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Game Day Canes vs Avalanche

The Canes are back (in black) at PNC Arena tonight to take on the much-improved Colorado Avalanche.

Jamie Kellner

Carolina Hurricanes vs. Colorado Avalanche
January 13, 2015 - 7:00 pm ET
PNC Arena - Raleigh, NC
TV - Fox Sports South --- Note Broadcast Change
Radio - 99.9 FM The Fan
SB Nation Rival Blog - Mile High Hockey

Fancy Stats

Hurricanes Avalanche
Record 13-24-5 18-17-8
Points 31 44
Division Rank 8th Metro 5th Central
Conference Rank 16th EC 10th WC
Streak OT 1 Lost 1

Power Play % 17.8% 14.7%
Penalty Kill % 86.7% 85.1%
Goals/Game 2.05 2.51
Goals Against/Game 2.57 2.84
Shots/Game 29.3 28.6
Shots Against/Game 27.7 34.2
ES Goals For % 41.3% 50.0%
ES Corsi For % 51.2% 44.3%
ES PDO 96.9 101.2
PIM/Game 7.8 10.7

Goaltender Ward Varlamov
Record 11-16-3 10-9-5
ES Save Percentage .913 .911
GAA 2.40 2.74

Goaltender Khudobin Pickard
Record 2-8-2 6-6-2
ES Save Percentage .905 .948
GAA 2.55 2.21

Stats via and War on Ice

Game Notes

  • The Carolina Hurricanes and Colorado Avalanche close out their two-game season series tonight. The teams met in Denver on November 22nd, where the Canes have never won since the franchise moved to Raleigh. Thing were looking good early, and the Canes jumped out to a 3-1 lead in the first period, chasing starting goaltender Reto Berra from the crease. But rookie netminder Calvin Pickard was up to the task, shutting down the Canes the rest of the way, and the Avalanche ultimately prevailed in a come-from-behind 4-3 victory for Pickard's first NHL win. Recalled yesterday from Lake Erie, he'll get the nod against the Canes again tonight, 6-6-2 on the season with a 2.21 GAA and .934 save percentage.
  • The Canes should be healthy and well-rested for tonight's match. Coming off Saturday's 5-4 shootout loss against the St. Louis Blues, they had a scheduled day off on Sunday and all players were present and accounted for at yesterday's practice.
  • There were no announced line-up changes coming out of yesterday's practice. John-Michael Liles was a healthy scratch Saturday, but given that Bill Peters has typically pulled players into the line-up against their former teams, and Liles did have a goal against his former club in the November game, it's possible he'll draw back into tonight's line-up. More updates should be available after the morning skate. (Update 11:30 am: Chris Terry and Brett Bellemore are the healthy extras; Anton Khudobin will start in net).
  • After scoring just 18 goals in 14 games during the month of December, the Canes have now scored 15 goals in five games in January, and an improved 3-1-1 record is the result. They boast the fourth-best penalty kill in the league (86.7%) and have been perfect on the PK for 10 straight games. Three players (Eric Staal, Victor Rask, and Jeff Skinner) have three-game point streaks, and four players (Alexander Semin, Nathan Gerbe, Riley Nash, and Ryan Murphy) have points in two straight games.
  • The Colorado Avalanche had won three straight games before losing 2-1 to the Washington Capitals last night in their first game of a five-game road trip. Alex Tanguay scored the lone goal for the Avalanche, breaking an eight-game goalless streak.
  • The Avs started the season slow and with a long list of injuries. Since they faced the Canes in November, they've improved two spots in the Central Division and three spots in the Western Conference. They are still on the outside looking in but only four points out of a wild card spot.
  • Avalanche goaltender Semyon Varlamov was awarded the NHL's second star last week with a 3-0-0 record and a franchise-setting 127 saves.
  • Jarome Iginla (12g, 16a) and Alex Tanguay (13g, 15a) are tied at the top of the Avs leader board with 28 points.
  • The Avalanche traveled to Raleigh last night and will play their second game of a back-to-back tonight, so in all likelihood they won't practice today and any updates to their line-up will be forthcoming later in the day.

Projected line-ups

Hurricanes depth chart (Updated 11:30 am from Tuesday morning skate)

Eric Staal - Jordan Staal - Elias Lindholm
Jeff Skinner - Victor Rask - Alexander Semin
Nathan Gerbe - Riley Nash - Jiri Tlusty
Brad Malone - Jay McClement - Patrick Dwyer

Andrej Sekera - Justin Faulk
Ron Hainsey - John-Michael Liles
Tim Gleason - Ryan Murphy

Anton Khudobin
Cam Ward

Injuries and Scratches: Andrej Nestrasil (IR upper body), Chris Terry (healthy), Brett Bellemore (healthy)

Avalanche depth chart (from Monday's game)

Alex Tanguay - Ryan O'Reilly - Jarome Iginla
Max Talbot - John Mitchell - Nathan MacKinnon
Gabriel Landeskog - Matt Duchene - Borna Rendulic
Cody McLeod - Marc Andre Cliche - Daniel Briere

Jan Hejda - Erik Johnson
Nate Guenin - Tyson Barrie
Brad Stuart - Nick Holden

Calvin Pickard
Semyon Varlamov

Injuries and Scratches: Patrick Bordeleau (IR fractured kneecap), Jamie McGinn (IR back surgery), Ben Street (IR hand), Jesse Winchester (IR concussion), Ryan Wilson (IR shoulder surgery), Zach Redmond (healthy)

The Canes are back in black, and it's Teacher Appreciation Night with special ticket discounts (click here for details). Bring a new book for the Hurricanes Book Drive and enter to win signed Canes memorabilia. Good seats are still available. Sports South if you're looking for the show on your TV provider.