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Carolina eyes sixth straight win to start season; Columbus has lost three of first four

by Kurt Dusterberg / Independent Correspondent

BLUE JACKETS (1-3-0) at HURRICANES (5-0-0) 

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


The Game 

The Carolina Hurricanes will try to extend the best start in Carolina/Hartford Whalers history when they host the Columbus Blue Jackets at PNC Arena.

The Hurricanes defeated the New York Islanders 5-2 on Friday; their five wins are one more than the Whalers had to start the 1995-96 season, their next to last before relocating to North Carolina.

The Blue Jackets, who have been outscored 16-8 this season, lost 2-1 to the Anaheim Ducks on Friday and will also play the second of a back-to-back set.

Hurricanes forward Ryan Dzingel will play his first game against his former team. He signed a two-year contract with Carolina on July 12. 


Players to watch 

Hurricanes forward Teuvo Teravainen, who scored a goal against the Islanders, has six points (two goals, four assists) in a five-game point streak to start the season.

Blue Jackets forward Cam Atkinson had five points (three goals, two assists) in four games against the Hurricanes last season.


They said it 

"It's hard to win hockey games. We had opportunities to score again and didn't. I don't think we were sharp with a lot of our plays. We were just sloppy with our execution. So we will go play another game. " -- Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella on the 2-1 loss to the Ducks

"The [5-0-0 record] is kind of irrelevant. We're trying to win the day, and that's the mentality of these guys. We need that to continue. That's what we're trying to sell here, and so far they're buying into it." -- Hurricanes coach Rod Brind'Amour


Blue Jackets projected lineup

Gustav Nyquist -- Pierre-Luc Dubois -- Cam Atkinson

Alexandre Texier -- Alexander Wennberg -- Oliver Bjorkstrand

Nick Foligno -- Boone Jenner -- Emil Bemstrom

Jakob Lilja -- Riley Nash -- Sonny Milano

Zach Werenski -- Seth Jones

Ryan Murray -- Markus Nutivaara

Vladislav Gavrikov -- David Savard

Elvis Merzlikins

Joonas Korpisalo  

Scratched: Scott Harrington, Dean Kukan, Markus Hannikainen

Injured: Josh Anderson (back)


Hurricanes projected lineup  

Nino Niederreiter -- Sebastian Aho -- Teuvo Teravainen

Andrei Svechnikov -- Jordan Staal -- Brock McGinn

Ryan Dzingel -- Erik Haula -- Martin Necas

Warren Foegele -- Lucas Wallmark -- Julien Gauthier

Jaccob Slavin -- Dougie Hamilton

Joel Edmundson -- Brett Pesce

Jake Gardiner -- Trevor van Riemsdyk

James Reimer

Petr Mrazek

Scratched: Haydn Fleury

Injured: Jordan Martinook (core muscle)


Status report 

The Hurricanes activated van Riemsdyk from injured reserve Saturday. He missed Carolina's first five games with a shoulder injury.


Stat pack 

Tortorella will tie Jacques Lemaire for 15th place (1,262 games) on the NHL all-time list for games coached. … Merzlikins, who lost his NHL debut 7-2 to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Oct. 5, is expected to start. … Jenner needs one point for 200 in the NHL. ... Hamilton's 38 goals are the most by an NHL defenseman since the start of the 2017-18 season. He has one goal in each of the past three games and seven points this season. … Svechnikov has eight points (one goal, seven assists) during a four-game point streak.

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