Edmonton at Carolina
When: 7:00 PM ET, Tuesday, March 20, 2018
Where: PNC Arena, Raleigh, North Carolina
The Carolina Hurricanes are trying to stay in the hunt for a wild-card spot and start a run of four straight games against non-playoff position teams Tuesday night when the Edmonton Oilers pay a visit. The Hurricanes, who also play league-worst Arizona and Ottawa twice during the stretch, are nine points behind New Jersey for the second wild card in the Eastern Conference after knocking off the New York Islanders 4-3 on Sunday.
“I think our group’s got mental toughness, I really do,” Carolina coach Bill Peters told reporters. “We’ve had a few gut punches here this year, we’ve had a few recently. You’ve got to pick yourself off the canvas and keep going, and that’s what we did here (Sunday).” The Hurricanes are 4-5-0 in March after ending February with six straight losses (0-4-2) to put themselves in a hole as they take on the Oilers, who are 1-1-0 in the middle of their four-game road trip. Edmonton knocked off Florida on Saturday afternoon before suffering a 3-1 loss to Tampa Bay a little more than 24 hours later. The Oilers, who reached the second round of the playoffs in 2016-17, are close to being officially eliminated from postseason consideration but captain Connor McDavid still has a shot at the scoring title with 89 points and will play his 200th NHL game Tuesday.TV:
7 p.m. ET, Sportsnet West (Edmonton), FS CarolinasABOUT THE OILERS (31-36-5):
McDavid was kept off the scoresheet against Tampa Bay, but still boasts seven goals and 11 assists in his last 11 games to pull within four points of the NHL lead. Goalie Cam Talbot likely will be back in net after being rested Sunday and is 4-1-0 in his last five starts with a .954 save percentage in that stretch. Defenseman Oscar Klefbom (21 points, 66 games) is flying back to Edmonton to have shoulder surgery later in the week that will end his season.ABOUT THE HURRICANES (31-30-11):
Teuvo Teravainen (58 points) and Sebastian Aho (57) continue to finish the season strong with two goals and four assists each during five-game point streaks. Carolina needs more from left wing Jeff Skinner, who is mired in a 12-game goal drought with four assists in that stretch, while veteran goalie Cam Ward has dropped four straight starts. All-Star defenseman Noah Hanifin (29 points, 71 games) suffered a concussion Saturday against Philadelphia and is out indefinitely.OVERTIME
1. Edmonton C Leon Draisaitl is second on the team with 62 points and needs one to reach 200 in his career.
2. Carolina C Victor Rask registered his seventh multi-point game of the season Sunday with a goal and an assist.
3. The Hurricanes are 4-1-1 in the last six meetings, including a 5-3 win at Edmonton on Oct. 17.PREDICTION:
Hurricanes 4, Oilers 3
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