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GDT: Canes @ Columbus 1/16 7:00

andyt

Canes Moderator
Staff member
The Canes play their last road game of the month and kick off a back to back and 3 games in 4 days.

We might see some line shuffling tonight. Haula practiced on Aho’s wing yesterday and Williams jumped in on multiple lines again. I don’t think he’ll be playing though, he and RBA will assess his readiness over the weekend. Reimer probably gets the start.

Columbus sits 2 points behind the Canes, but have played 1 more game. They’ve gone on a run since losing starting goalie Joonas Korpisalo. Elvis Merzlikins is 6-2-1 with a 1.64 GAA and .950 save % and 2 shutouts, coming in their last 2 games, against Vegas and Boston. Pierre-Luc Dubois leads with 15 goals and 34 points. Gus Nyquist and Seth Jones have 21 assists. Oliver Bjorkstrand and Cam Atkinson have both been out since before Christmas but both could play tonight. Old friend Nathan Gerbe has 7 points in 11 games since being recalled on December 23. The Jackets don’t score a lot, 28th in goals for per game at 2.64. They defend well though, 2.60 goals against per game, 4th in the league. They’re 23rd on the PP at 17.7% and 12th on the PK at 81.8%
 

jeffbear

Mod Squad
Staff member
The Canes haven't seen Columbus since October, but the Jackets have already beaten them twice. They beat both Reimer and Mrazek, and both games were tooth and nail battles. And that was back when they were scuffling. Now they're at least playing pretty much the same game every night. With Torts teams it always seems to come down to goaltending, and for the last month or so the Jackets have gotten enough puck stopping to get some traction in the standings.

Bottom line ... this is not a great matchup for the Canes. They'll need to pick it up from the kind of kinda/sorta effort they had in DC last time out, because that's not going to cut it tonight either. Columbus is a puck pressure team that also likes to trap, and speed is the real key because they're vulnerable when they shift gears from pressure to position. That means you have to floor it all game ... which a lot of teams just aren't interested in doing. The other key is handling the puck in your own end under pressure, and that's where Columbus did their damage in the first two games. Whoever ends up on that 3rd D pairing better strap in, because they're going to get blitzed. It is the way for the clan of Torts.
 

jeffbear

Mod Squad
Staff member
Yeah ... it's not a comfortable matchup, to be sure. I'd be loathe to draw any big picture conclusions from this one game though. The Canes are scuffling a bit regardless.
 

andyt

Canes Moderator
Staff member
Tonight’s officials:

Referees:
Kyle Rehman #10, Kevin Pollock #33

Linesmen:
James Tobias #61, Andrew Smith #61

Canes are 5-0 in the last 2 years with Rehman, 1-4 with Pollock. Home teams have great records with both, 16-6 for Rehman, 2nd in the league, 15-9 for Pollock, 10th in the league. Rehman calls most of his penalties in the 2nd period, 43%. Pollock starts at 42% in the first and is down to 22% in the 3rd.
 

andyt

Canes Moderator
Staff member
Line shuffling tonight. Aho back to a wing. Mrazek in goal.


Svechnikov-Staal-Teravainen
Aho-Haula-Foegele
Dzingel-Wallmark-Necas
Niederreiter-Martinook-McGinn

Slavin-Hamilton
Edmundson-Pesce
Gardiner-van Riemsdyk
 

Punzil

Well-known member
Game barely starts and there's a goal. Hey, look... it's Nathan Gerbe. (not with the goal, he's just there...)

Foegele for holding.
 
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