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Hurricanes' Antti Raanta: Set to face Winnipeg
Raanta was the first goalie off the ice at the morning skate, Walt Ruff of the Hurricanes' official site reports, indicating he will defend the road net Monday against Winnipeg.
Raanta only made six saves on 14 shots in an 8-2 loss to Tampa Bay on Nov. 24 during his last appearance. He has posted a 6-3-0 record this season with a 3.47 GAA and an .854 save percentage through 10 games played. The Jets sit 14th in the league this campaign with 3.26 goals per contest.... See More ... See Less
Hurricanes' Brett Pesce: Scoring drought continues
Pesce extended his current pointless streak to 10 games in Saturday's 6-2 win over the Sabres.
Although he's not typically known for his offensive prowess, Pesce has been uncharacteristically quiet since returning from an eight-game absence due to a lower-body injury in early November. He has just two points in 15 games this season and will remain off the fantasy radar unless he heats up.... See More ... See Less
Hurricanes' Tony DeAngelo: Watching from press box
DeAngelo was a healthy scratch for the sixth consecutive game for Saturday's 6-2 win over the Sabres.
DeAngelo has struggled in his own end this season, as evidenced by his team-worst minus-10 rating. Instead, the Canes are giving Jalen Chatfield a long look in the lineup these days, and he has done nothing but impress with a plus-5 rating along with a goal and three helpers in the past six games. At this point, there is nothing to suggest DeAngelo will be back in the lineup anytime soon.... See More ... See Less
Hurricanes' Pyotr Kochetkov: Never really tested, never trails
Kochetkov made 22 saves in a 6-2 win over the Sabres on Saturday.
Kochetkov and the Canes never trailed in the game, so it was a nice rebound from his middling effort Thursday against the Isles. The Sabres didn't hit the scoreboard until the 4:08 mark of the third, when Casey Mittelstadt made it 5-1 with a goal from the far side of the right circle. Tyson Jost beat Kochetkov at the midway point of the third frame after the Carolina netminder came out to try for a poke check on Peyton Krebs and couldn't get back into the net in time. Kochetkov has now won three of his past four outings, allowing two goals or less in the three victories.... See More ... See Less
Hurricanes' Brent Burns: Hits major career milestone
Burns had two assists in a 6-2 win over Buffalo on Saturday.
Burns now has 600 career helpers in the NHL. He's the 17th defender in league history, and only active defender, to hit that milestone. Burns has 12 points (five goals, seven assists) in 23 games, which puts him into the NHL's top-40 scorers from the blue line. He's off his 61-point pace from last season, which could be a sign of age-related decline, but he stands a chance to get back on track if he continues to pile up shots.... See More ... See Less
Hurricanes' Sebastian Aho: Six points in last four games
Aho scored twice Saturday in a 6-2 win over Buffalo.
He put the Canes up 1-0 late in the first when he took a short pass from Seth Jarvis inside the blue line, skated to the right circle and wired a shot that beat Eric Comrie glove side. Aho's next goal came from the high slot on a power play with 1:06 left in the second period. It stood as the winner. It has Aho's 39th multi-goal game, moving him into fifth for most in Hurricanes/Hartford Whalers history. He's also riding a four-game, six-point streak (three goals, three assists).... See More ... See Less
Hurricanes' Pyotr Kochetkov: Guarding home net Saturday
Kochetkov will start in Saturday's home game against Buffalo, Rod Brind'Amour told Walt Ruff of the Hurricanes' official site.
Kochetkov will make his fourth straight start because Antti Raanta is not feeling quite 100 percent. Still, Raanta is projected to serve as the backup. Kochetkov has a 3-4-1 record, 2.93 GAA and .878 save percentage in nine contests this season. He struggled Thursday, allowing five goals on 16 shots in a 5-4 overtime loss to the Islanders. Buffalo is tied for 22nd offensively this year with 2.96 goals per game.... See More ... See Less
Hurricanes' Pyotr Kochetkov: Makes just 11 saves vs. Islanders
Kochetkov turned aside 11 of 16 shots in a 5-4 overtime loss to the Islanders on Thursday.
Kochetkov surrendered at least a goal in every frame, including the overtime period. He had been doing well recently, saving 62 of 67 shots (.925 save percentage) over his previous three contests, so Thursday's outcome was particularly disappointing. To make matters worse, the Islanders entered the game ranked 30th offensively with 2.62 goals per contest, so the stage seemed set for the 24-year-old to enjoy a positive outcome. Instead, Kochetkov dropped to 3-4-1 with a 2.93 GAA and an .878 save percentage in nine appearances this season.... See More ... See Less
Hurricanes' Jalen Chatfield: Nets second goal of 2023-24
Chatfield supplied a goal in a 5-4 overtime loss to the Islanders on Thursday.
Chatfield found the back of the net midway through the first period to give the Hurricanes a 1-0 edge. That brings him up to two markers and five points in 17 contests this season. The 27-year-old defenseman had six goals and 14 points in 78 outings in 2022-23 and is unlikely to do better than that this year. He's averaging just 14:30 of ice time and is seldom deployed on the power play.... See More ... See Less
Hurricanes' Sebastian Aho: On three-game point streak
Aho contributed a goal in Carolina's 5-4 overtime loss to the Islanders on Thursday.
Aho scored with just three seconds left in the third period to force the game into overtime. With that marker, he's recorded at least a goal in three straight contests and has scored in five of his last six outings. Aho's up to six goals and 20 points in 19 appearances this campaign. Given his shooting percentage is 10.3, which is noticeably below his career average of 14.8, it wouldn't be surprising to see his goal pace increase as the season progresses.... See More ... See Less
Hurricanes' Jack Drury: Collects goal in overtime loss
Drury found the back of the net in a 5-4 overtime loss to the Islanders on Thursday.
It was Drury's third goal and sixth point in 23 contests this season. The 23-year-old is serving primarily on the fourth line and has averaged 10:00 of ice time, so his offensive production isn't bad when measured against his role. However, Drury's not likely to see an increase in responsibilities this campaign, which limits his fantasy value.... See More ... See Less
Hurricanes' Jordan Staal: Gets two points Thursday
Staal recorded a goal and an assist in Carolina's 5-4 overtime loss to the Islanders on Thursday.
Staal's marker came early in the second period to put the Hurricanes up 2-1. He then got the primary helper on Sebastian Aho's goal in the dying seconds of the third frame to force overtime. This was Staal's third multi-point contest of the campaign, but despite that, he has just eight points (two goals) in 22 outings. The 35-year-old didn't accomplish much offensively from Oct. 21-Nov. 28, registering just two assists over 16 contests, and that likely won't be the only substantial cold stretch he has this campaign.... See More ... See Less
Hurricanes' Andrei Svechnikov: Expected to return Thursday
Svechnikov is good to play Thursday after missing Tuesday's 4-1 win over Philadelphia with an illness.
Svechnikov has a goal and nine points in 12 contests this season. He's projected to play on a line with Jack Drury and Stefan Noesen in his return. Brendan Lemieux is likely to serve as a healthy scratch after playing Tuesday.... See More ... See Less
Hurricanes' Pyotr Kochetkov: Facing Islanders
Kochetkov will defend the home crease versus the Islanders on Thursday, per Andrew Gross of Newsday.
Kochetkov will pick up his third straight start as he attempts to wrestle the No. 1 spot from Antti Raanta. Raanta was awful in his last start Friday, allowing eight goals on only 14 shots against the Lightning. Kochetkov has won his previous two starts, giving him a 3-4-0 record with a 2.65 GAA and .894 save percentage on the year. The Islanders are 30th in NHL scoring, averaging 2.62 goals per contest, which sets Kochetkov up well for a third consecutive victory.... See More ... See Less
Hurricanes' Andrei Svechnikov: Practicing Thursday
Svechnikov (illness) was back at practice Thursday, Walt Ruff of the Hurricanes' official site reports.
Svechnikov missed Tuesday's tilt versus Philadelphia but looks good to go versus the Islanders on Thursday. Svechnikov is on a four-game point streak, giving him a goal and eight assists in 12 contests. The 23-year-old reached the 55-point threshold in each of the previous two campaigns and is on pace to hit that mark again this season.... See More ... See Less