.9 FM
ARTICLES
RECAP: CANES SCORE TWICE IN 3RD, EDGE RANGERS
CANES REASSIGN RYAN, TOLCHINSKY
VIDEOS
HIGHLIGHTS: CAR 4, NYR 3
POSTGAME QUOTES: MARCH 30 vs. NYR
THANK YOU, ERIC: VIDEO TRIBUTE
GAMEDAY LINKS
BUY TICKETS
GIVEAEWAY: TEAM POSTER
SOUTH PLAZA PARTY
IN-GAME TWITTER
FIRST GOAL CONTEST
2016-17 SEASON TICKETS
30 PRIZE GIVEAWAY
With a win over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday night, the Carolina Hurricanes could sweep the season series against their Metropolitan Division rivals.

The Hurricanes topped the Blue Jackets on back-to-back nights in January, 4-1 in Raleigh and 4-3 in Columbus, respectively.

The two teams met again in Columbus nine days ago, and Eddie Lack made 42 saves on 44 shots to lead the Hurricanes to a 3-2 victory. Victor Rask, Chris Terry and Elias Lindholm scored consecutively in the third period of the win, and Lack earned first-star honors.

Since that win, the Hurricanes have continued to earn points in the standings, winning two games and dropping a pair in overtime and the shootout. On Thursday night, the Hurricanes spoiled Eric Staal’s return to Raleigh with a 4-3 victory over the New York Rangers. Rookie Patrick Brown scored his first-career goal and had a two-point night, while Victor Rask netted the game-winning goal on the power play.

“It was a fun game,” Jordan Staal said. “There was a lot of atmosphere in the building, which made it that much more exciting. I think the guys really fed off the crowd going back and forth. It was a great game from a lot of players. It was a fun win.”

The loss to Carolina on Thursday, March 24 was the first in a string of what is now four straight for the Blue Jackets, who have also dropped games to Nashville, Washington and the Islanders since. Tonight is the conclusion of a four-game road swing for Columbus, who sits in 15th place in the Eastern Conference with 68 points (30-39-8).

The Hurricanes reassigned forwards Derek Ryan and Sergey Tolchinsky to Charlotte on Friday morning so they could dress for the Checkers in their push for the AHL playoffs. The Checkers defeated Texas 6-3, with both Ryan and Tolchinsky factoring in on the scoresheet. With Phil Di Giuseppe and Riley Nash still expected to be sidelined with upper-body injuries, the Hurricanes will need to recall at least one forward to fill out their lineup for tonight’s game.

CANESPR  NOTES: The Hurricanes have won eight of the last 10 match-ups with the Blue Jackets and have earned points in all ten (8-0-2). … Justin Faulk scored his 16th goal of the season on Thursday night versus New York. That ties Anton Babchuk’s single-season record for goals by a Canes defenseman.



Michael Smith
MICHAEL SMITH is the Web Producer for the Carolina Hurricanes.

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