WINNIPEG - Following a shutout win in Calgary and two nights spent in Banff, the Carolina Hurricanes are set to square off against the Winnipeg Jets in the fourth game of their five-game road trip.
The Canes are 2-0-1 on this road trip, their 20th victory of the season coming on Saturday in Calgary, as they extinguished the red-hot Flames in a 4-0 final.
Still Out West
So far, so good for the Hurricanes on this five-game road trip, as they secured five of a possible six points with wins in Edmonton and Calgary and an overtime loss in Vancouver.
"We've been playing some good hockey. There are a few periods or a few minutes here and there that we've slipped a little bit, but all in all, we've been pretty solid," Jordan Staal said. "We want to make sure we get our rest here and get our minds back on the way we're playing and what we're doing. We've got a big test in a tough building."
Following the win in Calgary on Saturday, the Canes had a two-night layover in scenic Banff to recharge away from the rink and bond as a team.
"Part of our identity is caring for each other, and you can't do that unless you get to know each other," Staal said. "How you get to know each other is spending time with each other, and that's what we've been doing. I think everyone here enjoys each other's company."
Petr Mrazek and James Reimer have combined for a solid one-two punch in net for the Hurricanes.
Reimer made 32 saves in his second shutout of the season on Saturday in Calgary. Reimer has made 11 of his 13 appearances on the road this season, and all seven of his wins have come on the road, as well. In his last six starts, which have all been on the road, Reimer is 5-1-0 with a 1.67 goals-against average, a .948 save percentage and two shutouts.
Video: Reimer, Hurricanes shut out Flames
Mrazek, who made 25 saves on 26 shots in Vancouver, also boasts a pair of shutouts this season. The Canes are one of two teams in the NHL to have two goaltenders each record multiple shutouts in 2019-20.
At 20-11-2, the Jets share an identical record with the Canes, and just as Carolina ranks third in the Metropolitan Division, so too does Winnipeg rank third in the Central Division. The Jets, who walloped the Philadelphia Flyers 7-3 on Sunday, are 7-2-1 in their last 10 games and 4-1-1 in the month of December. Mark Scheifele leads the team in goals (15) and points (35) in 33 games.
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