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Sharks vs. Hurricanes preview: Troy Grosenick makes his NHL debut

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Former Union College star will get his first big league start today for the Sharks.

Lance Iversen-USA TODAY Sports

Alex Stalock is still injured and Antti Niemi played less than 24 hours prior to puck drop so rookie goaltender Troy Grosenick will make his NHL debut between the pipes for the Sharks this afternoon in Raleigh. While the Sharks once again find themselves playing on the second half of a back-to-back, this time their opponents are in the same situation as the Hurricanes dropped a 2-1 decision in Boston on Saturday morning. After going winless through the entire month of October, Carolina has been hot of late and, not coincidentally, getting a lot healthier. The 'Canes are 5-2-1 in November and will test Grosenick with captain Eric Staal and young sniper Jeff Skinner, both of whom are now back in the lineup.

Tale Of The Tape
San Jose Sharks

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Carolina Hurricanes
9-8-2, 20 points
Record 5-8-3-, 13 points
5th in Pacific Rank 7th in Metropolitan
51.6%
Score-Adj. Fenwick 49.2%
99.4
PDO 97.3
23.0
PP% 19.6
82.8
PK% 80.0

2PM PST | PNC Arena | Raleigh, North Carolina
TV: CSNCA-HD | Radio: SJSharks.com, 98.5 KFOX
Know Your Enemy: Canes Country

Projected Sharks Lineup

Tomas Hertl - Joe Thornton - Joe Pavelski
Patrick Marleau - Logan Couture - Matt Nieto
Barclay Goodrow - James Sheppard - Tommy Wingels
Adam Burish - Andrew Desjardins - Tyler Kennedy

Marc-Edouard Vlasic - Justin Braun
Mirco Mueller - Brent Burns
Scott Hannan - Jason Demers

Troy Grosenick
Antti Niemi

Projected Hurricanes Lineup

Jiri Tlusty - Eric Staal - Zach Boychuk
Nathan Gerbe - Riley Nash - Elias Lindholm
Jeff Skinner - Victor Rask - Chris Terry
Brad Malone - Jay McClement - Patrick Dwyer

Andrej Sekera - Justin Faulk
Tim Gleason - John-Michael Liles
Ron Hainsey - Brett Bellemore

Anton Khudobin
Cam Ward

Last Meeting

Anton Khudobin made 35 saves and Jay Harrison scored in overtime to give the Hurricanes a 3-2 win and a season series sweep over the Sharks at the Tank in early March. Then-rookie Elias Lindholm scored and assisted on the winner for Carolina.

Storylines
  • Harrison and Alexander Semin are both on the shelf and won't play today for Carolina.
  • Jeff Skinner missed time due to a concussion but is back in the lineup and scored his 100th career goal last week, becoming the fourth-youngest player in league history to do so.
  • This is the Sharks' 20th game of the season, and the 15th on the road, breaking an NHL record.