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Hurricanes at Red Wings: Preview

As the road trip winds down, the Canes find themselves back where they started, in Detroit. Can they replicate their most recent success there?

Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Carolina Hurricanes at Detroit Red Wings
October 27, 2015 - 7:30 pm ET
Joe Louis Arena - Detroit, MI
Fox Sports Carolinas - 99.9 FM - WRALSportsFan app
SB Nation Rivals - Winging It In Motown

Vital Statistics

Hurricanes Red Wings
Record 2-6-0 4-3-1
Points 4 9
Division Rank 7th Metro 4th Atlantic
Conference Rank 14th EC 8th EC
Last 10 Games 2-6-0 4-3-1
Streak Lost 2 Won 1

Goals/Game 1.75 2.63
Goals Against/Game 3.13 2.63
ES Goals For % 33.3% 54.2%
Shots/Game 30.5 24.1
Shots Against/Game 25.4 33.4
ES Corsi For % 54.4% 44.8%
Faceoff % 52.9% 47.6%
ES PDO 94.3 103.6
Power Play % (Rank) 9.4% (27th) 17.2% (19th)
Penalty Kill % (Rank) 77.8% (21st) 76.7% (23rd)
PIM/Game 05:15 09:07

Goaltender #1 Ward Howard
Record 2-4-0 2-1-1
ES Save % .906 .923
GAA 2.48 2.24

Goaltender #2 Lack Mrazek
Record 0-2-0 2-2-0
ES Save % .825 .954
GAA 4.80 2.75

*Stats from and War on Ice

Game Notes

  • The State Fair has closed shop and the road trip is finally coming to an end for the Hurricanes, but the next six days are going to be jam-packed with two remaining road games quickly followed by two more in the friendly confines of PNC Arena.
  • Up next are the Red Wings for the third and final time this season. The teams split the first two games, the Wings prevailing 4-3 to spoil the Canes' home opener and the Canes winning 5-3 in Detroit just eleven days ago. Since then the Canes have gone 1-3-0, their latest Saturday's 5-2 loss to the Sharks, and the Red Wings have posted a 1-2-1 record, coming from behind to win 3-2 in overtime against Vancouver on Saturday.
  • Not certain how much of this statistical disparity is a direct result of the two teams having played each other twice in their first eight games, but the Red Wings are ranked last in the league in shots/game (24.1) and 29th in shots against/game (33.4). The Canes are ranked 14th in the NHL in shots/game (30.5) and second in shots against/game (25.4). The Canes have outshot the Red Wings 83-39 through the first two games.
  • The Canes took the day off Sunday for travel, and were back on the ice Monday, but little information was made available coming out of yesterday's practice. Head coach Bill Peters spoke specifically about the return of Riley Nash and the expectation of continued offensive opportunities for the line of Nash, Jeff Skinner, and Kris Versteeg. He also spoke about continuing to give Jordan Staal power play time in order to get him going offensively. Otherwise there was no mention of any forward line combinations, defensive pairings, starting goaltender, roster changes, or injury status. Update 12:45 pm: Chris Terry and Brock McGinn will swap places between the second and fourth lines. Noah Hanifin will be a healthy scratch tonight. Bill Peters didn't express any concern about the young defenseman, reporting it was a good opportunity to give him time to rest/refresh/observe to be back for this weekend. Cam Ward is confirmed in net. (here's the audio from Peters post-practice).
  • Brock McGinn played his first NHL game against the Red Wings the other week and made the most of his debut with a goal and an assist. Justin Faulk currently leads the NHL in power play goals by a defenseman (3). On a related note, Justin Faulk also leads the Hurricanes in power play goals, since he is the only player on the team who has scored with the man advantage.
  • Injuries continue to haunt the Red Wings this season. Already missing forwards Pavel Datsyuk (ankle surgery) and Johan Franzen (recurrence of concussion symptoms), Brad Richards has joined the injured list with back-related issues, Mike Green is out with an upper body injury, and Kyle Quincey is on concussion protocol for the next five to seven days.
  • The Red Wings projected line-up is from their practice yesterday. Head coach Jeff Blashill has not announced a starting goaltender for tonight. Season-to-date Jimmy Howard and Petr Mrazek have split duties down the middle. Mrazek has the win against the Canes, and Howard the loss. Update 12:45 pm: Mrazek is the confirmed starter tonight.
  • Red Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg leads the team with 11 points, and has points in seven out of his first eight games, including three (1g, 2a) against the Canes. He needs just two more goals to reach 300 for his career, and one more assist to get to 500.

Projected Lineups

Hurricanes (from pre-game skate)

Eric Staal - Victor Rask - Elias Lindholm
Nathan Gerbe - Jordan Staal - Chris Terry
Jeff Skinner - Riley Nash - Kris Versteeg
Brad Malone - Jay McClement - Brock McGinn

Ron Hainsey - Justin Faulk 
John-Michael Liles - Brett Pesce
Ryan Murphy - Michal Jordan

Cam Ward
Eddie Lack

Injuries and scratches: James Wisniewski (IR - ACL), Joakim Nordstrom (lower body), Andrej Nestrasil (lower body), Noah Hanifin (healthy)

Red Wings (from today's pre-game skate)

Justin Abdelkader - Henrik Zetterberg - Gustav Nyquist
Tomas TatarDylan LarkinTeemu Pulkkinen
Darren HelmRiley SheahanLuke Glendening
Drew MillerJoakim AnderssonTomas Jurco

Niklas KronwallJonathan Ericsson
Danny DeKeyserAlexey Marchenko
Brendan SmithJakub Kindl

Petr Mrazek
Jimmy Howard

Injuries and Scratches: Pavel Datsyuk (ankle), Darren Helm (shoulder, concussion), Johan Franzen (concussion), Brad Richards (IR back), Mike Green (upper body), Kyle Quincey (concussion), Landon Ferraro (healthy)

Storm Debris

  • Bill Peters post-practice media scrum 10/26/15 [].
  • Post-practice video interviews: [Jeff Skinner] [Brett Pesce] [Cam Ward (filmed by Ron Hainsey)]
  • Red Wings Injury Updates [Winging It In Motown] and notes from yesterday's practice [].
  • Five things to watch in tonight's game from Detroit's perspective [].
  • While the Canes are on the road, some of them use the technology to stay in touch with home [N&O].
  • Here's a day in the life of Bill Peters [].
  • Is Eric Staal still a top line center? The answer may surprise you! [Today's Slapshot].
  • While the Canes were in LA, Eric Staal chatted with Puck Daddy about his contract and future [Puck Daddy].
  • Nine games into the season, an IMPORTANT DECISION is looming - what to do about Noah Hanifin. The Canes face a tough call to decide whether to keep him in Raleigh and burn a year off his ELC or send him to Charlotte, at least according to NHL on NBC [NBC Sports].
  • The Canes offense this season has been even worse than expected [Today's Slapshot].
  • Last but not least, how's Wiz doing? Here's the latest: