NHL Hockey

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PNC Arena, Raleigh, North Carolina  Attendance: 15,383

Wings to meet Hurricanes, tricky Svechnikov

Detroit Red Wings at Carolina Hurricanes

  1. The Red Wings have won four of the last five meetings with the Hurricanes while allowing just nine goals. Detroit has held the Hurricanes to 18 total goals during a current 8-1-0 stretch in Carolina and hasn't had much help from the power play during that span, converting just two of 19 opportunities.
  2. Carolina continued a four-game homestand Tuesday with a 2-1 victory over Calgary, as Andrei Svechnikov scored twice in the third period. The win gave the Hurricanes points in three straight (2-0-1) and improved their home record to 5-1-0.
  3. Jimmy Howard made 31 saves to lead the Red Wings to a 3-1 win over Edmonton on Tuesday, snapping an eight-game losing streak. That skid is the longest in the league this season. Detroit is tied for 28th in the league with 2.31 goals per game and is 24th with a 14.3 power-play percentage (6-for-42).
  4. Svechnikov has two goals in consecutive games to join Sebastian Aho (January 11 and 13, 2019) as the only Hurricanes to accomplish that since the 2014-15 season. Svechnikov has 12 points through 12 games this season after he had four points at that point in his 2018-19 rookie season.
  5. Jonathan Bernier is 0-3-1 with a 4.02 goals-against average in his last four starts overall but is 4-0-0 with a 1.72 goals-against average in his past four against Carolina. He's allowed three goals or fewer in each of his nine career starts against the Hurricanes.
  6. Dougie Hamilton is second in the NHL among defensemen with six goals (John Carlson -- 7) and ranks fourth in that category with 76 since the 2014-15 season. His 18 goals last season were the most by a Hurricanes/Hartford Whalers defenseman since Mark Howe had 19 for the Whalers in 1980-81.

Andrei Svechnikov's unique maneuver for a lacrosse-style goal caused all the rage this week with the Carolina Hurricanes.

Don't expect him to pull off that trick again anytime soon.

The Hurricanes, coming off a history-matching month of October, face the visiting Detroit Red Wings on Friday night in Raleigh, N.C.

Svechnikov's move for a game-tying goal against the Calgary Flames on Tuesday night attracted considerable attention.

"It's going to be tough for him to get that off again now that everybody knows about it," Carolina coach Rod Brind'Amour said.

Still, it's something that Svechnikov has worked at, and his teammates have seen that on a regular basis.

"I practice it," he said. "Like almost every practice."

Svechnikov, a 19-year-old Russian in his second NHL season, has other ways to score. He has posted two goals in each of the past two Carolina games.

It's just that the scoop of the puck and the delivery into the net for the lacrosse-look-alike was something special. The right winger said he hasn't played lacrosse, so this was a move he picked up on the ice.

"It's not a fluke," Brind'Amour said. "... He never misses it in practice, so it was just a matter of time before it was going to happen. That's a huge thing for a young kid to know he can actually do these things."

The Hurricanes compiled an 8-3-1 record in October to match their most victories and points in October in franchise history.

Much of that success can be connected to goalie Petr Mrazek, who was in net for the past two victories. He has won 11 consecutive regular-season starts in his home arena. He's 25-5-1 all-time at PNC Arena.

The Hurricanes are 2-0-0 to start this four-game homestand.

The Red Wings ought to be riding some sort of high after Tuesday night's 3-1 victory against the Edmonton Oilers. That snapped an eight-game winless streak.

"It was building, though," center Dylan Larkin said of the team's performance in general. "We built the past couple of games. ... We needed that."

Larkin said the Red Wings don't want to nitpick after finally breaking back into the win column.

"We're going to try to be more aggressive," Larkin said.

The outcome was a tonic because even during some good stretches in past games there wasn't a reward at the end.

"You have to win to gain some confidence," Detroit coach Jeff Blashill said. "You make defensive plays, you make offensive plays, the goalie stops some pucks. ... That's how you win in this league."

Defenseman Patrik Nemeth's first goal as a Detroit player was the game winner against Edmonton. He said team-wide contributions are what make the biggest difference as the Red Wings aren't prone to have one player carry the team.

"It takes more than one or two guys," Nemeth said. "It takes five guys on the ice who have to do the job."

The Red Wings are coming off a three-game homestand. Of their next nine games, only three are on home ice.

Going into Friday night's game, Carolina defenseman Dougie Hamilton holds a five-game points streak, matching the longest stretch in his 517-game NHL career.

--Field Level Media

Updated October 31, 2019

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