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Carolina Hurricanes at Edmonton Oilers: Preview, Game Notes, Statistics, Storm Advisory

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The Hurricanes will take on Connor McDavid and the Oilers in Edmonton after hours tonight.

NHL: Preseason-Carolina Hurricanes at Edmonton Oilers Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports

The Hurricanes will be looking to pick up their first points on the State Fair road trip tonight taking on the Edmonton Oilers in Western Canada. The Oilers have jumped out to an unexpected slow start, making tonight’s game an important one as both teams look to find a groove early in this season.


Vital Statistics

Category Hurricanes Bruins
Category Hurricanes Bruins
Record 8-6 11-5
Goals/Game 2.79 3.31
Goals Against/Game 2.71 2.06
Shots/Game 30.9 34.3
Faceoff % 49.1% 53.3%
Power Play % (Rank) 10.0% (14) 31.9% (1)
Penalty Kill % (Rank) 70.8% (14) 85.7% (4)
ES Corsi For % 55.61% 51.66%
ES PDO 101.2% 101.0
PIM/Game 8:38 6:30

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 Curtis McElhinney Jaroslav Halak
Category Curtis McElhinney Jaroslav Halak
Record 3-1 0-0
Save % .943 N/A
GAA 1.70 N/A

Game Notes

  • The Oilers will come into tonight trying to snap a 3 game losing streak after winning their opening night game. Expect for them to come out with some fire on home ice tonight.
  • The Hurricanes trail all-time with a record of 24-36-14 record against the Oilers. That includes an abysmal 8-23-7 track record when playing in Edmonton, where they haven’t won since December of 2011.
  • The Hurricanes and Oilers split their 2016-17 two game season series as both teams won on home ice.
  • Bill Peters said yesterday that Martin Necas will likely play tonight in Edmonton. Furthermore, Trevor Van Riemsdyk, who was injured in the home opener, has joined the team in Canada but will not play tonight. Get the whole scoop here.
  • Jeff Skinner comes into the game riding a modest 2 game goal streak. The team will need him to show up big tonight against an offensively charged Oilers squad.
  • Skinner has a hot 11 (7g, 4a) points in 10 career games against the Oilers. Jordan Staal has also logged an impressive 10 points (5g, 5a) in 12 games.
  • Forward Teuvo Teravainen is expected to play his 200th game tonight in Edmonton, 85 of which have been with the Hurricanes.

Storm Advisory

  • Former first overall pick Auston Matthews is entering his second season in a Maple Leafs sweater. Why isn’t the American born center attracting more attention in the NHL. (ESPN.com)
  • National Broadcaster Eddie Olczyk will be returning to the broadcast booth this week for NBCSN’s Wednesday Night Rivalry in the midst of his battle with colon cancer. (USAToday.com)
  • The Oilers placed Leon Draisaitl on injured reserve yesterday. He is believed to have sustained the injury last Wednesday against the Jets.
  • A new CanesCast podcast hit the official website yesterday. Listen to what Mike Maniscalco and Michael Smith have to say about the Hurricanes’ young season. (NHL.com)