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Game Day Canes vs. Blues

The Canes have won three in a row (What???) and Anton Khudobin has won six in a row (Whoa!!!). He'll get his fourth straight start in net tonight.

Note to Dobby: If you see Vladimir Tarasenko barreling toward you, do NOT stop to take a selfie.
Note to Dobby: If you see Vladimir Tarasenko barreling toward you, do NOT stop to take a selfie.

Carolina Hurricanes vs. St. Louis Blues
January 30, 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 - St. Louis Game Time

Fancy Stats

Hurricanes Blues
Record 17-25-5 30-13-4
Points 39 64
Division Rank 8th Metro 2nd Central
Conference Rank 15th EC 3rd WC
Streak Won 3 Won 3

Power Play % 16.9% 24.5%
Penalty Kill % 87.3% 81.0%
Goals/Game 2.11 3.15
Goals Against/Game 2.51 2.40
Shots/Game 29.5 31.4
Shots Against/Game 27.8 27.3
ES Goals For % 43.2% 57.2%
ES Corsi For % 51.1% 51.2%
ES PDO 97.5 101.4
PIM/Game 7.8 11.1

Goaltender Ward Elliott
Record 11-17-3 14-5-2
ES Save Percentage .910 .943
GAA 2.45 1.95

Goaltender Khudobin Allen
Record 6-8-2 13-5-2
ES Save Percentage .920 .908
GAA 2.30 2.65

Stats via and War on Ice

Game Notes

  • The Hurricanes are a very respectable 7-2-1 in the month of January, with their one overtime loss coming in a 5-4 shootout loss to tonight's opponent, the St. Louis Blues, on January 10th.
  • The Canes have won three straight, and head coach Bill Peters is staying with same line-up that won those last three games because why not, things are obviously working, with the latest outcome a 4-2 win Tuesday to topple the Tampa Bay Lightning from the top of the Eastern Conference standings.
  • The only question mark coming out of Tuesday's game was Jiri Tlusty, who was slammed into the boards during the game and didn't practice Wednesday. He returned to practice yesterday and though still not at 100 percent, is expected to be in tonight's game.
  • Anton Khudobin, who gets the start in net again tonight, has won his last six consecutive starts. During those six games he has a 1.44 GAA and a .946 save percentage.
  • To quote Tripp Tracy, leaders win with leadership. Eric and Jordan Staal have four points apiece in their last two games.
  • The Blues are pretty respectable in January as well, with an 8-1-1 record. Though ranked second in the league with 3.15 goals/game, they've been averaging closer to 4.5 goals per game over the last stretch of 10 games.
  • The Blues were in action last night, their first game since the All-Star break. After holding a ceremonial puck drop to honor a former NHL player who recently announced his retirement (didn't see a lot of details about it but I think it was this guy), the Blues scored four second period goals to lead the Nashville Predators 4-3 going into the third period, only to give up a late goal that forced overtime. The Blues were able to prevail in the shootout for a 5-4 win. T.J. Oshie had a goal in regulation and also scored in the shootout, and All-Star Kevin Shattenkirk celebrated his 26th birthday by scoring the shootout winner.
  • Marcel Goc played in his first game as a Blues player last night, after being acquired in a trade with the Penguins for Maxim Lapierre. He played almost 13 minutes and won 13 of 18 face-offs centering the fourth line.
  • Forwards Patrik Berglund and Jori Lehtera sustained upper body injuries in last night's game and afterwards head coach Ken Hitchcock said that neither will play tonight. Joakim Lindstrom was a healthy scratch and will may draw into the line-up, but it hasn't been determined if the Blues will call up another forward or dress seven defensemen. Jake Allen is expected to start in net. With a very late arrival in Raleigh, any other line-up changes likely won't be known until closer to game time.
  • Don't forget to look for assistant coach Kirk Muller behind the bench for the Blues in his first return to Raleigh since being fired by the Canes back in May.
  • Congratulations to our colleagues at St. Louis Game Time on 20 years of covering the Blues through their fan-run newspaper.

Projected line-ups

Hurricanes (from Thursday's practice)

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

Andrej Sekera - Justin Faulk
Tim Gleason - Ryan Murphy
Ron Hainsey - Brett Bellemore

Anton Khudobin
Cam Ward

Injuries and Scratches:, Alexander Semin (healthy), Andrej Nestrasil (healthy), John-Michael Liles (healthy)

Blues (from Thursday's game)

Alexander Steen - David Backes - T.J. Oshie
Jaden Schwartz - Jori Lehtera - Vladimir Tarasenko
Patrik Berglund - Paul Stastny - Dmitrij Jaskin
Steve Ott - Marcel Goc - Ryan Reaves

Jay Bouwmeester - Alex Pietrangelo
Carl Gunnarsson - Kevin Shattenkirk
Barret Jackman - Ian Cole

Brian Elliott
Jake Allen

Injuries and Scratches: Chris Porter (ankle), Joakim Lindstrom (healthy), Chris Butler (healthy)

Programming note: Another reminder that tonight's game is on Fox Sports South. Check here for channel listings for your provider.