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Streaking 'Canes shoot for rare win over Blue Jackets

(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 11:22:55 ET

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Atlantic Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
p-Boston 54 19 9 117 261 177 31-7-3 23-12-6 18-9-3
x-Tampa Bay 46 27 9 101 240 215 25-10-6 21-17-3 19-8-3
x-Montreal 46 28 8 100 215 204 23-13-5 23-15-3 18-8-4
x-Detroit 39 28 15 93 222 230 18-13-10 21-15-5 17-8-5
Ottawa 37 31 14 88 236 265 18-17-6 19-14-8 14-9-7
Toronto 38 36 8 84 231 256 24-16-1 14-20-7 14-13-3
Florida 29 45 8 66 196 268 16-20-5 13-25-3 13-16-1
Buffalo 21 51 10 52 157 248 13-21-7 8-30-3 7-18-5
 
Metropolitan Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Pittsburgh 51 24 7 109 249 207 28-9-4 23-15-3 20-8-2
x-NY Rangers 45 31 6 96 218 193 20-17-4 25-14-2 16-11-3
x-Philadelphia 42 30 10 94 236 235 24-14-3 18-16-7 15-11-4
x-Columbus 43 32 7 93 231 216 22-15-4 21-17-3 16-13-1
Washington 38 30 14 90 235 240 21-13-7 17-17-7 12-15-3
New Jersey 35 29 18 88 197 208 21-11-9 14-18-9 16-9-5
Carolina 36 35 11 83 207 230 18-17-6 18-18-5 15-13-2
NY Islanders 34 37 11 79 225 267 13-19-9 21-18-2 10-16-4
 
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2013 - 2014 NHL Western Conference Standings
 
Central Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Colorado 52 22 8 112 250 220 26-11-4 26-11-4 19-6-3
x-St. Louis 52 23 7 111 248 191 28-9-4 24-14-3 21-6-2
x-Chicago 46 21 15 107 267 220 27-7-7 19-14-8 13-13-3
x-Minnesota 43 27 12 98 207 206 26-10-5 17-17-7 14-12-3
x-Dallas 40 31 11 91 235 228 23-11-7 17-20-4 13-11-5
Nashville 38 32 12 88 216 242 19-17-5 19-15-7 12-13-4
Winnipeg 37 35 10 84 227 237 18-17-6 19-18-4 9-15-5
 
Pacific Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
z-Anaheim 54 20 8 116 266 209 29-8-4 25-12-4 22-4-3
x-San Jose 51 22 9 111 249 200 29-7-5 22-15-4 18-7-3
x-Los Angeles 46 28 8 100 206 174 23-14-4 23-14-4 16-10-3
Phoenix 37 30 15 89 216 231 22-14-5 15-16-10 14-9-6
Vancouver 36 35 11 83 196 223 20-15-6 16-20-5 12-13-4
Calgary 35 40 7 77 209 241 19-19-3 16-21-4 11-15-3
Edmonton 29 44 9 67 203 270 16-22-3 13-22-6 8-17-4
 
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y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
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