The Carolina Hurricanes continue their West Coast road trip as they face the Seattle Kraken. The Hurricanes have won 14 of their first 17 games while the Kraken have won only five of their first 18 games and hope to turn their inaugural season around. Both teams are hoping to add on a win to close out the month strong and the
Hurricanes are led by potent offenseThe Hurricanes are off to a great start to the season led by an offense that is scoring 3.35 goals per game. Sebastian Aho and Andrei Svechnikov have combined for 15 goals and 22 assists to lead the top line but the rest of the forward unit has stepped up as well. Jesper Fast and Vincent Trocheck have combined for nine goals and 11 assists while Martin Necas and Seth Jarvis have combined for eight goals and eight assists, making the Hurricanes offense tough to stop.
The offense has led the way but the defense has played great as well, allowing only 2.00 goals per game. Jaccob Slavin and Anthony DeAngelo have combined for 3.3 defensive point shares and 35 blocked shots while Ian Cole and Brady Skjei have combined for 2.0 defensive point shares and 35 blocked shots to give the Hurricanes two great defensive pairings. In addition, goaltender Frederik Andersen is having a great season with a .937 save percentage and a 1.88 goals-against average on 383 shots.
Kraken defense has struggled this seasonThe Kraken are off to a tough start to their first NHL season and the offense has struggled, scoring only 2.89 goals per game. Jordan Eberle has nine goals and five assists while Jared McCann and Brandon Tanev have combined for 14 goals and seven assists but the rest of the forward unit has struggled. Only five skaters have four goals or more while only three skaters on the Kraken have seven goals or more this season, allowing opponents to eliminate the later forward shifts.
The offense has struggled but the defense has been one of the worst in the NHL, allowing 3.78 goals per game. Jamie Oleksiak, Mark Giordano, and Jeremy Lauzon have combined for 1.4 defensive point shares and 117 blocked shots but the rest of the defense has played poorly and is allowing opponents to carry the puck into the offensive zone at will. Moreover, goaltender Philipp Grubauer is having a disappointing season with a .882 save percentage and a 3.18 goals-against average on 374 shots.