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The Hurricanes will try to right the ship tonight as they take on the league leading Washington Capitals on enemy ground.

Carolina Hurricanes (21-18-7) at Washington Capitals (31-9-6)
Monday, January 23, 2017 - 7:00 p.m. ET
Verizon Center - Washington, DC
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Vital Statistics

Category Hurricanes Capitals
Category Hurricanes Capitals
Record 21-18-7 31-9-6
Points 49 68
Division Rank 6 Metro 1 Metro
Conference Rank 10 EC 1 EC
Last 10 Games 5-5-0 9-0-1
Streak Loss 3 Won 2
Goals/Game 2.67 3.22
Goals Against/Game 2.76 2.09
Shots/Game 30.4 30.7
Shots Against/Game 28.0 29.7
Faceoff % 51.6% 50.4%
Power Play % (Rank) 16.5% (23) 20.3% (14)
Penalty Kill % (Rank) 88.7% (1) 86.0% (3)
ES Corsi For % 51.50% 51.56%
ES PDO 98.2 104.1
PIM/Game 05:57 08:45

Goaltender #1

Category Cam Ward Braden Holtby
Category Cam Ward Braden Holtby
Record 18-14-6 22-8-4
ES Save % .912 .938
GAA 2.54 1.99

Goaltender #2

Category Michael Leighton Philipp Grubauer
Category Michael Leighton Philipp Grubauer
Record 2-2-0 9-1-2
ES Save % .849 .928
GAA 3.42 2.05

Game Notes

  • The Hurricanes are coming into this game on a three game losing streak. During that time, they have allowed 14 goals and scored only four.
  • Sebastian Aho scored his first career power play goal in Columbus on Saturday. The young rookie has 12 goals and 25 points. Despite the teams 3 game slide, Aho has importantly remained a consistent force.
  • The Hurricanes will face Washington four times in total this year. To this point, the team has compiled a 1-0-1 record against the division rival, winning 5-1 at home on November 12 (the first game of the 14-2-1 home ice run) and losing 4-3 in a shootout on December 16. The teams meet two more times in the next three weeks, both in Washington.
  • The Canes are looking for their first win against the Caps at Verizon Center in more than three years. Their last visit was a 2-1 overtime loss on March 15 last season, and the last time they won in Washington was a 4-3 overtime win on January 2, 2014.
  • Since the 2005-06 season, Carolina is 30-2-5 when they post three or more goals against the Capitals. By comparison, when they score two or fewer goals against Washington, the Canes are 1-26-3.
  • The Canes are matching up against an extremely hot Capitals team tonight. The team is 9-0-1 in their last 10 games and at the top of the league standings.
  • Both Washington goalies have very impressive records against Carolina. Braden Holtby is 9-4-0 with a 1.90 GAA in 13 career games against the Hurricanes and Philipp Grubauer is 3-2-1 with a 2.65 GAA in seven career games against Carolina.