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Carolina Hurricanes vs Chicago Blackhawks: Game Preview and Storm Advisory

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The Canes will look to extend their win streak to six by winning their second game in Chicago in three days.

Carolina Hurricanes v Chicago Blackhawks Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

The Carolina Hurricanes are looking to extend their winning streak to six games against the Chicago Blackhawks tonight. The Canes look to build off an ugly win on Tuesday that had no one happy with the way that they played.

Monday also marked the first time since the second day of the season that the Canes haven’t had a player on the COVID list with Jesper Fast being removed. Head coach Rod Brind’Amour will be looking for a better result from his squad than a shootout win that only saw one total goal in the shootout. The additions from the COVID list this week will hopefully settle in more and lead to a less sloppy and more crisp game.

It will be interesting to see if Fast will slot into the lineup and how that will affect the players who will now have played in three different complete lineups in three games.

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:

  • Andrei Svechnikov’s 105 career points and 49 goals leads the class of 2018. His next goal will mark his 50th career goal. Svechnikov also ranks third among all forwards and first among wingers with 17:54 in ice time per game.
  • One more Svech note, his 66.7% career shootout percentage is tied with any player with two or more attempts.
  • James Reimer had been the backup in the current tandem. Don’t worry, he’s been incredible lately, he is 16-2-2 in his last 20 starts.
  • After a win in their last game, the Canes have increased their all-time series lead over the Blackhawks with a record of 19-7-1-3
  • Patick Kane’s five goals account for over 17% of the Blackhawks’ total goals.

In Other News

  • A guide to all the changes coming with Bally Sports taking over regional coverage. [$TheAthletic]
  • The Carolina Hurricanes have announced a new investment into girls youth hockey in Raleigh. [Canes.com]