The Carolina Hurricanes (30-20-3, 63 points) begin a trek out west on Thursday with a visit to the Arizona Coyotes ( 27-21-7, 61 points). The Hurricanes were defeated in their last game 6-3 by the St Louis Blues. Carolina sits in 6th Place in the Metropolitan division two points behind 5th Place Philadelphia.
Arizona snapped a five-game losing streak with a 3-0 victory over the Edmonton Oilers. With the victory, Arizona moved into a tie for 3rd place with Vegas in the Pacific Division one point behind 2nd-place Edmonton and four points behind 1st-place Vancouver. Arizona has won just two of its last 10 games played, yet are still within four points of first place.
Carolina needs to find consistencyThe Hurricanes are 5-4-1 over their last 10 games played. Carolina needs to put together a string of victories to move into the top eight in the Eastern Conference playoff race. Carolina is currently in 10th place with 63 points and is one point out of 8th place and two points out of 7th place in the tightly contested Eastern Conference.
The leading goal scorer for Carolina is Sebastian Aho with 27 goals. Left-wing Teuvo Teravainen is the leader in assists with 40 and total points with 51 for the Hurricanes. Defense is the strength of Carolina. The defense is allowing just an average of 2.74 goals per game and the offense generates slightly more at 3.11 goals-per-game. Carolina's power play is successful 21.6% of the time while the penalty kill has a success rate of 82.9%.
Arizona puts it's losing streak to bedArizona returned to the Pacific Division race for first place following its 3-0 victory over the Edmonton Oilers. In that victory Lawson Crouse and Conor Garland scored just two minutes apart from one another during the second and Antti Raanta made 30 saves in goal for the Coyotes. Arizona is now just four points behind Vancouver.
Conor Garland is Arizona's top goal scorer with 18 and Nick Schmaltz is the assist leader with 30 and the points leader with 38. Arizona's defense is allowing just 2.62 goals per game while the offense generates just slightly more at 2.73 goals-per-game. Arizona's power play scores 19.0% of the time while the penalty kill holds opponents scoreless 82.5% of the time
- Arizona is 4-1 in the last 5 after allowing two goals or fewer the previous game
- Carolina is 2-5 in the last seven against a team with an overall losing record
- The Hurricanes are 0-5 in the last five road games