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Carolina Hurricanes at Chicago Blackhawks: Game Preview

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Coming off a fantastic homestand, the Hurricanes will hit the road for six games starting Tuesday night in Chicago.

Carolina Hurricanes v Chicago Blackhawks Photo by Bill Smith/NHLI via Getty Images

Coming off a phenomenal homestand that featured six points in three games against the two teams that played for the Stanley Cup last season, the Hurricanes will kick off a six-game road trip Tuesday night in the first of two games against the Chicago Blackhawks.

Chicago is coming off a win over Columbus, and the Blackhawks sit at 3-4-3 on the young season. The Canes have played the last three games without Jordan Martinook, Warren Foegele, Teuvo Teravainen, Jaccob Slavin and Jesper Fast due to COVID restrictions, but Rod Brind’Amour said Monday that he hopes to have Foegele, Martinook and Teravainen back for Tuesday night’s game.

The other loss for Carolina is in the crease, as goaltender Petr Mrazek is likely to miss quite a bit of time following an injury suffered Thursday night. With Mrazek out, it is James Reimer and Alex Nedeljkovic that make up the Hurricanes’ goalie room.

Vital Statistics

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

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

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

  • This is the 80th game between the two franchises, with Carolina holding a 36-33-7-3 edge. Since relocation, the Hurricanes hold a 18-7-1-3 advantage over the Blackhawks.
  • The Hurricanes have been very good as of late against the Blackhawks, with an 8-1-1 record in their last 10 games against Chicago.
  • The Hurricanes have allowed just 10 goals through six games, tied for the fewest in franchise history.
  • Ryan Dzingel will be taking the ice Tuesday against the NHL team from his home state of Illinois. He is the active NHL leader in goals by Illinois-born players.
  • When the Blackhawks have a man advantage, it will be a battle of strengths so far. Chicago has the fifth-best power-play percentage (33.3%) in the NHL this season, while the Canes’ penalty kill (91.3%) is second to only the Colorado Avalanche.