Carolina Hurricanes (11-10-6) at San Jose Sharks (15-11-1)
December 10, 2016 - 10:30 p.m. ET
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|Division Rank||7 Metro||4 Pacific|
|Conference Rank||T-12 EC||7 WC|
|Last 10 Games||4-4-2||6-3-1|
|Streak||Won 1||Lost 2|
|ES Corsi For %||52.0%||52.5%|
|Power Play % (Rank)||18.8% (12)||18.3% (13)|
|Penalty Kill % (Rank)||92.0% (1)||83.8% (12)|
|ES Save %||.920||.923|
|ES Save %||.889||.945|
- The Carolina Hurricanes will take on the defending Western Conference Champions San Jose Sharks tonight to conclude their three-game California road trip. The Hurricanes have registered at least a point in four of their last five games.
- The ‘Canes are fresh off a pair of back to back games, most recently a 3-1 win against the Los Angeles Kings. Charlotte Checkers call-ups Derek Ryan and Brock McGinn combined for the three goals, with Ryan netting his first multi-goal game of his NHL career. Cam Ward stopped 21 shots in the effort.
- The Hurricanes are led by Jeff Skinner who has 21 points (9 goals, 12 assists) on the season but has only registered two assists in his last five games.
- The Sharks are returning home tonight after a 3-2 loss in Anaheim last night. They currently sit fourth in the Pacific Division, holders of the first wild card spot, and are 6-3-1 in their last ten games. Joe Pavelski has been the Sharks top producer with 25 points (8 goals, 17 assists) in 27 games, which ties him for 15th in the league.
- As was the case in the previous game with the Kings, the Sharks and Hurricanes are among the best teams in the league in shot suppression. The Sharks allow only 25.8 per game while the Hurricanes allow 27.7. Goaltending is also one of the Sharks’ strengths. Starter Martin Jones leads the way with a 13-10-1 record, a .923 save percentage and a 2.08 goals against average.
- In the special teams department, the Hurricanes continue to have the league’s penalty kill with an impressive 92% of penalties killed. The Sharks rank 12th with 83.8% of penalties killed. Both teams are average with the man advantage but the Hurricanes have the slight advantage at 18.8% while the Sharks sit right behind them at 18.3%.
- This is the second meeting and final meeting between the two teams this season. The Hurricanes won the last matchup 1-0 on November 15 in Raleigh thanks to a 22 save shutout effort by Cam Ward. Joakim Nordstrom was the lone goal scorer.
- After being assigned to Charlotte yesterday, Michael Leighton was in net for a 3-2 Checkers overtime loss to Bakersfield last night. The Checkers are back in action tonight in Ontario, but the Canes will need to call up a goaltender tonight with Ward the only other netminder on the trip. (Update: Leighton has been recalled after a one-day assignment to the Checkers.)