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Game Preview: Hurricanes at Oilers

Carolina concludes its season series with Edmonton.

NHL: Edmonton Oilers at Carolina Hurricanes James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

The Carolina Hurricanes started their Canadian road trip against Winnipeg with lots of chances, but just one goal.

Tonight, the Canes face an Oilers squad that is playing their best hockey of the season.

After losing to Carolina on November 22, Edmonton is on a four-game winning streak and earned some impressive wins over that stretch.

The Oilers started the streak with a 5-0 shutout over the Capitals. In the second period, Edmonton scored three power play goals, including two by Leon Draisaitl.

In the next game versus the Ducks, the game was tied at two halfway through the first period. The Oilers rattled off six straight goals, with Connor McDavid leading the way with a goal and four assists.

Against the defending Stanley Cup champions, McDavid led the way with a goal and two assists. Edmonton blew a 4-2 lead in the third, but McDavid and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins scored in the shootout to earn the win.

Last Thursday in Winnipeg, the Oilers were down 1-0 heading into the third period. Darnell Nurse tied the game at the 13:11 mark, and Draisaitl’s power play goal with about two minutes left was the winner in the eventual 3-1 victory.

Over this four-game winning streak, the Edmonton power play is scoring on 47 percent of chances, while their penalty kill is denying opponents 94 percent of the time.

Stuart Skinner was the winner in each of these four games, and after a six-day break, expect him to be between the pipes.

The Canes ran off Skinner on November 22, scoring four goals on 12 shots.

The key player for Carolina tonight is Sebastian Aho.

After a masterful performance against Buffalo, Aho kept up the pressure versus Winnipeg. He led all players on the ice with six shots and logged the second-most minutes for a Canes forward.

However, he failed to tally a point.

Aho has 23 points in 13 games against Edmonton, so keep an eye on him tonight.

As of writing, no starting goalie has been announced. With a game tomorrow evening in Calgary, both Pyotr Kochetkov and Antti Raanta will get a start between the pipes.

An additional note: take a look at the play-by-play call for tonight’s game.

Here’s how to check out the action:

  • Time: 9:30 PM ET
  • Location: Rogers Place, Edmonton, AB
  • TV: TNT and on MAX with John Forslund, play-by-play; Darren Pang, color analyst; Aly Lozoff, in-game reporter.
  • Radio: 99.9 The Fan
  • Line: ML: CAR +105; PL: CAR +1.5 -238