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Preview: Blue Jackets vs. Hurricanes

Canes hope to extend franchise best start

by Michael Smith @MSmithCanes / CarolinaHurricanes.com

It's official. The Carolina Hurricanes are off to their best start in franchise history, a feat accomplished with their fifth straight win, a 5-2 triumph over the New York Islanders.

The Hurricanes will now put their undefeated record on the line against another Metropolitan Division foe, the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Keeping a Level Head

The Hurricanes aren't letting their 5-0-0 start influence the way they go about their day-to-day. In this instance, the old cliché rings true: take it game-by-game and day-by-day.

"It's awesome. We just try to stay in the moment and not get too high or too low. Right now, it's going good for us," Dougie Hamilton said. "We've just got to keep working and keep focusing day-by-day."

As soon as the Canes retreated to the locker room following another Storm Surge celebration and another win, focus shifted to the next day, the next game.

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"I just like the way the guys are coming to work every day," head coach Rod Brind'Amour said. "The 5-0 is kind of irrelevant. We're trying to win the day. That's the mentality these guys have had."

Dzingel vs. Former Squad

A coveted trade deadline target, Ryan Dzingel spent the last quarter of the 2018-19 campaign with the Blue Jackets, where he recorded 12 points (4g, 8a) in 21 regular-season games and a goal in nine playoff contests.

After signing a two-year contract with the Hurricanes this summer, Dzingel now squares off with his former team for the first of four times this season.

The match-up will certainly provide a little added juice for Dzingel, who has recorded two goals and two assists in his first five games with the Canes.

The Opposition

The Blue Jackets have opened the season with a 1-3-0 record. They've been outscored 13-4 in their three defeats, including a 2-1 loss to Anaheim at home on Friday night. The Blue Jackets' sole win thus far came earlier in the week at home against Buffalo, a 4-3 overtime decision. Nick Foligno leads the team in scoring with a goal and two assists in four games.


AT THE RINK

It's White Out Night at PNC Arena, as the Canes will be outfitted in their new white road uniforms. Giveaway alert! All fans in attendance will receive a white Canes t-shirt courtesy of Lane & Associates Family Dentistry.

Saturday night's festivities begin outside the arena with a South Plaza Party at 5:00 p.m., and the forecast spells out another beautiful evening with highs hovering around 80.


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