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Carolina Hurricanes at San Jose Sharks: Game Preview and Discussion

The Hurricanes take on the Sharks on the second leg of the back-to-back as they try to build on an impressive shutout last night in Los Angeles.

Carolina Hurricanes v San Jose Sharks Photo by Brandon Magnus/NHLI via Getty Images

The Hurricanes and Sharks faceoff tonight as the Hurricanes look to take advantage of a slow starting Sharks club. Tonight’s matchup is the second of three games in California this week. They will close out the West Coast swing in Anaheim on Friday night.

Vital Statistics

Category Hurricanes Blue Jackets
Category Hurricanes Blue Jackets
Record 21-7-3 13-13-7
Goals/Game 3.23 2.54
Goals Against/Game 2.48 3.12
Shots/Game 31.52 28.70
Face Off Win % 54.4% 46.2%
Power Play % (Rank) 30.6% (1st) 14.8% (26th)
Penalty Kill % (Rank) 82.9% (9th) 74.0% (26th)
ES Corsi For % 53.04% 46.16%
ES PDO 100.96 99.42
PIM/Game 07:21 06:43

Goaltender #1

Category James Reimer Joonas Korpisalo
Category James Reimer Joonas Korpisalo
Record 12-4-1 8-10-5
Save % 0.909 .900
GAA 2.68 2.98

Goaltender #2

Category Alex Nedeljkovic Elvis Merzlikins
Category Alex Nedeljkovic Elvis Merzlikins
Record 7-2-2 5-3-2
Save % .930 .912
GAA 1.96 2.91

Lines and Rosters

The Hurricanes will likely ice the same lineup as last night with a goaltending switch.

Nino Niederreiter - Sebastian Aho - Teuvo Teravainen
Andrei Svechnikov - Jordan Staal - Brock McGinn
Ryan Dzingel - Erik Haula - Martin Necas
Warren Foegele - Lucas Wallmark - Brian Gibbons

Jaccob Slavin - Dougie Hamilton
Joel Edmundson - Brett Pesce
Jake Gardiner - Haydn Fleury

James Reimer
Petr Mrazek

Injuries and Scratches: Trevor van Riemsdyk (shoulder), Jordan Martinook (core muscle)

The Sharks have had a slow start this season by their standards, picking up just two wins in their first six games. Note that Hurricanes great Patrick Marleau is skating with the top line right now — it will be great to see him in action tonight against his former team.

Timo Meier - Logan Couture - Patrick Marleau
Evander Kane - Tomas Hertl - Kevin Labanc
Marcus Sorensen - Joe Thornton - Barclay Goodrow
Melker Karlsson - Dylan Gambrell - Lukas Radil

Marc-Edouard Vlasic - Brent Burns
Brenden Dillon - Erik Karlsson
Mario Ferraro - Tim Heed

Martin Jones
Aaron Dell