banner

NHL

more stats

NHL Preview from The Sports Network



Friday, January 10th (All times Eastern)

Carolina Hurricanes (19-16-9) at Columbus Blue Jackets (19-20-4), 7 p.m.

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Carolina Hurricanes are looking to extend their longest winning streak of the season on Friday night, but to do so they'll need to best the Columbus Blue Jackets for the first in over eight years.

The recent hot-play of Jeff Skinner could make that task a bit simpler.

Skinner was one of six goal scorers for the Hurricanes in last night's 6-1 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs, Carolina's fifth victory in a row. The goal was his 17th in his past 17 games and 21st of the season.

The young forward also had an assist, giving him seven goals and five helpers over a six-game point streak.

With older brother Eric Staal out with a lower-body injury, Jordan Staal had a goal and three assists, while Swede Elias Lindholm notched a goal and two helpers in his first game with Carolina since Dec. 12. The fifth overall pick of the 2013 draft had been away playing in the World Junior Championship.

Zach Boychuk also had a goal and an assist, while John-Michael Liles scored against the club that traded him to Carolina on Jan. 1.

"Everyone played really well tonight," said Jordan Staal, who matched a career high for most points in a game and surpassed 300 career points. "We're getting some great saves from the goalies when we need them, and we're sticking with our game and pucks are going in."

Anton Khudobin made 25 saves to win his fourth straight start and improve to 6-0-0 with a 1.84 goals against average in seven starts this season.

Carolina is without No. 1 goaltender Cam Ward due to a lower-body injury, but has still posted its longest winning streak since a seven-game run from Feb. 5-March 4, 2010.

The Hurricanes, though, have not beat the Blue Jackets since a 2-1 home win on Dec. 15, 2005. They have lost six straight in this series since and three in a row in Columbus since its last victory in Ohio on March 8, 2004.

Skinner has three goals in three career games versus the Blue Jackets, scoring twice in a 4-3 home loss on Dec. 23. Alexander Semin added a goal and an assist, while Justin Peters made 21 saves.

Peters was facing the Blue Jackets for the first time in his career and could draw the start tonight. Khudobin has never faced Columbus.

The Blue Jackets got goals from Ryan Johansen and Jack Skille 1:28 apart late in the third period to earn that win over the Hurricanes and one of Mike McKenna's 30 saves came on Skinner in close in the final 30 seconds of action.

Sergei Bobrovsky is the likely starter tonight for Columbus and is 4-1-0 with a 2.01 goals against average in five career meetings with the Hurricanes.

Bobrovsky made his first start since Dec. 3 on Monday, posting 40 saves in a 4-3 shootout win over the New York Rangers. Bobrovsky had been out with a strained groin and served as the backup in two straight before his recent start.

Mark Letestu and Johansen had shootout goals, while Brandon Dubinsky and James Wisniewski both had a goal and an assist in regulation to help Columbus split a four-game road trip.

"They had us on our heels for a while there in the third," said Letestu. "But we were able to rally and get a big two points against a real good team that we're fighting for position."

The Blue Jackets, who visit the Winnipeg Jets on Saturday, are expected to have forward Matt Calvert back in the lineup after activating him off injured reserve on Thursday. Calvert had missed the past seven games with an upper- body injury and has supplied four goals and four assists in 17 games this season.

However, forward Blake Comeau is slated to miss the next 4-to-6 weeks with a sprained left MCL suffered in practice on Thursday.

01/10 10:56:34 ET

Other Stories

Hurricanes

Hurricanes Kings Hockey 4
LA Kings hold off Carolina 3-2 for 10th home win

Although Tanner Pearson claims he never played baseball growing up in Canada, he fooled his fellow Los Angeles Kings with a home run swing on the decisive goal against Carolina.

Related Stories
  • Football Friday with Tom Suiter

    Tonight at 11:35 on WRAL-TV

  • ACC: Virginia Tech at Wake Forest

    Tomorrow at 12:25 pm on WRAL-TV

  • SEC: Ole Miss at Arkansas

    Tomorrow at 3:30 pm on WRAL-TV

  • The Logan Zone

    Sunday at 11:30 am on WRAL-TV

  • CFB: Wisconsin at Iowa

    Tomorrow at 3:00 pm on 99.9 The Fan

  • NHL: Hurricanes at Colorado

    Tomorrow at 9:00 pm on 99.9 The Fan

  • CBB: Duke vs. Stanford/UCLA

    Tomorrow at 9:30 pm on 620am

Scoreboard
Local
1st
CHA 20
ORL 19
 
9:30pm Tonight
DUKE
TEMPL
1st
CHA 20
ORL 19
 
1st
PHI 16
PHO 7
 
7:30pm Tonight
ATL
DET
7:30pm Tonight
TOR
MIL
8:00pm Tonight
MEM
BOS
8:00pm Tonight
OKC
BRK
8:00pm Tonight
WAS
CLE
8:00pm Tonight
MIN
SAN
8:30pm Tonight
DAL
LAL
9:00pm Tonight
DEN
NOP
10:30pm Tonight
POR
CHI
10:30pm Tonight
GSW
UTA
1:00pm Today
BUF 0
KSU 0
8:00pm Tonight
RICE
UTEP
9:30pm Tonight
SDST
AFA
9:30pm Tonight
UTST
SJST
Final
COC 50
TEXAM 59
Final
DREX 70
USC 72
Final
GWEBB 72
CLEM 70
Final
MIAMI 79
AKR 51
Final
UCONN 75
DAY 64
Final
NEV 60
SHU 68
Final
LONG 81
UNCG 79
 
Final
ARKPB 46
VALPO 59
 
Final
WVU 70
BC 66
 
Final
TOWS 58
CCST 49
 
Final
YALE 70
ILLCH 58
 
Final
IOWA 63
SYR 66
 
2nd
HAMP 71
ALCOR 65
 
1st
ODU 24
LSU 28
 
1st
KENT 16
BU 12
 
1st
SCAR 17
CHAR 13
 
1st
UVA 13
GWU 13
 
1st
WCU 18
HIWASSEE 15
 
1st
GT 18
MAST 11
 
1st
RIDE 11
LEH 18
 
1st
MSU 17
LOYC 7
 
1st
CMICH 25
MAINE 13
 
7:00pm Tonight
BUF 0
MNTST 0
 
1st
BAY 17
PVU 14
 
1st
HOF 14
USB 10
 
1st
OREG 23
TOL 19
 
1st
UGA 31
TROY 16
 
1st
STAN 16
UNLV 6
 
1st
FAIR 6
WOFF 9
 
7:00pm Tonight
EMICH
YOUNG
7:30pm Tonight
MON
COOK
7:30pm Tonight
FIU
FLMEM
 
7:30pm Tonight
KSU
SILL
7:30pm Tonight
CAL
TEX
7:35pm Tonight
GMAS
NMU
8:00pm Tonight
ILL
PEAY
8:00pm Tonight
ARK
DELST
 
8:00pm Tonight
MCNST
JCHR
 
8:00pm Tonight
NDST
KNST
 
8:00pm Tonight
OKST
UWMIL
8:00pm Tonight
LATU
MORE
8:00pm Tonight
SDKST
NDAK
8:00pm Tonight
XAV
STEPH
 
8:00pm Tonight
UF
LAMON
8:30pm Tonight
WAKE
IONA
9:00pm Tonight
GRCN
FAM
 
9:00pm Tonight
COLST
UGST
9:00pm Tonight
WASU
IDST
9:00pm Tonight
WEBER
ILLST
9:00pm Tonight
AUB
LALAF
9:00pm Tonight
LOU
MARS
9:00pm Tonight
ORST
ORU
9:00pm Tonight
CORN
PSU
9:00pm Tonight
SD
SHSU
9:00pm Tonight
UTAH
UCR
9:30pm Tonight
DUKE
TEMPL
10:00pm Tonight
CPSL
DEL
10:00pm Tonight
AMER
PBY
10:00pm Tonight
SEAT
WASH
 
10:30pm Tonight
LBSU
KYST
11:59pm Tonight
HAW
PITT
1st
CLB 1
BOS 0
 
1st
PIT 1
NYI 3
 
7:00pm Tonight
BUF 0
NYR 0
 
9:30pm Tonight
EDM
NJD