Carolina Hurricanes vs Winnipeg Jets
Sunday, November 20, 2016- 5:00 PM
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|Division Rank||7th Metro||3rd Central|
|Conference Rank||14th EC||5th WC|
|Last 10 Games||4-3-3||4-3-3|
|Streak||Won 3||Lost 2|
|ES Corsi For %||53.6%||50.74%|
|Power Play % (Rank)||18.0% (14)||16.2% (18)|
|Penalty Kill % (Rank)||90.7% (1)||82.8% (15)|
|ES Save %||.912||.910|
|ES Save %||.827||.896|
- The Hurricanes come into the last game of their crucial home stand riding a 3 game win streak. They will want to pick up another 2 points tonight to keep making up ground in the Eastern Conference playoff race.
- The Winnipeg Jets come into Raleigh tonight from Boston where they took on the Bruins last night. The Jets were dominated 4-1 in TD Garden and fatigue could play a part in tonight's matchup.
- Elias Lindholm tallied his 4th assist of the season on Friday night. The Hurricanes have yet to lose a game that featured Lindholm on the scoresheet.
- Goalie Cam Ward has had a very impressive November so far. He has compiled a save percentage of .941 with a goals-against average of only 1.62, and an overall record of 4-1-2. Strong play in the crease is exactly what this team needed to start trending in the right direction.
- The Hurricanes penalty kill unit has defused 39 of 43 penalties this season, best in the NHL. While it's sometimes easy to forget, the PK is a vital part of this team's success lately.
- Tonight marks the second NHL meeting between fellow Finns Sebastian Aho and Patrik Laine. Aho and Laine are two of Finland's most promising young players; they showed tremendous chemistry together at the World Junior Championships this year.
- Laine leads the NHL in goals this season, and Mark Scheifele is the league's leading scorer. You read that right: a Paul Maurice-coached team is on top of the league in scoring. What a time to be alive.
- Formerly rivals in the Southeast Division, the Canes and Jets have a long history. The Hurricanes won the 2015-16 season series with the Jets as they swept both meetings, although the Jets got revenge in an overtime win in the season opener.
- Jeff Skinner has been nothing but impressive this season with 7 goals and 14 points through 15 games. Here is his impressive goal from Friday night's matchup against the Habs.
Projected Lines and Rosters
The Hurricanes did not hold a pregame skate this morning, but head coach Bill Peters did say that nothing would change after Friday night's win against Montreal. So here's what to expect tonight.
Hurricanes Expected Lineup
Jeff Skinner - Victor Rask - Elias Lindholm
Teuvo Teravainen - Jordan Staal - Sebastian Aho
Lee Stempniak - Derek Ryan - Brock McGinn
Joakim Nordstrom - Jay McClement - Viktor Stalberg
Ron Hainsey - Justin Faulk
Jaccob Slavin - Brett Pesce
Noah Hanifin - Matt Tennyson
The Jets are coming off of an away game last night so the team will not skate before the game. Here's what to expect on their side of the ice tonight.
Jets Expected Lineup
Nikolaj Ehlers - Mark Scheifele - Patrik Laine
Marko Dano - Nicolas Petan - Blake Wheeler
Andrew Copp - Adam Lowry - Brandon Tanev
Quinton Howden - Alex Burmistrov - Chris Thorburn
Josh Morrissey - Dustin Byfuglien
Tobias Enstrom - Jacob Trouba
Ben Chariot - Paul Postma
Be sure to tune in (or set your DVR if you're at the game) to catch John Forslund's interview with Bryan Bickell. If you're attending the game, today is the last day to donate canned goods to the Hurricanes Food Drive (details here) and receive BOGO vouchers good for tonight's game.