A three-game winning streak takes the Nashville Predators (4th in Central Division) to a domestic contest against the Carolina Hurricanes (6th in Metropolitan), who have dropped two of their last three decisions…
‘Canes Lose Two Of ThreeThe Carolina Hurricanes (33-21-4) are entering their clash versus Nashville on the back of a 4-3 overtime defeat against the Edmonton Oilers at PNC Arena on Sunday. With that, the ‘Canes lost for the second time in their previous three fixtures (1-1-1), but have still gone 3-1-1 in their last five outings and 6-3-1 in their past 10 following a three-game losing run prior (0-2-1). The team is 6th in the Metropolitan Division with 70 points from 58 contests, just one point outside the playoff contention in the Eastern Conference, but with a game in hand. Sebastian Aho leads Carolina with 33 goals and 56 points.
Sebastian Aho recorded three points (2g, 1a), extending his season-long point streak to help the #Canes earn a point in a 4-3 OT loss to Edmonton.— Michael Smith (@MSmithCanes) February 17, 2020
Brind'Amour: "That was one of those games where I thought we had to dig in, and I thought we did."https://t.co/LCmjpZFDdj
Goalie Petr Mrazek has made 36 appearances (35 starts) so far this year, taking his current performance tally to 19-15-2 for the season with a 2.72 GAA and a .903 save percentage. He has registered an 8-1-0 career total against the Predators with a 2.33 GAA and a .927 save percentage. The Hurricanes, meanwhile, are scoring the 13th highest quantity of goals per game (3.17), while allowing the 8th lowest amount on the defensive end (2.81). They are 11th in power play (21.3%) and 9th in penalty kill (82.4%).
Preds Win Three In RowThe Nashville Predators (29-22-7) ended the weekend on a high, sweeping a back-to-back, home-and-home set against the St. Louis Blues in a matter of 27 hours. A 4-3 road win on Saturday and a 2-1 domestic triumph the following evening have extended Preds’ winning run to three contests after the team dropped two decisions in a row prior (0-2-0), marking the first time the team has won more than two games in a row since the end of October. Nashville is 4th in the Central Division with 65 points from 58 fixtures, three points outside the playoff bubble in the Western Conference, but with four games in hand. Roman Josi leads the side with 57 points (14 goals, 43 assists).
After 33 starts and an extra appearance in relief this season, goalie Pekka Rinne has recorded an 18-13-3 total for the ongoing campaign with a 3.04 GAA and a .898 save percentage. He has gone 7-3-1 against the Carolina Hurricanes historically with a 2.25 GAA and a .917 save percentage. The Predators, meanwhile, are netting the 9th highest number of goals per game (3.22), while giving up the 7th highest quantity on the defensive end (3.17). They are 23rd in power play (16.8%) and bottom of the league in penalty kill (74.3%).
Carolina (according to Covers.com)
- Hurricanes are 6-1 in their last 7 overall meetings with Predators.
- Hurricanes are 16-5 in their last 21 vs. Central.
Nashville (according to Covers.com)
- Predators are 3-8 in their last 11 in the third game of a 3-in-4 situation.
- Predators are 5-11 in their last 16 after allowing 2 goals or less in their previous game.