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Carolina Hurricanes at Anaheim Ducks: Preview and Storm Advisory

The Hurricanes take on the Ducks tonight in another installment of #CanesAfterDark.

The Hurricanes take on the Anaheim Ducks for the second time this season trying to salvage their first win of the West Coast road trip. The team finds itself in a hole once again in December — tied with the Flyers for last in the Metropolitan Division with 29 points.

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

  • The Hurricanes and the Ducks are tied all-time with a 14-14-7 record, including a 5-8-4 record in Anaheim.
  • Tonight’s matchup marks the second of two games between the sides — the Ducks took the October 29th game in a shootout in PNC Arena.
  • The Hurricanes have built a modest point streak at the Honda Center, earning at least one in each of the last three games.
  • Teuvo Teravainen (3g, 0a) and Sebastian Aho (1g, 2a) both had three points against the Ducks last season. Aho has registered four points in three career games against the Ducks.
  • Tonight’s game is the fourth of the five game West Coast road trip. The Hurricanes have picked up two points in three games.

Storm Advisory

  • The NHL has announced that it will introduce player tracking in the upcoming All-Star game. Maybe this is the advanced metric the Canes will need to finally get to the root of their problems. [TSN]
  • A first for the Hurricanes (probably): they were mentioned in passing in a Golf World article Q&A with soon-to-be new owner Tom Dundon. [Golf World]
  • Yahoo compiled a list of the NHL’s biggest bloopers this season. You should probably read until the end. [Yahoo]
  • The Penguins are rooting for Marc-Andre Fleury’s return to the ice following a lengthy concussion recovery. [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]
  • Bill Peters spoke to the media yesterday, and since the Canes aren’t taking a morning skate today this might be all we get until game time. [Hurricanes]