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Carolina Hurricanes at Nashville Predators Preview: Familiar Faces, Different Places

Two teams that have underperformed expectations meet tonight in Music City.

NHL: Carolina Hurricanes at Nashville Predators Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Carolina Hurricanes (2-4-3) at Nashville Predators (3-5-2)
November 5, 2016 - 8:00 p.m. ET
Bridgestone Arena - Nashville, TN
Fox Sports Carolinas | 99.9 The Fan
SB Nation rival blog: On the Forecheck

Vital Statistics

Hurricanes Predators
Record 2-4-3 3-5-2
Points 7 8
Division Rank 8th Metro 7th Central
Conference Rank 16th EC 13th WC
Last 10 Games 2-4-3 3-5-2
Streak Lost 1 Lost 1

Goals/Game 2.78 2.60
Goals Against/Game 3.56 3.10
Shots/Game 28.7 31.0
Shots Against/Game 28.1 32.0
ES Corsi For % 52.9% 49.1%
Faceoff % 55.3% 48.2%
ES PDO 986 979
Power Play % (Rank) 23.3% (9) 30.0% (2)
Penalty Kill % (Rank) 86.2% (7) 73.5% (28)
PIM/Game 08:06 10:06

Goaltender #1 Ward Rinne
Record 1-3-2 2-4-2
ES Save % .898 .921
GAA 3.33 2.74

Goaltender #2 Lack Mazanec
Record 1-1-1 0-1-0
ES Save % .831 .870
GAA 3.99 5.04

*Stats from

After a three-day break, the Carolina Hurricanes look to get back on track tonight on the road against P.K. Subban and the Nashville Predators (3-5-2) tonight at 8 PM. Both teams have had less than ideal starts to their season, with the Predators currently sitting 13th in the Western Conference and the Hurricanes currently at 16th in the Eastern Conference.

Here are a few notes to get you prepared for tonight’s matchup:

  • The Hurricanes dropped Tuesday’s game against the Ottawa Senators 2-1 in overtime. The Canes are in desperate search for a complete effort, after they flamed out following the first period in that game.
  • Tuesday’s game saw the end of Victor Rask’s point streak (8 games) as he failed to register a point. He is now second in franchise history (CAR/HFD) for the longest point streak to begin a season, and holds the record for the longest season-opening streak in Hurricanes history. Canes GM Ron Francis continues to hold the franchise record at 11 games.
  • Both teams are in the middle of the pack in terms of goals per game. Carolina ranks 13th, and Nashville checks in at 20th. In terms of goals against, Nashville has the slight advantage at 3.10 goals against per game, ranking 23rd in the league, with the Hurricanes near the bottom, in 28th allowing 3.56 goals per game.
  • The Hurricanes have two players in the top 30 in scoring across the NHL. Jeff Skinner sits tied for 20th with 12 points, and Victor Rask is tied for 30th with 11 points. Filip Forsberg leads the Predators in points with 7, and Craig Smith is Nashville’s top goal scorer with 5.
  • James Neal ranks 10th in the league with 40 shots but only has one goal and a 2.5% shooting percentage to show for it.
  • This will be the first game of a four game home stand for the Predators.
  • The Hurricanes will also play tomorrow at home against the New Jersey Devils. They have yet to play in back to back games this season.