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Game #17 Preview/Gamethread: Jackets batten down the hatches for the Hurricanes

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A storm’s a brewin’.

NHL: Carolina Hurricanes at Columbus Blue Jackets Russell LaBounty-USA TODAY Sports

Monday, February 15, 2021 - 7:00 EST
PNC Arena - Raleigh, North Carolina
TV: Fox Sports Ohio; Radio: 97.1 FM
Opponent’s Blog: Canes Country

Carolina Hurricanes (9-3-0, 18 points, 3rd Central)

vs.

Columbus Blue Jackets (7-5-4, 18 points, 4th Central)

After a disappointing Saturday night loss-that-should-have-been-a-win in Chicago, the Jackets are in North Carolina to rematch in Raleigh with the Hurricanes, who they played in Columbus last weekend.

And what a week it’s been in between! I feel like part of how quickly this season has been going and with how crammed the games are together and the fact that we play the same handful of teams in our division over and over again is giving me an unsettling feeling of déjà vu.

Here’s the full recap of last weekend’s matchup with the Hurricanes, but to give you a quick refresher, it was the now-infamous game where Patrik Laine was benched for the end of the second period and whole third, and Jack Roslovic jumped in to save the day with the winning goal in a 3-2 game.

Speaking of...

Player to Watch

Patrik Laine

He had a big game Saturday night! Specifically, he had a big first period. Taken from Pale Dragon’s recap: “Patrik Laine opened the scoring with a goal that showed off his speed, strength, and killer shot. He took a feed from Cam Atkinson, entered the zone with speed, then unleashed his wrister around Nicolas Beaudin to beat Kevin Lankinen over his right shoulder. When interviewed in the second intermission, Laine referred to this as ‘textbook top cheese.’”

Will he break the sound barrier again with another one of his “top cheese” shots? We can only hope so. Whatever beef was happening last weekend, it seems to have been shaken out and Laine has been a fun, dynamic player to watch.

Jackets Notes

Zach Werenski is out again with the same lower-body injury that prevented him from playing in three games leading up to Saturday night’s game, which he played in.

The Other Bench

The Hurricanes are on their second-best franchise start of the season right now with a 9-3-0 record in 12 games, but they’re only one slot ahead of the Jackets in the division rankings and lost to the Jackets last weekend despite Laine getting b*nched, so there is definitely room for improvement on Carolina’s behalf.

Season Series

02/07/2021 CAR @ CBJ
02/08/2021 CAR @ CBJ
02/15/2021 CBJ @ CAR
03/18/2021 CBJ @ CAR
03/20/2021 CBJ @ CBJ
03/22/2021 CAR @ CBJ
03/25/2021 CAR @ CBJ

Stats

Carolina Columbus
3.33 (10) GPG 2.88 (18)
2.75 (15) GAPG 3.25 (23)
24.4% (12) PP% 16.7% (20)
79.6% (18) PK% 77.1% (20)
55.2% (2) 5v5 Shot Attempt % 46.8% (28)
54.9% (1) 5v5 Unblocked shot attempt % 47.5% (25)
8.5 (14) 5v5 Shot % 8.8 (10)
.917 (19) 5v5 Save % .909 (24)
Andrei Svechnikov, Vincent Trocheck, Nino Niederreiter, 6 G Leader Cam Atkinson, 5
Sebastian Aho, Dougie Hamilton, Jordan Staal, 8 A Leader Oliver Bjorkstrand, 8
Andrei Svechnikov, Vincent Trocheck, Jordan Staal, 12 P Leader Oliver Bjorkstrand, Cam Atkinson, 12
Andrei Svechnikov, 14 PIM Leader Oliver Bjorkstrand, 23
3-0-0 Home / Road 3-3-2
8-2-0 Last 10 5-3-2

Projected Lineups

Columbus Blue Jackets
Patrik Laine Jack Roslovic Cam Atkinson
Max Domi Kevin Stenlund Oliver Bjorkstrand
Boone Jenner Alexandre Texier Nick Foligno
Stefan Matteau Riley Nash Eric Robinson
Vladislav Gavrikov Seth Jones
Dean Kukan David Savard
Michael Del Zotto Andrew Peeke
Elvis Merzlikins
Joonas Korpisalo
Carolina Hurricanes
Brock McGinn Sebastian Aho Teuvo Teravainen
Nino Niederreiter Vincent Trocheck Martin Necas
Andrew Svechnikov Jordan Staal Warren Foegele
Jordan Martinook Cedric Paquette Jesper Fast
Jaccob Slavin Dougie Hamilton
Jake Gardiner Brett Pesce
Brady Skjei Jake Bean
James Reimer
Alex Nedeljkovic