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Hurricanes at Blue Jackets preview

Dzingel returns to Columbus, which seeks six-game point streak

by Craig Merz / Independent Correspondent

HURRICANES (6-3-0) at BLUE JACKETS (4-3-2)

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


The Game

The Columbus Blue Jackets look to extend their point streak to six games when they play the Carolina Hurricanes at Nationwide Arena on Thursday.

The Blue Jackets won 4-3 in overtime against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Monday and are 3-0-2 in their past five games since a 2-1 loss to the Anaheim Ducks on Oct. 11.

Ryan Dzingel will play at Columbus for the first time since signing with the Hurricanes as a free agent July 12. The forward had 12 points (four goals, eight assists) in 21 regular-season games and one goal in nine Stanley Cup Playoff Games with the Blue Jackets last season after he was acquired in a trade with the Ottawa Senators on Feb. 23.

The Hurricanes have lost two straight games and three of four after starting 5-0-0.


Players to watch

Hurricanes forward Erik Haula has five points (four goals, one assist) during a five-game point streak.

Blue Jackets goalie Joonas Korpisalo is 3-1-1 with a 2.40 goals-against average and a .921 save percentage in his past five starts.


They said it

"It's circled (on the calendar) just so I can come and see my family and friends that are here. I got to see them last night, which was cool. Other than that it's another game." -- Hurricanes forward Ryan Dzingel, who went to Ohio State (2011-14) and played 21 games with the Blue Jackets last season

"The biggest thing I'm proud of is that I've been able to be here and help turn this team into what I'm seeing now as an elite team that's close to challenging every year for the holy grail, so to speak." -- Blue Jackets captain Nick Foligno, who will become the seventh player to play 500 games with the Blue Jackets


Hurricanes projected lineup

Andrei Svechnikov -- Jordan Staal -- Teuvo Teravainen

Nino Niederreiter -- Sebastian Aho -- Warren Foegele

Ryan Dzingel -- Erik Haula -- Martin Necas

Brock McGinn -- Lucas Wallmark

Jaccob Slavin -- Dougie Hamilton

Joel Edmundson -- Brett Pesce

Jake Gardiner -- Trevor van Riemsdyk

Haydn Fleury

Petr Mrazek

James Reimer

Scratched: None

Injured: Jordan Martinook (core muscle surgery)


Blue Jackets projected lineup

Nick Foligno -- Pierre-Luc Dubois -- Cam Atkinson

Gustav Nyquist -- Alexander Wennberg -- Josh Anderson

Alexandre Texier -- Boone Jenner -- Oliver Bjorkstrand

Sonny Milano -- Riley Nash -- Emil Bemstrom

Zach Werenski -- Seth Jones

Ryan Murray -- Scott Harrington

Vladislav Gavrikov -- David Savard

Joonas Korpisalo

Elvis Merzlikins

Scratched: Scott Harrington, Jakob Lilja, Dean Kukan

Injured: Brandon Dubinsky (wrist), Markus Nutivaara (lower body)


Status report

Carolina will dress seven defensemen and 11 forwards. … Harrington replaces Nutivaara, who was injured against the Maple Leafs.


Stat pack

Teravainen has an assist in each of the past three games. … Wennberg has two goals to equal his total in 75 games last season. His power-play goal in the third period against the Maple Leafs was the Blue Jackets' first in 19 opportunities. … Bjorkstrand needs one point for 100 in the NHL. … Dubois has five points (four goals, one assist) in his past seven games. ... Columbus has played seven straight one-goal games (4-1-2).

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