Raleigh, North Carolina; Thursday, 7 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: The Carolina Hurricanes host the San Jose Sharks.
The Hurricanes are 8-5-0 at home. Carolina has converted on 20.7% of power-play opportunities, recording 18 power-play goals.
The Sharks have gone 6-6-1 away from home. San Jose averages 11.7 penalty minutes per game, the second-most in the NHL. Brenden Dillon leads the team serving 44 total minutes.
San Jose beat Carolina 5-2 in the last meeting between these teams on Oct. 16. Evander Kane scored three goals for the Sharks in the win.
LAST 10 GAMES: Sharks: 7-3-0, averaging 2.9 goals, 4.9 assists, 3.7 penalties and 9.9 penalty minutes while giving up 2.8 goals per game with a .907 save percentage.
Hurricanes: 6-4-0, averaging 2.7 goals, 4.8 assists, 3.5 penalties and 7.8 penalty minutes while giving up 2.5 goals per game with a .913 save percentage.
Hurricanes Injuries: Martin Necas: day to day (lower body).
Sharks Injuries: None listed.