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Carolina Hurricanes at Columbus Blue Jackets: Preview and Storm Advisory

The Hurricanes will take on a Metropolitan Division foe in the Columbus Blue Jackets tonight in the first half of a back-to-back.

Jamie Kellner

The Carolina Hurricanes are coming off of a much needed win on Tuesday night looking to build on a modest win streak after lagging in recent weeks. Tonight marks the first of two games in two days as they take on the Chicago Blackhawks tomorrow night in Raleigh.

Vital Statistics

Category Hurricanes Bruins
Category Hurricanes Bruins
Record 8-6 11-5
Goals/Game 2.79 3.31
Goals Against/Game 2.71 2.06
Shots/Game 30.9 34.3
Faceoff % 49.1% 53.3%
Power Play % (Rank) 10.0% (14) 31.9% (1)
Penalty Kill % (Rank) 70.8% (14) 85.7% (4)
ES Corsi For % 55.61% 51.66%
ES PDO 101.2% 101.0
PIM/Game 8:38 6:30

Goaltender #1

Category Petr Mrazek Tuukka Rask
Category Petr Mrazek Tuukka Rask
Record 5-5 11-5
Save % .894 .939
GAA 2.73 1.96

Goaltender #2

Category Curtis McElhinney Jaroslav Halak
Category Curtis McElhinney Jaroslav Halak
Record 3-1 0-0
Save % .943 N/A
GAA 1.70 N/A

Game Notes

  • Carolina leads the series with Columbus all-time with a 16-12-3 record (31), including a 7-7-0 record on the road.
  • The two teams will meet a total of four times this season, all of which will come before Christmas. The last meeting between the two was a 2-1 Jackets overtime win in the second game of the Canes’ season.
  • The Hurricanes handily won the 2016-17 season series with a 3-1-0 record.
  • The Hurricanes have earned at least a point in 13 of their last 16 matchups against the Blue Jackets, posting an impressive 10-3-3 record in that time.
  • Roland McKeown earned his first two NHL points with two assists in his second game in the big league. McKeown was reassigned to Charlotte yesterday after an impressive NHL showing.
  • McKeown’s absence from the NHL roster most likely means the Brett Pesce is ready to draw back into the lineup after suffering a concussion last week in practice.
  • Hurricanes forward Lee Stempniak was activated from IR yesterday and subsequently sent to the Charlotte Checkers for a conditioning stint. Stempniak should be ready to go in Raleigh in less than two weeks.
  • Noah Hanifin notched his fifth assist of the season on Tuesday against the Panthers and leads all Hurricanes D-men in both assists and points this season.
  • Justin Williams registered his third multi-point game of the season against the Panthers and has tallied a team leading nine assists in 13 games for Carolina.
  • Derek Ryan had a very impressive game on Tuesday, scoring his second goal on the season as well as winning nine of 12 faceoffs.
  • Goalie Scott Darling has heated up recently — he made 30 saves on 31 shots on Tuesday.

Storm Advisory

  • Hurricanes owner Peter Karmanos was mentioned in the Paradise Papers, identified as one of the professional sports owners who benefitted from offshore tax havens. [News and Observer, and see original story from the Guardian]
  • With John Forslund doing national TV work in December, Checkers radio man Jason Shaya will get his big break in December:
  • The Avalanche and Senators are in Stockholm for a pair of games today and tomorrow, and brought quite the hype train - and the awkwardness of the Matt Duchene trade - along with them. []