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Hurricanes at Kraken - Preview and Open Thread

The Canes will hope to continue their winning ways as they travel north to face the Kraken.

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With the California leg of their road trip done, the Canes travel north to Seattle to take on the Kraken looking to build momentum from their 3-1-0 start to the season.

It’s another late puck drop tonight: 10 p.m. ET streaming on Bally Sports South.

Carolina got back in the win column on Tuesday with a 6-3 win over the Sharks, while the Kraken (0-3-1) will hit the ice hungry for its first win of the season.

The Hurricanes called up Pyotr Kochetkov from AHL Syracuse yesterday, which may signal his NHL debut is upcoming. Frederik Andersen left the game against the Sharks in the first period after taking a shot to the mask, but it doesn’t seem to be serious since he traveled with the team to Seattle returned to the ice for practice on Wednesday.

Given the length of this road trip, however, Rod Brind’Amour and the coaching staff may simply want to add Kochetkov to the mix to keep guys fresh, at least until the Canes return to Raleigh.

Brady Skjei will look to continue his hot start to the season. He became the first defenseman in franchise history to score six points in the first four games on the season. He notched two assists against the Sharks last time out.

The Kraken has only scored three goals so far this season, tying with St. Louis for the lowest in the league. Seattle has the benefit of playing four games to the Blues’ two so far, but still can’t find production on offense.

Seattle’s 13 goals allowed leaves it with a league-worst -10 goal differential. However, the Canes haven’t fared much better on defense with 17 goals allowed in the same amount of games.

Can Carolina polish its defense against a struggling Kraken attack? Who will start in net? Can the Canes keep up their energy on this long road trip? Follow along with Canes Country tonight to find out.