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Carolina Hurricanes vs. Edmonton Oilers: Lines and Discussion

Valentin Zykov makes his season debut as Canes host the Oilers.

Jamie Kellner

Fresh off of a win in Brooklyn, the Carolina Hurricanes will look to continue righting the ship as the Edmonton Oilers come to town for the final matchup of the season between the two non-playoff teams.

The Hurricanes are 2-5-0 over their last seven games, falling out of the Eastern Conference playoff picture in the process.

Edmonton has won just two games in regulation over their last 11 games. After making the playoffs last season, the Oilers have fallen back down the ladder and are currently third-from-the-bottom in the Western Conference.

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 is the second and final meeting between Carolina and Edmonton this season. The Hurricanes beat the Oilers 5-3 at Rogers Place. Jordan Staal had four points in the win.
  • Connor McDavid is currently in a three-way tie for second in the NHL in total points. His 89 points is 11 short of his career-high of 100 a season ago. In ten fewer games than last season, he has already set a new career-high in goals with 34.
  • The Hurricanes are one of just eight NHL teams that McDavid is not a point-per-game player against. His two points in three games against Carolina is his lowest point total against any NHL team.
  • Jaccob Slavin has recorded four points (two goals and two assists) over his last two games. In his last two games against the Oilers, he has three points and is a +4 while averaging 26:15 of ice time. The Canes have won each of their last two games against the Oilers.
  • Teuvo Teravainen has averaged .57 goals per game (four goals in seven games) against the Oilers in his career, the highest of all NHL teams he has faced.

Hurricanes Lines and Roster

The Hurricanes called up forward Valentin Zykov on Monday. The AHL’s leading goal-scorer will line up with Victor Rask and Phil Di Giuseppe in addition to getting powerplay time against the Oilers.

Noah Hanifin will not play tonight or for the foreseeable future. He has been diagnosed with a concussion and will be out indefinitely. Scott Darling is expected to get the nod in net.

Sebastian Aho - Jordan Staal - Teuvo Teravainen
Brock McGinn - Elias Lindholm - Justin Williams
Jeff Skinner - Derek Ryan - Lee Stempniak
Valentin Zykov - Victor Rask - Phil Di Giuseppe

Jaccob Slavin - Brett Pesce
Klas Dahlbeck - Justin Faulk
Haydn Fleury - Trevor van Riemsdyk

Scott Darling
Cam Ward

Scratches: Joakim Nordstrom (healthy), Noah Hanifin (concussion, out indefinitely)

Oilers Lines and Roster

Former Hurricanes waiver claim Ty Rattie will flank Connor McDavid on Edmonton’s top forward line on Tuesday. Rattie has two goals and three points in four NHL games this season.

The Oilers have been hit hard with injuries, and at the top of that list is defenseman Oscar Klefbom, who has been ruled out for the rest of the season to undergo shoulder surgery to fix an injury that has been affecting him all season.

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins - Connor McDavid - Ty Rattie
Drake Caggiula - Leon Draisaitl - Pontus Aberg
Milan Lucic - Ryan Strome - Jesse Puljujarvi
Anton Slepyshev - Jujhar Khaira - Iiro Pakarinen

Darnell Nurse - Adam Larsson
Kris Russell - Ethan Bear
Yohann Auvitu - Matt Benning

Cam Talbot
Al Montoya

Scratches: Zack Kassian (undisclosed injury, day-to-day), Oscar Klefbom (season-ending shoulder surgery)