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Hurricanes' Woods, Sutter recalled vs. Blue Jackets

Forwards rejoin former AHL linemate Patrick Brown on Carolina fourth line

by Kurt Dusterberg / Correspondent

BLUE JACKETS (30-39-8) at HURRICANES (34-28-16)

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

RALEIGH, N.C. -- The Carolina Hurricanes recalled forward Brendan Woods and Brodie Sutter from Charlotte of the American Hockey League for their game against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday.

Woods and Sutter will form the fourth line with Patrick Brown, who had his first NHL goal and assist in a 4-3 win against the New York Rangers on Thursday.

"Woods, Sutter and Brown has been a very successful line in the American League," Hurricanes coach Bill Peters said. "We will give it a chance to be successful up here."

Brown had 13 goals and 10 assists in 66 games with the Checkers this season. Sutter had 21 points (11 goals, 10 assists) in 64 games, and Woods had 19 points (eight goals, 11 assists) in 56 games.

The Hurricanes returned Derek Ryan and Sergey Tolchinsky to the AHL. Ryan had two goals in five games during his first NHL stint. Tolchinsky earned the primary assist on a goal by Justin Faulk on Thursday.

"Ryan and Tolchinsky deserve another look," Peters said. "We want to get Sergey another look for sure. We will figure it out as we go."

The Hurricanes, who are five points behind the Philadelphia Flyers for the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Eastern Conference, are unbeaten in regulation in their past five games (3-0-2) and are 6-2-6 since the beginning of March.

The Blue Jackets, who had an optional morning skate Saturday, try to end a four-game losing streak.

Coach John Tortorella has pointed out the need for his veteran scorers to get back to doing what they do best. Brandon Dubinsky and Brandon Saad each scored in a 4-3 loss against the New York Islanders on March 31 to snap 14-game and 10-game scoring droughts, respectively.

"That's our job, and part of what we need to bring," said captain Nick Foligno, who is without a goal in the past 14 games. "We're sitting where we are in the standings for a reason. Some of us, myself mostly, haven't had the year we would have liked. It's disappointing, but there's five games to rectify that. We're going to do everything we can to make sure that's the case."

The Hurricanes have won the three previous matchups this season.

"They play really well in their structure," Foligno said. "They are a team that doesn't really break very often. They come in waves. It's something we have to key on tonight. We have to get our game going, not allowing them to get theirs."

Here are the projected lineups:


Boone Jenner - Brandon Dubinsky - Cam Atkinson

Sonny Milano - Alexander Wennberg - Brandon Saad

Scott Hartnell - Nick Foligno - Oliver Bjorkstrand

William Karlsson - Gregory Campbell - Matt Calvert

Ryan Murray - Seth Jones

Dalton Prout - David Savard

Dean Kukan - Cody Goloubef

Joonas Korpisalo

Sergei Bobrovsky

Scratches: Rene Bourque, David Clarkson

Injuries: Jack Johnson (shoulder), Curtis McElhinney (knee), Fedor Tyutin (lower body)


Joakim Nordstrom - Jordan Staal - Elias Lindholm

Jeff Skinner - Victor Rask - Chris Terry

Nathan Gerbe - Jay McClement - Brad Malone

Brendan Woods - Brody Sutter - Patrick Brown  

Jacob Slavin - Justin Faulk

Noah Hanifin - Brett Pesce

Ron Hainsey - Ryan Murphy

Eddie Lack

Cam Ward

Scratches: Michal Jordan

Injuries: Riley Nash (upper body), Phil Di Giuseppe (upper body), Andre Nestrasil (back), James Wisniewski (knee)

Status report: Nash wore a yellow non-contact jersey at morning skate. ... Peters said DiGiuseppe has limited range of motion in the weight room, and doesn't appear ready to return on the short term.

Who's hot: Jenner has five goals in the past seven games. … Saad has points in four of the past five games. ... Rask has five goals in the past five games.

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