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Carolina Hurricanes vs. St. Louis Blues: Preview and Game Hub

The Hurricanes will take on the Blues tonight back in PNC Arena coming off of a big win last night in Toronto.

NHL: St. Louis Blues at Carolina Hurricanes James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

The Hurricanes will face off against the Central Division leading St. Louis Blues tonight in Carolina on the tail-end of a back-to-back. Tonight is the second game of a long weekend in which the Hurricanes will play 3 games in 4 days.

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

  • Tonight marks the third game in a row in which the Hurricanes will take on an opponent who has already tallied 7 or more wins. Walking away from this three-game stretch with 4 out of 6 points would be very impressive.
  • The Canes trail the Blues all-time with a 29-39-9-1 record overall, including a 17-19-3 record on home ice.
  • This game marks the first of two matchups between the two clubs this season. The Hurricanes took last years series with a 1-0-1 record.
  • Tonight’s matchup is the first of two home games this weekend. Come out and support your Canes as they look to build on a 4-3-1 record!

Lines and Rosters

Coming off of a game last night, the Hurricanes did not skate this morning. The only expected roster swap is between the pipes, where Cam Ward is projected to make his first home start of the season after a 48-save performance in Edmonton last week:

Sebastian Aho - Jordan Staal - Elias Lindholm
Brock McGinn - Victor Rask - Teuvo Teravainen
Jeff Skinner - Derek Ryan - Justin Williams
Joakim Nordstrom - Marcus Kruger - Josh Jooris

Jaccob Slavin - Brett Pesce
Noah Hanifin - Justin Faulk
Haydn Fleury - Trevor van Riemsdyk

Cam Ward
Scott Darling

After taking their first overtime loss to the Golden Knights last Saturday, the Blues returned to form beating the Calgary Flames handily. They’ve had a restful week, only playing twice in 6 days and sitting on three days rest since their last test. The most notable part of this lineup is the top line, where former Flyer Brayden Schenn has been impressively centering one of the more productive lines in hockey.

Carter Hutton, undefeated in two starts this season, is expected to start tonight, making this a battle of the backups. Here’s how you can expect the Blues to come out:

Jaden Schwartz - Brayden Schenn - Vladimir Tarasenko
Alexander Steen - Paul Stastny - Vladimir Sobotka
Magnus Paajarvi - Oskar Sundqvist - Beau Bennett
Scottie Upshall - Kyle Brodziak - Chris Thorburn

Joel Edmundson - Alex Pietrangelo
Carl Gunnarsson - Colton Parayko
Robert Bortuzzo - Vince Dunn

Carter Hutton
Jake Allen