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Game Preview #13 - Nut Up Or Shut Up

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It's time to start winning games.

James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

Columbus Blue Jackets at Carolina Hurricanes

November 7, 2014 - 7:00 PM EST
PNC Arena - Raleigh, North Carolina
Radio - WBNS 97.1 - TV - Fox Sports Ohio
Opponent's Blog: Canes Country

First of all, if you read the title and haven't seen "Zombieland," please do yourself a favor and watch it.

Second of all, I called Carolina a "bad, bad team" on Tuesday, and (deservedly) got some flak for it. No more of that tonight. The Jackets did not show anything on Tuesday that would suggest they are better than Carolina right now, so they need to earn that back from me first. Carolina, you're the best.

In all seriousness, the Hurricanes dominated in pretty much every area (except the score, really, when you think about it) the other night. The Jackets played lethargic, they looked sloppy, and Carolina looked far, far faster. All of that needs to change if Columbus would like to end their six-game losing streak.

Ugh. Six games.

Good news? James Wisniewski is back tonight. Bad news? Jack Johnson is out with a suspension. While that may not be "bad" news in the world of fancy stats, you can't deny that he plays a lot of minutes. Whether or not he *should* be is a discussion for another time.

Cam Ward goes again for Carolina. At "press time" nothing's been released about who will start for Columbus. It probably shouldn't be Curtis McElhinney, but it won't surprise me if it is.

Projected Lineups

Columbus Blue Jackets
(4-8-0, 8 Points; 8th division, 15th conference)

Scott Hartnell Ryan Johansen Cam Atkinson
Brian Gibbons Nick Foligno Jack Skille
Matt Calvert Alexander Wennberg Boone Jenner
Marko Dano Michael Chaput Jared Boll
Fedor Tyutin Dalton Prout
Tim Erixon James Wisniewski
Frederic St. Denis David Savard
Curtis McElhinney
Anton Forsberg

Carolina Hurricanes
(3-6-2, 8 Points; 7th Division, 14th Conference)

Jiri Tlusty Eric Staal Alexander Semin
Nathan Gerbe Riley Nash Elias Lindholm
Jeff Skinner Jay McClement Patrick Dwyer
Chris Terry Victor Rask Zach Boychuk
Andrej Sekera Justin Faulk
Tim Gleason Jay Harrison
Ron Hainsey Brett Bellemore
Cam Ward
Anton Khudobin

Season Series

11/04/14 - Carolina 4 at Columbus 2
11/07/14 - Columbus at Carolina
03/10/15 - Columbus at Carolina
03/15/15 - Carolina at Columbus

Head to Head Stats

Carolina Columbus
2.27 (25) GPG 2.50 (19)
3.18 (25) GAPG 3.42 (28)
18.4% (18) PP% 20.4% (13)
79.0% (19) PK% 78.6% (21)
Jiri Tlusty, 6 G leader Nick Foligno, 6
Riley Nash / Andrej Sekera, 5 A leader Scott Hartnell / Ryan Johansen, 9
Riley Nash / Jiri Tlusty, 8 Pts leader Ryan Johansen, 14
Jay Harrison, 36 PIM leader Jared Boll, 28
2-1-1 Home/Road 2-4-0
3-5-2 Last 10 2-8-0
11/04 @ Columbus, W 4-2 Last Game 11/04 vs. Carolina, L 4-2