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Carolina Hurricanes vs. San Jose Sharks: Preview and Game Discussion

The Hurricanes take on the San Jose Sharks in a matinee matchup on Super Bowl Sunday.

Jamie Kellner

The Hurricanes take on the San Jose Sharks as they look to get back on track after a disappointing loss on Friday. Afternoon games tend to not be friendly to the Canes, but they’ll need to put in a solid effort this afternoon against a team that’s already beaten them once this season.

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 lead all-time with a 19-17-1 record against the Sharks, including a 11-7-0 record at home.
  • Tonight marks the second of two matchups between the teams this season, the first came on December 7th in California during the west coast road trip. The Hurricanes lost in overtime.
  • The Hurricanes and Sharks have tied in their last three season series dating back to the 2014 season.
  • The Canes won seven of their last 11 meetings against San Jose, as well as seven of their last nine against the Sharks in PNC Arena.
  • Victor Rask has registered six points (2g, 4a) in seven career games against the Sharks. The Hurricanes could use Rask’s offensive production today.
  • Cam Ward is 6-2-1, including one shutout against the Sharks in 10 career appearances. He is expected to get the nod today.

Storm Advisory

  • New Jersey native Johnny Gaudreau wore his Philadelphia Eagles jersey to the rink yesterday on the eve of the Super Bowl. [NHL]
  • The Senators gave the flyers their fourth straight loss yesterday on an overtime winner by Mike Hoffman. The Flyers loss keeps the Hurricanes in the hunt for a playoff position. [NHL]
  • The NHL has been riddled with goalie interference reviews this season. Does the league need to make a change? [Sportsnet]
  • Gary Bettman has been the NHL commissioner for a quarter-century now. Could the 2004-05 lockout have actually benefitted the league? [ESPN]


Only one change for the Hurricanes this afternoon, and it’s an expected one: Cam Ward is back in net today, and everywhere else things will remain the same as they’ve been the past two games - at least in the lineup department. The actual lines, though, are all mixed up, and the top two are is the only one untouched.. Here’s how the Canes will look this afternoon:

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

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

Cam Ward
Scott Darling

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

And for the Sharks:

Tomas Hertl - Logan Couture - Kevin Labanc
Timo Meier - Joe Pavelski - Joonas Donskoi
Mikkel Boedker - Chris Tierney - Melker Karlsson
Barclay Goodrow - Daniel O’Regan - Joel Ward

Joakim Ryan - Brent Burns
Marc-Edourard Vlasic - Justin Braun
Brenden Dillon - Dylan DeMelo

Aaron Dell
Martin Jones

Scratches: Marcus Sorensen, Jannik Hansen, Tim Heed