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Carolina Hurricanes vs. San Jose Sharks: Game Preview

The Hurricanes take on Erik Karlsson and the San Jose Sharks tonight in the Bay as they try to salvage a Pacific Division road trip.

The Hurricanes take on a preseason Stanley Cup favorite in the San Jose Sharks for the second time this season as they try to get the road trip on track following two days off after a loss to the Kings on Sunday.

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’s game marks the second time the teams have met this season. The Canes earned a shootout win in the October 26th matchup between the sides in Raleigh in a game that Teuvo Teravainen led with a goal and an assist.
  • Sebastian Aho has been historically hot against the Sharks, earning himself four points (3g, 1a) in his last three against the club.
  • The Hurricanes have killed 20 consecutive penalties coming into tonight, with their last power play goal against coming on November 17th against the Blue Jackets.
  • The Hurricanes currently own the worst shooting percentage in the NHL at 5.4%.
  • Erik Karlsson has been the topic of much discussion over the past year as his time with the Senators slowly came to an end. His offensive work rate has noticeably decreased this season with 16 points in 28 games, which is 17th in the league among defensemen.
  • With a goal against Anaheim last weekend, Andrei Svechnikov ranks tied for fourth in goal scoring and 6th in points among NHL rookies. The team is 7-0-2 when the young winger tallies a point this season.
  • Jordan Martinook has outperformed expections thus far. His seven goals to this point passed his goal total last season in Arizona.