|Division Rank||8th Metro||1st Pacific|
|Conference Rank||15th EC||2nd WC|
|Streak||Won 2||Lost 2|
|Power Play %||16.6%||18.4%|
|Penalty Kill %||87.2%||81.3%|
|ES Goals For %||43.2%||51.0%|
|ES Corsi For %||50.7%||51.2%|
|ES Save Percentage||.913||.930|
|ES Save Percentage||.911||.882|
- With this season's west coast travel complete, the Hurricanes return home to a fresh sheet of ice and 18 out of 30 remaining games to be played at PNC Arena starting tonight.
- The Canes and Ducks met a mere nine days ago in Anaheim, and the Canes had an opportunity to emerge from that game victorious after going up by two goals in the third period. But they let the game slip away, and after failing to convert on a 5-on-3 advantage, the Ducks were able to gain momentum, evening the score and then sealing the 5-4 win early in overtime.
- Despite the loss the Canes were able to salvage a respectable road record, winning the next two to return to Raleigh with a 2-1-1 record.
- Since their return, the team practiced Monday, took Tuesday off, and resumed at RCI yesterday status quo. No one has been traded, all players are healthy except for Ryan Murphy (now on IR after an MRI Monday revealed a leg injury that would need healing time but no surgery), and the players skated the same as they lined up against the Sharks on Saturday. So no changes to the roster. #ForNow
- Andrej Sekera has been the beneficiary of a much trade speculation. SB Nation affiliate Winging It In Motown featured Sekera in one of their trade articles, including good insight on the defenseman from our own Mr. Bob Wage (read it here).
- Eric Staal netted a goal against the Sharks, and Justin Faulk added three assists (the second being his 100th career NHL assist) to tie the top of the Canes stats board with 32 points. Elias Lindholm, rumored to be 'hot', had a goal and an assist, and has five points in his last six games, to take third spot with 23 points.
- Alexander Semin scored a goal (against Anaheim) and an assist during the road trip, and has nine points in seven career games against the Ducks. Sasha doesn't speak to the media, so the media went around him yesterday and got a few quotes about his return to the line-up from his teammates (including the tidbit that he apparently has a practice rink in his basement because that would be a Sasha thing to do).
- Since the overtime win over the Canes, the Ducks have been on a five-game road trip that wraps up tonight. The trip has not been kind to them so far, with a 1-2-1 record and losses in their last two games against the Lightning and Panthers.
- A big story for Anaheim has been the short-term loss of goaltender Frederik Anderson, who has started 44 games this season with a 29-8-5 record. During the game in Tampa Bay, he collided with the cross bar and is now on injured reserve with head and neck soreness, which will keep him out of the next few games. John Gibson, slated as back up until a November groin injury pushed him out of the line-up, was recalled from Norfolk to back up Ilya Bryzgalov. Bryz started the game in Florida but was pulled after giving up three early goals. Gibson will most likely get the start tonight.
- After going O-for-Florida, Bruce Boudreau put his team through a rigorous on-ice workout yesterday "at a small, no-frills ice rink" (which is probably the nicest thing a visiting team has ever said about RCI).
- Jakob Silfverberg (flu) and Hampus Lindholm (lower body) practiced yesterday but are questionable for tonight's line-up. Yesterday's practice lines weren't reported so the lineup will be projected based on Tuesday's game until after the morning skate.
Hurricanes (from Wednesday's practice)
Injuries and Scratches: Ryan Murphy (IR lower body), Chris Terry (healthy), Riley Nash (healthy)
Ducks (from Tuesday's game):
Injuries and Scratches: Frederik Andersen (IR upper body), Jakob Silfverberg (flu), Hampus Lindholm (lower body)
For those headed to the arena, the Kids 'n Community Foundation is selling Valentines Dogs (plush toys), each signed by a mystery Canes player. Pick one up at the Section 129 kiosk for your Valentine.
If you're not at the game, just a reminder that tonight's broadcast is on Fox Sports South. Oh, and Tripp Tracy will be between the benches wearing a GoPro on his head, which will undoubtedly make for must-see TV.
There are a limited number of tickets remaining for the Kids 'n Community Foundation Casino Night, coming up on Sunday, February 22. The Canes talked casino games, card tricks, and signature sandwiches on this week's episode of What's up Wednesday.
Finally, after yesterday's practice the Canes players took time to spread joy at local hospitals. The area hospital visits were originally scheduled before Christmas, but because of concerns over the rampant spread of mumps across the NHL (note, no Hurricanes player ever contracted the virus), the visits were rescheduled for yesterday. Enjoy.