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Carolina Hurricanes at Colorado Avalanche: Game Preview and Storm Advisory

The Hurricanes look to right the ship after two straight losses and four days off.

Carolina Hurricanes v Colorado Avalanche Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images

The Hurricanes will faceoff tonight against the Colorado Avalanche without a defensive stalwart in Brett Pesce. The team will be looking to get back on the right track tonight after losing their last two games.

The Canes called up Roland McKeown yesterday, who will meet the team in Denver. Klas Dahlbeck will likely take Pesce’s spot in the lineup tonight, but McKeown could make his NHL debut on Saturday.

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 trails all-time with a 48-70-23-1 record against the Avalanche franchise. This includes a rough 18-44-10 record in Denver.
  • The Canes and the Avs will play twice in 2017-18, tonight and again in February at PNC Arena.
  • Colorado took the series last season with a 2-0-0 record.
  • Before the Hurricanes beat the Avalanche in October of 2015 on Victor Rask’s game winning goal, the Hurricanes hadn’t won in Denver since February of 1996, a winless streak that spanned 12 games.
  • Matt Duchene is still a member of the Avalanche. Just wanted to get that out there and onto the record.

Storm Advisory

  • ESPN put out a piece in which they detailed all the trades they wanted to see traded. The Hurricanes earn a mention, but not in the way you might think. [ESPN]
  • Legendary Raleigh sports columnist Caulton Tudor passed away yesterday. He wasn’t a regular in hockey coverage, but would make appearances at key times, and even earned a hockey nickname from the 2002 Hurricanes while covering their playoff run. [WRALSportsFan] [News and Observer]
  • Joe Giglio’s obituary of Tudor includes a great anecdote between “Toot” and Chip Alexander, competitors for years who later became longtime coworkers, from the Canes’ 2002 first-round series win over New Jersey. [News and Observer]
  • And here’s another Toot story - of which there are no shortage - from Steve Politi, the Canes’ beat writer in their first season in NC who is now a columnist at the Newark Star-Ledger.
  • Sebastian Aho is still goalless on the season. When will the young talent notch his first? [News and Observer]
  • “We still haven’t found our game”, remarks GM Ron Francis to Adam and Joe. Francis also outlines the potential for Aho or Lindholm to slide into the center position sometime soon. [WRALSportsFan]