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The Hurricanes hope for positive results on the front end of a back-to-back.

Carolina Hurricanes v St. Louis Blues

Carolina Hurricanes (16-14-7) at St. Louis Blues (20-13-5)
January 5, 2017 - 8:00 p.m. ET
Scottrade Center - St. Louis, MO
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Vital Statistics

Category Hurricanes Blue Jackets
Category Hurricanes Blue Jackets
Record 21-15-7 29-9-4
Points 49 62
Division Rank 6 Metro 2 Metro
Conference Rank 9 EC 2 EC
Last 10 Games 6-4-0 6-4-0
Streak Won Loss 1
Goals/Game 2.77 3.31
Goals Against/Game 2.63 2.24
Shots/Game 30.6 30.3
Shots Against/Game 27.6 29.8
Faceoff % 51.7% 47.7%
Power Play % (Rank) 17.2% (18) 26.0% (1)
Penalty Kill % (Rank) 88.7% (1) 83.0% (10)
ES Corsi For % 52.1% 55.1%
ES PDO 99.4 101.3
PIM/Game 05:95 08:93

Goaltender #1

Category Petr Mrazek Tuukka Rask
Category Petr Mrazek Tuukka Rask
Record 5-5 11-5
Save % .894 .939
GAA 2.73 1.96

Goaltender #2

Category Alex Nedeljkovic Anton Forsberg
Category Alex Nedeljkovic Anton Forsberg
Record 0-0-0 0-1-0
ES Save % .000 .852
GAA 0.00 4.10

Game Notes

  • Justin Faulk practiced Tuesday in a regular contact jersey prior to the New Jersey game. Bill Peters stated after the morning skate he was hopeful Faulk would be able to play on the trip.
  • Newly-acquired Ty Rattie, claimed off waivers from the Blues yesterday, will likely make his Hurricanes debut tonight in his former home rink. Someone will need to sit to make room for Rattie, although we won’t have a good idea of who that will be until after the morning skate.
  • This week’s games at St. Louis and at Chicago mark the eighth back-to-back set for the Hurricanes this season. Carolina is 3-2-2 in the front halves of back-to-back sets, and 5-2-0 in the back halves of the sets.
  • Cam Ward ranks ninth among all league goalies, with 757 saves on 827 shots faced.
  • Teuvo Teravainen has points in five straight games and assists in four straight games.
  • Sebastian Aho, one of four honorable mentions for the December rookie of the month award won by Auston Matthews, has points in four straight games and goals in two straight games.
  • Victor Rask has four points (1g, 3a) in four games against the Blues in his young career. Last season, he was one of three point per game players, joining Ron Hainsey (1g, 2a) and Jeff Skinner (2g, 2a), in the Canes’ two matchups with the Blues.
  • Carolina and St. Louis tied the 2015-16 series with both teams winning on the road. The Canes took a 4-1 win in St. Louis almost exactly a year ago, on January 14, 2016, and the Blues returned the favor with a 5-2 win in Raleigh a month later. This year, the Blues won’t return to PNC Arena until the Canes’ home finale on April 8.
  • The Hurricanes have earned a point in five of the last six games played in St. Louis, earning a 3-1-2 mark in those games, and in 11 of the last 15 regular-season meetings, scoring an 8-4-3 record in those games.