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The Hurricanes return home to take on the Chicago Blackhawks this afternoon as they look to put an end to a three game losing streak.

Jamie Kellner

The Hurricanes take on old friend Calvin de Haan and the Blackhawks in a Saturday afternoon matchup in Raleigh. While the Canes remain a solid 6-3-1 overall, they have lost three straight games and four out of their last five.


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

Game Notes

  • Tonight’s matchup is the first of two between the Hurricanes and Blackhawks this season. The Canes will be in Chicago on November 19th.
  • The Canes own a 6-1-1 record against the Hawks in their last eight, and swept the season series last year.
  • Nino Niederreiter has been hot in his career against Chicago, picking up 16 points (7g, 9a) and 26 career games.
  • Dougie Hamilton scored his sixth goal against Columbus, which leads all NHL defensemen.
  • If you’re headed to the game today, be sure to remember that the State Fair is in full swing. Here’s what will happen before and after the game. Parking will be available in the PNC Arena lot, but leave yourself plenty of time to get to the arena.
  • Oh, and remember this too: R&D Brewing’s Storm Brew makes its debut today, and will be available for the remainder of the season!
  • Brian Gibbons was called up yesterday. He will likely be in the lineup this afternoon.

Storm Advisory

  • Former Hurricane Dennis Seidenberg announced his retirement this week.
  • Yesterday was World Lemur Day, and Trevor van Riemsdyk celebrated with a trip to the Duke Lemur Center.
  • Here’s a great story about Erik Haula.
  • The second question on this list will be interesting to Hurricanes fans. [TSN]

Projected Lines

Here’s how we expect the teams to line up this afternoon:

Hurricanes

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

Jaccob Slavin - Dougie Hamilton
Joel Edmundson - Brett Pesce
Jake Gardiner - Trevor van Riemsdyk

Petr Mrazek
James Reimer

Injuries and Scratches: Haydn Fleury (healthy), Jordan Martinook (core muscle)

Blackhawks

Alex DeBrincat - Jonathan Toews - Andrew Shaw
Dylan Strome - Kirby Dach - Patrick Kane
Brandon Saad - David Kampf - Dominik Kubalik
Drake Caggiula - Ryan Carpenter - Alex Nylander

Duncan Keith - Calvin de Haan
Olli Maatta - Brent Seabrook
Slater Koekkoek - Erik Gustafsson

Corey Craford
Robin Lehner

Injuries and Scratches: Dennis Gilbert (healthy), Zack Smith (healthy), Brendan Perlini (healthy), Connor Murphy (IR groin)