CANES

Winnipeg Free Press - - SPORTS I JETS -

● 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.

HUR­RI­CANES

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Jets left-winger Bran­don Tanev moves the puck ahead of Preda­tors de­fence­man Ryan El­lis dur­ing Thurs­day’s game in Nashville.

AN­DREW BERK­SHIRE / SPORTLOGI Q

Bran­don Tanev is cre­at­ing nearly nine suc­cess­ful of­fen­sive-zone en­tries for ev­ery 20 min­utes of ice time, trail­ing just one Jet in that cat­e­gory.

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