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Game Preview #78: End of Longest Losing Streak in the League?

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Let’s try not to get swept by yet another team this weekend!

Russell LaBounty-USA TODAY Sports

The Columbus Blue Jackets, owners of the longest losing streak in the NHL, take the ice tonight against the Carolina Hurricanes who are, distantly, still in the playoff race.

As the Blue Jackets limp toward the finish (they’re currently 28th in the NHL- how long ago last summer feels), the kids for Columbus will continue to get looks and hopefully prove themselves to the coaching staff and the front office ahead of next season’s training camp, where who knows what could happen.

As to the specific game tonight? Who knows what to expect. Columbus has looked … decent enough this week, despite losing both games. Honestly, I would expect a similar effort tonight- hard skating and, with some puck luck, maybe a win. Carolina isn’t exactly lighting the world on fire offensively, so tonight’s affair might be a low scoring one (so, naturally, it will end 6-5).

PROJECTED LINEUPS

Columbus Blue Jackets

(30-38-8, 68 points, 8th division, 15th conference)

Brandon Dubinsky
Boone Jenner
Cam Atkinson
Brandon Saad Alexander Wennberg
Sonny Milano
Scott Hartnell Nick Foligno
BJORKSTRAND
Matt Calvert
William Karlsson
Gregory Campbell

Ryan Murray Seth Jones
Cody Goloubef
David Savard
Dean Kukan Dalton Prout
Joonas Korpisalo
Sergei Bobrovsky

Carolina Hurricanes

(34-28-16, 84 points, 6th division, 9th conference)

Joakim Nordstrom
Jordan Staal
Elias Lindholm
Jeff Skinner
Victor Rask
Chris Terry
Nathan Gerbe
Jay McClement
Brad Malone
Brendan Woods
Brody Sutter
Patrick Brown
Jaccob Slavin
Justin Faulk
Noah Hanifin
Brett Pesce
Ron Hainsey
Ryan Murphy
Eddie Lack
Cam Ward