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Gameday: Hurricanes at Blue Jackets

by Michael Smith @MSmithCanes /

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Happy Tuesday!

This is the gameday hub, where you can find all the latest news and information you need to know for tonight's Metropolitan Division match-up between the Carolina Hurricanes and Columbus Blue Jackets. Make a regular stop throughout the day, as we update this hub with notes, photos and more as puck drop draws near.

The Hurricanes will take the early ice at Nationwide Arena for a 10:30 a.m. morning skate, and we'll be rinkside to provide the latest updates.

Last updated: 6:30 p.m.

6:30 p.m.

TV's Mike Maniscalco details tonight's game plan with the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina three Tools to Victory.

1. Score First

The Hurricanes are 8-1-1 after netting the first goal of the game this year. It also helps to avoid chasing the game against Columbus.

2. Stay in the System

The Blue Jackets play a very structured game, and the Hurricanes need to do the same.

3. Limit Turnovers

The Hurricanes cannot give the Blue Jackets easy scoring opportunities. Protect the puck and don't make lazy passes.

3:05 p.m.

Forwards Derek Ryan and Josh Jooris spoke with TV's Mike Maniscalco after today's morning skate.

Video: Derek Ryan: "More bodies to the net"

Video: Josh Jooris: "Earn the coach's trust"

11:45 a.m.

Head coach Bill Peters hopped off the stationary bike to have a brief chat with me and TV's Mike Maniscalco following the morning skate. Here's what was discussed. A full video is available below.

On jumping on Columbus early in the second half of their back-to-back: "We concentrate on our own start, no matter what. We've got to do that."

On the last meeting in Columbus on Nov. 10: "I thought we played hard that night. We got off to a good start and had a real good third period. We didn't give up much in the third, and then Jordo got the winner about halfway through. Then we sealed it with an empty-net goal."

On playing a tight game against Columbus: "I think in this building you know what it's all about. Nobody likes to hear the cannon go off, so you've got to play well defensively."

On the play of the Kruger line: "They've been excellent. Juice got us on the board the other night. ... They do it right. They're a line you can count on. Very consistent in their effort and execution."

Video: Bill Peters: "No one likes to hear the cannon"

10:35 a.m.

THe Hurricanes took to the ice at Nationwide Arena a little earlier than is usual on the road. Here's the lineup you can expect to see tonight.


Hanifin-van Riemsdyk


We'll go inside the room after the skate.

Tweet from @MSmithCanes: Stretching in Columbus. #CARvsCBJ #Redvolution

12:00 a.m.

The second month of the 2017-18 regular season draws to a close for the Carolina Hurricanes when they visit the Columbus Blue Jackets for the second time in under three weeks.

The Hurricanes head northwest for their sixth Metropolitan Division match-up of the season following a 4-3 shootout victory over the Nashville Predators on Sunday. That victory cemented a 2-2-0 record for the Hurricanes in their four-game homestand, the two wins sandwiching two disappointing losses around Thanksgiving.

Sunday's game against the Predators, who brought a four-game winning streak into the contest, was a back-and-forth affair, both teams evenly matched throughout the 60 minutes of regulation. In the shootout, Finns Sebastian Aho and Teuvo Teravainen each scored for the Canes to secure the extra point.

"I thought it was a high-end game. I think it might have been the best game we've been involved in all year between both teams. I think they're a real good team, and we're a real good team when we play properly. I thought we did that today. Both teams looked like they were dialed in. I thought it was very competitive. I thought we were physical, which helps us," head coach Bill Peters said after the game. "A lot of good things here in the last two games."

To close out the second month of the regular season, the Canes face off with the Blue Jackets, a team against which they've compiled a 1-0-1 record this season. Two-and-a-half weeks ago, the Canes came to Columbus and skated away with two points in a 3-1 victory. Jordan Staal scored two goals, his fist multi-goal game as a member of the Hurricanes, and Cam Ward made 25 saves.

The Blue Jackets were in action on Monday night in Montreal, and they fell 3-1. That loss snapped a six-game winning streak that began the day after the Canes claimed victory in Columbus on Nov. 10.

Tuesday's game in Columbus begins a stretch for the Canes in which they will play 10 of their next 13 games on the road.

CANESPR NOTES: Justin Williams is one point of shy of 700 points, and Justin Faulk is one point shy of 200 points. … The Canes have earned a point in 14 of their last 17 games against Columbus, posting a 11-3-3 record during that stretch.





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