|Division Rank||7th Metro||4th Pacific|
|Conference Rank||13th EC||10th WC|
|Last 10 Games||2-4-0||3-3-0|
|Streak||Won 1||Won 3|
|ES Goals For %||38.1%||33.3%|
|ES Corsi For %||52.6%||59.6%|
|Power Play % (Rank)||8.0% (29)||12.0% (24)|
|Penalty Kill % (Rank)||80.0% (20)||87.1% (7)|
|ES Save %||.900||.900|
|ES Save %||.889||.967|
*Stats from NHL.com and War on Ice
- The Carolina Hurricanes and Los Angeles Kings have a few things in common in the early stages of this season. Both teams are capable of generating offense but struggle finding the back of the net. Both dropped their first three games before rebounding (the Kings a bit more successful in that regard). Both teams come into tonight's game off important wins. And both teams own a first round draft pick for the Canes in the 2016 NHL draft, so obviously the Canes would like for their season to improve while wishing the opposite for tonight's rival.
- After Wednesday's win in Colorado, the Canes returned defenseman Rasmus Rissanen to the Charlotte Checkers and recalled Brett Pesce for the second time this season. Pesce was with the Canes during the first two games of the current road trip but never cracked the lineup to make his NHL debut. He returned to play for the Checkers Wednesday night (tallying an assist in a 4-3 loss to the Grand Rapids Griffins) and was recalled again yesterday, expected to join the team for tonight's game and with a good chance to make his debut this time. The Canes held a limited practice yesterday at the Kings' practice facility in El Segundo, but no report was made available by the team so any line-up changes would be pure speculation at this time. Cam Ward has been announced as starting netminder. Stay tuned for further information as it becomes available during the day. UPDATE 3:00 pm: Forward lines were shuffled again today at the morning skate in an effort to find an offensive spark. Eric Staal will move back to wing with Rask and Lindholm, McGinn to Jordan Staal's line, Versteeg to Skinner's line with Nestrasil centering. There are no changes to defense pairings, so Brett Pesce will remain out of the lineup for tonight.
- The Kings are coming off an emotional rivalry game last night against the Sharks (who will be the Canes' opponent tomorrow night). Two weeks ago the Kings were blown out 5-1 by the Sharks in their home opener, and last night they returned the favor with a 4-1 win in San Jose. Jeff Carter had a four-point night (2g, 2a), Tyler Toffoli notched his fourth (team-leading) goal of the season, Milan Lucic scored his first goal as a member of the Kings, and Jhonas Enroth made his Kings debut in net with a 39-save performance.
- Kings defenseman Drew Doughty leads all league skaters in average ice time (27:15), and Anze Kopitar leads all forwards in average ice time (21:44). The Kings recalled former Hurricane Jamie McBain for last night's game to replace Derek Forbort, who was unable to play due to illness. With the back-to-back games, Jonathan Quick is tonight's likely starting goaltender.
- For the second time this season a rested Canes team will catch their opponent on the tail end of a back-to-back series, but the tables will turn tomorrow night as the Canes face a rested Sharks team. This is the second of 16 back-to-back series the Canes will play this season (they split their first set 1-1-0).
Hurricanes (Updated 3:00 pm)
Eric Staal - Victor Rask - Elias Lindholm
Nathan Gerbe - Jordan Staal - Brock McGinn
Jeff Skinner - Andrej Nestrasil - Kris Versteeg
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 (lower body)
Marian Gaborik - Anze Kopitar - Dustin Brown
Milan Lucic - Jeff Carter - Tyler Toffoli
Tanner Pearson - Nick Shore - Trevor Lewis
Kyle Clifford - Andy Andreoff - Jordan Nolan
Brayden McNabb - Drew Doughty
Jake Muzzin - Alec Martinez
Christian Ehrhoff - Jamie McBain
Injuries and Scratches: Matt Greene (upper body), Dwight King (broken foot), Derek Forbort (illness), Jordan Weal (healthy)
Storm Debris (random news clips)
- Cam Ward called in to Sirius/XM NHL Network yesterday to talk about his shutout Wednesday night [SiriusXM].
- Rejuvenated Ward off to good start for Canes [N&O].
- More on Brett Pesce's recall from the Charlotte Checkers [GoCheckers.com].
- Kings find themselves in win over Sharks [LA Times].
- NEW 3:00 pm: Section 328 Podcast featuring Kings preview with Jesse Cohen from All the Kings Men [Section 328].
- NEW 3:00 pm: Puck Daddy interviews Eddie Lack, talking tacos, Torts, and Bobby Lu [Puck Daddy].
- NEW 3:00 pm: Bill Peters post-practice audio [CH.com].