Clashes to watch: November 3

Four games are scheduled on the regular NHL calendar for Wednesday, November 3. Here are the elements of these matches that will hold our attention.

The Hurricanes want to stay perfect

The Carolina Hurricanes will go for a ninth straight game to start the season by visiting the Chicago Blackhawks (8:30 p.m. ET; NBCSCH +, BSSO, ESPN +, NHL LIVE).

The Hurricanes are 8-0-0 for the first time in franchise history, and their plus-21 goal differential is the best in the league.

Frederik Andersen, who shows a 7-0-0 record in his first seven meetings since signing a two-year contract with Carolina on July 28, will try to become the 13th goaltender in NHL history to win his first eight outings in a season.

Chicago won for the first time this season, defeating the Ottawa Senators 5-1 on Monday, after setting a dismal team record for most games without a win to start a campaign (0-7-2). – Mike G. Morreale, reporter

Oilers’ power play, a challenge for the Predators

With at least one power play goal in each of their first eight games and a power play posting 46.2 percent efficiency, the Edmonton Oilers (7-1-0) are going to be a serious challenge for them. Nashville Predators (5-4-0) at Rogers Place Wednesday (8:30 p.m. ET; SN1, BSSO, ESPN +, NHL LIVE).

Edmonton hit 12 times on 26 occasions with one man advantage. Attackers Connor mcdavid and Leon draisaitl, who are tied for top NHL scorers with 17 points apiece, are central to Edmonton’s power play success. McDavid already has nine points (four goals, five assists) on the power play, while Draisaitl has six (three goals, three assists). The problem is, Nashville is 20th in the league for shorthanded efficiency (78.8 percent) and has allowed the opponent three goals under these circumstances in its last two outings.

Video: SEA @ EDM: Draisaitl completes a nice exchange in AN

The Predators will still be looking for a fifth straight win after starting the campaign with a 1-4-0 record. – Tim Campbell, reporter

The Blues deprived of their captain abroad

The Blues will be deprived of their captain Ryan o’reilly, who must go through COVID-19 protocol, for a third game in a row, as they visit the Los Angeles Kings (10 p.m. ET; TVAS2, TNT, NHL LIVE) to begin a four-game stint abroad.

St. Louis (6-1-0) defeated the Blackhawks 1-0 on Saturday and is at the top of the NHL with an average of 4.14 goals per game. One of those contributing offensively to St. Louis is forward Vladimir Tarasenko. Since being shut out in the season opener on Oct. 16, he has nine points (four goals, five assists) in a six-game series with at least one point. He shares the top of the team’s pointers with the forwards David Perron (six goals, three assists) and Jordan kyrou (two goals, seven assists).

Video: COL @ STL: Tarasenko counts the enclave in 3rd

The Kings continue a five-game home stint and will try to sign a third straight win. Los Angeles (3-5-1) defeated the Montreal Canadiens (5-2) and Buffalo Sabers (3-2) in quick succession last weekend, as the center Anze Kopitar is tied for fifth in NHL scorers with 13 points (seven goals, six assists) in nine games. – David Satriano, reporter

On the schedule tonight …

Nashville Predators vs Edmonton Oilers (8:30 p.m. ET; SN1, BSSO, ESPN +, NHL LIVE)
Carolina Hurricanes vs Chicago Blackhawks (8:30 p.m. ET; NBCSCH +, BSSO, ESPN +, NHL LIVE)
Columbus Blue Jackets vs Colorado Avalanche (9 p.m. ET; ALT2, BSOH, ESPN +, NHL LIVE)
St. Louis Blues vs Los Angeles Kings (10 p.m. ET; TVAS2, TNT, NHL LIVE)

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