Game Day Edition: Columbus Blue Jackets @ Carolina Hurricanes

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Columbus Blue Jackets @ Carolina Hurricanes

Monday, December 23rd, 2013, 7:00 PM 

PNC Arena, Raleigh, North Carolina

Sep 26, 2013; Columbus, OH, USA; Carolina Hurricanes center Riley Nash (20) looks for an open teammate under pressure from Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman James Wisniewski (21) at Nationwide Arena. Mandatory Credit: Greg Bartram-USA TODAY Sports

The NHL season is rushing towards the mid-way point, and the Columbus Blue Jackets have yet to take on their fellow Metropolitan Division newcomers, the Carolina Hurricanes. That all changes tonight when Columbus travels to Raleigh to take on the Canes in the first of five games between the two teams this season. Currently, Columbus and Carolina are both three points out of a playoff spot, so even though the season is still young, tonight’s game does have some big implications for the Metropolitan Division.

On Saturday, Columbus made up for their 5 goals-against third period disaster, and defeated the Philadelphia Flyers 6-3 at Nationwide Arena, splitting the home-and-home series. While it was great to see the Jackets bounce back in such a convincing fashion, the game was not short of disappointments. After an 18 game absence, Marian Gaborik returned to the Blue Jackets lineup Saturday, only to sustain a broken collar bone early in the first period, when he got sandwiched between two Flyers on Ryan Johansen‘s goal. The Jackets have said he will be back on the IR indefinitely.  The Jackets also lost Matt Calvert to an upper body injury as well. So while the result of the game sparked the fan’s spirits, once again the injury bug is content on staying with the Jackets for the foreseeable future.

Carolina comes into tonight’s game following an overtime loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning. Jiri Tlusty scored both of the Hurricanes goals in the 3-2 overtime loss. Tampa Bay just had an answer for each time Carolina gained some momentum in the game. The Hurricanes have now dropped two games in a row, and the loss to Tampa Bay was their fourth in five games.

Click next to check out some stats for tonight’s game, as well as games notes and the Union and Blue Song For the Game!

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