|Division Rank||7th Metro||4th Central|
|Conference Rank||14th EC||8th WC|
|Streak||Won 1||Lost 1|
|Power Play %||20.0%||11.5%|
|Penalty Kill %||78.3%||88.5%|
|ES Goals For %||44.2%||40.0%|
|ES Corsi For %||51.0%||49.2%|
|ES Save Percentage||.908||.932|
|ES Save Percentage||.897||.941|
- The Canes and Jets wrap up their season series tonight. The two teams met just three weeks ago, on October 21, and the Canes were still looking for their first win of the season. They didn't get it that night, losing 3-1 with Jiri Tlusty getting the lone tally, and went on to lose three more before turning things around with a 5-0-1 November including a big 4-1 victory over Calgary Monday night.
- Outside of their November run, the big story for the Canes is the forward line shake-up that Bill Peters rolled out during the Calgary game and continued into practice yesterday. Moving Jeff Skinner and Alexander Semin to a line with Jay McClement seemed to energize the two wingers, with Skinner finishing off a beautiful pass from Semin for his 100th career NHL goal. The other line change saw Eric Staal move to Victor Rask's wing along with Jiri Tlusty, a move Peters had been interested in implementing with both Staal brothers on a line, but decided not to wait for Jordan's return later this season.
- Brett Bellemore is still considered day-to-day with an upper body injury, though he did practice yesterday. Peters didn't sound confident that Bellemore was quite ready to return. He'll be evaluated again today.
- Justin Faulk tied his career best game with three points (1g, 2a). Alexander Semin still doesn't have a goal this season, but he has three assists in his last three games and is one point away from 500 career NHL points.
- Cam Ward gets the start again tonight, his sixth. He's been the Wardo of old over the last few games, stopping pucks and having fun, and he spend some time with Adam Gold and Joe Ovies today in a very candid interview about his bounce-back [WRALSportsFan].
- John Forslund previewed tonight's game for Illegal Curve Hockey [TSN1290].
- Jeff Skinner was on the Marek vs. Wyshynski podcast today (starts around the 18-minute mark) [Puck Daddy].
- Bill Peters provided an audio interview after yesterday's practice [ch.com], and for those who missed it, he spent some time with Adam and Joe Tuesday afternoon discussing why the team had been so good as of late [WRALSportsFan].
- The Jets are in the middle of a five-game road trip. They won in a shootout against Ottawa on Saturday night before being shut out 3-0 in Montreal Tuesday night. They are 4-1-1 in November.
- The Jets aren't generating a lot of points on the score sheet these days but they're playing an honest, physical, hard-working style with solid defense and strong performances in net. This is reflected in their special team numbers where they are third in the league on the penalty kill but 27th on the power play. Bryan Little (11), Andrew Ladd (10), and Blake Wheeler (10) lead the team in points.
- The Jets arrived in Raleigh after Tuesday's game and practiced at PNC yesterday. I know y'all miss hearing him, so here's Paul Maurice after he spoke to the media [Illegal Curve].
- The projected lines that are posted represent how the Jets lined up for Tuesday's game but there could be quite a few changes tonight. Anthony Peluso, Matt Halischuk, and Adam Pardy are all ready to return, and Maurice stated he needed to get them back in the line-up during the road trip.
- Maurice also strongly hinted that Michael Hutchinson may get the start in net tonight. The Jets have been riding Ondrej Pavelec hard (only Cory Schneider in New Jersey has more starts and saves) but he has been strong. Hutchinson only has six NHL starts, but he was stellar in his last start, a shutout win against the Blackhawks.
Hurricanes (from yesterday's practice)
Injuries: Anthony Peluso (IR, upper body), Matt Halischuk, Adam Pardy
The Canes wrap up their Stock the Pantry Food Drive tonight. You can still bring non-perishable food items to tonight and receive a buy-one-get-one-free ticket voucher for tonight's game. There are several other ticket specials available tonight including College Game Night pricing. Good seats are still available. Canes are back in black for this one. See you at the rink.