|55||COLUMBUS||+110||Ov 5.5,+120||+110||Ov 5,-140|
|56||CAROLINA||-130||Un 5.5,-140||-130||Un 5,+120|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||17-19-0||+0.6||17-19||+0.6||17-17||2.5||28.8||2.9||31.6|
|Last 5 Games||2-3-0||-1.5||2-3||-1.5||1-4||1.8||34.2||2.2||31.0|
|Team Stats (All Games)||73||205||66||58||75||6||13||2155||9.5%||252||44||17.5%||336|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||36||90||28||30||26||6||5||1037||8.7%||122||16||13.1%||144|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||9||3||1||5||0||1||171||5.3%||25||3||12.0%||12|
|Team Stats (vs. Division)||27||78||22||21||32||3||6||823||9.5%||88||10||11.4%||123|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||198||49||64||79||6||10||2240||8.8%||255||45||17.6%||336|
|Stats Against (Road Games)|| ||103||28||30||42||3||2||1136||9.1%||119||26||21.8%||180|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||11||3||2||6||0||1||155||7.1%||17||2||11.8%||19|
|Stats Against (vs. Division)|| ||75||14||27||33||1||4||846||8.9%||102||19||18.6%||132|
|SERGIE BOBROVSKY (All Games)||51||51||1464||1346||91.9%||2||28-23||+3.1||28-23-0||+1||26-22|
|SERGIE BOBROVSKY (Road Games)||26||26||777||712||91.6%||1||12-14||-0.4||12-14-0||-2||11-13|
|SERGIE BOBROVSKY (vs. Division)||17||17||518||477||92.1%||2||8-9||-2.4||8-9-0||-4||9-7|
|SERGIE BOBROVSKY (Last 4 Games)||4||4||100||93||93.0%||1||2-2||-0.4||2-2-0||-1||1-3|
|CURTIS MCELHINNEY (All Games)||26||19||654||595||91.0%||1||8-11||-2.3||8-11-0||-3||8-11|
|CURTIS MCELHINNEY (Road Games)||12||9||306||274||89.5%||0||4-5||-0.1||4-5-0||-1||5-4|
|CURTIS MCELHINNEY (vs. Division)||11||9||273||247||90.5%||0||4-5||-0.6||4-5-0||-1||5-4|
|CURTIS MCELHINNEY (Last 4 Games)||4||1||69||64||92.8%||0||0-1||-1.1||0-1-0||-1||0-1|
|MIKE MCKENNA (All Games)||4||3||114||103||90.4%||0||1-2||-1.2||1-2-0||-1||2-1|
|MIKE MCKENNA (Road Games)||2||1||51||47||92.2%||0||1-0||+1||1-0-0||+1||1-0|
|MIKE MCKENNA (vs. Division)||2||1||51||47||92.2%||0||1-0||+1||1-0-0||+1||1-0|
|MIKE MCKENNA (Last 4 Games)||4||3||114||103||90.4%||0||1-2||-1.2||1-2-0||-1||2-1|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||17-20-0||-5.3||17-20||-5.3||14-19||2.6||31.9||2.6||29.6|
|Last 5 Games||3-2-0||+1||3-2||+1||1-4||3.0||28.0||2.2||35.0|
|Team Stats (All Games)||73||184||38||80||61||5||9||2293||8.0%||258||35||13.6%||296|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||37||95||25||33||34||3||6||1181||8.0%||141||20||14.2%||155|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||15||4||10||1||0||0||140||10.7%||19||5||26.3%||27|
|Team Stats (vs. Division)||24||63||14||33||14||2||0||724||8.7%||79||13||16.5%||109|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||205||61||64||71||9||13||2258||9.1%||225||39||17.3%||351|
|Stats Against (Home Games)|| ||97||30||27||35||5||7||1094||8.9%||107||19||17.8%||170|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||11||4||4||3||0||0||175||6.3%||16||0||0.0%||18|
|Stats Against (vs. Division)|| ||69||15||23||30||1||2||721||9.6%||70||16||22.9%||128|
|ANTON KHUDOBIN (All Games)||30||27||892||829||92.9%||2||16-11||+5.7||16-11-0||+5||7-19|
|ANTON KHUDOBIN (Home Games)||16||13||443||413||93.2%||0||8-5||+1.5||8-5-0||+2||4-8|
|ANTON KHUDOBIN (vs. Division)||11||10||338||313||92.6%||1||7-3||+5.4||7-3-0||+5||3-7|
|ANTON KHUDOBIN (Last 4 Games)||4||3||130||124||95.4%||0||2-1||+1.6||2-1-0||+2||0-3|
|MIKE MURPHY (All Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|MIKE MURPHY (Home Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|MIKE MURPHY (vs. Division)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|JUSTIN PETERS (All Games)||21||21||626||575||91.9%||2||7-14||-5.9||7-14-0||-6||8-11|
|JUSTIN PETERS (Home Games)||10||10||263||240||91.3%||1||4-6||-2||4-6-0||-2||3-6|
|JUSTIN PETERS (vs. Division)||7||7||195||177||90.8%||1||3-4||-0.7||3-4-0||0||3-4|
|JUSTIN PETERS (Last 4 Games)||4||4||108||94||87.0%||0||0-4||-4.4||0-4-0||-4||3-0|
|CAM WARD (All Games)||27||25||730||652||89.3%||0||9-16||-7.2||9-16-0||-8||14-7|
|CAM WARD (Home Games)||14||14||384||347||90.4%||0||5-9||-4.7||5-9-0||-4||7-5|
|CAM WARD (vs. Division)||8||7||186||162||87.1%||0||3-4||-1.6||3-4-0||-2||6-1|
|CAM WARD (Last 4 Games)||4||4||109||97||89.0%||0||2-2||-0.6||2-2-0||-1||3-1|
|Average power rating of opponents played: COLUMBUS 3.11, CAROLINA 3.11|
|3/3/2014||at TORONTO||2-1||W||0, -110||W||5.5 ov||U|
|3/4/2014||DALLAS||4-2||W||0, -140||W||5.5 ev||O|
|3/6/2014||at CHICAGO||1-6||L||0, +165||L||5.5 ov||O|
|3/8/2014||at NASHVILLE||1-0||W||0, +100||W||5.5 un||U|
|3/11/2014||DETROIT||4-1||W||0, -120||W||5.5 un||U|
|3/13/2014||SAN JOSE||3-4||L||0, +110||L||5.5 un||O|
|3/15/2014||at MINNESOTA||2-1||W||0, +120||W||5 ov||U|
|3/18/2014||CAROLINA||1-3||L||0, -175||L||5.5 un||U|
|3/20/2014||at MONTREAL||3-2||W||0, +110||W||5.5 un||U|
|3/21/2014||NY RANGERS||1-3||L||0, +110||L||5 ov||U|
|3/23/2014||at NY ISLANDERS||0-2||L||0, -150||L||5.5 ov||U|
|3/25/2014||DETROIT||4-2||W||0, -145||W||5 ov||O|
|3/28/2014||PITTSBURGH||1-2||L||0, -110||L||5.5 un||U|
|3/29/2014||at CAROLINA|| |
|4/3/2014||at PHILADELPHIA|| |
|4/6/2014||NY ISLANDERS|| |
|4/9/2014||at DALLAS|| |
|3/2/2014||at ANAHEIM||3-5||L||0, +180||L||5.5 un||O|
|3/4/2014||at SAN JOSE||3-2||W||0, +185||W||5.5 un||U|
|3/7/2014||NY RANGERS||2-4||L||0, +120||L||5 ov||O|
|3/8/2014||at NEW JERSEY||4-5||L||0, +115||L||5 ov||O|
|3/11/2014||NY RANGERS||3-1||W||0, +130||W||5 ov||U|
|3/13/2014||BUFFALO||4-2||W||0, -190||W||5.5 un||O|
|3/15/2014||at BOSTON||1-5||L||0, +175||L||5.5 un||O|
|3/16/2014||EDMONTON||1-2||L||0, -140||L||5.5 un||U|
|3/18/2014||at COLUMBUS||3-1||W||0, +155||W||5.5 un||U|
|3/21/2014||at CHICAGO||2-3||L||0, +175||L||5.5 un||U|
|3/22/2014||at WINNIPEG||3-2||W||0, +130||W||5.5 un||U|
|3/25/2014||NY ISLANDERS||4-5||L||0, -185||L||5.5 un||O|
|3/27/2014||at FLORIDA||3-0||W||0, -130||W||5.5 un||U|
|3/31/2014||at OTTAWA|| |
|4/1/2014||at PITTSBURGH|| |
|4/5/2014||NEW JERSEY|| |
|4/8/2014||at NY RANGERS|| |
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The top three topics on sports talk shows in this city are usually Ohio State football, Ohio State football recruiting and Ohio State football's spring practices.
The Columbus Blue Jackets haven't upset that pecking order, although they are elbowing their way into the conversation.
Dead last in the league early in the NHL's shortened last season, the Blue Jackets suddenly found the winning touch. They went 19-5-5 down the stretch, energizing their fan base and shocking a lot of opponents used to walking over the 12-year-old franchise.
With the addition of free agent Nathan Horton to go with Vezina Trophy-winning goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky and a solid if largely unknown roster of proven pros, the Blue Jackets are expecting big things as they prep for a season of promise.
|CAROLINA: RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - The Carolina Hurricanes could have an easier time filling their arena this season - and a tougher time getting back to the playoffs.
The NHL's realignment meant the end of the Southeast Division and placed the Hurricanes into the new Metropolitan Division.
A division packed with some of the league's most popular teams - Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, both New York teams, New Jersey and Washington - might lead to bigger crowds.
But it also figures to make ending their irksome postseason drought a much bigger challenge.
``It's going to be tough. It's a good division,'' defenseman Justin Faulk said. ``Obviously, there's a lot of teams that are pretty good. ... But we're looking forward to it. Every team's good in the league.
``I don't think you go into any game thinking you can just win every game,'' he added. ``Every night, anyone can win, and I think we're pretty confident with the group that we have in here to do a pretty good job.''
Since winning its only Stanley Cup in 2006, Carolina has reached the playoffs just once, in 2009. Among teams in the current configuration of the Eastern Conference, only Toronto and Columbus have not made the postseason since then.
That hasn't exactly been easy for the players to digest, goalie Cam Ward said.
``You can already sense the attitude. ... Guys are hungry and excited to get things going,'' Ward said.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER HOCKEY PREVIEW (COLUMBUS-CAROLINA) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Blue Jackets-Hurricanes Preview* =================================
Columbus (37-29-6) at Carolina (32-32-9), 7:00 p.m. EDT
The Columbus Blue Jackets are among four teams tied with 80 points battling for the Eastern Conference's wild-card spots.
The Blue Jackets are unsure of the status of top goalie Sergei Bobrovsky as they try to improve their postseason position Saturday night on the road against the Carolina Hurricanes.
Columbus (37-30-6) failed to get a leg up on the competition Friday, losing 2-1 at home to Pittsburgh. Toronto also lost in regulation and Washington and Detroit were idle among the other teams with 80 points.
"We gotta put this one behind us right away and start focusing on Carolina," coach Todd Richards said.
Bobrovsky did not play after the reigning Vezina Trophy winner left after one period due to the flu in Tuesday's 4-2 win over Detroit. Curtis McElhinney replaced him in that contest and made 29 saves Friday.
The Blue Jackets recalled goalie Mike McKenna from Springfield of the AHL as insurance Thursday, though Bobrovsky will travel to Carolina.
Richards said that he will assess what he needs to do to jump-start the Blue Jackets in the second half of a back-to-back set.
"Possibility of getting some guys in the lineup just to maybe try to get some fresh legs, and some more energy, some new energy," the coach said. "But that stuff, that we'll discuss as a group. But as far as there's nothing systematically, as far as what Carolina does and what we need to address as a group."
Columbus has shown improvement on the power play, going 3 for 8 in the last two games after an 0-for-35 drought.
Second-year center Ryan Johansen remains one goal shy of joining Rick Nash and Geoff Sanderson as the only Blue Jackets in history to score 30 in a season.
Right behind Johansen is Carolina top goal scorer Jeff Skinner, who is three shy of his career best with 28.
The Blue Jackets and Hurricanes have split four meetings. The last three featured goalie matchups between Bobrovsky and Anton Khudobin.
Khudobin is 2-1-0 with a 2.00 goals-against average in those games. He had 35 saves for his first shutout of the season in Thursday's 3-0 victory over Florida.
"He's been playing so well all year," coach Kirk Muller said. "I know the score was 3-0 tonight but we still make it interesting and make some mistakes but he's there to make up for it."
Jiri Tlusty scored twice and Skinner had the other tally for Carolina, which has 73 points.
"There's a lot of fight in the guys still," Muller said. "You approach it still as one game at a time."
Carolina opponents are 0 for 16 on the power play in the last five games and Columbus is 1 for 10 with the man advantage in the season series.
Matt Calvert had the lone goal Friday for the Blue Jackets, losers of three of four.
"We have to understand the urgency and desperation we have to come out (at Carolina)," defenseman James Wisniewski said.
|Last Updated: 9/1/2014 8:28:01 PM EST|