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Carolina Hurricanes vs. San Jose Sharks: Preview, Game Notes, How to Watch

The Hurricanes host the defending Western Conference champs. Can they make it two in a row over some of the League’s best?

NHL: San Jose Sharks at Carolina Hurricanes James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

Carolina Hurricanes vs. San Jose Sharks
Saturday, Nov. 15, 2016 — 7:00 p.m.
PNC Arena — Raleigh, NC
Fox Sports Carolinas — 99.9 The Fan
Rival Blog — Fear The Fin

Vital Statistics

Hurricanes Sharks
Record 4-6-4 9-6-0
Points 12 18
Division Rank 8th Metro 2nd Pacific
Conference Rank 16th EC 3rd WC
Last 10 Games 3-5-2 6-4-0
Streak Won 1 Won 3

Goals/Game 2.64 2.47
Goals Against/Game 3.21 2.33
Shots/Game 29.9 30.3
Shots Against/Game 27.9 25.2
ES Corsi For % 53.2% 52.2%
Faceoff % 52.0% 48.9%
ES PDO 971 976
Power Play % (Rank) 19.6% (12) 19.6% (12)
Penalty Kill % (Rank) 90.2% (2) 89.2% (3)
PIM/Game 07:34 08:11

Goaltender #1 Ward Jones
Record 3-4-3 8-6-0
ES Save % .906 .909
GAA 2.76 2.20

Goaltender #2 Lack Dell
Record 1-2-1 1-0-0
ES Save % .827 .903
GAA 3.79 2.41

Game Notes

  • The Hurricanes are looking to build a winning streak, playing their third of five consecutive home games tonight. Saturday night saw a three-game losing streak end with a 5-1 victory over the Washington Capitals, with rookie Sebastian Aho scoring the first two goals of his NHL career.
  • Speaking of which, Aho’s line with Teuvo Teravainen and Jordan Staal was phenomenal on Saturday night and will look to continue their production against the Sharks. The trio contributed 11 total points—Staal and Teravainen with a goal and three assists each, and Aho with two goals and an assist. Seeing as the Victor Rask/Lee Stempniak/Jeff Skinner line has been carrying the team’s offense to this point, having another strong offensive line is a welcome luxury.
  • Matt Tennyson, who was acquired from San Jose over the summer, could get the chance to play for the first time against his former team should he make Bill Peters’ lineup. Tennyson made his Canes debut on Saturday night after Jakub Nakladal was put on waivers and eventually parted ways with the team on Monday.
  • Cam Ward figures to start his 3rd straight game—his 11th of the season—after a rock solid performance against Washington. The Carolina goalie carousel has slowed its spin in November, as Ward has taken over the starter’s crease from Eddie Lack for the foreseeable future.
  • Four Hurricanes come into this game on two-game point streaks: Teuvo Teravainen (2g, 3a), Lee Stempniak (2a), Victor Rask (2g), and Sebastian Aho (2g, 2a).
  • The Hurricanes also have four players averaging a point per game against the Sharks: Elias Lindholm (3g, 4a in seven games), Noah Hanifin (2a in two games), Justin Faulk (2g, 3a in five games), and Andrej Nestrasil (1g, 1a in two games). The Hurricanes would like to see Lindholm on the board in particular, as they are 3-0-0 in games in which he has an assist.
  • Sharks defenseman Brent Burns, whose offensive flair is always a threat to opponents, comes into Raleigh on a three game point streak (2g, 1a), and the Hurricanes will need to pay him special attention despite his position on the ice.
  • The Sharks are 3-0-0 on their current six game road trip, having shut out Washington and beaten Florida and Tampa Bay last week. San Jose and Carolina traded 5-2 results in their two games last season, with each team winning at home.