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Carolina Hurricanes vs. San Jose Sharks: Game Preview and Storm Advisory

The Canes look to win back-to-back games when they take on the San Jose Sharks in the opener of a three-game homestand.

Jamie Kellner

The Carolina Hurricanes finally get back onto the ice after a three-day break to take on the San Jose Sharks at home tonight in Raleigh. The Canes are coming off a 3-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings that broke their three-game losing skid. They’ll take on a Sharks team on a three-game win streak with the most recent win coming against the Nashville Predators on Tuesday.

San Jose rolls into Raleigh second in the Pacific Division behind the Vancouver Canucks. The team boasts one of the best defensive corps in the league led by Brent Burns and Erik Karlsson. Martin Jones has struggled early on, posting a .899 save percentage and a 2.60 goals against average.

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

  • Micheal Ferland and Sebastian Aho come into tonight’s match-up with their point streaks intact. Ferland has a streak of four games while Aho has a nine game streak. Aho scores three goals in two games against the Sharks last season.
  • Logan Couture and Brent Burns are tied for first on the Sharks with ten points apiece.
  • San Jose swept last season’s series, winning 5-4 in overtime at the Shark Tank and taking a 3-1 win in Raleigh.
  • The first goal will be very important. The Sharks are 5-1-1 when scoring first. The Hurricanes are 4-1-0 when getting the game’s first goal.
  • The Hurricanes are 1-for-14 on the power play at home. The Sharks lead the league with four shorthanded goals.
  • Tonight is the first Friday home game of the season, so don’t forget that it’s a 7:30 start. It’s also another alternate-jersey night for the Canes, who are 2-0 in their new third jerseys this season.

Storm Advisory

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  • Sebastian Aho is representing his home country well. [NHLPA]
  • Just going to leave this here:
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  • Ah, John Tortorella. He’s a man with lots of comments. [TSN]
  • The league has upheld Tom Wilson’s 20-game suspension. [NHL PR]