|Division Rank||8th Metro||3rd Atlantic|
|Conference Rank||14th EC||6th EC|
|Streak||Won 1||OT 1|
|Power Play %||18.9%||23.9%|
|Penalty Kill %||84.7%||80.8%|
|ES Goals For %||43.4%||51.0%|
|ES Corsi For %||52.5%||53.5%|
|ES Save Percentage||.913||.919|
|ES Save Percentage||.902||.927|
- There will be plenty of time to debate the good and bad of the Carolina Hurricanes 2014-15 hockey season. The on-ice portion wraps up in about 14 hours, with fans gathering one more time to bid the season farewell at tonight's closer against the Red Wings.
- For the 24th consecutive season, Detroit will be moving on to the post-season. For the sixth straight year, the Hurricanes will not, and the only remaining outcome to be determined is whether the team with pick first, fifth, or sixth in the upcoming entry draft.
- The Red Wings clinched a playoff spot by gaining a point in a 4-3 overtime loss to the Canadiens on Thursday night. One more point would secure third place in the Atlantic standings, though a bigger priority might be giving their banged-up squad some rest prior to next week. The team didn't practice yesterday before traveling to Raleigh, and it's reported that Pavel Datsyuk, Henrik Zetterberg, and Niklas Kronwall could sit this one out. Tomas Jurco (upper body) has been cleared to play, Daniel Cleary and Jakub Kindl have been healthy scratches, and Alexey Marchenko has been called up from the Grand Rapids Griffins. Head coach Mike Babcock has not named a starting netminder. So expect quite a bit of movement in their line-up once they complete their morning skate.
- Some unfortunate news this week regarding Red Wing and former Hurricane Erik Cole, who was advised by medical staff to shut down for the season. Cole is suffering from a spinal cord contusion, an aggravation of the injury he suffered here in 2006, and at the age of 36 and with an expiring contract, one has to wonder if this might be his last NHL hurrah.
- There are a few story lines coming into tonight's game for the Hurricanes. The team didn't practice yesterday, and the line-up isn't expected to change much from Thursday's 3-1 win against the Flyers. Keegan Lowe will make his first appearance in front of the home crowd, and it will be interesting to see what he does for an encore after two fights (earning him the fireman's helmet) against Vincent Lecavalier in his NHL debut Thursday. Elias Lindholm is just one point away from a 40-point sophomore season. Justin Faulk needs just one point to become the first defenseman in Hurricanes history (since the team relocated) to reach 50 points.
- Today's morning skates will be closed to the public due to other events occurring around the PNC Arena complex. See below for more details.
Hurricanes (from Thursday's game)
Injuries and Scratches: Jack Hillen (concussion), Rasmus Rissanen (MCL), Riley Nash (upper body), Michal Jordan
Red Wings (from Thursday's game):
Injuries and Scratches: Erik Cole (upper body), Tomas Jurco (upper body), Johan Franzen (concussion), Jonas Gustavsson (concussion), Justin Abdelkader (hand), Jakub Kindl, Daniel Cleary
Fan Appreciation Week
The Canes wrap up Fan Appreciation Week with several events and promotions today. Check the Promotions page for full details, but here's a sample:
- South Plaza Party starting at 5:00 pm with live music, games and inflatables, food and beverage.
- Hurricanes hat giveaway to the first 10,000 fans in the arena
- #CaniacNation Vending Machine prizes on the concourse
- Kids 'n Community Foundation 50/50 Raffle winner announced
- Snap Shot Saturday after the game
- #CaniacNation Season Ticket Holder Dasher Board honoring all Canes Season Ticket Holders
Arena lots will "officially" open today for the game at 4:00 pm. There is an MS Walk scheduled at the Arena until around 1:00 pm, and the NCSU Kay Yow Spring Game will be held next door at Carter-Finley Stadium until around 3 pm, though most of the parking for the Spring Game will be away from PNC Arena.
It's going to be a beautiful afternoon in Raleigh, a perfect day for tailgating, visiting with friends, and celebrating Canes hockey. Come out to the arena and show your support. Good seats are still available for tonight's game. #PNCuthere