Before embarking on a prolonged five-game road trip, the Carolina Hurricanes host the Minnesota Wild.
The Hurricanes bested the San Jose Sharks in a shootout, 3-2, on Thursday night to secure their ninth win at home and 17th of the season.
Petr Mrazek earned third-star honors for his role in the Canes' victory over San Jose. He made 28 saves on 30 shots in regulation and overtime and then was a perfect 3-for-3 in the shootout.
Mrazek improved to 16-6 in his career in shootouts, and he owns the fifth-highest career shootout save percentage (minimum of 50 shots faced) since the shootout was introduced in 2005-06.
"I like shootouts. It's fun. The fans enjoy it. For the goalies, I think it's fun, as well," Mrazek said on Thursday. "I like the battle."
"He's competitive," head coach Rod Brind'Amour said. "He does not want to let that thing in."
Mrazek is 9-3-0 with a 2.31 goals-against average, a .910 save percentage and one shutout in 12 starts at PNC Arena this season. In 38 career appearances in Raleigh, Mrazek is 29-8-1 with a 2.12 goals-against average, a .924 save percentage and five shutouts.
Revenge of the Svech
Andrei Svechnikov recorded two points (1g, 1a), plus the shootout-deciding goal, against San Jose, his team-leading 11th multi-point game of the season. In fact, the Canes' sophomore forward ranks tied for eighth among all NHL skaters in multi-point games this season.
Svechnikov owns a team-leading 31 points (12g, 19a) through 29 games, and he's scored two goals in three career games against the Wild.
The Last Meeting
The Canes and Wild first met three weeks ago in Minnesota, and the Canes left with a 4-3 overtime win. Joel Edmundson and Brock McGinn gave the Canes a 2-0 lead in the first period, but Minnesota rallied with a three-goal second period. Svechnikov scored his ninth goal of the season 93 seconds into overtime to secure a third straight win for the Canes.
"The positive is we found a way to win a game we weren't very good in," Brind'Amour said after the game. "This game wasn't our best, but I loved the fact that we got together. The third was a good period, and obviously in overtime we did some good things. We'll take the win and move on."
Video: Svechnikov lifts Hurricanes past Wild in OT, 4-3
Minnesota is aiming to cap a three-game road trip with a spotless 3-0 record after victories in South Florida (4-2) and Tampa (5-4) on Tuesday and Thursday, respectively. In fact, the Wild are riding a five-game winning streak, plus an 11-game point streak (8-0-3) that dates back to Oct. 14 and ranks as the second longest in franchise history.
"We expect a real tough game," Brind'Amour said.
AT THE RINK
Star Wars Night, it is.
This is always a fun night, with the hockey amplified by Star Wars characters, music and themed games. Plus, there's a giveaway! Check out this dope Mandalorian-style poster that the first 10,000 fans through the door will receive.
May the Force be with you.
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