The Metro Division meets the Pacific Division on Wednesday evening as the Carolina Hurricanes grapple with the San Jose Sharks at SAP Center at San Jose in San Jose, California. The Hurricanes enter this game off a 2-0 loss to the Kings on the road, while the Sharks are off a 3-1 road win over Montreal.
Canes Can’t Find Offense Against The ings
The Carolina Hurricanes are having a tough time finding the back of the net at the moment as they have scored a total of four goals over their last four games. In their latest contest, they fell to the Lons Angeles kings on the road by a score of 2-0. It was the 2nd time this year that they have been shutout, and Carolin has now scored a total of 20 goals in their 14 losses this year, compared to scoring 47 goals in their 12 wins thus far. That is what we call a pattern folks. The Canes have been led by Sebastian Aho, who has 26 points on the year while leading them in goals is Micheal Ferland with 11.
Taking the loss against the Kings was Petr Mrazek, who allowed one goal on 34 shot attempts to fall to 3-6 with a 2.56 GAA on the year. Curtis McElhinney is slated to get the start in this one, and he has gone 7-3 with a 2.10 GAA, and a .930 save percentage on the year, including 3-2 with a 2.23 GAA and a .927 save percentage on the road. In his career, he has gone 0-2 with a 3.79 GAA against the Sharks. The Hurricanes enter this game ranked 29th in the league in scoring at 2.50 gpg and 6th in goals allowed at 2.69 gpg.
Sharks Top Habs To End Slide
The Pacific Division is the weakest in the league and that is why the Sharks can be just three points out of first, depsite the fact that they are 13-15 on the year. The Sharks had a four-game losing streak going, but they were able to snap that with a 3-1 road win over the Montreal Canadiens. The road has not been that kind for the Sharks and despite the win, they are still just 5-10 on the road, compared to going 8-5 at home. Scoring in the win
Grabbing the win against the Habs was Martin Jones, who stopped 40 of the 41 shots that he faced to improve to 10-9 with a 3.00 GAA and a .894 save percentage on the year, while here at home he has gone 6-4 with a 2.90 GAA and a .894 save percentage. In his career, he has gone 2-1 with a 3.34 GAA against the Hurricanes. The Sharks enter this game ranked 13th in the league in scoring at 3.04 gpg and 19th in goals allowed, giving up 3.11 gpg so far.
San Jose is:
- 6-1 in their last 7 home games following a road trip of 7 or more days
- 16-7 in their last 23 when their opponent scores 2 goals or less in their previous game
- 25-58 in their last 83 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600
- 1-5 in their last 6 when their opponent allows 2 goals or less in their previous gam