The Carolina Hurricanes face the Winnipeg Jets with both teams off to great starts to the season. The Hurricanes have won 16 of their 23 games this season while the Jets have won 12 of their 24 games to start the season. The Hurricanes are looking to jump into first place in the Metropolitan Divison while the Jets are looking to grab first place in the Central Division and the upcoming game should be a great one as a result.
Hurricanes defense leads the wayThe Hurricanes are having a great season with the offense stepping up and scoring 3.26 goals per game. Sebastian Aho and Andrei Svechnikov have combined for 19 goals and 26 assists to lead the top line but the backend of the forward unit has put the offense over the top. Jesper Fast, Teuvo Teravainen, and Jesperi Kotkaniemi have combined for 18 goals and 15 assists while Vincent Trocheck, Martin Necas, and Nino Niederreiter have added 15 goals and 23 assists to give the Hurricanes multiple great scoring lines and one of the toughest offenses to stop.
"We'll have the Marty Necas wrap 🌯" pic.twitter.com/1SGj0LwM9R— Carolina Hurricanes (@Canes) December 6, 2021
The offense has been great but the Hurricanes are led by their defense which is allowing only 2.26 goals per game. Anthony DeAngelo and Jaccob Slavin have combined for 3.1 defensive point shares and 48 blocked shots while Ian Cole, Ethan Bear, and Brady Skjei have combined for 3.9 defensive point shares and 71 blocked shots to add depth to the unit. In addition, goaltender Frederik Andersen is having a great season with a .928 save percentage and a 2.04 goals-against average on 445 shots.
Jets defense has been great this seasonThe Jets are playing well on both ends of the ice with the offense stepping up and scoring 3.04 goals per game. Kyle Connor and Pierre-Luc Dubois have combined for 27 goals and 22 assists to lead the top line but the backend of the forward unit has stepped up as well. Mark Scheifele, Andrew Copp, and Nikolaj Ehlers have combined for 22 goals and 28 assists while defensemen Josh Morrissey and Neal Pionk have added six goals and 19 assists from the point to open up the offense.
The offense has played well but the Jets defense has led the way, allowing only 2.75 goals per game. Josh Morrissey and Brenden Dillon have combined for 2.8 defensive point shares and 57 blocked shots while Neal Pionk, Nate Schmidt, and Dylan DeMelo, have combined for 3.2 defensive point shares and 91 blocked shots to add depth to the unit. Moreover, goaltender Connor Hellebuyck is having another great season with a .916 save percentage and a 2.70 goals-against average on 595 shots.
Hurricanes are 2-5 in their last 7 overall.