After defeating the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden on Monday evening, the Jackets were rewarded with a few days off before taking on the Carolina Hurricanes back at home tonight.

In addition to the game being the home debut of Nathan Horton, Matt Calvert made his return to the lineup. This, combined with the loss of Blake Comeau to injury led to a reshuffling of the lines. The duo of Artem Anisimov and Horton remained together, now joined by rookie Boone Jenner. Jenner would go on to have a big impact early, scoring the game's opening goal.

The opening three-quarters of the first period can be summarized in one statement- plodding. From an entertainment perspective- it just wasn't. It was like watching two teams that had never played each other, like they were feeling each other out. There was a complete lack of flow for most of the opening frame on both sides, with the first decent scoring chance not occurring until just past the midway point of the period. Nick Foligno took a beauty feed, all alone in front of the net, but clanked the puck off the pipe.

David Savard has been terrific lately, but he had a shift to forget in the opening frame. In addition to turning the puck over to Jeff Skinner in the defensive zone, he blew a tire in his own end moments later, but luckily in both situations no harm was done.