DENVER, CO. – The Carolina Hurricanes have made their way west for the final time this season, taking on the Colorado Avalanche to open a two-game road trip.
When: Saturday, April 16, 9 p.m. EST
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Canes Record: 48-19-8 (104 Points, 1st – Metropolitan Division)
Canes Last Game: 3-0 Loss to the Detroit Red Wings on Thursday, April 16.
Avalanche Record: 54-14-6 (114 Points, 1st – Central Division)
Avalanche Last Game: 3-1 Win over the New Jersey Devils on Thursday, April 16.
- Thursday, March 10: Antti Raanta records a 36-save shutout, backstopping the Canes to a 2-0 victory.
THE QUICK HITS:
Last Time Out: The Canes came out of the gate strong against Detroit, outplaying them from the opening puck drop. They were the better team undoubtedly through the first 40 minutes, but with just 12 seconds to go in the middle frame, Moritz Seider was able to break the ice and give Detroit the game’s first lead. They’d tack on two more in the third, riding a 46-save shutout from Alex Nedeljkovic to the finish line.
Offense vs. Defense: As has been the case for the both of the season, the Avalanche enter tonight as one of the premier offensive teams in the league, and the Canes enter as one of the top defensive teams. While Carolina leads the NHL in both goals allowed per game (2.37) and shots against per game (28.2), Colorado paces the Western Conference in goals for per game (3.82) and sits second among the West in shots per game (35.2).
Playing The Full 60: When it comes to goal scoring, both clubs have their most success in the third period. Colorado has 107 third period goals this season, the most in the league, while Carolina has 95, tied for fifth.
In Search Of Answers: Carolina’s power play enters tonight 0-for-17 on the month, a large topic of discussion around the Metropolitan leaders. Both the coaching staff and players alike have said that they’d like to get the man advantage back on track going into postseason play and that it’s the execution side of things that has been lacking. Colorado’s penalty kill ranks right in the middle of the league at 16th (79.3%).
Need A Helper?: Jaccob Slavin and Tony DeAngelo are creeping their way up some franchise history lists, both sitting third and fourth right now for assists by a defenseman in a single season. DeAngelo (37) and Slavin (35) sit only behind Frantisek Kaberle (38) and Joni Pitkanen (40).
A Look At The Other Side: The Avalanche come into tonight winners of eight in a row, tied with Florida for the longest active streak in the NHL. They’ve also collected points in ten straight, dating back to March 25. Unsurprisingly, Nathan MacKinnon leads the charge for his team during the stretch, recording 13 goals in his last nine games played. What makes the Avalanche so dangerous though is their depth, as three other players also have double-digit points during the ten-game point streak and Nazem Kadri, who has played in just four of those games, has seven points. While their offense is capable of plenty, goaltender Darcy Kuemper has also been phenomenal as of late, posting a .942 save percentage since 3/25. He now ranks tied with Freddie Andersen for second place league-wide on the season at .926.
Milestones Within Reach: Max Domi’s first goal with the Canes will be his 100th of his NHL career. Teuvo Teravainen is two goals shy of 100 as a member of the team.
What Are We Wearing?: The Canes will be wearing their white sweaters tonight.
Worth A Click: