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The Jackets and Canes go at it with some draft pick status on the line...

James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

Columbus Blue Jackets at Carolina Hurricanes

March 7, 2015 - 7:00 pm EST
PNC Arena - Raleigh, North Carolina
Radio - WBNS 97.1 FM - TV - Fox Sports Ohio
Opponent's Blog: Canes Country

Stop me if you've heard this one: the Blue Jackets have lost another player to injury. This time it may be Scott Hartnell, who is not on the ice for morning skate. Luke Adam has been brought up on emergency recall, and drew in for Hartsy for the morning skate. We shall see. It does look like Alexander Wennberg, Kevin Connauton, and Jared Boll should all be good to go tonight, as is Fedor Tyutin who has been battling illness.

The Canes currently sit just one point behind Columbus with a game in hand, so the draft status is very much in play over these next two games between the two teams over the next six days. The Canes have been playing better of late, including a 7-4 thumping of Edmonton on Sunday. The plot thickens!

Projected Lineups

Columbus Blue Jackets 
(27-34-4, 58 Points; 7th division, 13th conference)

Nick Foligno Ryan Johansen Cam Atkinson
Brandon Dubinsky Artem Anisimov Rene Bourque
Luke Adam Alexander Wennberg Marko Dano
Corey Tropp Mark Letestu Jared Boll
Jack Johnson David Savard
Fedor Tyutin Dalton Prout
Kevin Connauton Cody Goloubef
Sergei Bobrovsky
Curtis McElhinney

Carolina Hurricanes
(25-32-7, 57 Points; 8th Division, 15th Conference)

Eric Staal Victor Rask Elias Lindholm
Nathan Gerbe Jordan Staal Andrej Nestrasil
Jeff Skinner Riley Nash Alexander Semin
Brad Malone Jay McClement Patrick Dwyer
Ron Hainsey Justin Faulk
Rasmus Rissanen Ryan Murphy
Brett Bellemore Michal Jordan
Cam Ward
Anton Khudobin

Season Series

CAR - 2-0-0
CBJ - 0-1-1

11/04/14 - Carolina 4 at Columbus 2
11/07/14 - Columbus 2 at Carolina 3 (OT)
03/10/15 - Columbus at Carolina
03/15/15 - Carolina at Columbus

Head to Head Stats

Carolina Columbus
2.31 (26) GPG 2.49 (24)
2.64 (17) GAPG 3.15 (26)
19.5% (10) PP% 20.3% (7)
87.3% (1) PK% 79.8% (24)
Jeff Skinner / Eric Staal, 18 G leader Nick Foligno, 24
Justin Faulk, 29 A leader Nick Foligno / Ryan Johansen, 34
Eric Staal, 42 Pts leader Nick Foligno, 58
Brad Malone, 56 PIM leader Jared Boll, 97
15-12-3 Home/Road 15-15-2
6-4-0 Last 10 2-7-1
3/8 vs. Edmonton, W 7-4 Last Game 3/7 vs. Colorado, L 4-0