Carolina hosts Minnesota after Svechnikov’s 2-goal game
Minnesota Wild (41-20-5, second in the Central) vs. Carolina Hurricanes (45-15-8, first in the Metropolitan)
Raleigh, North Carolina; Saturday, 7 p.m. EDT
BOTTOM LINE: The Minnesota Wild visit Carolina after Andrei Svechnikov scored two goals in the Hurricanes’ 4-0 win over the Canadiens.
The Hurricanes have gone 25-5-4 in home games. Carolina averages 9.4 penalty minutes per game, the sixth-most in the Eastern Conference. Vincent Trocheck leads the team serving 72 total minutes.
The Wild are 17-13-3 on the road. Minnesota is fourth in the NHL averaging 3.6 goals per game, led by Kirill Kaprizov with 38.
In their last matchup on Feb. 12, Minnesota won 3-2. Frederick Gaudreau recorded a team-high 2 points for the Wild.
TOP PERFORMERS: Sebastian Aho leads the Hurricanes with 31 goals and has 68 points. Seth Jarvis has five goals over the last 10 games for Carolina.
Kaprizov leads the Wild with 38 goals and has 83 points. Ryan Hartman has 9 points over the last 10 games for Minnesota.
LAST 10 GAMES: Hurricanes: 4-3-3, averaging 3.3 goals, six assists, 4.3 penalties and 11.1 penalty minutes while giving up 2.1 goals per game with a .920 save percentage.
Wild: 7-1-2, averaging three goals, five assists, 4.2 penalties and 10.3 penalty minutes while giving up two goals per game with a .932 save percentage.
INJURIES: Hurricanes: Jordan Martinook: out (undisclosed), Jesperi Kotkaniemi: out (lower-body), Ethan Bear: day to day (lower-body).
Wild: Jon Merrill: day to day (undisclosed), Matt Boldy: day to day (undisclosed).