Carolina Looks To Advance, Seattle Goes For 3-2 Edge Against Dallas Tonight

By NHL Public Relations

May 11, 2023

Ryan Suter (1,362 GP), Brent Burns (1,333 GP) and Joe Pavelski (1,250 GP) are set to take to the ice for their respective Game 5s when the Hurricanes and Stars return home; Carolina can advance to the Conference Finals for the second time in five years, while Dallas eyes a 3-2 series edge.

Suter, Burns, and Pavelski sit within the top-three in regular-season games played among active players in search of their first Stanley Cup.

Carolina and Dallas (both w/ 37) both trail only Edmonton (39) for the most goals among all teams in the 2023 Stanley Cup Playoffs, with the former having scored at least five times in four contests this postseason and in both home games against New Jersey in the Second Round.

With another high-scoring performance, the Hurricanes can register five or more outings of at least five goals in a single playoff year for the first time in franchise history; three teams accomplished the feat in 2022 (COL: 8 GP, EDM: 8 GP & NYR: 6 GP).

Captain Jamie Benn (2-7—9 in 10 GP) has been a regular contributor for the Stars during the 2023 Stanley Cup Playoffs, with his nine points trailing only Roope Hintz (6-9—15) and Max Domi (3-7—10). Benn, who collected 8-11—19 during the team’s Stanley Cup run in 2020, can become the third player in franchise history to collect a double-digit total in a single postseason four times (also 15 in 2016 & 10 in 2019) joining Mike Modano (7x; last:12 in 2008) and Bobby Smith (4x; last: 16 in 1991).

Jordan Martinook (3-6—9 in 4 GP) has recorded multi-points in each of his last four games and can join Connor McDavid (6 GP in 2023 and 7 GP in 2022), Leon Draisaitl (6 GP in 2022), Evgeni Malkin (6 GP in 2009), Nathan MacKinnon (5 GP in 2020), Mark Scheifele (5 GP in 2018)and Sidney Crosby (5 GP in 2010) as the only active players to record a run of five or more games.

Jack Hughes (6-4—10 in 11 GP) can become just the fourth 21-year-old in the past decade to score seven or more goals in a single postseason. He would join Nick Suzuki (7 in 2021), Elias Pettersson (7 in 2020) and Nikita Kucherov (10 in 2015).

The Kraken enter with a road record of 4-2 in the 2023 Playoffs. The only teams to record more road victories during their first trip to the postseason are the Wild (6 in 2003), Golden Knights (6 in 2018), Panthers (5 in 1996) and Islanders (5 in 1975).

Source: media.nhl.com

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