NHL

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4:00 PM PT5:00 PM MT6:00 PM CT7:00 PM ET0:00 GMT8:00 5:00 PM MST7:00 PM EST4:00 UAE (+1)19:00 ET21:00 BRT, March 4, 2021
PNC Arena, Raleigh, North Carolina  Attendance: 2,924

Hurricanes to host Red Wings with fans in the stands

Detroit Red Wings at Carolina Hurricanes

  1. Eleven of the last 12 meetings between Detroit and Carolina have been decided by multiple goals. The Hurricanes had won four straight meetings by a combined score of 17-5 before the Red Wings won the teams' last matchup, 4-2, on January 16.
  2. Detroit has lost back-to-back games by a combined score of 11-3, the team's worst goal differential in a two-game span this season. The Red Wings have scored a power-play goal in three straight games after going 14 games in a row without one.
  3. Carolina has won three straight games, scoring at least three goals in each. The Hurricanes are 14-1-1 when scoring at least three goals, compared to 1-5-0 when scoring two or fewer.
  4. Anthony Mantha scored his sixth goal of the season on Tuesday, but Detroit is just 2-3-1 in those six games. For his career, the Red Wings are 36-31-7 (.534) when Mantha scores a goal, the worst record for any active player (minimum 50 games).
  5. Sebastian Aho scored two goals in Tuesday's win over Nashville, his first multi-goal game since March 10, 2020 at Detroit. Aho has tallied five goals and four assists over his last five games against the Red Wings.
  6. Vincent Trocheck has scored a goal in three straight games for the second time in the last month (also February 17-20). Trocheck's longest career goal streak is four games, which he has done four times, most recently November 2-10, 2017.

The Carolina Hurricanes are feeling good as they arrive back home following a five-game road trip.

They'll be greeted by a little more noise when they resume play Thursday night in Raleigh, N.C.

The Detroit Red Wings will be the opponent as the Hurricanes try to extend a three-game winning streak.

"Our schedule is pretty tough," Carolina goaltender James Reimer said. "We found a way (to win recently) and when it comes down to it, that's what matters."

This will be the first game of the season with fans in attendance at PNC Arena after the state government loosened some restrictions. Previously this winter, just a few dozen family members and friends were on hand for Hurricanes home games.

The Hurricanes won three games across four days, including a 4-2 decision Tuesday night at Nashville. That was a make-up game from a previous postponement, further jamming Carolina's slate.

The Hurricanes came home with a sense that Reimer and fellow goalie Alex Nedeljkovic could do enough until Petr Mrazek returns from an injury.

"Every team is going to have a goalie come up big," Carolina coach Rod Brind'Amour said.

There are positive developments on the offensive end as well. Vincent Trocheck has posted a goal in each of the past three games, boosting his total to 12 -- the most in his first 21 outings of a season in his career.

Steven Lorentz notched his first NHL goal on Tuesday. He had come close in recent games, so this was a breakthrough he was seeking. He said the confidence the coaching staff and teammates have in him has been special.

"(Brind'Amour) believes in you, that you can go out there and get the job done," Lorentz said.

The Red Wings haven't finished the job the past two games, losing twice while giving up a total of 11 goals.

"It's a league where things can change fast," Detroit coach Jeff Blashill said.

That's what the Red Wings need. They haven't found ways to reverse momentum when it's going against them.

"We lost too many battles," Red Wings center Luke Glendening said. "We can't let one mistake compound into more. ... We have to find a way within ourselves to stop the snowball effect when something goes wrong."

Detroit is trying to avoid a second three-game skid in the past month.

"We have to respond when we get scored on like that with some solid hockey," Blashill said. "We have to make sure we dig in there."

This Detroit-Carolina game will mark the first NHL meeting between brothers Evgeny Svechnikov of the Red Wings and Andrei Svechnikov of the Hurricanes. The Detroit player is the older of the wingers, although the Carolina player has played in 172 career games compared to 23 for his brother.

Blashill said captain Dylan Larkin, who hasn't played since Feb. 25 because of an upper-body injury, isn't on the trip, so he'll miss another game Thursday. The center is second on the Red Wings with 11 points.

This will be the first time the teams meet in Raleigh this season. They split two games to open the season in January.

This is the opener of a four-game homestand for the Hurricanes.

--Field Level Media

Updated March 3, 2021