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Carolina Hurricanes vs. Pittsburgh Penguins: Game Preview and Storm Advisory

The Hurricanes take on the Pittsburgh Penguins tonight in the final home game of the 2017 season.

Jamie Kellner

The Hurricanes take on the Penguins riding a four game winning streak in a critical Metropolitan Division matchup. Tonight’s matchup is a “four point game”, as the Hurricanes and Penguins sit tied with 41 points each in the standings, and the Canes could again be within a point of a playoff spot with a win if results elsewhere go their way.

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 trail all-time with a 60-64-17-1 record against the Penguins, including a 34-30-8 record on home ice.
  • Tonight marks the beginning of the four game series between the two sides this season. The teams will play again in 6 days in Pittsburgh.
  • The Stanley Cup winning Penguins swept the Hurricanes last season with a 4-0-0 record.
  • Elias Lindholm led the team with three points (1g, 2a) in four games against the Pens last season.
  • The Canes have scored power play goals in four straight games for the second time this season, and they are 10-3-2 when scoring a goal on the man advantage.
  • There is a gigantic asterisk on this given that they’ve only played five games, but the Canes haven’t lost at home since Thanksgiving. They are on their longest home winning streak since they won seven straight in November and December of last season.

Storm Advisory

  • This is a must read: Our State magazine did a long feature on the seven-second NHL career of Canes equipment manager Jorge Alves. [Our State]
  • Hurricanes defensive prospect Jake Bean was a ping pong wizard... until he met fellow prospect Kale Clague.
  • Speaking of the World Juniors, here is yesterday’s recap, including a stunning loss by Team USA. [Sportsnet]
  • A couple of major injury developments yesterday: Chris Kreider is out indefinitely with a blood clot in his arm, similar to the one that sidelined Steven Stamkos for months in 2016. [Blueshirt Banter]
  • And Mark Scheifele is out 6-8 weeks with an upper body injury that looks like it might be a broken collarbone. [Winnipeg Sun]