Hurricanes-Blue Jackets Preview
GAME: Carolina Hurricanes (21-29-13-4) at Columbus Blue Jackets (20-36-8-4).
TIME: Monday, 7 p.m. EST.
After going more than three years without beating the Carolina Hurricanes,
the Columbus Blue Jackets seek their second victory in one week against them
when the teams meet at Nationwide Arena.
Columbus defeated Carolina 3-0 on Tuesday for its first win in this series
since Dec. 29, 2000. The Hurricanes won the previous four meetings.
The Blue Jackets fell 4-0 to the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday, losing their
second straight following a three-game winning streak.
After taking the first 10 shots, the Blue Jackets were outplayed the rest of
the way. They finished 0-for-6 on the power play after scoring at least one
man-advantage goal in 11 of 12 home games.
"We should have had two goals early," Columbus interim coach Gerard
Gallant said. "We didn't do anything after that."
Rick Nash, tied for the NHL lead with 36 goals, hit the side of the net with
a redirect with a minute left. He had two goals in a 4-2 loss at Dallas on
Wednesday to break the club's single-season record of 34, set last season by
Carolina lost 4-1 to the New Jersey Devils on Saturday.
The Hurricanes are 1-3-1 in their last five, totaling just seven goals in
that span. They are last in the NHL with 127 goals this season.
Right wing Jeff O'Neill left in the third period Saturday with an upper body
injury and didn't return. His status for Monday's game is uncertain.
The Hurricanes are 14 points behind the eighth-place New York Islanders for
the final playoff spot in the East with 15 games to play.
STANDINGS (through March 6): Hurricanes - 59 points, 4th place, 31 PB,
Southeast Division. Blue Jackets - 52 points, 4th place, 37 PB, Central
TEAM LEADERS: Hurricanes - Josef Vasicek, 16 goals; Justin Williams, 24
assists; Vasicek, O'Neill and Williams, 34 points; Jesse Boulerice, 113 PIM.
Blue Jackets - Nash, 36 goals and 50 points; David Vyborny, 29 assists; Jody
Shelley, 187 PIM.
SPECIAL TEAMS (through March 6): Hurricanes - Power play: 11.5 percent (36
for 312), 30th in NHL. Penalty killing: 82.3 percent (247 for 300), 22nd. Blue
Jackets - Power play: 14.9 percent (51 for 342), 23rd. Penalty killing: 83.5
percent (228 for 273), 19th.
GOALTENDERS: Hurricanes - Kevin Weekes (20-25-10, 6 SO, 2.26 GAA); Arturs
Irbe (1-0-1, 0, 1.92). Blue Jackets - Marc Denis (17-29-7, 4, 2.56); Fred
Brathwaite (3-9-1, 0, 3.38).
SEASON SERIES: Blue Jackets, 1-0.
LAST MEETING: Tuesday; Blue Jackets, 3-0. At Raleigh, N.C., Nash scored a
power-play goal just 1:12 in to lead the Blue Jackets.
ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Hurricanes - 10-15-5-2 on the road; Blue Jackets -
15-14-4-2 at home.