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Hurricanes' Antti Raanta: Set to start Saturday
Raanta is expected to start on the road against Vancouver on Saturday, according to Walt Ruff of the Hurricanes' official site.
Raanta has a 6-4-0 record, 3.33 GAA and .863 save percentage in 12 contests this campaign. He's 0-2-0 over his last three outings while stopping just 51 of 64 shots (.797 save percentage). Vancouver will be a difficult team for Raanta to rebound against -- the Canucks rank third offensively this year with 3.81 goals per game.... See More ... See Less
Hurricanes' Jack Drury: Generates helper
Drury logged an assist in Thursday's 3-2 loss to the Flames.
Drury won a faceoff back to Jaccob Slavin, whose shot was tipped in by Stefan Noesen for the opening goal. While he's playing in a fourth-line role, Drury has done well lately with three goals and three assists over his last 11 contests. The 23-year-old is up to seven points in 26 outings this season, one shy of matching his output from 38 games a year ago. Drury has added 31 shots on net and a plus-2 rating in 2023-24, though he's averaging a mere 10:11 of ice time per game.... See More ... See Less
Hurricanes' Dmitry Orlov: Offers assist Thursday
Orlov notched an assist, three shots on goal, three hits and two blocked shots in Thursday's 3-2 loss to the Flames.
Orlov had a shot tipped in by Michael Bunting in the first period just after a penalty kill. The assist snapped a three-game point drought for Orlov, who has been just okay on offense in a third-pairing role for the bulk of the season. The 32-year-old defenseman has 10 points, 42 shots on net, 34 hits, 22 blocked shots, 20 PIM and a minus-7 rating through 26 appearances. While it's not a bad pace, it's off the mark that saw him log 36 points across 66 outings between the Bruins and the Capitals in 2022-23.... See More ... See Less
Hurricanes' Jaccob Slavin: Grabs another helper
Slavin logged an assist and two shots on goal in Thursday's 3-2 loss to the Flames.
Slavin has recorded five assists over his last five games. He took a shot off a faceoff win by Jack Drury, and Stefan Noesen tipped it in at 2:10 of the first period for the opening goal. Slavin is up to 16 points, 60 shots on net, 38 blocked shots and a plus-10 rating through 26 contests. One of the top defensive defensemen in the league, the 29-year-old is also on a pace that could allow him to challenge his career high of 42 points he recorded in the 2021-22 campaign.... See More ... See Less
Hurricanes' Martin Necas: Nabs assist in loss
Necas recorded an assist in Thursday's 3-2 loss to the Flames.
Necas has spent some time in the bottom six lately, but with the Hurricanes getting drubbed 6-1 in Edmonton on Wednesday, head coach Rod Brind'Amour shuffled his lines. That saw Necas return to the first line and log a season-high 21:12 of ice time. The winger has been productive of late with a goal and five helpers over his last seven contests. For the season, he's at 19 points, 62 shots on net, 23 hits and a minus-9 rating through 26 appearances.... See More ... See Less
Hurricanes' Stefan Noesen: Scores early in loss
Noesen scored a goal in Thursday's 3-2 loss to the Flames.
Noesen tallied off a set play with Jack Drury winning a faceoff to Jaccob Slavin. Noesen tipped in the shot to earn his fourth point over the last five games. The 30-year-old forward has been fairly reliable in a bottom-six role this season, picking up seven goals, eight assists, 35 shots on net, 28 hits and a plus-7 rating through 26 appearances. He also sees time on the second power-play unit, giving him a path to fantasy rosters in deeper formats.... See More ... See Less
Hurricanes' Michael Bunting: Tallies in loss
Bunting scored a goal on four shots in Thursday's 3-2 loss to the Flames.
Bunting was a late addition to the second line when Andrei Svechnikov (upper body) was ruled out. It's a role Bunting has filled at times this year, but his overall play has been inconsistent of late. He snapped a three-game dry spell with his goal, and he's now at six tallies, 16 points, 39 shots on net, 33 PIM and a minus-4 rating through 25 contests overall. When Svechnikov is cleared to play again, Bunting will likely return to a fourth-line assignment.... See More ... See Less
Hurricanes' Pyotr Kochetkov: Better start, same result
Kochetkov stopped 24 of 27 shots in Thursday's 3-2 loss to the Flames.
Kochetkov wasn't chased from this game, instead blanking the Flames over the first two periods. Things got out of hand for the 24-year-old in the third -- Calgary scored three goals over a span of 6:02, and the Hurricanes couldn't pull even again. Kochetkov has taken consecutive losses for the first time since a three-game skid from Oct. 19-24. He's at a 4-6-1 record with a 3.12 GAA and an .873 save percentage over 12 contests. The Hurricanes' road trip continues Saturday with a tough game in Vancouver.... See More ... See Less
Hurricanes' Andrei Svechnikov: Out with upper-body injury
Svechnikov will miss Thursday's game versus Calgary because of an upper-body injury.
Svechnikov has a goal and 11 points in 16 contests this season. He missed the first eight games of the 2023-24 campaign because of a knee injury. With Svechnikov unavailable, Brendan Lemieux is likely to draw into the lineup Thursday.... See More ... See Less
Hurricanes' Pyotr Kochetkov: Gets chance for redemption
Kochetkov will guard the road goal versus the Flames on Thursday, Walt Ruff of the Hurricanes' official site reports.
Kochetkov had a nightmarish start versus the Oilers on Tuesday, giving up three goals on six shots over 5:46 of game time. The 24-year-old will get a quick chance to redeem himself against the Flames, who have scored 19 goals over their last six games, going 3-3-0 in that span.... See More ... See Less
Hurricanes' Jaccob Slavin: Sets up lone tally in loss
Slavin notched an assist, six shots on goal and four hits in Wednesday's 6-1 loss to the Oilers.
Slavin set up Jordan Staal's third-period tally to break up the shutout bid. The helper was Slavin's fourth over the last four contests, and he's logged eight assists and a plus-7 rating across his last 11 games. It's not quite the heater he had at the start of the campaign, but the 29-year-old remains a steady top-four option for Carolina. He has 15 points, 58 shots on net, 38 blocked shots and a plus-10 rating through 25 appearances overall.... See More ... See Less
Hurricanes' Jordan Staal: Breaks up shutout bid
Staal scored a goal on three shots and added two hits in Wednesday's 6-1 loss to the Oilers.
Staal scored in the third period, ending Stuart Skinner's shutout bid in the lopsided game. With three points over his last four games, Staal has been solid lately. The third-line center isn't a big contributor on offense at 35 years old -- he's earned three goals, six assists and 43 shots on net through 25 contests this season. He's added 28 hits, 18 PIM and a minus-7 rating while drawing plenty of tough defensive assignments.... See More ... See Less
Hurricanes' Antti Raanta: Long relief outing
Raanta stopped 25 of 28 shots in relief of Pyotr Kochetkov in Wednesday's 6-1 loss to the Oilers.
Raanta played 54:14 in the game, and the Oilers hardly let up after chasing Kochetkov early in the first period. With 13 goals allowed over his last three appearances, Raanta is far from a reliable option for fantasy managers. He's at a 6-4-0 record with a 3.33 GAA and an .863 save percentage over 12 contests. Given his heavy workload Wednesday, it's unclear if Raanta will play Thursday versus the Flames or if head coach Rod Brind'Amour will give Kochetkov a chance at redemption.... See More ... See Less
Hurricanes' Pyotr Kochetkov: Lit up early
Kochetkov allowed three goals on six shots in Wednesday's 6-1 loss to the Oilers.
Kochetkov was sent to the showers early, getting chased 5:46 into the game. Antti Raanta allowed three goals on 28 shots the rest of the way, but the loss stayed with Kochetkov since the Hurricanes couldn't cover his damage. The 24-year-old goalie has had a consistency issue throughout his time in the NHL this year. He's now at a 4-5-1 record with a 3.12 GAA and an .871 save percentage over 11 outings. Given Raanta's heavy workload in the relief outing, it's unclear which goalie will get the nod for Thursday's game in Calgary.... See More ... See Less
Hurricanes' Pyotr Kochetkov: Receives starting nod
Kochetkov will protect the road goal Wednesday versus the Oilers.
Kochetkov has won three of his last four outings, allowing 10 goals over that span. He didn't play in a 2-1 loss to the Jets on Monday, with Antti Raanta between the pipes for that contest. Kochetkov will attempt to slow down the Oilers, who have won their last four games and should be well rested after a five-day break.... See More ... See Less