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Carolina Hurricanes vs Toronto Maple Leafs: Preview, Statistics, Game Notes, How to Watch

It’s a late Sunday showdown between two teams desperately trying to stay in the playoff race.

Jamie Kellner

Carolina Hurricanes (24-22-8) vs Toronto Maple Leafs (26-20-11)
February 19, 2017 - 7:00 p.m. ET
PNC Arena - Raleigh, NC
Fox Sports Carolinas - 99.9 The Fan - WRALSportsFan web and app
SB Nation rival blog: Pension Plan Puppets

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 Cam Ward Thomas Greiss
Category Cam Ward Thomas Greiss
Record 23-20-9 21-15-4
ES Save % .909 .922
GAA 2.68 2.66

Goaltender #2

Category Eddie Lack Jean-Francois Berube
Category Eddie Lack Jean-Francois Berube
Record 3-5-2 3-2-2
ES Save % .891 .896
GAA 2.97 3.42

Game Notes

  • So, now that the bye week and the subsequent game are done, the Hurricanes can get down to business. After last night, teams coming off their bye week are 3-12-4 in their first game back, and no team has won a game in February returning from their week off. Say what you will about how the Canes played on Friday - and there’s plenty to say - but the fact that they got a point is better than more than half the league.
  • On to the Leafs, who are fighting for a playoff spot. They come to Raleigh on the heels of a 6-3 loss at home to the Senators yesterday, which allowed the Panthers to overtake them for third in the Atlantic.
  • The loss also knocked them out of a wild-card spot, overtaken by the Bruins who have a one-point lead for the final place (the Leafs do have a game in hand).
  • The Canes are 1-0 so far this season against Toronto, winning 2-1 back in November. Viktor Stalberg scored the game-winner shorthanded in the second period, and Jeff Skinner opened the scoring on the power play.
  • Ty Rattie was placed on waivers yesterday, and will likely be claimed at noon today (stay tuned). The Canes are recalling Phil Di Giuseppe for his first appearance since November tonight, and we’ll see who sits to make space for PDG in the lineup.
  • Jeff Skinner will play in his 472nd game tonight, tying him with his general manager, Ron Francis, for 10th in Hurricanes history.
  • The Canes are back up to first place on the penalty kill, at 86.4% after Friday. They face a tall order against the Leafs’ top-ranked power play, clicking at 23.3%.
  • PNC Arena hasn’t been too hospitable to the Leafs lately. They haven’t won in Raleigh since March 6, 2011. The Canes are 6-0-1 in that time at home against Toronto and 12-3-2 overall.