This is the gameday hub, where you can find all the latest news and information related to tonight’s Metropolitan Division showdown between the Carolina Hurricanes and Columbus Blue Jackets in one handy location. Make this a regular stop throughout the day, as we update it with notes, photos and more as puck drop draws near.
With the early-evening 5 p.m. faceoff, the Hurricanes will not hold a morning skate, but we’ll be passing along any and all updates as they are received.Last updated: 4:30 p.m.
CANES LINES: WARM-UPS4:30 p.m.
Here's how the Canes lined up in warm-ups this afternoon.
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Michal Jordan blocked a shot in last night's game, but it is yet to be determined if he can dress today. He took warm-ups, and his status is a game-time decision.
"Once he takes warm-up, that will dictate what we do with the lineup," head coach Bill Peters said.
The Canes brought just six defensemen on the trip, so in the case that he couldn't dress, the Canes would roll with 13 forwards and five defensemen.
"We’ll rotate them through," Peters said. "We’re prepared if he can’t go."
It's a bit of a different look up front, with sophomore forward Elias Lindholm getting a look in the middle.
"He’s definitely going to have a chance to play there. We’ll probably be all over the map a little bit," Peters said. "We didn’t score last game, and we have to find a way to generate some offense."
Less than 24 hours after being shut out by the Florida Panthers 2-0, the Canes have a chance to get back after it against a divisional rival.
"This time of year, everyone wants to play. We’ve been at it a long time," Peters said. "Guys know what we do systems-wise, and guys want to play games. We’re in a real good part of our schedule."
KHUDOBIN STARTING IN NET3:15 p.m.
On the second half of a back-to-back set, Anton Khudobin will start in net for the Hurricanes. Khudobin is 2-1-1 with a 2.22 goals-against average in four career appearances against Columbus.
We'll have more lineup updates shortly, and it sounds like there could be some changes up front. Only six defensemen made the trip, as Ryan Murphy stayed behind in Raleigh with an illness.
CANES WRAP SEASON SERIES IN COLUMBUS6:00 a.m.
After closing out a five-game homestand on Saturday night, the Carolina Hurricanes hit the road again, albeit very briefly.
It’s a quick jaunt to Columbus for the Hurricanes, who close out their four-game season series with the Blue Jackets in an early-evening Sunday match-up. It also marks the two Metropolitan Division opponents’ second meeting in just six days.
On Tuesday, the Canes dropped a 4-3 shootout decision to the visiting Blue Jackets after leading 3-1 heading into the first intermission. Carolina claimed victory in the first two meetings of the season, played in a span of four days in early November, with a 4-2 win and a 3-2 overtime win.
Coming into this evening’s contest, the Canes have dropped two games in a row, having been shut out by Dan Ellis and the Florida Panthers by a score of 2-0 on Saturday night.
“I thought we carried the tempo, especially in the third pushing for one. We just weren’t able to get it,” Eric Staal said after the game. “We’ve got to rebound and be better tomorrow.”
“I thought we would have had a better homestand, to be honest with you,” Peters said. “Obviously we wanted more points and more success at home. Now we know what we’re up against and what we have to work with.”
The Blue Jackets are winners of four of their last five games. They bring a three-game winning streak into this evening’s contest, a stretch that began on Tuesday with the team’s 4-3 shootout win over the Hurricanes and continued with victories in Detroit and versus Edmonton.
Defenseman Ryan Murphy did not travel with the team. He sat out Saturday night’s game with an illness.
“We tried to go with Murph against Dallas and probably shouldn’t have. He’s a little bit under the weather,” Peters said after Saturday’s morning skate. “Just not enough strength. A little bit of a flu bug.”
NOTES: Columbus has won nine of the last 13 meetings between the two teams, but Carolina has won back-to-back games in Columbus after going winless in the city for 10 years. … Jeff Skinner remains an assist shy of 100 in his career.