This is the gameday hub, where you can find all the latest news and information related to tonight’s rematch 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.
Because of the back-to-back the Hurricanes will not hold a morning skate, but check back here just before lunch for any and all updates. Until then, you can find a preview of tonight’s game below.Last updated: 4:15 p.m.
MALONE WILL NOT FACE SUPPLEMENTAL DISCIPLINE4:15 p.m.
The NHL's Department of Player Safety today announced that forward Brad Malone will not face supplemental discipline for his hit on Nick Foligno last night. The hit, while a blindside collision, was not illegal because Malone kept his shoulder tucked, did not leave his feet and did not target Foligno's head, the league said. The full video explanation is below.
LINEUP NOTES AND PETERS QUOTES11:55 a.m.
There was no morning skate today, but head coach Bill Peters spoke outside of the meeting room at the team's hotel, addressing a number of topics.
He confirmed that Cam Ward would again get the start in net. Ward has turned away 61 of his last 63 shots faced (.968 save percentage) and hasn't allowed a 5-on-5 goal in his last two starts.
"I thought he was solid again here, and I've got to reward him for that," Peters said.
Forward Victor Rask will again be a game-time decision. He missed last night's game with an upper-body injury.
"He's going to get looked at later this afternoon," Peters said. "We'll get everyone to warm up and go from there."
Peters said he had not heard anything from the League regarding Brad Malone's hit on Nick Foligno last night. Foligno skated off the ice and did not return to the game, while Malone was not penalized.
"We'll just prepare as if he's playing," Peters said.
Here's more of what Peters discussed this morning.On repeating last night's performance:
"I thought the effort was good. I thought they really forechecked well early, and we handled that pressure. Then, when they were down 3-1, their D did a good job staying in and pinching, so we can handle the pinch a little better on the walls. All in all, though, I liked our effort and execution."On how big it would be to come away with four points vs. Columbus:
"It'd be huge, obviously. We need to get to .500, and once we get to .500, we need to continue to climb. Points are valuable at this time of the year. It's a divisional game, and if you win in regulation, you've got four points and the team behind you has zero. If you split, you've just earned two games off the schedule without gaining any ground on anybody or creating any separation. For me, it's a big game."On the penalty kill:
"It's been good and more structured and aggressive in-zone, for sure. We have to make sure we don't have it on display as much as we've had here recently, especially the three vs. five."
CANES, BLUE JACKETS SQUARE OFF AGAIN6:00 a.m.
It’s like déjà vu all over again.
A night after squaring off for the first time in the 2015-16 season, the Carolina Hurricanes and Columbus Blue Jackets will go head to head again, this time at Nationwide Arena in Columbus.
The Blue Jackets held an early edge on the Hurricanes in Friday night’s match, but Carolina jumped on the board first with just two seconds remaining on their first power play of the game, as Jordan Staal got a stick on Jaccob Slavin’s point shot. The Blue Jackets evened the score on a 5-on-3 advantage in the second period on a bounce off a skate before the Hurricanes pulled away. Elias Lindholm, Chris Terry and Lindholm again in an empty-net situation would propel the Canes to a 4-1 victory.
“We’ve been trying to make a statement every night. Tonight was a big match for us, and tomorrow is even bigger,” Staal said after the game. “It’s do or die every game right now. The guys are playing solid. A lot of good things we can build on.”
“I thought it was a highly-contested game, and so it should be,” head coach Bill Peters said. “I expect a real high-end game again tomorrow.”
“Everyone seemed to play well,” Kris Versteeg said. “Wardo gave us a nice chance to win tonight, and fortunately we got some timely goals. It was a big win.”
Cam Ward earned his 12th victory of the season and third career win against the Blue Jackets, stopping 35 of 36 shots. Dating back to his last start in Edmonton, he’s turned away 61 of the last 63 shots he’s seen (.968 save percentage) and hasn’t allowed a 5-on-5 goal in that stretch.
“I always feel that when you’re playing well, you want to go right back in there, but that’s a coach’s decision,” Ward said, and Peters noted after the game that he and his staff would discuss a starting goaltender on the plane. “Eddie has been playing excellent too. Either way they go, we have to be ready for tomorrow.”
Forward Victor Rask is with the team in Columbus, but his status for tonight’s game is unknown. The second-year forward left Wednesday’s game in Vancouver with an upper-body injury. He participated in the Canes’ morning skate and warm-ups last night but did not dress.
“He wasn’t quite 100 percent,” Peters said. “He should bounce back pretty quick.”CANESPR NOTES:
After notching two assists on Friday night, his seventh multi-point effort of the season, Kris Versteeg is a point shy of 300 in his NHL career. … Dating back to last season, the Hurricanes are now 4-0-1 in their last five games against Columbus.
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