The Carolina Hurricanes will finish off their Western Conference slate as they play the Nashville Predators tonight.
The two teams met once previously already this season and... hmm, what happened in that game? Oh right, the Hurricanes put up 67 shots — which is still the season record for shots in a game — and proceeded to lose 5-3.
So, let’s hope that’s not what happens tonight, but Juuse Saros will more than likely be in net again and the Predators are still desperately trying to make the playoffs, being just three points back of the final wild card spot in the west.
- In terms of streaks, Stefan Noesen has picked up at least one assist in three straight games and Jesperi Kotkaniemi has goals in back to back games.
- Milestones within reach include Jordan Martinook two assists shy of 100 NHL assists and two points shy of 100 points with the Hurricanes and Brady Skjei two points shy of 200 career NHL points.
- Both Roman Josi and Brady Skjei are tied for third in goals among all NHL defenseman with 18 goals a piece. Only Erik Karlsson (22) and Dougie Hamilton (21) have more this season.
- Carolina has a record of 18-7-6 against Western Conference teams and this one will be the last. They swept six series and were swept by just one team out west, the Vegas Golden Knights, although Nashville could become the second with a win tonight.
Teuvo Teravainen - Sebastian Aho - Martin Necas
Stefan Noesen - Jesperi Kotkaniemi - Jesse Puljujarvi
Jordan Martinook - Jordan Staal - Jesper Fast
Jack Drury - Derek Stepan - Seth Jarvis
Jaccob Slavin - Brent Burns
Brady Skjei - Brett Pesce
Shayne Gostisbehere - Jalen Chatfield
Scratches: Paul Stastny, Calvin de Haan, Dylan Coghlan
Injuries: Ondrej Kase (Concussion), Max Pacioretty (Achilles), Andrei Svechnikov (Knee)
Egor Afanasyev - Cody Glass - Philip Tomasino
Kiefer Sherwood - Thomas Novak - Luke Evangelista
Yakov Trenin - Colton Sissons - Rasmus Asplund
Zach Sanford - Mark Jankowski - Michael McCarron
Ryan McDonagh - Dante Fabbro
Spencer Stastney - Tyson Barrie
Kevin Gravel - Jake Livingstone
Injuries: Mark Borowiecki (UB), Alexandre Carrier (UB), Matt Duchene (Hand), Filip Forsberg (UB), Ryan Johansen (Leg), Roman Josi (Undisclosed), Jeremy Lauzon (UB), Jusso Parssinen (UB)