2. Did the Canes Keep Up With Edmonton’s Offensive Powerhouses?
McDavid had three assists on the night, and Draisaitl had a single assist. Only two Oilers would score goals last night; Zack Kassian would score twice, and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins would score a single time.
McDavid also completely botched a penalty shot chance (somehow), but that is neither here nor there. I just thought I’d mention it; the Carolina Hurricanes seemed to be in the heads of the Oilers top offensive producers all night.
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Jaccob Slavin led the Carolina Hurricanes with three blocked shots last night, and the Carolina Hurricanes never fell behind in last night’s matchup.
McDavid and Draisaitl both had at least 24:00 of ice time last night, and neither managed to make as significant an impact on the game as they’re capable of due to the Carolina Hurricanes’ capability to shut down both offensive powerhouses.
Now, for the (seemingly) most important key: the Carolina Hurricanes’ propensity to take penalties which come back to bite them a bit later on.