– Five is better than four.
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A quick preview and an expected lineup for tonight's game, which is a later 8 p.m. faceoff, can be found below. The Hurricanes will not hold a morning skate on Sunday, but check back here throughout the day for additional updates!
NUMBERS AND TIDBITS TO KNOW
-- After tallying last night in overtime, Elias Lindholm has three game-winning goals on the season, all of which have come in the last four games. Lindholm ranks tied for first in the NHL in game-winning goals. Per the Elias Sports Bureau, Lindholm is the third Hurricanes player in the last eight seasons to post three game-winning goals in a four-game stretch (Jeff Skinner, Jan. 2014; Erik Cole, March 2008).
-- More Lindholm: He's got points (4g, 2a) in his last four games, and he has already equaled a third of his scoring from this rookie season.
-- The Hurricanes are looking to stretch their winning streak to five games tonight. The last time they had a five-game winning streak? Last season, fueled by a comeback 5-4 overtime victory over the Montreal Canadiens on New Year's Eve.
-- Winning 53.8 percent of their draws, the Hurricanes rank fourth in the league in faceoff percentage. Of skaters who have regularly taken faceoffs, Jay McClement leads the team with a 56.8 winning percentage.
CANES PROJECTED LINEUP
Here’s what the Canes should look like tonight:
Defenseman Tim Gleason is expected to miss his second straight game with an upper-body injury. Head coach Bill Peters said after Friday’s game that Anton Khudobin would get the nod in net.
Brad Malone will draw into the lineup after sitting out the last two as a healthy scratch. Chris Terry will be the extra up front tonight.
CANES BRING FOUR-GAME WINNING STREAK TO D.C.
It took overtime, but the Carolina Hurricanes were able to secure their fourth consecutive win on Friday night, as they topped the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-2.
They’ll look to extend their winning streak to five games on Saturday when they face the Washington Capitals in an 8 p.m. faceoff at Verizon Center.
“I think we are working harder. We got a couple guys back, and that’s given us a boost,” said Elias Lindholm, who scored the game-winning goal in overtime on Friday. “Wardo has been playing unbelievably in net.”
Jeff Skinner, Victor Rask and Lindholm netted goals for the Hurricanes on Friday, who improved to 4-6-2 with the win.
“It was physical and tight at times, but I liked the resiliency we showed. We stayed with it and continued to battle,” said Eric Staal, who skated in a season-high 22:56 of ice time on Friday. “We were able to come out with an important two points.”
The Canes will ice virtually the same lineup in Washington, minus their goaltender. Tim Gleason is expected to miss his second straight game with an upper-body injury, and Brad Malone should be the healthy scratch up front.
The Hurricanes will turn to Anton Khudobin in net, who last started on Oct. 24 in Edmonton. Khudobin is 3-1-0 with a 2.47 goals-against average in four career appearances against Washington.
“We were going to go with Dobby no matter what happened tonight,” Peters said after Friday’s win. “He’s been a good goaltender for us, and we don’t want him sitting for too long.”
NOTES: Jeff Skinner is one goal shy of 100 career goals. … 17 of the last 30 meetings between the two clubs have been decided by one goal, including 11 of the last 16 in Washington.