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Back at home and back in black for game 600 at PNC Arena.

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Jordan Staal has 12 points in 10 career games against the Avalanche
Jordan Staal has 12 points in 10 career games against the Avalanche
Jamie Kellner

Carolina Hurricanes vs Colorado Avalanche
October 30, 2015 - 7:00 pm ET
PNC Arena - Raleigh, NC
Fox Sports Carolinas - 99.9 FM - WRALSportsFan app
SB Nation Rivals - Mile High Hockey

Vital Statistics

Hurricanes Avalanche
Record 4-6-0 3-5-1
Points 8 7
Division Rank 7th Metro 7th Central
Conference Rank 13th EC 12th WC
Last 10 Games 4-6-0 3-5-1
Streak Won 2 Won 1

Goals/Game 2.00 2.44
Goals Against/Game 2.80 2.89
ES Goals For % 39.4% 46.7%
Shots/Game 29.4 26.6
Shots Against/Game 24.8 31.2
ES Corsi For % 53.9% 40.2%
Faceoff % 52.2% 48.4%
ES PDO 96.2 101.2
Power Play % (Rank) 8.1% 17.9%
Penalty Kill % (Rank) 77.3% 79.4%
PIM/Game 05:12 12:00

Goaltender #1 Ward Varlamov
Record 3-4-0 2-3-0
ES Save % .914 .891
GAA 2.28 3.40

Goaltender #2 Lack Berra
Record 1-2-0 1-2-0
ES Save % .857 .978
GAA 3.61 1.79

*Stats from and War on Ice

Game Notes

  • Welcome back to home ice, where your Carolina Hurricanes will play 10 of their next 12 games. Here's hoping the momentum from a successful road trip continues during this home schedule swing.
  • For the first time this season, the Canes are facing a team that has fewer points than they have. The Canes won against the Colorado Avalanche just nine days ago, in dramatic fashion, breaking a 0-0 tie with an overtime game-winner, their first in Denver since the franchise moved to Raleigh. They've won two more games since, including another emotional overtime game-winner last night. The Avs are also coming into Raleigh on the back end of a back-to-back, and haven't won in this building since 2008. In other words, it's a trap. This has letdown game written all over it. Do not let down in our building tonight, Canes!
  • Jordan Staal is finally off the schneid, with a solid two-way performance and two points to show for it in last night's win against the Islanders. Staal the younger has 12 points (6g, 6a) in 10 career games against the Avalanche, so perhaps he can get on a roll.
  • Congratulations to Ryan Murphy, who will be playing in his 100th career NHL game tonight.
  • Don't look now but Ron Hainsey is on a two-game scoring streak, both game-winners. The last time a Canes defenseman scored two game-winners in a row was in January 2012, when Jay Harrison scored in consecutive games against Tampa Bay and Boston.
  • The Avalanche were on a four-game winless skid, a streak that began before the game against the Canes on October 19th, when they broke it with a 2-1 win against the Lightning in Tampa Bay last night. The Avs never trailed in the game, Alex Tanguay and Nathan McKinnon scored the goals, and Jarome Iginla had two assists, giving him 1,233 career points, 38th place on the NHL's all-time scoring list. Semyon Varlamov, who was also in net for the 1-0 loss to the Canes on the 19th, made 34 saves last night, and according to post-game comments from head coach Patrick Roy, Varlamov will remain in net for tonight's game.
  • Neither team is scheduled to practice today. Head coach Bill Peters did not reveal any line-up changes in his post-game comments, and he is not one to fix what is not broken, so there are likely few changes in the works for tonight other than Cam Ward back in net. Stay tuned for updates as they become available during the day.
  • It's the 600th game in PNC Arena for the Hurricanes, and they'll be in their black alternate jerseys tonight. All fans attending the game will receive a cling set, suitable for decorating refrigerators, cars, and mobile devices. Good seats are still available.

Projected Lineups

Hurricanes (from last night's game)

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

Ron Hainsey - Justin Faulk 
John-Michael Liles - Brett Pesce
Noah Hanifin - Ryan Murphy

Cam Ward
Eddie Lack

Injuries and scratches: James Wisniewski (IR - ACL), Joakim Nordstrom (lower body), Brad Malone (healthy), Michal Jordan (healthy)

Avalanche (from last night's game)

Alex Tanguay - Nathan MacKinnon - Jarome Iginla
Gabriel Landeskog - Matt Duchene - Jack Skille
Dennis Everberg - Carl Soderberg - Blake Comeau
Cody McLeod - John Mitchell - Mikhail Grigorenko

Nick Holden - Tyson Barrie
Francois Beauchemin - Erik Johnson
Nikita Zadorov - Nate Guenin

Semyon Varlamov
Reto Berra

Injuries and scratches: Jesse Winchester (IR concussion), Brandon Gormley (healthy), Brad Stuart, (healthy)