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Carolina Hurricanes vs. San Jose Sharks: Preview and Storm Advisory

The Hurricanes look to pick up their first points on the West Coast road trip tonight against the San Jose Sharks.

The Hurricanes take on Brent Burns and his San Jose Sharks tonight as they look to right the ship after a flat loss to the Canucks two nights ago. Unlike Vancouver, where the Canes haven’t won in forever, they are looking to break a two-game losing streak in the Shark Tank tonight.

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 lead all time against the Sahrks with a 19-17-0 record against the Sharks, including an 8-10-0 record in San Jose.
  • Tonight marks the first of two games against the Sharks this season, the second meeting coming in early February in Carolina.
  • Last year’s series between the two sides resulted in a tie with each team earning a regulation win on home ice.
  • The Canes have won seven of their last ten games against the 2016 Western Conference Champs, including four of the previous six games played in San Jose.
  • Center Derek Ryan will play his 100th NHL game tonight, and it could be a triple milestone night: Justin Faulk is one point shy of 200 points, and Cam Ward, who may get the nod tonight after an abysmal showing from the team on Tuesday, is one win away from his 300th career win.

Storm Advisory

  • Is the NHL ready to talk about the prospect of an NHL team in Washington? (The state; tempting as it is, this isn’t a Caps joke.) [TSN]
  • With the expansion buzz overflowing NHL news, Bob McKenzie outlines existing franchise issues in the NHL. Carolina is featured, but echoing Pierre LeBrun’s reporting from Tuesday, Bobby Mac says that the Canes will stay in North Carolina and will not approve a sale if a potential owner does not commit to the market. [TSN]
  • To that end:
  • Yesterday the Hurricanes announced their seventh annual Alumni Game. The matchup will take place on January 13th. [Hurricanes]
  • Something very Canesesque happened six years and one day ago:
  • There was an interesting Joe Thornton spotting in San Jose yesterday: