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Hurricanes 5, Predators 2

A reversal of fortune in Nashville as the Canes start a tough stretch with a win.

Carolina Hurricanes v Nashville Predators
NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE - DECEMBER 27: Sebastian Aho #20 celebrates his goal with Brent Burns #8 and Andrei Svechnikov #37 of the Carolina Hurricanes against the Nashville Predators during an NHL game at Bridgestone Arena on December 27, 2023 in Nashville, Tennessee.
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The Carolina Hurricanes normally outshoot their opponents, even if they are outscored, but on Wednesday night in Nashville they made the most of their chances and beat the Predators, 5-2 even though they were outshot, 37-25.

Pyotr Kochetkov made 35 saves on those 37 shots and earned the win for Carolina.

Sebastian Aho got the scoring started in the first period for the Hurricanes when he scored a powerplay tally, his 14th of the season and his 500th career point.

Speaking of Aho, he finished with a four point night, (1G 3A).

Brent Burns would score another powerplay goal later in the period. Aho and Svechnikov picked up the assists.

The Preds scored twice in the second to make things interesting but Svechnikov, Drury, and Jarvis also scored to give the Canes some breathing room.

There was no scoring in the third period as Carolina buckled down and did a nice job of not allowing many, if any, grade A chances against.

The Hurricanes will return home and face the Montreal Canadiens at the PNC on Thursday night, then travel to Toronto and New York City to face the Leafs and the Rangers on the road.

Game Notes:

  • The Canes were outhit, 27-17 in a very physical contest for Nashville. Jordan Staal had six for Carolina.
  • Brent Burns had a team high 5 shots on goal and also led the team with 22:31 of ice time.
  • Carolina dominated in the faceoff circle winning 63%.

Event Summary - https://www.nhl.com/scores/htmlreports/20232024/ES020535.HTM

Game Summary - https://www.nhl.com/scores/htmlreports/20232024/GS020535.HTM