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Carolina Hurricanes at Vancouver Canucks: Preview, Lineups and Game Discussion

The road trip hits the second leg of a back-to-back Sunday, as the Hurricanes will take on the Canucks in Vancouver in their last of four straight games in Canada.

Vancouver Canucks v Carolina Hurricanes Photo by Gregg Forwerck/NHLI via Getty Images

The Carolina Hurricanes are hot.

The Canes have been blazing through Canada, as a 3-1 win over the Edmonton Oilers Saturday night gave Carolina its third straight win to kickoff this five-game road trip through Canada (and Minnesota), and its fourth straight win overall.

It’s been Sebastian Aho leading the charge for Carolina, as the still young Finnish center is on a five-game multi-point streak, the ninth in franchise history. He had two goals and an assist Saturday night against the Oilers and both goals in a 2-1 overtime win over Calgary Thursday.

On the other bench, the Canucks are also pretty hot right now. Vancouver has won three straight games and four of five in December. Most recently, the Canucks have home victories over the Kings, Bruins and Jets.

Vital Statistics

Category Hurricanes Bruins
Category Hurricanes Bruins
Record 25-8-2 22-11-2
Goals/Game 3.40 3.14
Goals Against/Game 2.29 2.54
Shots/Game 33.46 36.03
Face Off Win % 54.6% 53.8%
Power Play % (Rank) 24.3% (7th) 23.8% (8th)
Penalty Kill % (Rank) 90.5% (1st) 83.2% (7th)
ES Corsi For % 55.63% 53.99%
ES PDO 101.16 99.00
PIM/Game 09:25 09:27

Goaltender #1

Category Frederik Andersen Tuukka Rask
Category Frederik Andersen Tuukka Rask
Record 19-6-0 1-0-0
Save % .928 .926
GAA 2.03 2.00

Goaltender #2

Category Antti Raanta Linus Ullmark
Category Antti Raanta Linus Ullmark
Record 5-2-1 13-5-0
Save % .908 .918
GAA 2.35 2.50

Game Notes

  • The Canes and Canucks last met on Feb. 20 of last year, with the Hurricanes coming away with a shootout win.
  • Sebastian Aho is on a five-game multi-point streak and a three-game goal streak, as the center now has 32 points in 26 games this season. That’s the third-most points through 26 game in Carolina history.
  • Nino Niederreiter is on a four-game point streak.
  • Carolina is 30-33-11-5 all time against the Canucks.
  • As he has been for quite some time now, Brady Skjei is one assist away from his 100th NHL assist.

Lineups

Carolina Hurricanes

Nino Niederreiter - Sebastian Aho - Teuvo Teravainen
Andrei Svechnikov - Vincent Trocheck - Jesper Fast
Seth Jarvis - Jordan Staal - Martin Necas
Steven Lorentz - Jesperi Kotkaniemi - Derek Stepan

Jaccob Slavin - Ian Cole
Brady Skjei - Jalen Chatfield
Brendan Smith - Ethan Bear

Antti Raanta
Frederik Andersen

Injuries and Scratches: Maxime Lajoie (healthy), Tony DeAngelo (travel restriction), Brett Pesce (travel restriction), Jordan Martinook (lower body)

Vancouver Canucks

Tanner Pearson - J.T. Miller - Brock Boeser
Jason Dickinson - Bo Horvat - Nils Hoglander
Vasily Podkolzin - Elias Pettersson - Conor Garland
Tyler Motte - Juho Lammikko - Alex Chiasson

Quinn Hughes - Luke Schenn
Tucker Poolman - Tyler Myers
Brad Hunt - Kyle Burroughs

Thatcher Demko
Jaroslav Halak

Injuries and Scratches: Justin Dowling (healthy), Noah Juulsen (healthy), Travis Hamonic (lower body), Oliver Ekman-Larsson (undisclosed), Matthew Highmore (upper body), Brandon Sutter (illness), Brady Keeper (leg)