Here’s a quick preview of tonight’s game between the Carolina Hurricanes and the Seattle Kraken.
While the Carolina Hurricanes have been riding high on an 11 point streak, It is worrisome as being a trap game returning home. Seattle is coming off a 6-2 shellacking from the Kings on Tuesday, and a downturn in their season.
Add in, the Canes might be looking to their much bigger games against Pittsburg in division play. Though that game will be at home, it is a must win if the Hurricanes want to put some distance between the 3rd place team in the Metro Division
With that in mind, I hope to see yet another strong game from the Staal line of Jordan Martinook and Jordan Staal. Martinook and Staal have combined for eight points in the last five games.
It is also expected that line mate, Jesper Fast, will be returning to the lineup from injury.
Canes fans can also look for a good game from Antti Raanta who is probably getting the start since Pyotr Kochetkov will surely need a night off. Raanta will have to go the distance in net, but coming off a long break, having not played since December 1st against St. Louis, he will be fresh.
Here is where we could mention another player that has been hot to fill out the article and maybe give someone a fast tip for the fantasy world. But with the Carolina Hurricanes, that is nearly impossible as just about anyone, on any given night might decide to bring their cape to the game.
As anyone who is paying attention to the Carolina knows, it is just not a simple task picking who will step into the breach and have a great game. This is a strength of Rod Brind’Amours group.
Jesperi Kotkaniemi was great against Detroit with an assist and solid passing.
Brent Burns could show up with an S on his chest and play big.
Seth Jarvis is always in the mix.
We cannot forget Jalen Chatfield who is absolutely due to break his scoreless streak. Tonight might just be the preview of what’s to come.
It really is dealers choice, throw a dart, pick a number, or arrange by height. However you do it, you are apt to get a winner.
To preview the Hurricanes is to folly to that extent. We can look at who is hot, we can look at who is not. When the puck drops, anyone and everyone is capable of breaking out for a 2 or 3 point night.
Still, if the Canes are able to pull a point out of the Kraken, even at home Thursday, I will be happy.
They do have some very big games coming up.