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The Hurricanes look to make it two straight and set up a new winning streak.

Carolina Hurricanes v Florida Panthers Photo by Eliot J. Schechter/NHLI via Getty Images

The Carolina Hurricanes took the first game of this set Saturday in a close shootout win. The Canes’ goalie situation is getting more muddled with Petr Mrazek returning to practice with full use of his goalie stick. Being able to use his injured hand means that he is nearing a return. There has not been a starter named but it could be Alex Nedeljkovic in net with James Reimer getting the last two starts.

With the Panthers using Sergei Bobrovsky in their last two games, they will likely return to Chris Driedger in net. Driedger has taken the starting gig from Bobrovsky as of late and has been a strong performer all season.

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:

  • The Carolina Hurricanes are just 2-4-0 this season when finishing out the second halves of these two-game series. The Panthers have been much better in their final games with a 6-1-0 record.
  • With the overtime game between the Canes and Panthers and the Blackhawks ‘7-2 win over the Red Wings yesterday, the top four teams in the central division are all within two points.
  • The gap from the top four is six points so the top four are really starting to separate themselves from the rest of the pack.
  • Jonathan Huberdeau ranks eighth in the league in assists (16) and 10th in points (24).

Reading Assignments:

  • Rookie Seth Jarvis has been on an absolute tear in the AHL, his first season as a pro. It has taken him no time to adjust to professional hockey. [The Hockey Writers]

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  • San Jose Sharks goalie Devan Dubnyk had some choice words for Jordan Binnington who threw quite a tantrum after getting pulled mid-game. [Sportsnet]
  • The Columbus Blue Jackets have now lost five straight. Head coach John Tortorella is not concerned about his job security. [NHL]
  • Mika Zibanejad has regressed from his great performance last season. What has gone wrong for the Swede in 2021? [NBC Sports]
  • Rookie Illya Sorokin has recorded his second-straight shutout. This time against the Pittsburgh Penguins. [CBS New York]
  • Vladimir Tarasenko is nearing a return from injury. He could make his return on this road trip. [STL Today]