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Carolina Hurricanes vs. Detroit Red Wings: Game Preview

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Cross your fingers for brother vs. brother!

Carolina Hurricanes v Detroit Red Wings Photo by Dave Reginek/NHLI via Getty Images

Is today the day? Do we finally get to experience Svechnikov versus Svechnikov? Will we be treated to an entertaining brother against brother narrative in tonight’s game? Evgeny, the elder Svechnikov, has been in and out of the NHL since the 2016-17 season; Andrei, of course, made his NHL debut in 2018. Thanks to injuries and AHL time for Evgeny, we haven’t had the pleasure of seeing the two line up against each other.

While Detroit hasn’t confirmed (at the time of writing, at least) that Evgeny will be in their lineup, he has played in the past three games for the Red Wings, collecting two goals and an assist in that time. It’s statistically probably his best stint in the NHL yet: the last time he recorded any points in the NHL, it was the 2017-18 season, where he had four points in 14 games.

And even if Evgeny hadn’t been making a case for sticking in the lineup on the sole basis of “well, he did something” — I mean, come on, Detroit. Let him play! Let us, and the Svechnikovs, have this moment of entertainment. What have you got to lose?

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 Hurricanes return home after a 3-2-0 road trip, with two gutsy wins over the Florida Panthers; the other win, of course, came against the Nashville Predators, who appear to be the Central Division’s punching bag this season.
  • Did you know the Red Wings have a -30 goal differential? That is, unsurprisingly, the worst in the league. (The Tampa Bay Lightning lead with a +32 goal differential. The Hurricanes are sitting at +16, good for fourth in the league.)
  • Red Wings captain Dylan Larkin hasn’t played since February 25th and will not play tonight. While he’s been fairly snakebit this season (11 points in 22 games), Detroit certainly misses having him in the lineup.
  • Somehow, the Hurricanes have only played two games against the Red Wings to date. They haven’t seen each other since the opening days of the season, where the Hurricanes blanked the Red Wings by a score of 3-0, before going on to lose two days later. Since then, things haven’t exactly gotten much better for Detroit. The standings in the Central are a bit odd right now because of the disparity in games played (thanks, COVID!) but if you order the teams by points percentage, Detroit sits at the bottom.
  • In the two games the Hurricanes have played against Detroit, Andrei Svechnikov leads the team with three points (two goals and one assist).