Ramblings: Svechnikov’s First Point, E. Kane Looking Comfortable, & Stacking Mates (Oct 6th)

Cam Robinson

2018-10-06

 

Just two games were on tap Friday night. The early affair saw Carolina visit Columbus. Both teams were on the tail-end of back-to-backs with travel after CBJ earned an OT victory in Detroit and the Hurricanes took the OT loss versus NYI the night before.

 

If you were to formulate odds based on the starting netminders, Columbus looked strong. They sat Bobrovsky in the season opener to have him rested for their first home tilt. Meanwhile, the Canes are without Scott Darling for a few weeks and went to recently waiver-acquired Curtis McElhinney.

 

Just under two minutes into the game bore witness to a moment to remember for one young player. Andrei Svechnikov stripped the puck with a nice poke, turned up ice and fed a nice dish to Jordan Martinook who made no mistake. This is the first of many many points for the young Russian. He's going to be a force in Carolina for years to come. 

 

 

10 minutes later, CBJ got on the board with a tally from Brandon Dubinsky.  After that, the Blue Jackets were stymied by the former Maple Leafs' netminder. McElhinney stopped 31 saves and was named the first star of the game. Sebastion Aho and Michael Ferland each added a goal and an assist as the Hurricanes are now 1-0-1 on the season. 

 

Despite the preseason struggles at centre, Aho looked more comfortable there tonight. He won 50 percent of his faceoffs and controlled play at even-strength. This may not be the true breakout season for the 21-year-old, but he's getting close. 

 

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The late affair was extra late. After an emotional opening ceremony play got underway at 8 pm PST. You can be assured that the entire eastern seaboard was already snooz