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.
The Hurricanes will hold an 11:30 a.m. morning skate at Nationwide Arena, and we’ll be there to provide rinkside updates. Until then, check out a preview for tonight’s match-up below.Last updated: 6:35 p.m.
CANES LINES: WARM-UPS6:35 p.m.
Here's the lineup you can expect to see from the Canes tonight. Michal Jordan will be the healthy extra on defense.
FAULK READY TO GET BACK IN2:55 p.m.
Justin Faulk is ready.
After missing the team’s last 12 games with a lower-body concern, Faulk will draw back into the Hurricanes’ lineup tonight in Columbus.
“He’s going to give it a whirl. That will be good,” head coach Bill Peters said after the morning skate. “That will help us.”FULL STORY >
FAULK IN, LACK TO START12:25 p.m.
Justin Faulk will indeed draw back into the lineup tonight, per Canes head coach Bill Peters.
"He's going to give it a whirl. That will be good," Peters said. "That will help us."
Additionally, Eddie Lack is the confirmed starter in net.
Here's more from head coach Bill Peters after the skate today.On responding from Tuesday's loss:
"Just play the same way and manage the puck a little better coming down the stretch."On using head-to-head footage from first meetings with Columbus in January:
"Not a lot has changed. They're very structured. They're playing well and they're playing hard. They play similar to us. They're gapped up and their D are tight on you."On protecting a lead late:
"Puck management, right? ... Big plays at big times. You've got to make them. It's a one-goal league. It's always one-goal. 3-2, 4-3. So get the big play at the big time and be a hero."
LIVE FROM THE MORNING SKATE11:55 a.m.
The Hurricanes held off with line rushes this morning, but there are a few items to note from the team's skate at Nationwide Arena.
Forward Brody Sutter, recalled this morning, did not skate today. It could be that he's not even in Columbus just yet. He'll fill out the Canes' forward lines, likely skating on the fourth line with Brad Malone and Jay McClement.
Defenseman Justin Faulk made the trip with the team to Columbus, and he joined the Canes at the morning skate. He also worked on one of the team's power-play units, so there's a good chance he draws back into the lineup tonight after missing the team's last 12 games.
Finally, Eddie Lack looks to be the starting goaltender.
Any further information, including line combinations, that we gather from inside the room or in talking to the head coach will be passed along shortly!
DIVISIONAL TILT PITS CANES AGAINST BLUE JACKETS6:00 a.m.
With just nine games remaining in the 2015-16 regular season, the Carolina Hurricanes will wrap up their four-game divisional series with the Columbus Blue Jackets with two head-to-head match-ups in the next 10 days.
The first of those final two meetings will happen tonight in Columbus, where the Canes escaped with a 4-3 overtime win in January. In that game, the Hurricanes jumped out to a commanding 3-0 lead in the second period, having already buried the Blue Jackets 4-1 the night prior in Raleigh. The pendulum of momentum then swung in Columbus’ favor, and it was a 3-3 game just past the midway point of the third period. Jordan Staal would snipe the game-winner to the back of the net in 3-on-3 play to award the Canes the extra point.
“We'll take the two points and move on,” head coach Bill Peters said after the game.
“[The win] is what you want to get every night. It was a good game,” Staal said. “We’ve done a good job sticking with our games and working hard and it was nice to get rewarded.”
That win was the second in a string of four, the Hurricanes’ longest winning streak of the season. Fast forward two-plus months, and Carolina’s postseason hopes are all but dashed. The Canes lost 3-2 to the Buffalo Sabres in heartbreaking fashion on Tuesday, watching their 2-1 lead vanish in a span of 60 seconds in the final minutes of the game.
“We took our foot off the gas a little bit and made a couple mistakes that they capitalized on quickly,” Staal said. “We’re sitting here without any points.”
The Blue Jackets, who rank 26th in the league with 68 points, are coming off a dramatic 3-2 shootout win over the red-hot Philadelphia Flyers, who are fighting to secure a wild card spot in the Eastern Conference. Columbus erased a 2-0 deficit in the final 64 seconds of regulation to force extra hockey, and Boone Jenner scored the lone goal in the skills competition to snag the extra point.
With just 11 forwards on the Canes’ roster currently, expect to see a 12th body recalled from the Charlotte Checkers in order to fill out the lines. Derek Ryan dressed for Tuesday’s game against Buffalo and logged 13:18 of ice time and a plus-one rating.CANESPR NOTES:
Chris Terry has the hot hand right now, tallying points in three straight games and goals in two straight. … The Hurricanes have earned at least one point in each of their last nine games against Columbus (7-0-2).
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