RALEIGH, NC. – The Carolina Hurricanes will be without frederik andersen and Jesperi Kotkaniemi as they take on the Winnipeg Jets Thursday.
When: Thursday, April 21, 7 pm EST
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Dogs Record: 49-20-8 (106 Points, 1st – Metropolitan Division)
Dogs Last Game: 5-3 Win over the Arizona Coyotes on Monday, April 18.
Jet Records: 35-31-11 (81 Points, 6th – Central Division)
Jet’s Last Game: 3-0 Loss to the New York Rangers on Tuesday, April 19.
THE QUICK HITS:
Last Time Out: The Canes did not have Andersen, Kotkaniemi or Jordan Staal in their lineup Monday night, yet still skated to a 5-3 victory over Arizona. Max Domi jumped in the middle of Nino Niederreiter and Jesper Fast with Staal out and the line did not miss a beat. All three scored, being the guiding force to the team’s win. Antti Raanta made 23 saves in his 25th game of the season, also his first trip back to the desert after four years as a member of the Coyotes. Carolina also had a season-high 51 shots in the win.
Andersen Update: Monday at morning skate Rod Brind’Amour said that Andersen would be reevaluated next week and reiterated that again yesterday after practice. That means the netminder will miss at least tonight, Saturday at New Jersey and Sunday on Long Island. The All-Star netminder left Saturday’s loss in Denver with under five minutes to go in what appeared to be some lower-body pain.
Kotkaniemi Day-To-Day: Another injury that stemmed from the affair against Colorado was the first-year Cane reaggravating the lower-body injury that he suffered on March 28. Kotkaniemi missed eight games as a result of the hit from Lars Eller in the final seconds in the win over Washington , having just returned last Thursday against Detroit. Brind’Amour had said yesterday that #82 just isn’t 100% and he’s day-to-day.
Optimism For Staal: While the Captain sat out Monday against Arizona, it appeared to be more precautionary than anything. He took part in morning skate before the game and was a full participant in yesterday’s practice at PNC Arena, both great signs after Cale Makar forced him out of the game during Saturday’s third period. After Wednesday’s skate Brind’Amour said that he was “hoping and assuming” that #11 could be available tonight. Prior to the injury Staal was leading all Hurricanes with eight goals and 10 points in eight games during the month of April.
Dom’s First: Carolina’s 2022 Trade Deadline acquisition recorded his first goal as a member of the team during Monday’s third period, also the 100th of his NHL career. Now 14 games into his tenure with the Canes, Domi has played up and down the lineup at both center and wing, in addition to being on the team’s second power play unit.
DeAngelo Is Dishin’: Tony DeAngelo recorded his 38th assist of the season on Saturday, now tying him with Frantisek Kaberle for the second-most in any Canes single-season. The only player to ever record more is Joni Pitkanen, who had 40 during the 2009-10 season.
Power Play Priority: The Canes have just one power play goal since the calendar turned to April. The goal came Saturday night in Colorado, Andrey Svechnikov‘s 30th of the season. The man advantage remains a point of emphasis for the team to get right in their final five games of the regular season.
Two Laps To Go: After tonight the Canes have just one more regular season home game, next Thursday to round out their regular season against New Jersey.
A Look At The Other Side: The Jets come to Raleigh for the first and only time this season having lost their last three games. They’ve been eliminated from playoff contention, but don’t overlook the current grueling stretch of schedule as of late. The losses have come against Florida, Tampa and New York (Rangers) and now have to take on the Canes before meeting the Avalanche. They also haven’t played a home game since April 8. Since the calendar turned to April, the Jets are 2-5-1 while averaging four goals against per game.
Milestones Within Reach: Teuvo Teravainen is two goals shy of 100 as a member of the team. sebastian aho is three points shy of 400 for his NHL career. Jesper Fast is three points shy of 200 for his career from him.
What Are We Wearing?: The Canes will be wearing their red sweaters tonight.
Worth A Click: