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Game Day Canes at Panthers

For the third time this season, the Canes will try to score a goal against the Florida Panthers.

Jamie Kellner

Carolina Hurricanes at Florida Panthers
April 2, 2015 - 7:30 pm ET
BB&T Center - Sunrise, FL
TV - Fox Sports Carolinas
Radio - 99.9 FM The Fan
SB Nation Rival Blog - Litter Box Cats

Fancy Stats

Hurricanes Panthers
Record 28-37-11 35-27-15
Points 67 85
Division Rank 8th Metro 6th Atlantic
Conference Rank 14th EC 10th EC
Streak Lost 1 Lost 1

Power Play % 19.0% 16.0%
Penalty Kill % 85.2% 80.5%
Goals/Game 2.26 2.39
Goals Against/Game 2.64 2.60
Shots/Game 30.5 30.7
Shots Against/Game 27.2 29.5
ES Goals For % 44.1% 49.8%
ES Corsi For % 52.3% 51.1%
ES PDO 97.4 99.4
PIM/Game 6.8 8.9

Goaltender Ward Luongo
Record 20-22-5 26-18-12
ES Save Percentage .915 .931
GAA 2.43 2.35

Goaltender Khudobin Ellis
Record 8-15-6 4-2-1
ES Save Percentage .905 .928
GAA 2.60 2.11

Stats via and War on Ice

Game Notes

  • The Florida Panthers' playoff hopes are on life support. A gut-wrenching 3-2 loss in the waning moments Tuesday against the Boston Bruins, who they are chasing, was the penultimate nail in the coffin. From here all it takes is a four-point swing in points lost by them or gained by the Bruins (who also play tonight) and they are officially eliminated.
  • If the Canes are going to play spoiler, they're going to have to find a way to put a puck past one of the Florida goalies. So far this season, three Panthers goalies have shut out the Canes and they've only played two games. Roberto Luongo and Al Montoya split netminding duties for the 1-0 shutout in Sunrise on November 26th, and old friend Dan Ellis had the honors for the 2-0 shutout in Raleigh on March 14th.
  • Speaking of Luongo, who will most probably get the start tonight, he is 11-14-4 with a 2.54 GAA and one shutout in 29 career games against the Canes. He is also sitting on 399 career NHL wins so the next win is a big milestone for him.
  • Other players to watch include Brandon Pirri, who scored against the Canes in their March win and scored his 21st of the season Tuesday night in his 100th career NHL game, and Jonathan Huberdeau, who leads the team with 49 points and has four goals in his last three games. Scottie Upshall was a late scratch in Tuesday's game but is expected to be available tonight, along with Jaromir Jagr, who sustained a hand/wrist injury in Tuesday's game but was able to return in the third period. Jagr will no doubt want to represent for #MulletNightInSunrise tonight, where lucky Panthers fans will try out for the honor of representing their team as part of the Traveling Jagrs.
  • Hurricanes head coach Bill Peters was not overly impressed with his team's compete level in the 4-2 loss to the Capitals on Tuesday night, commenting that his players need to be prepared to start on time and play all periods of their remaining games.
  • Forward lines were shuffled again at yesterday's practice, as reported below, and Ron Hainsey looked like the odd man out on defense, though some of the defensive changes were a result of injury concerns so nothing has been set in stone, nor has Peters named a starting goalie for tonight.
  • Chris Terry is on a three-game points streak (1g, 2a), and Eric Staal has seven points (3g, 4a) in his last five games.

Projected line-ups

Hurricanes (from Wednesday's practice)

Chris Terry - Eric Staal - Andrej Nestrasil
Nathan Gerbe - Jordan Staal - Elias Lindholm
Jeff Skinner - Jay McClement - Alexander Semin
Brad Malone - Victor Rask - Patrick Dwyer

John-Michael Liles - Justin Faulk
Michal Jordan - Ryan Murphy
Danny Biega - Brett Bellemore

Anton Khudobin
Cam Ward

Injuries and Scratches: Jack Hillen (concussion), Rasmus Rissanen (MCL), Riley Nash (upper body), Ron Hainsey

Panthers (from Tuesday's game):

Jonathan Huberdeau - Aleksander Barkov - Jaromir Jagr
Brandon Pirri - Vincent Trocheck - Jimmy Hayes
Jussi Jokinen - Dave Bolland - Brad Boyes
Shawn Thornton - Derek MacKenzie - Tomas Kopecky

Brian Campbell - Aaron Ekblad
Willie Mitchell - Erik Gudbranson
Dmitry Kulikov - Alex Petrovic

Roberto Luongo
Dan Ellis

Injuries and Scratches: Al Montoya (lower body), Nick Bjugstad (back), Scottie Upshall (upper body), Steven Kampfer