The Carolina Hurricanes conclude its western swing in Vancouver tonight. Puck drop is scheduled for 10:38 EST.
Carolina started its season 3-0-0 before dropping its last two games in Alberta. The Hurricanes will look to get right against a struggling Canucks team. The Hurricanes are led in scoring by Andrei Svechnikov, who has tallied six goals so far. Svechnikov shares the team lead in points with Sebastian Aho. Each skater has tallied eight total points. Antti Raanta and Frederick Andersen have both been solid in net to start the season. Andersen has made three starts this season, while Raanta has made two. Forward Ondrej Kase will miss his fifth straight game tonight due to lingering concussion symptoms.
Vancouver has had a rough start to the season as the Canucks have blown four multi-goal leads in its first six games, leading to an 0-4-2 record. The Canucks have only had nine players record a goal thus far and are led by Bo Horvat with four. Elias Pettersson has had an encouraging start to the season as he leads the Canucks in points with six. Goaltending has been a major issue in the early going for Vancouver, as both Spencer Martin and Thatcher Demko have struggled. The Canucks are also missing some key players, as Quinn Hughes and Travis Dermott are considered week-to-week. Brock Boeser and Riley Stillman will both miss tonight’s game with undisclosed injuries.
The Hurricanes and Canucks split last season’s series, with each team winning at home in regulation. The projected goaltenders for tonight’s matchup are Andersen for Carolina and Demko for Vancouver.