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Hurricanes visit the Blue Jackets after Teravainen’s 2-goal game

December 31, 2021 GMT

Carolina Hurricanes (22-7-1, second in the Metropolitan) vs. Columbus Blue Jackets (15-13-1, seventh in the Metropolitan)

Columbus, Ohio; Saturday, 1 p.m. EST

BOTTOM LINE: Carolina visits the Columbus Blue Jackets after Teuvo Teravainen scored two goals in the Hurricanes’ 4-0 victory over the Canadiens.

The Blue Jackets have gone 2-5-0 against division opponents. Columbus leads the Eastern Conference with 5.6 assists per game, led by Jakub Voracek averaging 0.8.

The Hurricanes are 3-2-0 against the rest of their division. Carolina is eighth in the NHL averaging 5.8 assists per game, led by Sebastian Aho with 0.7.

In their last meeting on Oct. 23, Carolina won 5-1. Vincent Trocheck scored a team-high two goals for the Hurricanes in the victory.

TOP PERFORMERS: Vladislav Gavrikov leads the Blue Jackets with a plus-seven in 29 games this season. Alexandre Texier has four goals and four assists over the last 10 games for Columbus.

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Aho has 34 total points while scoring 15 goals and totaling 19 assists for the Hurricanes. Teravainen has 11 points over the last 10 games for Carolina.

LAST 10 GAMES: Blue Jackets: 3-6-1, averaging 2.7 goals, 4.6 assists, 2.6 penalties and 5.8 penalty minutes while giving up 3.6 goals per game with an .898 save percentage.

Hurricanes: 7-3-0, averaging 3.3 goals, 5.8 assists, 3.4 penalties and nine penalty minutes while giving up 1.8 goals per game with a .928 save percentage.

INJURIES: Blue Jackets: Joonas Korpisalo: out (covid-19), Gavin Bayreuther: out (covid-19), Eric Robinson: out (covid-19), Oliver Bjorkstrand: out (health protocols).

Hurricanes: Frederik Andersen: out (covid-19), Seth Jarvis: day to day (health protocols), Martin Necas: day to day (upper body), Brett Pesce: out (covid-19 protocols), Sebastian Aho: day to day (health protocols).

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The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar.