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Carolina Hurricanes at Toronto Maple Leafs: Preview and Game Discussion

The Hurricanes take on the Maple Leafs this afternoon in celebration of the NHL’s centennial season.

NHL: Toronto Maple Leafs at Carolina Hurricanes James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

The Hurricanes will look to build on a three game win streak this afternoon as they take on the Maple Leafs in an unusual 2 p.m. matchup honoring the centennial anniversary of the NHL’s first game in 1917.

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

  • Today’s matchup is the third and final one between the Canes and Leafs this season. The Canes came out victorious in the first matchup in enemy territory, but dropped the November matchup on home ice in regulation.
  • Today will be the first game in a few years without John Forslund on the call on Fox Sports Carolinas:
  • “We’re going to have energy.” - Bill Peters
  • The two teams will faceoff in an unusual 2 P.M. time slot because in celebration of the Toronto Arenas’ first NHL game 100 years ago to the day. This matchup marked the first NHL game ever. The game is being played at 2 P.M. to allow for as many kids as possible to attend on a school night in Toronto.
  • In celebration of the centennial anniversary, the Maple Leafs will be wearing the historic Toronto Arenas jerseys this afternoon:

Lines and Rosters


With success in the past few games, here’s what you can expect from the team this afternoon — nothing different.

Sebastian Aho - Victor Rask - Teuvo Teravainen

Brock McGinn - Jordan Staal - Justin Williams

Jeff Skinner - Derek Ryan - Elias Lindholm

Joakim Nordstrom - Marcus Kruger - Phil Di Giuseppe

Jaccob Slavin - Brett Pesce

Haydn Fleury - Justin Faulk

Noah Hanifin - Trevor van Riemsdyk

Scott Darling

Maple Leafs

Patrick Marleau - William Nylander - Zach Hyman

Leo Komarov - Nazem Kadri - Connor Brown

James van Riemsdyk - Tyler Bozak - Mitch Marner

Matt Martin - Dominic Moore - Kasperi Kapanen

Morgan Rielly - Ron Hainsey

Jake Gardiner - Connor Carrick

Andreas Borgman - Roman Polak

Frederik Andersen

Curtis McElhinney