Carolina plays Colorado in a non-conference matchup

Colorado Avalanche (8-5-1, third in the Central Division) vs. Carolina Hurricanes (10-5-1, third in the Metropolitan Division)

Raleigh, North Carolina; Thursday, 7 p.m. EST

BOTTOM LINE: The Carolina Hurricanes and the Colorado Avalanche face off in a non-conference matchup.

Carolina is 4-2-0 at home and 10-5-1 overall. The Hurricanes have gone 3-0-1 in one-goal games.

Colorado has an 8-5-1 record overall and a 4-3-0 record in road games. The Avalanche have a 1-4-1 record in games decided by a goal.

The matchup Thursday is the fourth time these teams square off this season. The Avalanche won 4-1 in the last meeting.

TOP PERFORMERS: Martin Necas has scored seven goals with 12 assists for the Hurricanes. Sebastian Aho has three goals and five assists over the past 10 games.

Nathan MacKinnon has four goals and 20 assists for the Avalanche. Mikko Rantanen has eight goals and eight assists over the last 10 games.

LAST 10 GAMES: Hurricanes: 6-4-0, averaging 2.8 goals, 4.6 assists, 4.1 penalties and 8.2 penalty minutes while giving up 2.6 goals per game.

Avalanche: 6-4-0, averaging 3.3 goals, six assists, 3.7 penalties and 8.2 penalty minutes while giving up 2.3 goals per game.

INJURIES: Hurricanes: Ondrej Kase: out (concussion), Frederik Andersen: out (undisclosed), Jake Gardiner: out (hip/back), Cavan Fitzgerald: out (undisclosed), Teuvo Teravainen: out (upper body), Max Pacioretty: out (achilles).

Avalanche: Valeri Nichushkin: out (ankle), Kurtis MacDermid: out (lower-body), Darren Helm: out (undisclosed), Gabriel Landeskog: out (knee), Bowen Byram: out (undisclosed), Shane Bowers: out (upper-body).

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The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar.

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