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Last #CanesAfterDark for the season as the Hurricanes wrap up their west coast road trip tonight against the Sharks.

Hey the Sharks made it to a championship game! Yeah I know the joke's a week old, but still...
Hey the Sharks made it to a championship game! Yeah I know the joke's a week old, but still...
Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Carolina Hurricanes at San Jose Sharks
February 7, 2015 - 10:30 pm ET
SAP Center - San Jose, CA
TV - Fox Sports Carolinas
Radio - 99.9 FM The Fan
SB Nation Rival Blog - Fear the Fin

Fancy Stats

Hurricanes Sharks
Record 18-26-7 28-18-7
Points 43 63
Division Rank 8th Metro 2nd Pacific
Conference Rank 15th EC 5th WC
Streak Won 1 Won 1

Power Play % 16.3% 21.0%
Penalty Kill % 87.1% 81.9%
Goals/Game 2.10 2.77
Goals Against/Game 2.55 2.62
Shots/Game 29.8 30.8
Shots Against/Game 28.2 29.3
ES Goals For % 42.9% 47.7%
ES Corsi For % 50.7% 51.2%
ES PDO 97.5 99.3
PIM/Game 7.4 9.7

Goaltender Ward Niemi
Record 12-18-4 22-11-6
ES Save Percentage .915 .920
GAA 2.37 2.51

Goaltender Khudobin Stalock
Record 6-8-3 5-6-1
ES Save Percentage .911 .911
GAA 2.55 2.68

Stats via and War on Ice

Game Notes

  • Hey Canes fans, remember Troy Grosenick? The rookie Sharks netminder made his NHL debut on November 16th when the Canes and Sharks faced off in Raleigh. Though the Canes thoroughly dominated play, Grosenick was impenetrable in the crease and fought off all 45 shots he faced for a historic 2-0 shutout.
  • That November loss was one of only two to the Sharks in their last eight meetings. The Canes won both games in 2013-14 including a 3-2 overtime road win last March.
  • The Canes are wrapping up a four-game road trip where they have gone 1-1-1 so far, their last a shootout win in Arizona on Thursday. They've had good fortune to play every other day which has allowed time for rest and travel, and after tonight's game they don't play again until Thursday.
  • The Canes traveled yesterday and did not practice, so there are no known line-up changes going into tonight's game. Ryan Murphy fell awkwardly while drawing a high sticking penalty during the first period of Thursday's game and was not able to return. There was no update to his condition other than a lower body injury, though there were informal reports he was seen on crutches as the team left Phoenix. Chances are he will be out tonight and Brett Bellemore will draw back in on defense.
  • Elias Lindholm, who scored the shootout winner Thursday night, has five points in three career games against the Sharks.
  • While the Canes are relatively well-rested, the Sharks are playing their third game in four nights and are coming off back-to-back games on the road where they lost 3-1 to Calgary on Wednesday night then won 5-1 against Vancouver on Thursday. It was head coach Todd McClellan's 299th career NHL win. Six rookies were in the line-up for the Sharks, and they combined for five points. Chris Tierney scored his first NHL goal and Danil Tarasov logged his first NHL point.
  • Joe Pavelski leads the league with 15 power play goals, and leads the Sharks with 47 points (28g, 19a), followed by Logan Couture (18g, 27a) with 45 points and Joe Thornton (11g, 33a) with 44 points.
  • Like the Canes, the Sharks didn't practice after their return from Vancouver, so stay tuned for line-up changes after this morning's skates.
  • Tonight's game will have a bit of extra camera coverage as it will be featured in the EPIX Road to the Stadium Series, which is following the Sharks and Kings prior to their game at Levi Stadium on February 22.

Projected line-ups

Hurricanes (from Thursday's game)

Eric Staal - Jordan Staal - Elias Lindholm
Jeff Skinner - Victor Rask - Alexander Semin
Nathan Gerbe - Andrej Nestrasil - Jiri Tlusty
Brad Malone - Jay McClement - Patrick Dwyer

Andrej Sekera - Justin Faulk
Tim Gleason - John-Michael Liles
Ron Hainsey - Brett Bellemore

Cam Ward
Anton Khudobin

Injuries and Scratches: Ryan Murphy (lower body), Chris Terry (healthy), Riley Nash (healthy)

Sharks (from Thursday's game):

Melker Karlsson - Joe Thornton - Joe Pavelski
Patrick Marleau - Logan Couture - Matt Nieto
Tomas Hertl - James Sheppard - Barclay Goodrow
Daniil Tarasov - Chris Tierney - Andrew Desjardins

Marc-Edouard Vlasic - Brent Burns
Brenden Dillon - Mirco Mueller
Matt Tennyson - Matt Irwin

Antti Niemi
Alex Stalock

Injuries and Scratches: Raffi Torres (knee), Mike Brown (lower body), Tommy Wingels (hand), Justin Braun (hand), Tyer McGinn (upper body), John Scott (healthy), Scott Hannan (healthy), Tyler Kennedy (healthy)