Game Preview #4(x): Blue Jackets vs. Hurricanes

The Jackets are right back at it tonight, against one of their new division-mates.

Columbus Blue Jackets at Carolina Hurricanes

September 18, 2013 - 7:00pm EDT
PNC Arena - Raleigh, North Carolina
Radio - None - TV - None
Opponents Blog: Canes Country
SBNation Game Page

The Jackets' camp contingent plays its third game in two nights, going up against the Hurricanes who are making their preseason debut. The Jackets cut their roster down by five, sending Oliver Bjorkstrand, Dillon Heatherington, Oscar Dansk, Josh Anderson, and Nick Moutrey back to their junior clubs.

Carolina will ice several of their bigger names, including Eric Staal, Alexander Semin, Jeff Skinner, and Cam Ward. Also playing will be top draft pick Elias Lindholm. For Columbus, Brandon Dubinsky and Marian Gaborik are back in action. Curtis McElhinney will get the nod again tonight, backed up by Mike McKenna.

Of note is the Columbus defense contingent, which features four of the likely regulars in Fedor Tyutin, Nikita Nikitin, Tim Erixon, and Jack Johnson.

This game isn't on TV or radio, but it appears the Jackets' website will stream audio via their game blog.

Projected Lineups

Columbus Blue Jackets
(2-1-0 in pre-season)

*Note: there weren't line combinations, so much as a list of skaters sent to Carolina

Alex Aleardi
Sean Collins
Ryan Craig
Brandon Dubinsky
Nick Foligno
Marian Gaborik
Boone Jenner
Ryan Johansen
Andrew Joudrey
Derek MacKenzie
Kerby Rychel
Jack Skille

Tim Erixon
Jack Johnson
Thomas Larkin
Nikita Nikitin
David Savard
Fedor Tyutin

Curtis McElhinney
Mike McKenna

Carolina Hurricanes
(0-0-0 in pre-season)

Drayson Bowman Eric Staal Alexander Semin
Jeff Skinner Elias Lindholm Nathan Gerbe
Chris Terry Jeremy Welsh Zac Dalpe
Nicolas Blanchard Brett Sutter Kevin Westgarth
Tim Gleason Mike Komisarek
Michal Jordan Brett Bellemore
Jay Harrison Ryan Murphy
Cam Ward
Justin Peters

Game Notes

This is the first of two preseason matchups for these two squads, who will get to know each other quite well in the new divisional format.

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