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Wennberg could return to Columbus lineup; Teravainen on roll for Carolina

by Craig Merz / NHL.com Correspondent

HURRICANES (10-8-4) at BLUE JACKETS (15-8-1)

7 p.m. ET; FS-O, FS-CR, NHL.TV

 

The Game

Columbus Blue Jackets center Alexander Wennberg may return from an upper-body injury when the Carolina Hurricanes visit the Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena on Tuesday. Wennberg has missed six games since he last played Nov. 11 at the Detroit Red Wings.

The Blue Jackets look to rebound after a 3-1 loss at the Montreal Canadiens on Monday ended a six-game winning streak.

Carolina tries for its second straight win and fourth in the past six games after defeating the Nashville Predators 4-3 in a shootout on Sunday.

The Hurricanes are 11-3-3 vs. the Blue Jackets the past 17 games, including 1-0-1 this season.

 

Players to watch

Hurricanes forward Teuvo Teravainen has 12 points (five goals, seven assists) in his past seven games. He assisted on two goals by center Jordan Staal when the Hurricanes defeated the Blue Jackets 3-1 at Columbus on Nov. 10.

Blue Jackets rookie center Pierre-Luc Dubois, who scored his fourth goal of the season Monday, may shift back to his natural wing position when Wennberg returns.

 

They said it

"The best way to do that is to play in their end and tire them out, and make sure they're taking long shifts and we're taking short ones and continue with that the whole game." -- Hurricanes center Jordan Staal on exploiting the Blue Jackets playing on back-to-back nights

 

"This is my last night I'm speaking of the power play. I'm tired of talking about that." -- Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella after Columbus went 0-for-5 on Monday and has the NHL's worst power play (8.9 percent)

 

Hurricanes projected lineup

Sebastian Aho -- Jordan Staal -- Teuvo Teravainen

Brock McGinn -- Victor Rask -- Elias Lindholm

Jeff Skinner -- Derek Ryan -- Justin Williams

Joakim Nordstrom -- Marcus Kruger -- Josh Jooris

Jaccob Slavin -- Brett Pesce

Haydn Fleury -- Justin Faulk

Noah Hanifin -- Trevor van Riemsdyk

Scott Darling

Cam Ward

Scratched: Phillip Di Giuseppe, Klas Dahlbeck

Injured: Lee Stempniak (lower body)

 

Blue Jackets projected lineup

Artemi Panarin -- Pierre-Luc Dubois -- Josh Anderson

Boone Jenner -- Brandon Dubinsky -- Oliver Bjorkstrand

Sonny Milano -- Nick Foligno -- Cam Atkinson

Tyler Motte -- Lukas Sedlak -- Jordan Schroeder

Zach Werenski -- Seth Jones

Jack Johnson -- David Savard

Ryan Murray -- Markus Nutivaara

Joonas Korpisalo

Sergei Bobrovsky

Scratched: Scott Harrington, Markus Hannikainen

Injured: Alexander Wennberg (upper body), Matt Calvert (upper body)

 

Status report

The Blue Jackets did not hold a morning skate. … Korpisalo may start for the first time since Nov. 7 against the Nashville Predators, eight games ago.

 

Stat pack

Aho has 10 points (five goals, five assists) in his past seven games. … Williams has three points (goal, two assists) in his past three games and is one point shy of 700 in the NHL. … Faulk needs one point for 200 in the League. … Tortorella needs one win for 100th with the Blue Jackets (99-65-17). … Columbus is 1-for-28 on the power play (3.6 percent) in its past 11 games.

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