As one of the best teams in the NHL, you would expect the Carolina Hurricanes to get more coverage than they currently do. Carolina will get to play on National Television as two of the best players in the sport walk into PNC Arena to take on the Hurricanes and they seem to bring the National Broadcast crew around on their team plane. It’s the Edmonton Oilers in town for this clash.
A single game redo of the 2006 Stanley Cup Finals, Carolina edged the Oilers the last time these two teams met in the City of Edmonton. It was a game in which the best pick of the 2015 NHL draft was the Canes second-rounder, and not the generational talent that went first overall. If Carolina wants to win this one, they’re going to need to play as well as they did in that game, and against Columbus.
Edmonton is coming into this game on the back of a 4-3 win over the Florida Panthers yesterday in Sunrise, and they’re looking to make it back-to-back wins in back-to-back nights. If Carolina wins, they get to move even further ahead in the Metropolitan Division and the Eastern Conference after the out-of-town scoreboard blessed them last night with some fantastic results going the way of the Jerks. A lot of results went the way of the Hurricanes’ desires.
Edmonton also lost one of their former first overall picks in that game due to injury, and they will not have him in this one either. As for the Canes, they’re still without their two blueliners so it is the same lineup that went against the Columbus Blue Jackets and shut the playoff hopefuls out. Edmonton is a very different task, but that doesn’t mean it’s not possible for the Canes to get the better of this hockey club.