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Game Day Hurricanes at Canucks: The Captain Returns

The Captain returns tonight. Can he lead the Canes to their first win?

Carolina Hurricanes at Vancouver Canucks
October 28, 2014 - 10:00 pm ET
Rogers Arena - Vancouver, BC
TV - Fox Sports Carolinas
Radio - 99.9 FM The Fan
SB Nation Rival Blog - Nucks Misconduct

Fancy Stats

Hurricanes Canucks
Record 0-5-2 5-3-0
Points 2 10
Division Rank 8th Metro 5th Pacific
Conference Rank 16th EC 7th WC
Streak Lost 3 Won 1

Power Play % 21.7% 21.2%
Penalty Kill % 80.8% 84.8%
Goals/Game 2.00 3.25
Goals Against/Game 3.86 3.25
Shots/Game 24.4 33.8
Shots Against/Game 28.0 29.5
ES Goals For % 30.0% 44.4%
ES Corsi For % 49.6% 50.5%
PIM/Game 10.4 12.8

Goaltender Ward Miller
Record 0-2-1 5-1-0
ES Save Percentage .814 .917
GAA 4.24 2.58

Goaltender Khudobin Lack
Record 0-3-1 0-2-0
ES Save Percentage .891 .853
GAA 3.24 4.62

Game Notes

  • Eric Staal returns to the Hurricanes line-up tonight, and by the time the game wraps up in Vancouver, it will be October 29th in the Eastern time zone and he'll be celebrating his 30th birthday. It would be a nice present not only for him but for all Canes fans willing to stay up late for the team to close out this Western Conference road trip with a 'W'. There's a precedent here. The last time the Canes went out west on an extended road trip they eked out a win in their last game (vs. Sharks 3/4/14).
  • On Sunday morning, after Saturday's win by the Sabres, the Canes officially found themselves at the bottom of the NHL standings, dead last, or alternatively, first in the McEichel standings. Seven straight winless games is a franchise worst season start (previous record was five winless in 2003-04).
  • The line-up below is as the team practiced yesterday. The captain's return bumped Victor Rask to a fourth line role. Nathan Gerbe and Patrick Dwyer remain out although both saw some practice time with the team yesterday, still in no-contact jerseys. Justin Faulk and Andrej Sekera were reunited on the blue line.
  • Jeff Skinner is two goals shy of 100 NHL career goals, and Alexander Semin is four points away from 500 NHL career points.
  • The Canucks are off to a solid start under new head coach Willie Desjardins. They defeated the Capitals on Sunday night, so the Canes won't be catching the brunt of a team coming off a "motivational speech".
  • As far as a scouting report on the Canucks, I can't do any better than the words of a guy who covers the team daily. Check out Harrison Mooney from the Vancouver Sun, joining Section 328 on their Cheaters Never Win podcast last week (34-minute mark). It's good stuff.
  • In addition to the always-reliable Sedins, former Cane Radim Vrbata (10 points) and Nick Bonino (7 points) are two newcomers that are fitting in well with solid offensive production.
  • Though neither starting goaltender is confirmed, reports coming out of yesterday's practice suggest that Cam Ward and Ryan Miller will be facing each other in net.

Projected line-ups

Hurricanes (from yesterday's practice)

Jiri Tlusty - Eric Staal - Alexander Semin
Jeff Skinner - Riley Nash - Elias Lindholm
Chris Terry - Jay McClement - Zach Boychuk
Brad Malone - Victor Rask - Patrick Brown Brody Sutter

Andrej Sekera - Justin Faulk
Tim Gleason - Ryan Murphy
Ron Hainsey - John-Michael Liles
Jay Harrison - Brett Bellemore

Cam Ward
Anton Khudobin

Injuries: Jordan Staal (IR broken fibula), Patrick Dwyer (IR lower body), Nathan Gerbe (DTD lower body)

Canucks (from team website)

Daniel Sedin - Henrik Sedin - Radim Vrbata
Chris Higgins - Nick Bonino - Alexander Burrows
Shawn Matthias - Brad Richardson - Zack Kassian
Derek Dorsett - Linden Vey - Jannik Hansen

Luca Sbisa - Kevin Bieksa
Alexander Edler - Christopher Tanev
Dan Hamhuis - Yannick Weber

Ryan Miller
Eddie Lack

Injuries and Scratches: Ryan Stanton (IR groin), Frank Corrado, Tom Sestito, Bo Horvat

The game is back on FS Carolinas tonight. Stay up with us. We'll have the game thread ready by 9:30 pm. See you there.