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Carolina Hurricanes at Chicago Blackhawks: Game Preview and Storm Advisory

The Hurricanes look to continue their undefeated streak in the Windy City

Chicago Blackhawks v Carolina Hurricanes Photo by Gregg Forwerck/NHLI via Getty Images

The Carolina Hurricanes head to the windy city for their second and final meeting with the Chicago Blackhawks this season. After defeating the Hawks last Friday in Raleigh, the Canes look to extend their perfect start to the season against a franchise that is spiraling downwards.

To say Chicago is struggling so far this season is an understatement. A team going in to the season that some thought may compete for a Wild Card position, the Blackhawks have only one victory and haven’t gotten any momentum going at all.

On the other side the Hurricanes are the best team in the NHL so far. A perfect month in October sets them up in good position for a much more difficult November schedule. Carolina will only see PNC Arena three times this month with two of those dates coming on back-to-back nights. Starting the month off strong will be key as they head to Florida next where they will get their first real test of the season.

Vital Statistics

Category Hurricanes Bruins
Category Hurricanes Bruins
Record 54-20-8 51-26-5
Goals/Game 3.38 3.08
Goals Against/Game 2.44 2.66
Shots/Game 34.12 36.12
Face Off Win % 53.9% 54.2%
Power Play % (Rank) 22.0% (13th) 21.2% (15th)
Penalty Kill % (Rank) 88.0% (1st) 81.3% (9th)
ES Corsi For % 43.86% 56.14%
ES PDO 113.44 86.56
PIM/Game 12:00 22:00

Goaltender #1

Category Frederik Andersen Linus Ullmark
Category Frederik Andersen Linus Ullmark
Record 35-14-3 26-10-2
Save % .922 .917
GAA 2.17 2.45

Goaltender #2

Category Antti Raanta Jeremy Swayman
Category Antti Raanta Jeremy Swayman
Record 15-5-4 23-14-3
Save % .912 .914
GAA 2.45 2.41

Game Notes

  • The Hurricanes can tie a franchise high for consecutive wins tonight at nine. The last time that occurred was in 2009 when the team went on a run to secure a playoff spot.
  • The Canes became just the sixth team ever in NHL history to record a perfect month by going 8-0-0 in October. The last time that happened was in 2016 by the Columbus Blue Jackets.
  • Frederik Andersen was named the 3rd Star of the Month by the NHL for the month of October. He looks to continue his incredible start to the season as the calendar turns to November.
  • Tony DeAngelo has a three-game point streak on the line as he enters tonight’s contest.

Storm Advisory

  • Freddie Andersen was honored by the NHL when he was named one of the three stars of the month of October. [Hurricanes]
  • The first decade of the NHL’s Rule 48: How it completely changed the league’s trajectory. [ESPN]
  • For New Jersey Devils’ defenseman Dougie Hamilton, all he wants is to be wanted. [ESPN Insider $]
  • Dan Craig, better known as the outdoor hockey rink guru, is retiring. [NHL]
  • The New York Rangers have extended Adam Fox for seven more seasons. [NHL]
  • Gary Bettman defends NHL’s disciplinary decisions in Chicago Blackhawks investigation. [ESPN]
  • Lastly, congratulations to the 2021 World Series Champion Atlanta Braves. There are quite a few Braves/Canes fans out there (including multiple staff members here!) so enjoy this one!