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Preview: Flames vs. Hurricanes

Familiar faces come to town as Canes close out October

by Michael Smith @MSmithCanes / CarolinaHurricanes.com

The Carolina Hurricanes close out the first month of the 2019-20 regular season when they host the Calgary Flames and a number of familiar faces.

The Hurricanes opened a four-game homestand on Saturday and snapped a three-game winless streak with a 4-0 shutout victory over the Chicago Blackhawks.

"We had our moments that weren't great, but overall I thought it was a pretty solid game from start to finish," head coach Rod Brind'Amour said after the game. "I loved the way we played in the third with the leader. Still going after it but doing it right."

Red October

The Hurricanes have amassed a 7-3-1 record (15 points) in their first 11 games of the season. A win against Calgary, the team's 12th and final game of the month, would match the most wins (8) and points (17) in the month of October in franchise history.

Video: Rod Brind'Amour: "You know what you're capable of."

"We've got a pretty good idea of how we want to play and, more importantly, how we need to play if we're going to be successful," Brind'Amour said after practice on Monday.

There's No Place Like Home

Petr Mrazek made 32 saves on 32 shots against Chicago on Saturday to earn his second shutout of the season and 20th of his career. Mrazek is now 5-1-1 on the season and 4-0-0 at home. In fact, the Canes' 27-year-old netminder has won 10 consecutive regular-season home starts (13 including playoffs). Mrazek's last loss at home came on Feb. 3 against the Flames. In total during his stints with Detroit and Carolina, Mrazek owns a 24-5-1 career record at PNC Arena.

Video: CHI@CAR: Mrazek notches clean sheet in 4-0 win

"He's an emotional guy. Very competitive," Brind'Amour said. "I think it's a great relationship between him and our crowd. They kind of feed off each other, and I think they know he gets going when they're rooting him on. It's fun."

Dougie Going Ham

Dougie Hamilton, who spent three seasons with Calgary before the Canes acquired him in the summer of 2018, ranks first among league defensemen in goals (6) and first on the team in scoring with 12 points in 11 games. Hamilton ranks second behind only Risto Siltanen (13 points) for most points by a defenseman through the first 11 games of a season in franchise history.

PROJECTED LINEUP

The Opposition

Led by former Canes head coach Bill Peters, the Calgary Flames are coming off a 2-1 overtime loss to the Winnipeg Jets in the Heritage Classic on Saturday. Calgary is 6-5-2 (14 points) on the season but just 2-4-1 away from home. Former Canes forward Elias Lindholm ranks first among Flames skaters in goals with seven and centered Matthew Tkachuk and Johnny Gaudreau on the team's top line in practice on Monday.


AT THE RINK

It's First Responders Night at PNC Arena. A special Touch-a-Truck event on the South Plaza kicks off the night's festivities at 5 p.m.

And, don't forget, R&D Brewing's Storm Brews are now available in 16 oz. cans for just $5.

Tweet from @Canes: Starting tomorrow. Cheers, Caniacs 🍻 pic.twitter.com/gxpcNwH9vh


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