Carolina Hurricanes Look to Beat Sabres for 10th Straight Time
Carolina had no problem dusting Ottawa in their previous game at home and now head on the road for this contest. The Hurricanes entered Wednesday fifth in the Metropolitan Division race: they were one point behind the Flyers for the final playoff spot and nine back of Washington for the top spot. Carolina is 9th
in the league in goals for as they average 3.33 goals per game this season. The Hurricanes are 12th
in goals against by allowing 2.89 goals per contest. Carolina is 10th
with the man advantage by converting 22.4 percent of their power play opportunities on the year. The Hurricanes are 14th
in penalty killing as they successfully navigate 81.8 percent of their shorthanded situations on the year.
In their last game, the Hurricanes took care of business as they put the boots to the Senators, scoring early and often. Carolina outshot Ottawa 12-7 in the opening period and outscored them 2-0 to take the lead to the dressing room. Warren Foegele opened the scoring with his second of the year 44 seconds into the game off assists from Ryan Dzingel and Brett Pesce. Later in the stanza, Martin Necas scored his fourth of the year on the power play off assists from Jake Gardiner and Lucas Wallmark at 17:29 of the period. The second period saw the Hurricanes with a 12-8 edge in shots and a 3-1 advantage on the board to open a 5-1 lead. Sebastian Aho
scored his seventh of the year, shorthanded and unassisted, to make it a 3-0 game. Haydn Fleury made it a 4-0 contest at 12:45 with his second of the year off assists from Eetu Luostarinen and Andrei Svechnikov. Dougie Hamilton made it 5-0 with his eighth of the year at 16:25 off assists from Teuvo Teravainen and Svechnikov before Ottawa got on the board.
The third period saw the Hurricanes with a 19-14 edge in shots and a 3-1 bulge on the scoreboard to complete the rout. Aho scored his second of the game and eighth of the year at 1:07 off assists from Joel Edmundson and Pesce to make it 6-1. After Ottawa got on the board to make it 6-2, Dzingel scored his fourth of the year at 13:16 off assists from Edmundson and Foegele for a 7-2 lead. Edmundson closed the scoring with his first of the year at 17:47 off assists from Necas and Nino Neiderreiter. Petr Mrazek
made 27 saves in the win for the Hurricanes, who held a 43-29 edge in shots on goal in the game. He is expected to get the call in net here.