● Carolina’s early success is, indeed, one of the NHL’s best October storylines. Heading into the weekend, the Canes were atop the Metropolitan Division and had yet to lose in regulation in four contests — not bad for a squad that has missed the playoffs nine straight years, the longest streak in the NHL. Head coach Rod Brind’Amour’s team plays the Minnesota Wild in St. Paul tonight before hooking up with the Jets on Sunday.
● Generating offence has not been an issue for Carolina, which has racked up 17 goals in four games. Six forwards fired at least two goals each, including rookie Warren Foegele and veteran Jordan Staal, who have three goals apiece. Sensational Finnish-born Sebastian Aho is the team points leader
(2G, 4A), while Staal and Foegele each have three helpers.
● Carolina has a pair of Manitobans in the lineup, Micheal Ferland of Swan River and Jordan Martinook, who is originally from Brandon. Both have scored twice this season. Ferland, 26, spent parts of four seasons in Calgary before he was traded, along with Dougie Hamilton, to Carolina in the off-season. Martinook, also 26, was acquired from the Arizona Coyotes in May.
● The goaltending tandem of Curtis McElhinney and Petr Mrázek have split the work evenly. McElhinney, who was picked up on waivers from the Toronto Maple Leafs just
24 hours before the season began, has a pair of victories, a 2.00 goals-against average and
.930 save percentage. Mrazek is 1-0-1 with a
3.52 GAA and .841 SP.
Jets left-winger Brandon Tanev moves the puck ahead of Predators defenceman Ryan Ellis during Thursday’s game in Nashville.
Brandon Tanev is creating nearly nine successful offensive-zone entries for every 20 minutes of ice time, trailing just one Jet in that category.