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Carolina Hurricanes vs. Chicago Blackhawks: Game Preview

The Carolina Hurricanes will play host to the Chicago Blackhawks tonight as the come out of the holiday break looking looking to keep their streaks alive.

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Carolina Hurricanes (22-6-6) vs.

Chicago Blackhawks (8-20-4)

2022-23 Regular Season — Game 35

Tuesday, December 27, 2022 — 7:00 pm ET

PNC Arena — Raleigh, NC

Watch: Bally Sports South

Listen: 99.9 The Fan

SBN Opposition: Second City Hockey

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Game Notes

  • The Hurricanes set a franchise record, 14-game point streak when they defeated the Philadelphia Flyers on Friday. They’ll look to keep that streak, as well as their eight-game winning streak — which is one away from matching the franchise record as well — going tonight.
  • Pyotr Kochetkov last started against the New Jersey Devils and seemed to tweak something late in the game. After a bit of holiday rest he could potentially start tonight. Kochetkov is 10-1-4 on the season with a 1.94 goals against and 0.928 save percentage, both of which he’s in the top-two in among the league.
  • In their last meeting, the Hurricanes shutout the Blackhawks 3-0. It was Kochetkov’s first career shutout.
  • The Blackhawks snapped an eight-game skid right before the holiday break, beating the Columbus Blue Jackets 5-2. Their 8-20-4 record is the worst in the league.
  • Old friend Max Domi currently leads the Blackhawks in goals with 11 and has 23 points in 32 games.
  • Max Pacioretty shed the non-contact jersey in practice today, which means he’s inching closer to a return.
  • Rod Brind’Amour had this to say following practice on Pacioretty: “We’re at a point where we’re getting closer. That’s him saying, ‘I don’t need a yellow [non-contact] jersey.’ That’s him saying, ‘Okay, I want a little extra work.’ It’s a good sign, but we obviously don’t want to rush anything. Everyday I think he’s getting closer.”