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San Jose tries for 12th win in 15 games; Mrazek in goal for Carolina

by Kurt Dusterberg / Independent Correspondent

SHARKS (15-13-1) at HURRICANES (16-11-1) 



The Game 

The San Jose Sharks seek their 12th win in 15 games when they open a four-game road trip against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena on Thursday.

Goalie Aaron Dell will start for San Jose, which is 11-3-0 following a five-game losing streak. The Sharks were defeated by the Washington Capitals 5-2 on Tuesday.

Goalie Petr Mrazek will start for the Hurricanes, who have lost three of their past four games after going 6-1-0.


Players to watch 

Sharks forward Logan Couture has 18 points (seven goals, 11 assists) in his past 13 games.

Hurricanes forward Andrei Svechnikov has 14 points (five goals, nine assists) in the past 12 games.


They said it 

"They put a lot of pressure on you in all three zones. Their defensemen are involved, both pinching and taking away time and space. This has always been a little bit of a house of horrors for us. We've got to be ready." -- Sharks coach Pete DeBoer on San Jose's 3-7-1 record in its past 11 games in Carolina

"We've juggled lines more this year than we did last year, based on the fact that I'm still looking for that consistent effort up front. At the end of the day, whoever we're throwing out there, you've got to do the job. We're looking for a little traction up front." -- Hurricanes coach Rod Brind'Amour


Sharks projected lineup   

Evander Kane -- Logan Couture -- Barclay Goodrow

Timo Meier -- Tomas Hertl -- Patrick Marleau

Marcus Sorensen -- Joe Thornton -- Kevin Labanc

Noah Gregor -- Dylan Gambrell -- Melker Karlsson

Marc-Edouard Vlasic -- Erik Karlsson

Mario Ferraro -- Brent Burns

Brenden Dillon -- Radim Simek

Aaron Dell

Martin Jones

Scratched: Tim Heed, Lukas Radil, Lean Bergmann

Injured: Dalton Prout (upper body), Antti Suomela (upper body)

Hurricanes projected lineup

Nino Niederreiter -- Sebastian Aho -- Teuvo Teravainen

Andrei Svechnikov-- Jordan Staal -- Warren Foegele

Ryan Dzingel -- Lucas Wallmark -- Jordan Martinook

Brock McGinn -- Clark Bishop -- Brian Gibbons

Jaccob Slavin -- Dougie Hamilton

Joel Edmundson -- Brett Pesce

Jake Gardiner -- Haydn Fleury

Petr Mrazek

James Reimer

Scratched: Trevor van Riemsdyk

Injured: Erik Haula (knee), Martin Necas (lower body)


Status report

Suomela was placed on injured reserve Wednesday and Bergmann was recalled from San Jose of the American Hockey League. … The Hurricanes recalled Gibbons from Charlotte of the AHL on Wednesday. ... Brind'Amour said Necas, who skated before practice Thursday, is expected to return "in the near future."


Stat pack

Kane has 30 points (13 goals, 17 assists) in 31 games against the Hurricanes. He had a first-period hat trick and four points in a 5-2 win against the Hurricanes at SAP Center on Oct. 16. ... Hertl has 13 points (seven goals, six assists) in 11 games against the Hurricanes. … Carolina has killed 36 of 39 penalties in its past 12 games. ... Staal has not scored a goal in nine straight games, and Niederreiter has not scored in seven straight.

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