The Columbus Blue Jackets (30-10-4) will host the Carolina Hurricanes (21-17-7) for the second time this week. The puck drop is scheduled for shortly after 5:00 PM ET.
The Blue Jackets and Hurricanes will meet for the third time in a span of less than two weeks this evening. Each team won their respective home games in the first two matchups.
Carolina has been blown out in consecutive games (4-1 in Columbus on Tuesday and 7-1 at home against the Pittsburgh Penguins last night) after winning four games in a row.
Meanwhile, Columbus has been 3-5-0 since their 16-game winning streak ended and has been attempting to reassert themselves as a steady winner in the National Hockey League.
The Blue Jackets were shut out at Nationwide Arena against the Ottawa Senators on Thursday night. Their previous four-goal performance on Tuesday may have been a little misleading coming into that game. Both of Brandon Dubinsky’s goals as well as the goal scored by Boone Jenner were individual efforts for the most part.
Columbus’ Head Coach John Tortorella has stressed multiple times how important it is to get quality scoring chances.
Thursday night his team looked frustrated and even a bit hesitant at times while overcoming a deficit later in the game.
Perhaps the single most consistent player for the Jackets all season long has been goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky. He’ll get the start in net again tonight. Since the 5-0 loss at Washington that ended the 16-game winning streak, he has not allowed more than two goals in a game.
The Columbus Blue Jackets and Carolina Hurricanes have become familiar with one another. The Jackets will go for their second victory of a three-game home stretch while the Hurricanes will look to avoid a three-game losing streak.