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The Canes are in the Windy City to take on the defending Stanley Cup champions tonight.

Joakim (the Dream) Nordstrom scored a goal and an assist in last night's win against the Devils.
Joakim (the Dream) Nordstrom scored a goal and an assist in last night's win against the Devils.
Jamie Kellner

Carolina Hurricanes at Chicago Blackhawks
December 27, 2015 - 7:00 pm ET
United Center - Chicago, IL
Fox Sports Carolinas - 99.9 FM - WRALSportsFan app
SB Nation Rivals - Second City Hockey

Vital Statistics

Hurricanes Blackhawks
Record 14-16-5 20-12-4
Points 33 44
Division Rank 7th Metro 3rd Central
Conference Rank 14th EC 4th WC
Last 10 Games 6-3-1 7-3-0
Streak Won 1 Lost 1

Goals/Game 2.37 2.64
Goals Against/Game 2.89 2.42
ES Goals For % 43.4% 46.9%
Shots/Game 29.7 30.4
Shots Against/Game 25.8 29.8
ES Corsi For % 53.5% 51.7%
Faceoff % 52.9% 50.3%
ES PDO 96.9 99.1
Power Play % (Rank) 17.7% (19) 21.6% (4)
Penalty Kill % (Rank) 77.1% (28) 82.0% (12)
PIM/Game 06:20 07:13

Goaltender #1 Ward Crawford
Record 11-10-3 18-9-2
ES Save % .908 .930
GAA 2.49 2.22

Goaltender #2 Lack Darling
Record 3-6-2 2-3-2
ES Save % .882 .918
GAA 3.34 2.78

*Stats from and War on Ice

Game Notes

  • The Canes head to the Windy City coming off a solid performance in a 3-1 win against the Devils last night. Former Blackhawk Joakim Nordstrom played his best game as a Hurricane, scoring a goal and an assist and taking the game's first star honors. Justin Faulk also tallied a goal (his first of the season at even strength in case you missed it) and an assist. Faulk is now on pace for 68 points this season.
  • This is the ninth set of back-to-back games for the Canes this season. They are 6-3-0 on the front end of back-to-back games and 5-2-1 on the back end. With travel and a short turnaround time (1:00 am ET arrival in Chicago and 7:00 pm ET game time), the team won't skate this morning. Head coach Bill Peters announced that Eddie Lack will get the start in net tonight. Lack is 2-1-0 record with a 2.93 GAA in three appearances against the Blackhawks. There are no other projected line-up changes for the Canes.
  • John-Michael Liles is riding a three-game points streak, and Eric Staal and former Blackhawk Kris Versteeg have points in two straight games.
  • The Blackhawks took an extra day off yesterday and are practicing this morning for the first time since the holiday break. They are expected to get Marian Hossa back in the lineup tonight after missing two games with an upper body injury. Hossa has 57 points (25g, 32a) in 53 career games against the Canes.
  • The Blackhawks were riding a three-game win streak before being shut out by the Dallas Stars in their last game before the holiday break. They are led in scoring by Patrick Kane. His 50 points and 29 assists are both league highs. Artemi Panarin leads all rookie scoring with 31 points (10g, 21a). Starting goaltender Corey Crawford is tied for second in league standings with 18 wins.
  • The Hawks swept last season's two-game series against the Canes.

Projected Lineups

Hurricanes (from 12/26 vs. Devils)

Kris Versteeg - Eric Staal - Elias Lindholm
Joakim Nordstrom - Jordan Staal - Andrej Nestrasil
Jeff Skinner - Victor Rask - Phillip Di Giuseppe
Riley Nash - Jay McClement - Chris Terry
Brad Malone

Ron Hainsey - Justin Faulk 
John-Michael Liles - Brett Pesce
Noah Hanifin - Jaccob Slavin
Michal Jordan

Eddie Lack
Cam Ward

Injuries and scratches: James Wisniewski (IR ACL), Nathan Gerbe (ankle)

Blackhawks (from morning skate 12/27)

Teuvo Teravainen - Jonathan Toews - Marian Hossa
Artemi Panarin - Artem Anisimov - Patrick Kane
Bryan Bickell - Dennis Rasmussen - Andrew Shaw
Andrew Desjardins - Phillip Danault - Ryan Garbutt
Brandon Mashinter

Duncan Keith - Trevor Van Riemsdyk
Niklas Hjalmarsson - Brent Seabrook
Michal Rozsival - Rob Scuderi
David Rundblad

Corey Crawford
Scott Darling