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Carolina Hurricanes vs. Edmonton Oilers: Preview and Game Discussion

The Hurricanes take on the Edmonton Oilers this afternoon in Raleigh with a chance to climb back into a playoff spot.

Jamie Kellner

The Hurricanes take on the Oilers without Connor McDavid as they try to keep up with a quick moving Metropolitan Division. The Canes will try to take advantage of a tired and injured Oilers team this afternoon in Raleigh.

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

  • ICYMI (really?!), the Hurricanes announced an NHL Stadium Series at Carter-Finley Stadium next February. [Us]
  • The Hurricanes and Oilers are meeting for their second and final matchup of the season. The Canes picked up a 6-3 win against Edmonton at Rogers Place on December 10th. Sebastian Aho picked up a pair of goals in the win, including his 100th career goal. James Reimer made 33 saves in the win.
  • Reimer has an impressive 7-2-2 record, including a .915 Save Percentage, 2.67 Goals Allowed Average, and two shutouts in 12 career games against Edmonton.
  • Andrei Svechnikov has tallied five points (1g, 4a) in three career games against the Oilers.
  • Sebastian Aho is slated to play in his 300th NHL game tonight. He will become the fifth player selected in the 2015 draft to play in 300 NHL games. Aho was drafted 35th overall in 2015, but ranks third in the draft class in goals and fourth in points.

Lines and Rosters


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

Jaccob Slavin - Trevor van Riemsdyk
Jake Gardiner - Brett Pesce
Haydn Fleury - Joel Edmundson

Petr Mrazek
James Reimer

Injuries and Scratches: Dougie Hamilton (IR leg), Jordan Martinook (upper-body)


The Oilers are coming off of a decisive 4-1 win in Florida last night without leader Connor McDavid. Tonight’s game is the third and final matchup of their road trip through the southeast. Here’s how you can expect them to look today:

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins - Leon Draisaitl - Kailer Yamamoto
Sam Gagner - Gaetan Haas - Alex Chiasson
Tyler Benson - Riley Sheahan - Josh Archibald
Jujhar Khaira - Colby Cave - Patrick Russell

Oscar Klefbom - Adam Larsson
Darnell Nurse - Ethan Bear
Caleb Jones - Matt Benning

Mike Smith
Mikko Koskinen