Preview: Sharks Look to Rebound Against Hurricanes

The San Jose Sharks face the Carolina Hurricanes 24 hours after a quick one-game road loss to Anaheim Ducks. The Sharks hope to change the narrative from the past two games: spot a two-goal lead, tie the game, lose late in the third period.

The Sharks played the Hurricanes back on November 15 in Raleigh, NC. Aaron Dell took the hard-luck loss with fourth-liner Joakim Nordstrom third period tally being the difference. That game winner remains Nordstrom’s only goal during the current campaign. Dell stopped 32 of 33 shots in his start against the Hurricanes on November 15. Despite the loss, he left PNC Center with a .970 save percentage in the game and gave the Sharks every opportunity for the victory. With San Jose playing last night, he could and should get the nod.

Aaron Dell (30) (Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports)
Aaron Dell (30) (Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports)

The Sharks power play should not count on much work, and the work it does get will face a stiff test. The disciplined Hurricanes average only 6.7 penalty minutes per game, second in the NHL. And when the rare infraction has occurred, their road penalty kill has a phenomenal 93.9-percent shut-down rate, best in the league. Adding to the Sharks concerns is the three shorthanded goals Carolina has posted when at a man disadvantage.

David Schlemko missed his second straight game last night against Anaheim. He was reported to be close to returning to action, but a decision could come as late as the pre-game skate. The Hurricanes made a roster move early this morning, recalling Michael Leighton from the AHL’s Charlotte Checkers, who lost last night in overtime 3-2 to the Bakersfield Condors. Leighton took the loss for the Checkers, stopping 23 shots, but the quick drive up I-5 means he should be available without incident. 

Both the San Jose Sharks and San Jose Barracuda play today at the SAP Center so quick player movements will be possible if head coach Peter DeBoer wants to make any roster adjustments.

Carolina Hurricanes vs. San Jose Sharks

SAP Center – 7:30 p.m. PST

Broadcast channels – CSN Bay Area

Radio: Sharks Radio Network

2016-17 Season Series: 0-1

November 15, 2016 – San Jose Sharks 0 Carolina Hurricanes 1

San Jose Sharks – 15-11-1 (31 Points)

Home Record: 9-4-0

Hot Players: Brent Burns, Joe Pavelski

Key Injuries: Tomas Hertl, David Schlemko

Projected lines:


Patrick Marleau – Joe Thornton – Joe Pavelski

Joel Ward – Logan Couture – Kevin Labanc

Mikkel Boedker – Chris Tierney – Joonas Donskoi

Michael Haley – Tommy Wingels – Melker Karlsson


Paul Martin – Brent Burns

Marc-Edouard Vlasic – Justin Brain

Brenden Dillon – Dylan DeMelo

Starting Goaltender

Aaron Dell (Likely)

Carolina Hurricanes – 11-10-6 (28 points)

Road Record: 4-7–6

Hot Players: Cam Ward

Key Injuries: Elias Lindholm, Brian Bickell, Eddie Lack, Jordan Staal

Projected Lines:


Jeff Skinner – Victor Rask- Phil Di Giuseppe

Sebastian Aho – Teuvo Teravainen – Lee Stempniak

Brock McGinn – Derek Ryan – Andrej Nestrasil

Joakim Nordstrom – Jay McClement – Viktor Stalberg


Ron Hainsey – Justin Faulk

Jaccob Slavin – Brett Pesce

Noah Hanifin – Matt Tennyson

Starting Goaltender

Cam Ward

It’s been a tale of two seasons for the Canes’ veteran netminder Cam Ward. After a shaky October when Ward posted a miserable 8.57 save percentage, he has got his season back on track. Since November 1, Ward has registered a .938 save percentage and a stingy 1.72 goals-against average, good for sixth and third in the NHL, respectively, during that time frame. 

Ward has been solid against the Sharks with a record of 6-1-0 and a 2.67 goals-against average and one shutout in eight career appearances against San Jose. The shutout came in Carolina’s November 15 victory in Raleigh.

Game Notes

[miptheme_dropcap style=”normal” color=”#222222″ background=””]1)[/miptheme_dropcap]Road Warrior Kevin Labanc scored his third goal of his NHL season last night and they have all been timely. He’s been skating regularly with Logan Couture and looked better in his play away from the puck lately.

[miptheme_dropcap style=”normal” color=”#222222″ background=””]2)[/miptheme_dropcap]Brent Burns has goals in three straight games for the San Jose Sharks. His 12 goals lead NHL defensemen and his 116 shots on goal leads the entire league.

[miptheme_dropcap style=”normal” color=”#222222″ background=””]3)[/miptheme_dropcap]Former Shark Matt Tennyson has found a new home in Carolina. He has appeared in 14 games for the Hurricanes, has two assists and is averaging nearly 15 minutes of ice-time per contest.

[miptheme_dropcap style=”normal” color=”#222222″ background=””]4)[/miptheme_dropcap]Mikkel Boedker’s scoring drought has reached 17 games and has just two assists during that span. His last goal came on November 1 in a 3-2 loss to the Arizona Coyotes.

[miptheme_dropcap style=”normal” color=”#222222″ background=””]5)[/miptheme_dropcap]Jeff Skinner and Victor Rask share the team lead with nine goals. The first-line duo is also 1-2 on the roster in assists: 12 for Skinner and 10 for Rask.