This Saturday, there is a matchup between a Western Conference team and an Eastern Conference team in the NHL as the Minnesota Wild and the Carolina Hurricanes will face off at about 7:00 PM. This will be the second meeting between these teams this season and it will take place at the PNC Arena.
Wild Look To Extend Winning StreakSo far this season, the Minnesota Wild have been an average team in the Western Conference. Currently, the Wild have 32 points which places them in fifth place in the Central Division. However, Minnesota was in the basement earlier this season but has managed to climb out of it as it is in the middle of an impressive winning streak. The Wild enter this game having won each of their last five games and they will look to extend that winning streak with a road victory on Saturday. Whether or not they are able to accomplish that feat, however, remains to be seen.
Leading the Wild offensively will be center Eric Staal who has looked okay so far this season. He currently has 21 points in 29 games played. However, he has a Plus/Minus rating of -8 so the Wild have struggled to keep their opponents from scoring whenever he is on the ice.
📊 Tonight’s winning Stat Cap! pic.twitter.com/ZR4ZMKvMjN— Minnesota Wild (@mnwild) December 6, 2019
The starting goalie for the Wild in this game will be Alex Stalock who has been great so far this season. He has a 8-3-2 record and a 2.76 GAA along with a .910 save percentage. Stalock has also not faced the Hurricanes since the 2017-2018 season so he will look for a victory against them in this rare meeting.
Hurricanes Look For Another Home WinSo far this season, the Carolina Hurricanes have looked like a solid team in the Eastern Conference. The Hurricanes have a 17-11-1 record which gives them a total of 35 points. As a result, Carolina is currently in possession of a playoff spot but it still has the potential to get itself a better seeding in the Eastern Conference. Now, the Hurricanes have the fifth spot in the Metropolitan Division but it is only two points out of third place so winning this game would definitely help them improve upon their playoff position.
Leading the Hurricanes offensively is right-wingerAndrei Svechnikov who has looked great so far this season. He already has 12 goals and 19 assists in just 29 games played. In addition, Svechnikov enters this game following a two-point performance against the Sharks in his last game.
PETR!— Carolina Hurricanes (@Canes) December 6, 2019
The starting goalie for the Hurricanes in this game will be Petr Mrazek who has been pretty good this season. He has an 12-6-1 record along with a 2.63 GAA and a .903 save percentage. Last season, Mrazek had a 1-0-0 record along with a 1.00 GAA and a .960 save percentage against the Wild.
Trends found on Covers.com, are:
- Wild are 1-4 in the last 5 meetings.
- Wild are 3-8 in the last 11 meetings in Carolina.
- Hurricanes are 20-6 in their last 26 vs. Western Conference.
- Hurricanes are 6-2 in their last 8 vs. a team with a losing record.