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Carolina Hurricanes at Arizona Coyotes: Game Preview and Storm Advisory

The Hurricanes will look to pick up their first win in four games as they take on the Coyotes tonight in Glendale.

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After a dispiriting loss in Colorado two nights ago, the Hurricanes head southwest to face a Coyotes team tonight whose first month of the season hasn’t exactly gone according to plan. Rick Tocchet’s club earned their first win of the season on Monday in Philadelphia before dropping decisions against the Sabres and Red Wings to wrap up their road trip.

The Canes will make at least one lineup change tonight, with defenseman Roland McKeown making his NHL debut tonight likely in place of Klas Dahlbeck. Here is how the teams come into tonight’s matchup.

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 all-time with a 38-30-7 record, including an impressive 21-15-2 record in Arizona.
  • Tonight marks the first of two games between the two clubs this season. They will play again in late March in Raleigh.
  • Teuvo Teravainen (1g, 1a) and Jaccob Slavin (0g, 2a) led the team with two points each against the Coyotes last season.
  • Elias Lindholm has notched 6 points in 6 games for the Hurricanes when playing the Coyotes
  • Victor Rask and Arizona defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson both played for Leksand in Sweden and were teammates in the 2010-11 season.
  • Rookie forward Clayton Keller, named the NHL’s rookie of the month for October, finished his first month with 17 points, the most in any player’s first 17 games since Dale Hawerchuk for the former Winnipeg Jets that became the Coyotes had 18 in 1981.

Storm Advisory

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