NHL Game of the Week: Carolina Hurricanes vs. Edmonton Oilers

Story posted November 11, 2022 in CommRadio, Sports by Joshua Bartosik

Two of the highest-scoring offenses in the league will battle it out on Thursday night at PNC Arena when the Edmonton Oilers come to town to take on the Carolina Hurricanes.

The Oilers (8-6-0) occupy the first wild card spot in the Western Conference after snapping a three-game skid on Tuesday, defeating the Tampa Bay Lightning.

The blue and orange are led by star forwards Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl, both of whom lead the league in points.

McDavid has 29 points in 14 games, averaging an astonishing 2.07 points per game. He is on an eight-game point streak and has only been held off the scoresheet twice this season.

Draisaitl has been just as hot, with a nine-game point streak, including a five-game goal streak. The German forward has only been held off the scoresheet once this season, back on Oct. 22.

The Oilers are led in net by a tandem of Jack Campbell and a surprising emergence of Stuart Skinner. Skinner has been the go-to guy as of late, with a 2.62 goals against average and a .928 save percentage.

They will be without Evander Kane however, who is out for the next three months after getting wrist surgery.

As for the Hurricanes, they sit at 8-3-1 and are third in the Metropolitan Division. They have won four out of their last five games including wins over the Philadelphia Flyers and Washington Capitals.

They are led by the dynamic duo of Andrei Svechnikov and Martin Necas. Necas’s 17 points lead the team and Svechnikov’s eight goals are top ten in the league.

Necas just had a six-game point streak recently snapped against the Toronto Maple Leafs. Meanwhile, Svechnikov is on a four-game point streak, with five points in that span.

Goaltending has been a concern as of late for the red and black, especially now with Frederick Andersen going down with an undisclosed injury. The Hurricanes will have to rely on Antti Raanta and Pyotr Kochetkov for the time being.

This won’t be the first time these two teams have battled it out this season. The Hurricanes traveled north of the border on Oct. 20, where the Oilers won in a barnburner 6-4.

McDavid and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins each potted a goal in three assists in the contest, and Svechnikov gathered his first career hat trick.

Not only was the score high, but so was the number of penalties. Each team was penalized five times throughout the game, along with 42 hits being layed out by both teams in one of the chippiest matches in the early season.

If Thursday’s contest is anything like the first one, this game should be a high-scoring affair with some of the best high-end talent in the league

Joshua Bartosik is a second-year majoring in broadcast journalism. To contact him, email jsb6137@psu.edu.