(SportsNetwork.com) – Injuries and a struggling offense have led to the
Carolina Hurricanes posting their worst start in franchise history.
The Hurricanes hope to bounce back quickly and earn their first win of the
campaign on Friday night as they visit the Edmonton Oilers.
Carolina remains without Jordan Staal, Eric Staal and Patrick Dwyer due to
injury and has also seen Jeff Skinner, Nathan Gerbe and John-Michael Liles sit
out at times this season. The Hurricanes have lost 24 man games to injury
through six contests, part of the reason they are 0-4-2.
The other reason is the fact that the ‘Canes have scored only two goals in
their past three outings and they officially got off to their worst start in
club history with last night’s 5-0 setback in Calgary.
Cam Ward allowed all five goals on 24 shots as Carolina surpassed five-game
winless streaks set in 1987-88 and 2003-04.
“It got away from us,” Carolina head coach Bill Peters said. “There were too
many freebies, too many easy goals, and too much time and space. It’s not the
way we’ve played up to this point.”
Carolina concludes a five-game road trip on Tuesday in Vancouver — a game in
which Eric Staal may return for — and Peters is likely to go with Anton
Khudobin in net tonight. Khudobin is 2-1-0 with a 1.40 goals against average
and .960 save percentage in three games versus the Oilers, including two
The Oilers lost their first five games (0-4-1) of the season, including the
opener of a seven-game homestand on Oct. 17, but have rebounded to win two
straight. They have picked up wins over Tampa Bay and Washington, both by a
3-2 score, most recently topping the Capitals on Wednesday.
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Justin Schultz and Nikita Nikitin all scored and Ben
Scrivens made 13 of his 32 saves in the third period to win his second
“I haven’t done anything different the last two games. We’re just starting to
get bounces,” Scrivens said.
Scrivens has allowed only five goals in his last three starts after giving up
14 over his first three appearances. He is 1-2-0 with a 2.38 GAA and .933 save
percentage in three previous starts against the Hurricanes.
The Oilers won both of their meetings against the Hurricanes last season and
have won four of the last six encounters in Edmonton.