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Carolina Hurricanes vs. Los Angeles Kings: Preview and Storm Advisory

The slumping Hurricanes take on the Los Angeles Kings tonight as they look to get the West Coast road trip back on the right track.

NHL: Los Angeles Kings at Carolina Hurricanes James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

The Carolina Hurricanes look to get their first win under new ownership tonight as they take on the leader of the Western Conference hoping that it can’t get any worse than Thursday’s collapse up the coast.

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 the Kings all time with a record of 31-34-10, including a 12-21-4 record in Los Angeles.
  • Tonight is the first of two games between the two sides this season, the second will come on February 13th in Raleigh.
  • The teams split the season series last season, both winning in enemy territory. Prior to last season, the Hurricanes hadn’t won in Staples Center since 2005.
  • Cam Ward is an impressive 5-3-2 with a 2.08 GAA and a .927 SV% in 10 career games against the Kings.
  • The Canes will not take a morning skate today after practicing yesterday.

Storm Advisory

  • ABC11’s Mark Armstrong took part in an AMA yesterday and didn’t mince words on the state of the franchise. [Reddit]
  • Don Waddell discussed the recent sale of the franchise, as well as reassured that the fan experience was the most important thing. [WRALSportsFan (audio)]
  • The Hurricanes are once again the NHL’s most frustrating team. [Pro Hockey Talk]
  • Adam Gold made a strong case against head coach Bill Peters yesterday:
  • 27 games into the season, the Golden Knights sit second in the Pacific just behind the Kings. Is Vegas for real? [SportsNet]