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The Carolina Hurricanes will face the Chicago Blackhawks for the seventh meeting between the two teams this season.

Chicago Blackhawks v Carolina Hurricanes Photo by Gregg Forwerck/NHLI via Getty Images

The Carolina Hurricanes will take on the Chicago Blackhawks for the second game of a back-to-back and second of three straight matches.

The Canes took the first game of the series last night with a 5-2 win, much thanks to a Sebastian Aho hat trick.

Rookie netminder Alex Nedeljkovic last night also reached the games played milestone to retain his RFA status for next season, which is huge for the Canes in re-signing the standout goaltender.

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

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

With a regulation win tonight, the Hurricanes can finish no lower than second place in the division and have a magic number of five for securing first in the division.

Also with Vegas losing in regulation last night, the Canes now control their own destiny for finishing at the top of the entire league for the President’s Trophy.

With four games remaining it will be a battle to the top, but Carolina is in the best position to make it.

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

Rod Brind’Amour confirmed today that Petr Mrazek will start in his first game since returning from a minor injury. Brind’Amour also stated that Brady Skjei would be a game-time decision.

Hurricanes’ Projected Lineup

Andrei Svechnikov - Sebastian Aho - Teuvo Teravainen
Nino Niederreiter - Vincent Trocheck - Martin Necas
Warren Foegele - Jordan Staal - Jesper Fast
Max McCormick - Steven Lorentz - Morgan Geekie

Jaccob Slavin - Dougie Hamilton
Brady Skjei - Brett Pesce
Jake Bean - Jani Hakanpaa

Petr Mrazek
Alex Nedeljkovic

Blackhawks’ Projected Lineup

Philipp Kurashev - Pius Suter - Patrick Kane
Alex DeBrincat - Kirby Dach - Dominik Kubalik
Vinnie Hinostroza - Dylan Strome - Adam Gaudette
Mike Hardman - David Kampf - Brandon Hagel

Wyatt Kalynuk - Connor Murphy
Duncan Keith - Ian Mitchell
Nikita Zadorov - Nicolas Beaudin

Collin Delia
Kevin Lankinen