After what was a rough road trip to Boston that saw them get shut out by the Bruins, the Carolina Hurricanes return home to take on the San Jose Sharks on Thursday night at PNC Arena.
The Carolina Hurricanes started the month of December with a tough game in Boston. A game that was a back-and-forth battle for essentially the entire game, the Hurricanes failed to answer the Bruins’ late push and lost the game 2-0. James Reimer was excellent for the third straight game, but the offense just didn’t have the push that was needed to solve Jaroslav Halak.
After an abysmal start to the season, the San Jose Sharks have gotten themselves back on track. Despite dropping their last game 5-2 at the hands of the Washington Capitals, the Sharks have looked a lot better, going 11-2-0 in their last 13 games. Carolina has a tough task ahead of them, as San Jose will look to avoid dropping two in a row.
This will be the 42nd matchup between these two teams in franchise history. The overall record currently stands at 20-20-0-1 in favor of San Jose. This is yet another matchup that has been evenly matched throughout history. While those numbers have no bearing on the game itself, it’s nice to take a look at past matchups and see how these two teams have played against one another.
These two teams have already played once this season. The game was played on October 16 at SAP Center. It was quite literally Evander Kane vs everyone else in this one. He notched a hat trick and added an assist just for good measure. The Sharks defeated the Hurricanes that night by the final score of 5-2.
As the season continues to roll along, each game gets more important. As the Metropolitan Division continues to show its dominance, Carolina cannot afford to take their foot off the gas pedal. Let’s take a look at three keys to get the Hurricanes back on track and win this game on Thursday night.