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Hurricanes vs Stars: Preview

The Canes begin weekend back-to-back action at home tonight against the best team in the Western Conference.

Jamie Kellner

Carolina Hurricanes vs Dallas Stars
November 6, 2015 - 7:00 pm ET
PNC Arena - Raleigh, NC
Fox Sports Carolinas - 99.9 FM - WRALSportsFan app
SB Nation Rivals - Defending Big D

Vital Statistics

Hurricanes Stars
Record 5-7-0 10-3-0
Points 10 20
Division Rank 7th Metro 1st Central
Conference Rank 13th EC 1st WC
Last 10 Games 5-5-0 8-2-0
Streak Lost 1 Won 1

Goals/Game 2.17 3.54
Goals Against/Game 2.83 2.85
ES Goals For % 40.0% 51.9%
Shots/Game 29.6 31.5
Shots Against/Game 25.9 30.5
ES Corsi For % 54.4% 52.8%
Faceoff % 51.6% 49.6%
ES PDO 96.3 100.1
Power Play % (Rank) 11.6% (26th) 29.5% (2nd)
Penalty Kill % (Rank) 79.3% (18th) 78.0% (20th)
PIM/Game 05:30 09:50

Goaltender #1 Ward Niemi
Record 4-5-0 6-2-0
ES Save % .910 .925
GAA 2.44 2.77

Goaltender #2 Lack Lehtonen
Record 1-2-0 4-1-0
ES Save % .857 .904
GAA 3.61 3.00

*Stats from and War on Ice

Game Notes

  • The Dallas Stars by the numbers: First in the Western Conference. Second best on the power play. Ranked third in goals per game, fourth in shots per game, and fifth in even strength Corsi. Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin are tied for the NHL lead in points with 20 apiece. Benn, the defending Art Ross trophy winner, is shooting at a [sustainable] 31.3% shooting percentage. Seguin just notched a hat trick Tuesday night against his former team. Along with Benn and Seguin, John Klingberg and Jason Spezza are ranked in the NHL's top 20 in points. Spezza is a point-per-game producer against the Canes with 39 points in 35 games.
  • For the Canes to compete in tonight's game they're going to have to generate offense, and they're getting better, scoring three goals in each of the last four games. The Stars penalty kill could be a chink in the armor, giving up seven goals shorthanded in their last five games (62.3%). Their goaltending is solid but not outstanding, and defensively they have allowed three or more goals in their last six games.
  • The Hurricanes practiced yesterday as listed below in the projected lineups, but head coach Bill Peters said his lines aren't set in stone and he may change them again at practice today. He did indicate that his power play units will stay intact:

First Unit: Eric Staal, Versteeg, Rask, Faulk, Murphy
Second Unit: Jordan Staal, Skinner, Lindholm, Nash, Liles

  • Joakim Nordstrom has been skating with the team but has not played in the last nine games due to a lower body injury. After yesterday's practice, Nordstrom was assigned to Charlotte for a conditioning stint, where he can remain for up to two weeks, giving him and the other healthy forwards rotating in and out of the lineup an opportunity for more game action. Peters hasn't named his starter in net. UPDATE 10:45 AM: Forward lines and defensive pairings are same as yesterday. Eddie Lack will be the starting goaltender.
  • Dallas head coach Lindy Ruff doesn't plan to tinker with a Stars lineup that won convincingly in Boston Tuesday night, but he will likely make room for Ales Hemsky, who missed Tuesday's game with a hip issue. Antti Niemi and Kari Lehtonen have been splitting starts in goal rather evenly. Coming off a solid performance Tuesday night, Lehtonen is expected to repeat in net again tonight. UPDATE 12:15 PM: Hemsky will not be in the line-up. Devin Shore, who made his NHL debut Tuesday night in Hemsky's absence, will draw back in.
  • Tonight marks the first of two meetings this season between the teams. They split 1-1-0 last season, each winning on the road. The Stars have won three out of the last four games played here in Raleigh. This is the third game of a four-game road trip. The Canes are playing in their third game of a four-game home stand.

Projected Lineups

Hurricanes (from morning skate)

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

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

Eddie Lack
Cam Ward

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

Stars (from morning skate)

Jamie Benn - Tyler Seguin - Jason Spezza
Mattias Janmark - Cody Eakin  - Patrick Sharp
Antoine Roussel - Vernon Fiddler - Colton Sceviour
Devin Shore - Radek Faksa - - Valeri Nichushkin

Alex Goligoski - John Klingberg
Johnny Oduya - Jason Demers
Jyrki Jokipakka - Jordie Benn

Kari Lehtonen
Antti Niemi

Injuries and Scratches: Patrick Eaves (lower body), Curtis McKenzie (hip), Travis Moen (upper body), Ales Hemsky (lower body),  Patrik Nemeth (healthy), Jamie Oleksiak (healthy)

Storm Debris

  • Bill Peters post-practice 11/5 []
  • Lindy Ruff post-practice 11/5 []
  • Congratulations to Bill Peters, who was named as an assistant coach for Team Canada for the 2016 World Cup of Hockey [Hockey Canada]
  • Rookie Brett Pesce hangs on with the Canes [N&O]
  • Bruins President Cam Neely says: "We probably could have done some things differently with Tyler Seguin" [CBS Boston]
  • Dallas Stars Goaltending appears to be a true tandem deployment [DefendingBigD]