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Carolina Hurricanes vs. Chicago Blackhawks: Game Preview and Storm Advisory

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The Hurricanes take on a streaking Blackhawks club tonight in Chicago as they try to build on a streak of their own.

Jamie Kellner

After two days off, the Hurricanes are back in action in Chicago tonight as they finish the season series against Calvin de Haan and a streaking Blackhawks squad. Someone’s winning streak will end tonight, and the Canes are hoping that their three-game run continues in the final game of a weeklong road trip.


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 second and final game in the season series against Chicago. The Canes dominated the Hawks in a 4-0 victory on home ice on October 26th.
  • The Hurricanes own a 7-1-1 record in their last nine games against the Blackhawks, and swept the season series in 2018-19 as well. They haven’t lost a game in Chicago since January 6, 2017.
  • The Hurricanes enter tonight’s matchup with a record of 2-0-0 on the three game road trip. With a win tonight, the Canes would pick up their first sweep of a three game road trip in regular season franchise history. Tonight’s matchup rounds out the 200th such road trip in franchise history.
  • Dougie Hamilton tallied an assist in Minnesota, bringing his point total to 22 points (9g, 13a) in 20 games. He has set a franchise record for most goals and points by a defenseman through 20 games.
  • With an overtime winner in the State of Hockey, Andrei Svechnikov tallied his second overtime goal of his NHL career. He became just the sixth teenager in NHL history to score multiple overtime goals. (Can you guess the others? Answer at the bottom of the preview.)
  • With 22 points (9g, 13a), Svechnikov is the third-highest scoring Russian player in the NHL. He trails closely behind Artemi Panarin and Alex Ovechkin.

Storm Advisory

  • How do NHL GM meetings go down? With lots of profanity, for one, and a whole bunch of ideas. [The Athletic ($)]
  • Former Hurricanes forward Kris Versteeg says that he’s done with pro hockey after hitting a mental wall in recent weeks. [Chicago Sun-Times]
  • Jim Rutherford got a touching message from his son last night as he was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame.
  • Devils goalie Cory Schneider was placed on waivers yesterday, a culmination of a long fall.
  • Erik Haula will be sidelined for a significant amount of time, per Rod Brind’Amour, with issues related to his knee injury from last season. Eetu Luostarinen, recalled from Charlotte on Sunday, will fill his spot for the foreseeable future.
  • Martin Necas is creeping his way into the Calder Trophy race. [The Hockey News]
  • The other players who have scored multiple overtime goals before their 20th birthday? Sidney Crosby (3), Rick Nash (3), Ilya Kovalchuk (3), Clayton Keller (2) and Cam Fowler (2). Pretty good company.