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Game Day Canes vs Oilers

The Staals split up, Ryan Murphy returns to the line-up, and it's Military Appreciation Day at PNC Arena.

Jamie Kellner

Carolina Hurricanes vs. Edmonton Oilers
March 8, 2015 - 3:00 pm ET
PNC Arena - Raleigh, NC
TV - Fox Sports Carolinas
Radio - 99.9 FM The Fan
SB Nation Rival Blog - The Copper & Blue

Fancy Stats

Hurricanes Oilers
Record 24-32-7 18-36-11
Points 55 47
Division Rank 8th Metro 7th Pacific
Conference Rank 15th EC 14th WC
Streak Lost 2 OT 1

Power Play % 18.4% 15.3%
Penalty Kill % 88.3% 79.0%
Goals/Game 2.24 2.17
Goals Against/Game 2.62 3.23
Shots/Game 30.5 27.8
Shots Against/Game 27.5 29.8
ES Goals For % 42.5% 38.6%
ES Corsi For % 51.7% 48.2%
ES PDO 96.8 97.1
PIM/Game 7.0 8.4

Goaltender Ward Scrivens
Record 17-20-4 12-31-8
ES Save Percentage .911 .904
GAA 2.43 2.91

Goaltender Khudobin Bachman
Record 7-12-3 0-0-0
ES Save Percentage .903 .875
GAA 2.63 6.15

Stats via and War on Ice

Game Notes

  • The 27th-ranked Canes and 29th-ranked Oilers wrap up their season series in an early start this afternoon. The last time the teams met, on October 24th, Jordan Eberle tallied two goals and an assist, and the Oilers scored a season-high 6 goals (four unanswered in the third period) for the 6-3 win in Edmonton.
  • The Canes come into today's game off a very disappointing effort in a 3-1 loss against the Minnesota Wild Friday night. The Oilers also played Friday, taking the Chicago Blackhawks to a shootout before losing 2-1. Derek Roy scored the lone goal for the Oilers.
  • Both teams practiced yesterday at RCI. Bill Peters (catch his post-practice audio here) is splitting up the Staals; Eric will skate on a line with the Swedes, centered by Victor Rask and with Elias Lindholm on the other wing, and Jordan will center a line with Nathan Gerbe and Andrej Nestrasil. Ryan Murphy will return on defense after being activated from IR on Friday. Alberta native Cam Ward will get the start in net.
  • The Oilers are expected to ice the same line-up that played against Chicago on Friday (catch the update from their RCI practice here). Derek Roy did not skate yesterday but is expected to be in the line-up. Richard Bachman will get the start in net, Bachman has entered two games this season in relief of Viktor Fasth, but this is his first start of the season.
  • Today in the arena the Canes will honor local members of all branches of the armed forces with their annual Military Appreciation Day. Fans can visit military displays around the arena, the players will wear commemorative jerseys during warmups (to be auctioned later to benefit the USO), and there will be special recognition in-game. For more details visit the Canes Promotions page.

Projected line-ups

Hurricanes (from Saturday's practice)

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

Ron Hainsey - Justin Faulk
Rasmus Rissanen - Ryan Murphy
John-Michael Liles - Michal Jordan

Cam Ward
Anton Khudobin

Injuries and Scratches: Jack Hillen (upper body), Chris Terry, Brett Bellemore

Oilers (from Saturday's practice):

Benoit Pouliot - Ryan Nugent-Hopkins - Jordan Eberle
Teddy Purcell - Derek Roy - Nail Yakupov
Ryan Hamilton - Matt Hendricks - Matt Fraser
Luke Gazdic - Boyd Gordon - Rob Klinkhammer

Oscar Klefbom - Justin Schultz
Martin Marincin - Mark Fayne
Andrew Ference - Jordan Oesterle

Injuries and Scratches: Taylor Hall (IR ankle), Tyler Pitlick (IR spleen), Viktor Fasth (IR knee), Anton Lander (IR shoulder), Nikita Nikitin (IR shoulder), Iiro Pakarinen, Keith Aulie