The Associated Press posted a bullet-pointed preview of Thursday’s Red Wings-Carolina Hurricanes game in Raleigh, which may or may not happen given the Hurricanes’ players in COVID protocols:
Detroit Red Wings (14-12-3, third in the Atlantic) vs. Carolina Hurricanes (19-7-1, second in the Metropolitan)
BOTTOM LINE: Sebastian Aho and Carolina square off against Detroit. Aho ranks ninth in the league with 32 points, scoring 15 goals and totaling 17 assists.
The Hurricanes are 8-4-0 in conference play. Carolina averages 9.6 penalty minutes per game, the 10th-most in the league. Vincent Trocheck leads the team serving 37 total minutes.
The Red Wings are 8-6-2 in Eastern Conference play. Detroit is 17th in the Eastern Conference with 29.3 shots per game and is averaging 2.7 goals. The match-up Thursday is the first meeting of the season for the two teams.
TOP PERFORMERS: Aho has 32 total points for the Hurricanes, 15 goals and 17 assists. Nino Niederreiter has three goals and six assists over the last 10 games for Carolina.
Moritz Seider leads the Red Wings with 17 total assists and has 20 points. Robby Fabbri has five goals and one assist over the last 10 games for Detroit.
LAST 10 GAMES: Hurricanes: 5-5-0, averaging 2.8 goals, 4.5 assists, 3.8 penalties and 10.1 penalty minutes while giving up 2.2 goals per game with a .906 save percentage.
Red Wings: 6-3-1, averaging 2.6 goals, 4.6 assists, 2.8 penalties and 6.5 penalty minutes while giving up 2.9 goals per game with a .909 save percentage.