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Carolina Hurricanes vs. Detroit Red Wings: Preview and Game Discussion

Riding a three game winning streak, the Hurricanes take on the Red Wings tonight on the second leg of a back-to-back.

NHL: Carolina Hurricanes at Detroit Red Wings Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

The Canes will look to extend a three game win streak and vault back into playoff position tonight with a win as they take on the Red Wings.

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 Canes trail all-time against the Wings with a 31-38-10-1 record, but post a positive 20-16-3 record on home ice.
  • Tonight is the second of three matchups between the sides, and the only one in Raleigh. The Canes won the January 20th game in Detroit by a score of 3-1. The teams will meet again in Detroit on February 24.
  • The Red Wings won the 2016-17 season series 2-1-0. (Canes: 1-1-1)
  • Justin Faulk led the team last season with four points (2g, 2a) in three games against Detroit. Faulk has registered 14 points in 14 career games against Detroit. The Hurricanes could use some offensive production from the captain during this extended home stand.
  • Scott Darling has never faced the Red Wings in his career, and it doesn’t look like that streak will be broken tonight (see below).

Lines and Rosters

The Hurricanes did not take a morning skate coming off of the game last night. Rather, a few guys took the ice to take some shots on Darling and equipment manager Jorge Alves. Peters generally likes to cycle his goalies on back-to-back sets, but he did not explicitly name a starter today. History would suggest that Darling will get the nod, but perhaps Peters plans to ride Ward’s hot streak. Here’s your projected lines:

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

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

Cam Ward
Scott Darling

Scratches: Josh Jooris, Phil Di Giuseppe, Klas Dahlbeck (all healthy)

And for the Wings:

Gustav Nyquist - Henrik Zetterberg - Anthony Mantha
Tyler Bertuzzi - Dylan Larkin - Andreas Athanasiou
Tomas Tatar - Frans Nielsen - Darren Helm
Justin Abdelkader - Luke Glendening - Martin Frk

Jonathan Ericsson - Trevor Daley
Niklas Kronwall - Mike Green
Danny DeKeyser - Nick Jensen

Jimmy Howard
Petr Mrazek