|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|
|ES Goals For %||38.9%||55.6%|
|ES Corsi For %||57.8%||49.0%|
|Power Play % (Rank)||12.5% (21st)||27.3% (6th)|
|Penalty Kill % (Rank)||88.9% (7th)||77.8% (23rd)|
|ES Save %||.843||.924|
|ES Save %||.889||-|
*Stats from NHL.com and War on Ice
- 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:
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)
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
Injuries and Scratches: Michael Latta (healthy), Nate Schmidt (healthy), Stanislav Galiev (healthy)