RALEIGH, NC. – The Carolina Hurricanes open another back-to-back series of games with a Friday afternoon matinee against the Boston Bruins.
When: Friday, 11/25
Puck drop: 1 p.m. EST
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sticks record: 10-6-4 (24 points, T-3, Metropolitan Division)
Cane’s last game: 4-0 loss to the Arizona Coyotes on Wednesday 23rd November
Brun’s record: 17-3-0 (34 points, 1st, Atlantic Division)
Last game of the Bruins: 5-2 loss to the Florida Panthers on Wednesday 23 November
NEWS & NOTES:
Last time: The Canes’ struggles in the scoring division added another chapter Wednesday night when the Arizona Coyotes kept them off the scoreboard. Carolina beat their opponents 11-1 in the first half, but it was the ‘Yotes who held a 1-0 lead. It was the beginning of what would become a 36 save shutout for Karel Vejmelka, who now has a .944 (SV%) save rate in three career games against Carolina. The only highlight of the evening for the home team was a nominee for netminder’s Save of the Year Pyotr Kochetkov.
Video: [email protected]: Kochetkov robs Boyd with insane save
Going through a difficult phase: Since the team’s 7-2 win over the Edmonton Oilers on Thursday, November 11 at the PNC Arena, the Canes have netted a league-low 10 goals. The team is 1-2-3 throughout the run, with the only win coming last Monday over the Chicago Blackhawks.
In search of power: A glaring issue during the team’s tumble is their power play, which has been 0-for-20 since the Edmonton win. Their success has dropped to just 13.5% on the season, ranking 30th in the league.
But it’s not all bad: One of the many elements of frustration during the canes’ recent slide is that they did a reasonable job of keeping the puck out of their net. During the same six games mentioned earlier, they only conceded 10 goals in five against five. In total they gave up only 17. Only 10 teams in the league have allowed fewer over the course of this period.
In the web: Pyotr Kochetkov’s start on Wednesday came at the last minute after that Anti Ranta “caught” while skating on Wednesday morning. Raanta was supposed to have the net for Carolina after Kochetkov played the previous two games for Carolina, but he was the contest substitute instead. Kochetkov became the first goalkeeper to start three games in a row for Rod Brind’Amour’s club through injury, but as a sign of good news, Raanta was able to train with the side on Thursday.
Injury Report: Forward Ondrej Kase has been on the concussion record since October 13. goalkeeper Frederick Anderson (lower bodily injury) was placed on injured reserve on November 10, retroactive to November 6. Forward Teuvo Teravainen (upper body injury) was placed on injured reserve on November 11, retroactive to November 10. However, Teravainen and Max Pacioretty, who tore his Achilles tendon in August, have been running together lately.
On the other hand: The Bruins had an exceptional start to the season, although Brad Marchand and Charlie McAvoy didn’t have some of it. Star striker David Pastrnak has been fantastic with an amazing 30 points in 20 games. Netminder Linus Ullmark posts a record of 13-1 with a league-best 0.935 percent among all qualified goalies. Their special teams were stellar, with the NHL’s third-best power play (30.3%) and second-best penalty shootout (85.7%). They also average 4.05 goals per game as their best league and 2.25 goals allowed per game as their league bottom.
What do we wear?: The Canes are to wear their black uniforms while Boston will be wearing their white reverse retro sweaters.
AFTER THE LAST HORN:
The team will return to Raleigh immediately after the game in preparation for a Saturday afternoon showdown at the PNC Arena against the Calgary Flames.
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