Carolina Hurricanes: Three Keys to Victory Against the Minnesota Wild

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BUFFALO, NY – NOVEMBER 14: Petr Mrazek #34 of the Carolina Hurricanes tends goal during an NHL game against the Buffalo Sabres on November 14, 2019 at KeyBank Center in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Bill Wippert/NHLI via Getty Images)

2. Consistency in the Crease

Petr Mrazek was absolutely stellar for the Carolina Hurricanes against the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday night, despite giving up 4 goals throughout the course of the game. In my opinion, you can’t fault him for a single one of them, but I digress.

Mrazek has been incredibly consistent the past few games, and has managed to turn in a .904% save percentage, a 2.62 goals-against average, and a record of 9-3-1, with two shutouts on the season so far.

James Reimer, on the other hand, hasn’t been so consistent. Reimer has turned in a .901% save percentage, a 3.10 goals-against average, and sports a record of 2-4-0. As of the writing of this article, a starting goaltender has yet to be named.

If Reimer starts, the Carolina Hurricanes are going to need a better game from him than they’ve gotten so far this season. If Mrazek starts, the Carolina Hurricanes need the same consistency he put forth against both the Buffalo Sabres and the Ottawa Senators last week if they want to keep the Minnesota Wild at bay.

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