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Carolina Hurricanes vs. Florida Panthers: Preview and Storm Advisory

The Hurricanes look to secure two points against a division opponent after an alarming 4 game losing streak.

Jamie Kellner

The Hurricanes will return home tonight to take on the similarly slow starting Florida Panthers and attempt to right the ship coming off of four winless games. With both trams mired in the depths of the Eastern Conference standings, tonight is a pivotal matchup as two slumping teams look to clean up their act.

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

  • Brett Pesce was spotted at practice yesterday wearing a non-contact jersey. Since sustaining a concussion in practice last week, Pesce has missed two games. His presence at practice is very encouraging, but don’t expect him to draw in to the lineup tonight.
  • The Hurricanes kick off their season series with the Panthers tonight. After the matchup, they will embark on their second back-to-back matchup of the season Friday and Saturday against the Blackhawks and the Blue Jackets.
  • Carolina won the 2016-17 season-series against Florida (2-0-1), marking the Hurricanes’ first season victory over the Panthers since they went 3-0 in the 2013-14 season.
  • Sebastian Aho has built himself a modest point streak after notching his third assist in three games on Saturday in Arizona. Aho has been a solid producer against the Cats in his career, scoring 3 points (2g, 1a) in 3 games played.
  • After Saturday night’s game in Arizona, Jeff Skinner passed Chad LaRose (508) for ninth place on Carolina’s all-time games played list since relocation.
  • Carolina leads all-time with a 56-42-16-1 record, including a 36-16-15 record at home against Florida.

Storm Advisory

  • The Minnesota Wild and Jonathan Quick teamed up to help a cancer patient. [NHL]
  • After the blockbuster Duchene trade, what is the next NHL player swap to make headlines? [The Hockey News]
  • Listen to the new CanesCast podcast by Mike Maniscalco and Michael Smith featuring Canes head trainer Bill Burniston. [Carolina Hurricanes]
  • 2016 first round pick Jake Bean had to be helped off the ice tonight after sustaining an injury in front of his own net. However, he did return later in the game: