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Now that the Canes will not go winless in October, it's time to focus attentions toward WINNING ANOTHER DAMN HOCKEY GAME.

Jamie Kellner


Carolina Hurricanes at Washington Capitals
October 17, 2015 - 7:00 pm ET
Verizon Center - Washington, DC
Fox Sports SE - 99.9 FM - WRALSportsFan app
SB Nation Rivals - Japers' Rink

Vital Statistics


Hurricanes Capitals
Record 1-3-0 2-1-0
Points 2 4
Division Rank 5th Metro 4th Metro
Conference Rank 11th EC 9th EC
Last 10 Games 1-3-0 2-1-0
Streak Won 1 Won 1



Goals/Game 2.50 3.00
Goals Against/Game 3.25 3.00
ES Goals For % 38.9% 55.6%
Shots/Game 33.0 27.3
Shots Against/Game 23.5 27.7
ES Corsi For % 57.8% 49.0%
Faceoff % 54.5% 51.2%
ES PDO 92.9 102.5
Power Play % (Rank) 12.5% (21st) 27.3% (6th)
Penalty Kill % (Rank) 88.9% (7th) 77.8% (23rd)
PIM/Game 05:00 06:39



Goaltender #1 Ward Holtby
Record 1-2-0 02/01/00
ES Save % .843 .924
GAA .3.06 2.40



Goaltender #2 Lack Grubauer
Record 0-1-0 -
ES Save % .889 -
GAA 3.08 -

*Stats from NHL.com and War on Ice


Game Notes

  • Now that the Hurricanes are NOT going O-for-October again this season, attention can be turned toward getting the NEXT win. With momentum in their favor, perhaps getting right back in the saddle with another game tonight is a good thing.
  • Waiting at the other end of the ice are the Washington Capitals, highly-touted and well-rested. They've played only three games thus far, with a loss on Tuesday night (a 5-0 bomb to the Sharks in a game Alex Ovechkin missed due to a team rules violation) followed up with a 4-1 thumping of the defending Stanley Cup champs Thursday night. They are wrapping up a four-game home stand.
  • The big news coming out of DC this morning is the return of Nicklas Backstrom, who missed the start of the season recovering from off-season hip surgery. Not that the Caps were lacking in firepower anyway, with the offseason acquisitions of T.J. Oshie and former Cane Justin Williams (who has not scored yet for his new team, so mark that one down), but Backstrom's return should provide a huge emotional lift for the team and home crowd tonight.
  • The Canes aren't skating this morning, so if there are any changes to the line-up, they probably will not be reported until closer to game time. Eddie Lack likely gets the start in net on the tail end of a back-to-back so we'll run with that for now until notified otherwise. Lack faced the Caps twice in the preseason, perfect in the two periods he played in the preseason opener, and getting the 4-3 shootout win on September 30. Update 12:30 pm: According to team reports, Cam Ward will get the start in net again tonight.
  • A couple of head-to-head notes regarding the familiar Metro division rivals, who will face each other four times this season... The Caps won last season's series 3-1-0 (Canes were 1-2-1) and are 5-1-1 over their last seven games. Going back to 2005-06, when the Canes score three or more goals against the Caps their record is 28-2-4.
  • Finally, another reminder that tonight's game will again be broadcast on Fox Sports SE. Here are the alternate channels:

Projected Lineups

Hurricanes

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

Cam Ward 
Eddie Lack

Injuries and scratches: James Wisniewski (IR ACL), Riley Nash (shoulder), Joakim Nordstrom (undisclosed), Brett Pesce (healthy)

Capitals

Alex Ovechkin - Evgeny Kuznetsov - T.J. Oshie
Marcus Johansson - Nicklas Backstrom - Justin Williams
Jason Chimera - Jay Beagle - Tom Wilson
Brooks Laich - Chandler Stephenson - Andre Burakovsky

Brooks Orpik - John Carlson
Karl Alzner - Matt Niskanen
Dmitry Orlov - Taylor Chorney

Braden Holtby
Philipp Grubauer

Injuries and Scratches: Michael Latta (healthy), Nate Schmidt (healthy), Stanislav Galiev (healthy)