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4:00 PM PT5:00 PM MT6:00 PM CT7:00 PM ET0:00 GMT8:00 5:00 PM MST7:00 PM EST4:00 UAE (+1)19:00 ETNaN:� BRT, November 17, 2018
PNC Arena, Raleigh, North Carolina  Attendance: 13,040

Blue Jackets head to Carolina after big win

Columbus Blue Jackets at Carolina Hurricanes

  1. The Hurricanes have earned a point in four consecutive games against the Blue Jackets, including a 3-1 win in Columbus on October 5. Neither team has scored more than three goals in each of the last seven games in the series.
  2. Columbus has earned a point in six consecutive games, longest active point streak in the NHL. The Blue Jackets defeated Florida in their last game, 7-3, their largest win this season.
  3. Carolina defeated Chicago in its last game, 3-2, in overtime. They had 40 shots on goal, their 11th game this season with at least 40 shots. No other team has more than six such games; Columbus has zero.
  4. In the Blue Jackets' win over the Panthers, all seven of their goals game in the second and third period. They have scored 50 goals after the first period this season, fourth most in hockey, while the Hurricanes have scored only 34, tied for fifth fewest in the NHL.
  5. Cam Atkinson scored a goal and added a helper in Columbus' last game. He has scored a goal in three straight after going five consecutive games without lighting the lamp.
  6. Sebastian Aho scored the game-winning goal in Carolina's win over Chicago to go along with one assist. He has 17 assists on the season, tied for the most by any center this season (also Patrice Bergeron).

RALEIGH, N.C. -- The Columbus Blue Jackets have shown they have plenty in reserve.

How much they'll need against the Carolina Hurricanes will be one of the questions for Saturday night's game at PNC Arena.

The Blue Jackets excelled with a somewhat makeshift lineup in its latest game when illness spread to some team members.

"There's opportunities for different guys," left winger Anthony Duclair said of the lineup alterations. "Everybody did a great job and all four lines were rolling."

That came in Thursday night's 7-3 home victory against the Florida Panthers.

The result means the Blue Jackets arrive with a six-game points streak for this matchup between Metropolitan Division teams.

While Columbus is riding a bit of a high, at least on the ice, the Hurricanes are trying to get things turned around.

They have been off since Monday's overtime victory against the Chicago Blackhawks, providing only their second victory in an eight-game stretch.

"We haven't (won) a lot lately," said Hurricanes center Sebastian Aho, who scored the winner in the latest outing. "We have to find a way to get wins."

Aho had gone 12 games without a goal even though he leads the Hurricanes with 22 points.

"I know when I'm playing good," Aho said. "You get a few goals, you get some confidence."

How much of the firepower is available for the Blue Jackets might not be determined until closer to game time. The status of forwards Riley Nash and Artemi Panarin and goalie Sergei Bobrovsky is notable because they missed Thursday night's game because of illness.

Even Columbus coach John Tortorella was under the weather, skipping his normal postgame media session on a night when there would have been plenty of positives to discuss.

Despite all the offense getting attention, Columbus goalie Joonas Korpisalo provided some of the spark.

"The only job is to get the puck out of the net," said Korpisalo, who made 35 saves. "I just have to make saves. I'm happy when we score seven."

For the division-leading Blue Jackets on a night when they weren't a full strength, they could point to Korpisalo as providing some of the energy with his stops.

"He got the bench going," Blue Jackets forward Brandon Dubinsky said.

The Hurricanes hope to see success on special teams extend into the next game. They've been largely miserable on power plays, but they scored their two regulation goals in the Chicago game with the extra man.

Coach Rod Brind'Amour said this ought to be one way for the Hurricanes to realize the value of the production on special teams because it led directly to a positive result.

The Hurricanes can also point to goaltending as an area that needs to come around. Hurricanes goalie Scott Darling has played in the past two games and might be rounding into form after missing the first couple of weeks of the season with an injury.

"We need saves at times when we breakdown," Brind'Amour said. "Keep the team in the game when we need it."

Columbus won 3-1 in an Oct. 5 home game against Carolina.

Updated November 16, 2018

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