|Division Rank||6th Metro||2nd Atlantic|
|Conference Rank||14th EC||2nd EC|
|Last 10 Games||0-3-0||3-0-0|
|Streak||Lost 3||Won 3|
|ES Goals For %||27.3%||70.0%|
|ES Corsi For %||57.5%||46.2%|
|Power Play % (Rank)||7.7% (23rd)||25.0% (11th)|
|Penalty Kill % (Rank)||85.7% (11th)||91.7% (5th)|
|ES Save %||.848||.973|
|ES Save %||.889||.943|
*Stats from NHL.com and War on Ice
- First off a programming note for both weekend games, which will be broadcast on Fox Sports SE. Here are the alternate channels:
- The State Fair is here, which means the Carolina Hurricanes have to hightail it out of town for a couple of weeks. This year's road trip plays out in three acts. First up is an Eastern Conference back-to-back (their first of 16 this season). Afterwards it's back to Raleigh for a couple of sleeps, then westbound for three games in four nights (second set of back-to-backs) against Western Conference opponents. After a two-day break they return to the eastern timezone for three more games in four nights, the first two on the road and the third (the back end of their third set of back-to-backs) in Raleigh on October 30. If my math is correct that's eight opponents, seven on the road, three back-to-back game sets, to close out the month of October. And somewhere along the way they need to WIN A DAMN HOCKEY GAME.
- Four games in and the Canes are already getting a chance to avenge their home opener loss to the Detroit Red Wings. In fact, the Canes and Wings will wrap up their three-game season series before the end of the month, playing in Detroit again on October 27. The Canes' record in Joe Louis arena isn't pretty, they've only won there once during the regular season (4/11/14) since the team relocated from Hartford. The Wings remain undefeated at this early stage, winning 3-1 against the Lightning at home on Tuesday.
- The big story for the Canes is the arrival of Brock McGinn, who will make his NHL debut tonight replacing Joakim Nordstrom, who was injured blocking a shot in Saturday's game. McGinn had a solid training camp and was one of the last forwards assigned to Charlotte as the Canes made their final roster cuts. He was recalled yesterday, along with defenseman Brett Pesce, as extra fortification for the road swing. Based on yesterday's practice, McGinn is expected to play along with Kris Versteeg on the line centered by Eric Staal (dubbed the Ginger Spice line by a friend on twitter). Victor Rask will center Jeff Skinner and Elias Lindholm, Andrej Nestrasil will move to Jordan Staal's line with Nathan Gerbe, and Chris Terry will join Jay McClement and Brad Malone.
- There were no changes to the defense pairings in yesterday's practice. Pesce is not expected to play tonight but could enter the lineup as early as tomorrow night when the Canes face the Capitals. Justin Faulk leads the team and is ranked fourth in the NHL in TOI/game (25:57, over a minute more than he averaged last season). Faulk is also riding a three-game point streak. The Canes have one career point-per-game player against the Red Wings, and that would be Noah Hanifin, who has one point in one game played.
- The Red Wings roster suffered a blow yesterday when it was revealed that veteran forward Johan Franzen will be out of the lineup indefinitely after a recurrence of symptoms from a concussion he suffered back in January. He joins Darren Helm (concussion), who has begun skating but is not scheduled to be back in the lineup tonight. Luke Glendening was injured blocking a shot in a game Tuesday, did not practice yesterday, and is a game-day decision. If he is unable to play, Joakim Andersson will take his spot in the lineup.
- Red Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg already has seven points (2g, 5a) in three games played. Justin Abdelkader has four goals in three games.
- Head coach Jeff Blashill says he will name his starting goaltender later this morning. Jimmy Howard played Tuesday and Petr Mrazek got the win against the Canes on Saturday, so Mrazek may be back in net tonight. Cam Ward will get the start for the Canes.
Brock McGinn - Eric Staal - Kris Versteeg
Nathan Gerbe - Jordan Staal - Andrej Nestrasil
Jeff Skinner - Victor Rask - Elias Lindholm
Brad Malone - Jay McClement - Chris Terry
Ron Hainsey - Justin Faulk
John-Michael Liles - Michal Jordan
Noah Hanifin - Ryan Murphy
Injuries and scratches: James Wisniewski (IR - ACL), Riley Nash (shoulder), Joakim Nordstrom (undisclosed), Brett Pesce (healthy)
Justin Abdelkader - Henrik Zetterberg - Dylan Larkin
Tomas Tatar - Brad Richards - Tomas Jurco
Gustav Nyquist - Riley Sheahan - Teemu Pulkkinen
Drew Miller - Luke Glendening - Landon Ferraro
Niklas Kronwall - Jonathan Ericsson
Kyle Quincey - Mike Green
Brendan Smith - Jakub Kindl
Injuries and Scratches: Pavel Datsyuk (ankle), Darren Helm (shoulder, concussion), Danny DeKeyser (foot), Johan Franzen (concussion), Alexey Marchenko (healthy), Joakim Andersson (healthy)
Storm Debris (random news links)
- Bill Peters post-practice media scrum 10/15/16 [CH.com].
- Brock McGinn talks about his debut tonight [CH.com] [N&O].
- The Canes have a good overall faceoff percentage, but not in the offensive zone and it's hurting them [Today's Slapshot].
- Pump the brakes, it's only October 14th [Section328].
- The phoblographer was asked three questions about the Canes for the Panther's game preview on Tuesday, here's what she told them [Litter Box Cats].
- More on Johan Franzen's uncertain future after recurring concussion symptoms [Freep] [MILive].
- Petr Mrazek needs help with the design for his new equipment, so he's reaching out to fans [Redwings.com].
- Finally, Wiz is sharing his ACL recovery via social media. Looking good on his second day post-surgery.