The Oilers continue its southeastern swing with a trip to Carolian to face the Hurricanes. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. EST.
Edmonton has been up-and-down so far this season. The Oilers have had a bad stretch and a good stretch in its first 14 games giving them an 8-6-0 record. To no one’s surprise, Connor McDavid leads the Oilers and the NHL in both points and goals. McDavid has notched 14 goals and 29 points this season. Leon Draisaitl has been producing at his insane clip as well. The German has tallied nine goals and 26 points (second in the NHL) so far.
Jack Campbell will look to build off a good start his last time out against Dallas. The 30-year-old has a 3.93 goals against average and an .884 save percentage in nine games this season. Forward Evander Kane will be out long term after suffering a scary injury Tuesday in Tampa Bay. Kane’s wrist was sliced by a skate blade which resulted in major bleeding and emergency surgery.
Carolina has lost two straight after winning eight of its first 11 games. The Hurricanes were shutout last night in Florida against the Panthers dropping its record to 8-4-1. The Canes are led in scoring by Andrei Svechnikov with eight goals. Martin Necas leads Carolina in points with 17 while Sebastian Aho (15) and Svechnikov (14) follow closely behind. With Frederik Andersen still injured, Antti Raanta has stepped into a temporary number one role. Raanta has notched a 2.36 GAA and .915 SV% in five games this season.
While Carolina took both matchups last season, Edmonton took the first of two games this season winning 6-4 two weeks ago. The projected starting goaltenders for tonight’s game are Campbell for Edmonton and Pyotr Kochetkov for Carolina. It will Kochetkov’s fourth career game. He is 3-0-0 with a 2.42 GAA and a .902 SV% in three career games.