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Carolina Hurricanes at Nashville Predators: Game Preview and Storm Advisory

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The Hurricanes will take on the Nashville Predators in Music City tonight in their second and final matchup of the year.

NHL: Nashville Predators at Carolina Hurricanes James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

The Hurricanes look to put an 8-1 embarrassment against the Maple Leafs behind them tonight as they take on the Central Division-leading Nashville Predators.

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 have posted a 11-11-3-1 record all-time against the Predators, but home teams have had big advantages in this series: the Canes are an abysmal 3-10-0 in Nashville.
  • Tonight marks the second and final matchup between the two teams this season. The Hurricanes won the first matchup on 11/26 in a shootout.
  • The Hurricanes won the series last season with a record of 2-0-0 (NSH: 0-1-1).
  • Jeff Skinner led the team with three goals in two games against the Predators last season. Skinner has registered 14 points in 12 career games against Nashville.

Storm Advisory

  • The NHL ran a piece documenting a group of AHL players most eligible for an NHL call up. Not one, but two Hurricanes prospects made the list. [NHL]
  • The Golden Knights are historically good at home. Is the Vegas Flu real? [ESPN]
  • Voice of the Charlotte Checkers Jason Shaya reflected on his first NHL game. [NHL]
  • Meet the Minnesota Wild’s department of one. [The Athletic]
  • Canes owner-to-be Tom Dundon, who is with the team on this road trip, is also a part-owner of Topgolf. Conveniently, there is a Topgolf in Nashville, and the Canes spent last night there:

(There are also some good Boomerang videos on the Instagram stories of Noah Hanifin and Jeff Skinner that we can’t embed here, but they’re worth a look!)