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Quick hits from the Canes’ morning skate

Defenseman Rasmus Rissanen will play his third NHL game and Michal Jordan his 31st Tuesday as the Canes face the Columbus Blue Jackets at PNC Arena.

Veteran John-Michael Liles is available, but Canes coach Bill Peters continues to evaluate and experiment with younger D-men.

Justin Faulk and Ron Hainsey will again be the top pair on D. Plenty of experience there. But Ryan Murphy (74 games) and Brett Bellemore (108) will be the other two defensemen in the lineup -- Murphy paired with Rissanen, Bellemore with Jordan.

Faulk will be playing his 245th game. As for Hainsey, he will be in his 737th, more than the other five combined.

"We'll have a better feel after the homestand," Peters said of his D-men. "It's only been two games for 'Riss' so I think he will settle in and get going. Michal Jordan is going to play on the power play today, so a good opportunity for him and (Murphy) together. They haven't been together much, if at all, on the power play.

"I think we have guys in the right spots. We'll see if they take advantage of their opportunities."

-- Rissanen had a first-period turnover Sunday against Edmonton that quickly led to a two-on-one rush for the Oilers and a goal by Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. All eyes were on Rissanen after the play but Peters said it wasn't simply a case of a glaring rookie mistake.

"He looks bad on the play but we didn't have an option on the wall for him," Peters said. "If we had a winger on the wall he would have made a simple up pass instead having to play through the middle. He looks bad on it but there's more that goes into it than that.

"We're going to play him. He knows were going to play him and we're going to get a look at all these guys."

-- Defenseman Jack Hillen will miss his second straight game with what has been diagnosed as a concussion.

-- The Canes’ lines will have Jordan Staal centering Nathan Gerbe and Andrej Nestrasil; Victor Rask at center with Eric Staal and Elias Lindholm; Riley Nash with Jeff Skinner and Alex Semin, and Jay McClement with Brad Malone and Pat Dwyer. Chris Terry is the extra forward.

Goaltender Cam Ward will start in net for the fourth time in the past five games.

-- The Canes (25-32-7) are coming off their highest scoring game of the season, a 7-4 win over the Oilers. It was the first time since Nov. 17, 2010, when the Canes beat Ottawa 7-1, that Carolina had scored seven goals in a game.

The Blue Jackets (27-34-4) have dropped eight of their past nine games (1-7-1) but won 3-2 at New Jersey on Friday.

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