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Nedeljkovic could make first NHL start for Carolina; Vancouver seeks to extend point streak to six

by Kevin Woodley / Correspondent

HURRICANES (23-20-6) at CANUCKS (23-21-6) 

10:30 p.m. ET; ESPN+, SNP, FS-CR, NHL.TV

The Game 

Goalie Alex Nedeljkovic could make his first NHL start when the Carolina Hurricanes play the second of back-to-back games against the Vancouver Canucks at Rogers Arena on Wednesday.

The 23-year-old has played in one NHL game, making the save on all 17 shots in 29:57 in relief during a 4-1 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets on Jan. 17, 2017.

The Hurricanes have lost three of the past four (1-2-1) but are 8-3-1 in their past 12 games and have scored at least four goals in seven of their past 11.

Vancouver has won two straight and is 3-0-2 on a six-game homestand that concludes against Carolina.


Players to watch

Hurricanes forward Sebastian Aho has 10 points (six goals, four assists) in his past six games.

Canucks center Elias Pettersson had a goal and an assist against the Detroit Red Wings on Sunday, his first game back after missing five with a knee sprain.


They said it

"The hard part is going to be picking the guys up and then they have to go play a team that's sitting there in the same boat as us, scrapping to try to make the playoffs. It's not going to be easy but we'll see. Our group has been resilient all year." -- Hurricanes coach Rod Brind'Amour after the win in Calgary

"It's up to us to put together a solid 60 minutes and really earn that break." -- Canucks forward Sven Baertschi on their final game prior to their mandatory five-day break after 2019 Honda NHL All-Star Weekend

Hurricanes projected lineup

Nino Niederreiter -- Sebastian Aho -- Justin Williams

Brock McGinn -- Lucas Wallmark -- Teuvo Teravainen

Jordan Martinook -- Greg McKegg -- Andrei Svechnikov

Saku Maenalanen -- Warren Foegele

Jaccob Slavin -- Dougie Hamilton

Justin Faulk -- Brett Pesce

Calvin de Haan -- Trevor van Riemsdyk

Haydn Fleury

Alex Nedeljkovic

Petr Mrazek

Scratched: None

Injured: Jordan Staal (upper body), Curtis McElhinney (knee), Micheal Ferland (upper body)


Canucks projected lineup

Sven Baertschi -- Elias Pettersson -- Brock Boeser

Markus Granlund -- Bo Horvat -- Josh Leivo

Antoine Roussel -- Brandon Sutter -- Jake Virtanen

Loui Eriksson -- Jay Beagle -- Tyler Motte

Alexander Edler -- Christopher Tanev

Ben Hutton -- Troy Stecher

Derrick Pouliot -- Erik Gudbranson

Jacob Markstrom

Thatcher Demko

Scratched: Alex Biega, Nikolay Goldobin, Tim Schaller

Injured: None


Status report

Mrazek made his third straight start in a 3-2 overtime loss to the Calgary Flames on Tuesday, and McElhinney is not traveling with the Hurricanes. ... Carolina will use seven defensemen and 11 forwards with Ferland out. He left the game against the Flames in the second period after he missed a 7-4 win at the Edmonton Oilers on Sunday. … Goldobin, fourth on the Canucks with 23 points (five goals, 18 assists) in 44 games, will be a healthy scratch for the fourth straight game.


Stat pack 

Svechnikov has three points (one goal, two assists) in his past two games. … Boeser has five points (two goals, three assists) in his past four games.

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