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Game Day Hurricanes vs Sharks

Anton Khudobin gets the start in front of the home crowd tonight.

Carolina Hurricanes vs San Jose Sharks
November 16, 2014 - 5:00 pm ET
PNC Arena - Raleigh, NC
TV - Fox Sports South (channel guide)
Radio - 99.9 FM The Fan
SB Nation Rival Blog - Fear the Fin

Fancy Stats

Hurricanes Sharks
Record 5-8-3 9-8-2
Points 13 20
Division Rank 7th Metro 5th Pacific
Conference Rank 14th EC 8th WC
Streak Lost 2 Lost 1

Power Play % 19.6% 23.0%
Penalty Kill % 80.0% 82.8%
Goals/Game 2.31 2.74
Goals Against/Game 2.94 2.68
Shots/Game 28.4 32.4
Shots Against/Game 28.2 31.8
ES Goals For % 42.6% 47.8%
ES Corsi For % 50.7% 50.6%
PIM/Game 8.6 12.2

Goaltender Khudobin Niemi
Record 0-3-2 7-4-0
ES Save Percentage .897 .925
GAA 3.34 2.59

Goaltender Ward Grosenick
Record 5-5-1 -
ES Save Percentage .912 -
GAA 2.44 -

Game Notes

  • The Hurricanes and Sharks limp into today's game having lost yesterday by identical 2-1 scores and bemoaning squandered opportunities that could have given them both better fates. After taking a 1-0 lead early against the Bruins, the Canes were unable to convert on an extended 5-on-3 power play, and the Bruins used the swing in momentum to tie the game and then go ahead without ever looking back. The Sharks had a game-tying opportunity with a four-minute power play in the waning minutes of the third period against Columbus but were unable to convert.
  • In addition to the home ice advantage (4-2-1 this season), the Canes got about a six-hour jump start on their arrival back in Raleigh owing to yesterday's earlier start time in Boston.
  • The Canes have won five of the last six games played against the Sharks in PNC Arena.
  • Jiri Tlusty regained his position as the Canes' leader in goals (7) after deflecting a shot from Justin Faulk, who has six points in his last four games. Elias Lindholm logged five points (2g, 3a) in two games against the Sharks last season.
  • There are no known changes to the forward lines or defense pairings as of this morning, so the projected lines and injuries/scratches are as they were reported yesterday.
  • Anton Khudobin will get the start in net today, his first start at PNC Arena this season. Dobby has faced the Sharks once before, a first-star effort in a 3-2 overtime win on March 4, 2014 in San Jose.
  • The Sharks are in Raleigh for their sixth game of a seven-game road trip, where so far they are 2-3-0. Like the Canes, they are playing their third game in four days.
  • Joe Pavelski scored the lone goal against the Blue Jackets yesterday, his 199th. Pavelski leads the Sharks with eight goals. The Sharks have five players with more than 15 points through 19 games. Joe Thornton, Brent Burns, and Patrick Marleau each have 17 points, and Pavelski and Logan Couture both have 16.
  • Antti Niemi faced 28 shots in last night's loss. Niemi has started the last four games for the Sharks. With the back-to-back scenario, head coach Todd McLellan could give backup netminder Troy Grosenick his first NHL start today. Grosenick was called up Wednesday from the AHL Worcester Sharks after Alex Stalock was placed on injured reserve. Grosenick was leading the AHL in wins with a 7-2-1 record.
  • Canes fans may recognize a familiar face in the Sharks line-up today. Barclay Goodrow was an invitee to the Canes prospect conditioning camp in the summer of 2011 and was signed by the Sharks as a free agent in March at the end of his OHL career. He's played in six games this season, with no points thus far (side note, looking back that was quite an interesting camp roster).

Projected line-ups

Hurricanes (from yesterday's game)

Jiri Tlusty - Eric Staal - Zach Boychuk
Nathan Gerbe - Riley Nash - Elias Lindholm
Jeff Skinner - Victor Rask - Chris Terry
Brad Malone - Jay McClement - Patrick Dwyer

Andrej Sekera - Justin Faulk
Tim Gleason - John-Michael Liles
Ron Hainsey - Brett Bellemore

Anton Khudobin
Cam Ward

Injuries and Scratches: Jordan Staal (IR broken fibula), Jay Harrison (lower body), Alexander Semin (upper body)

Sharks (from yesterday's game)

Patrick Marleau - Logan Couture - Matt Nieto
Tomas Hertl - Joe Thornton - Joe Pavelski
Barclay Goodrow - James Sheppard - Tommy Wingels
Tyler Kennedy - Andrew Desjardins - Adam Burish

Mirco Mueller - Brent Burns
Marc-Edouard Vlasic - Justin Braun
Scott Hannan - Jason Demers

Antti Niemi
Troy Grosenick

Injuries and Scratches: Mike Brown (hand), Raffi Torres (knee), Alex Stalock (lower body), John Scott (healthy), Tye McGinn (healthy), Matt Irwin (healthy)

Note the early evening start and alternative TV coverage. This is the last time to see the Canes at PNC Arena until after Thanksgiving, as the team heads out on a five-game road trip after this one. Good seats are still available. See you at the rink.