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Carolina Hurricanes at Dallas Stars: Game Preview, Lineups, Discussion

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The Hurricanes will wrap up their season series with the Stars in Dallas tonight.

NHL: Carolina Hurricanes at Florida Panthers Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports

Fresh off clinching a playoff spot with last night’s overtime loss, the Hurricanes will wrap up their season series with the Stars in Dallas tonight. The Canes come into the game 5-1-1. They’ll also wrap up their current six-game road trip before heading home for five straight; Carolina has picked up at least one point (2-0-3) in every game of the trip so far.

Now that their playoff ticket is punched, the Hurricanes have their sights set on finishing first in the Central Division. They’ll enter tonight’s game looking to maintain or extend their lead on the Florida Panthers (two points, two games in hand) and Tampa Bay Lightning (three points). A victory tonight would also guarantee the Hurricanes can finish no lower than third in the Central Division.

Here’s how these two teams match up:

Vital Statistics

Category Hurricanes Lightning
Category Hurricanes Lightning
Record 5-5-0 7-3-0
Goals/Game 3.10 3.60
Goals Against/Game 2.80 2.60
Shots/Game 37.6 29.5
Face Off Win % 52.7% 47.6%
Power Play % (Rank) 20.0% (8th) 41.2% (1st)
Penalty Kill % (Rank) 77.5% (9th) 75.8% (10th)
ES Corsi For % 55.1% 46.4%
ES PDO 99.1 101.5
PIM/Game 10:24 12:12

Goaltender #1

Category Alex Nedeljkovic Andrei Vasilevskiy
Category Alex Nedeljkovic Andrei Vasilevskiy
Record 4-4-0 7-3-0
Save % .920 .928
GAA 2.18 2.46

Goaltender #2

Category Petr Mrazek Curtis McElhinney
Category Petr Mrazek Curtis McElhinney
Record 1-1-0 0-0-0
Save % .873 .000
GAA 3.90 0.00

Goaltender #3

Category James Reimer Kasimir Kaskisuo
Category James Reimer Kasimir Kaskisuo
Record 15-5-2 0-0-0
Save % .906 .000
GAA 2.66 0.00

Game notes:

  • Including tonight, tonight’s confirmed Hurricanes starting goalie, Alex Nedeljkovic, needs to play four more games of at least 30 minutes this season to become an RFA at the end of the year.
  • Sebastian Aho enters tonight’s game on a four-game point streak, with two goals and four assists in that span.
  • Stars captain Jamie Benn, who tallied three assists and the overtime winner last night, will be one to watch as he has eight points against the Canes this year.
  • Stars rookie forward Jason Robertson enters tonight’s game on an eight-game point streak.

Other than Alex Nedeljkovic starting in net, the Hurricanes’ lineup is unlikely to change from last night, though the team couple opt for a forward such as Drew Shore rather than a seventh defenseman in Joakim Ryan.

Rod Brind’Amour said Tuesday afternoon it was possible but unlikely the Canes would get any of their injured players back, and that no one who is “dinged up” is going to play given the Hurricanes’ position in the standings.

With that in mind, here’s how Carolina projects to line up for this one:

Andrei Svechnikov - Sebastian Aho
Nino Niederreiter - Vincent Trocheck - Martin Necas
Cedric Paquette - Jordan Staal - Warren Foegele
Max McCormick - Steven Lorentz - Morgan Geekie

Jaccob Slavin - Dougie Hamilton
Jake Gardiner - Brett Pesce
Jake Bean - Jani Hakanpaa
Joakim Ryan

Petr Mrazek
James Reimer

Injuries: Jesper Fast (lower body), Jordan Martinook (lower body), Brock McGinn (upper body), Petr Mrazek (lower body), Brady Skjei (concussion protocol), Teuvo Teravainen (IR, concussion symptoms)

Taxi squad: Drew Shore


Like the Hurricanes, Dallas did not hold a morning skate Tuesday, but here’s how Dallas lined up last night:

Jason Robertson - Roope Hintz - Joe Pavelski
Jamie Benn - Jason Dickinson - Denis Gurianov
Andrew Cogliano - Radek Faksa - Blake Comeau
Tanner Kero - Justin Dowling - Mark Pysyk

Esa Lindell - Sami Vatanen
Jamie Oleksiak - Miro Heiskanen
Joel Hanley - Andrej Sekera

Jake Oettinger
Anton Khudobin

Taxi squad: Ty Dellandrea, Nicholas Caamano, Taylor Fedun, Joel L’Esperance, Landon Bow