The Hurricanes continue its western road trip with a matchup in Edmonton against the Oilers. Puck drop is scheduled for 9:00 p.m. EST.
The Canes are off to a casual 3-0-0 start. Carolina has looked extremely sharp defensively in its first three games only allowing one goal per game thus far. Andrei Svechnikov has the early season lead in goals for the Hurricanes with three. Svechnikov is tied with Martin Necas for the team lead in points with five. Both Frederick Andersen and Antti Raanta have been great so far in net. The Canes face a major defensive challenge tonight against the high-flying Oilers.
Edmonton is off to a slow start at 1-2-0. The Oilers beat the Canucks on opening night before dropping back-to-back home games against the Flames and Sabres. It’s no surprise that Connor McDavid is leading the Oilers in both goals and points with four and six respectively. Leon Draisaitl is also tied for the team lead in points with six. Goaltender Jack Campbell has struggled in his first two starts with Edmonton. Campbell has a 5.98 goals against average and .851 save percentage thus far.
The Hurricanes were able to control the Oilers twice last season with two regulation wins. Edmonton was only able to muster one goal in each matchup last season. Tonight’s goaltender matchup is projected to be Andersen for Carolina and Campbell for Edmonton.