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Carolina Hurricanes at St. Louis Blues: Game Preview and Discussion

The Hurricanes ride a four game winning streak into the second half of a back-to-back set.

Jamie Kellner

The Hurricanes ride a four game winning streak and seven wins out of their last eight games into a tough cross-conference matchup against the St. Louis Blues. With the Islanders and Rangers both idle tonight, a Canes win would move them into a playoff spot as 2018 begins.

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 Hurricanes trail all-time with a 29-40-1 record against the Blues, including a 12-20-6-1 record in St. Louis.
  • Tonight marks the second matchup of the two game series between the teams, the Hurricanes lost on home ice in regulation by a score of 2-1 in October.
  • The Canes have earned a point in six of the last seven games played in St. Louis while posting a record of 4-1-2.
  • Jeff Skinner has been hot against the Blues in his NHL career, earning 12 points (9g, 3a) and four multi-point nights in 11 career games against St. Louis. Furthermore, Skinner has tallied nine goals in the last nine matchups between these two sides.
  • After last night’s victory, the Hurricanes have picked up six straight wins at home and seven out of eight overall.
  • North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper was as excited about the win last night as anyone.

Lines and Rosters

Carolina Hurricanes

As a result of the back-to-back set, the Hurricanes did not take a morning skate today. However, after a win last night it’s safe to assume that Bill Peters comes out with the same line combinations. The only difference we should see tonight is in net, with Darling drawing in after Ward’s start last night. Here’s what you can expect:

Sebastian Aho - Jordan Staal - Teuvo Teravainen

Jeff Skinner - Victor Rask - Elias Lindholm

Brock McGinn - Derek Ryan - Justin Williams

Joakim Nordstrom - Josh Jooris - Phil di Giuseppe

Jaccob Slavin - Brett Pesce

Klas Dahlbeck - Justin Faulk

Noah Hanifin - Trevor van Riemsdyk

Cam Ward

Scott Darling

St. Louis Blues

The Blues took a regulation loss from Stars last night in Dallas, so the teams should ideally be on a level playing field tonight in Scottrade Center. It’s interesting to note that starting goalie Jake Allen exited the game last night after a blow to the head. He cleared the concussion protocol and reentered the game. Regardless of Allen’s condition, we can expect Hutton tonight in net on the second half of their back-to-back.

Ivan Barbashev - Brayden Schenn - Vladamir Tarasenko

Alex Steen - Paul Stastny - Tage Thompson

Vladamir Sobotka - Patrik Berglund - Dmitrij Jaskin

Scottie Upshall - Kyle Brodziak - Chris Thorburn

Joel Edmunson - Alex Pietrangelo

Carl Gunnarsson - Colton Parayko

Vince Dunn - Robert Bortuzzo

Carter Hutton

Jake Allen