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Hurricanes vs Flames: Game Preview, Notes, Lines and Rosters

The Hurricanes look to gain more momentum after a shutout win over the Senators on Friday.

Jamie Kellner

Carolina Hurricanes (25-24-8) vs Calgary Flames (32-26-4)
February 26, 2017 - 3:00 p.m. ET
PNC Arena - Raleigh, NC
Fox Sports Southeast - 99.9 The Fan - WRALSportsFan web and app
SB Nation rival blog: Matchsticks & Gasoline

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

  • The Hurricanes will wear their third jerseys today for the eighth time this season. The team is 6-1-0 in their black jerseys in this campaign. Additionally, the team is an outstanding 63-35-9 in their alternate threads all time.
  • Today is the first of three games this week on Fox Sports Southeast. Here are the channel listings where you can find today's game.
  • Today is the second and final time that the Hurricanes will meet the Flames this year. Their first meeting was in Calgary on October 20th in which the Hurricanes walked away with a 4-2 win, their first in the Scotiabank Saddledome since the 2002 season.
  • Eddie Lack, who is the confirmed starter tonight, is an impressive 5-2-0 with a 1.99 GAA and one shutout in six career appearances against Calgary. He earned the win when the Canes visited Calgary in October.
  • Flames forward Kris Versteeg played 63 games with the Hurricanes last season, tallying 33 points before being traded to the Kings leading up to the trade deadline.
  • Hurricanes forward Bryan Bickell started his first game in Charlotte last night since returning from a multiple sclerosis diagnosis last October, earning an assist in a 6-1 Checkers win over Cleveland. Bickell is eying a return to the NHL roster before the end of the season.
  • Today’s game is Military Appreciation Day in PNC Arena. Read more about it here:

Lines and Rosters

Since today is an afternoon game, neither team will have a pregame skate. The Canes will make one change, with Brock McGinn missing the game with an injury that kept him out of practice yesterday. Derek Ryan will slot back into the lineup in McGinn’s place.

Carolina Hurricanes

Sebastian Aho - Victor Rask - Elias Lindholm
Joakim Nordstrom - Jordan Staal - Phil Di Guiseppe
Jeff Skinner - Teuvo Teravainen - Lee Stempniak
Derek Ryan - Jay McClement - Viktor Stalberg

Jaccob Slavin - Justin Faulk
Noah Hanifin - Brett Pesce
Klas Dahlbeck - Ryan Murphy

Eddie Lack
Cam Ward

Calgary Flames

Johnny Gaudreau - Sean Monahan - Micheal Ferland
Matthew Tkachuk - Mikael Backlund - Michael Frolik
Kris Versteeg - Sam Bennett - Troy Brouwer
Lance Bouma - Matt Stajan - Alex Chiasson

Mark Giordano - Dougie Hamilton
T.J. Brodie - Michael Stone
Matt Bartkowski - Deryk Engelland

Chad Johnson
Brian Elliot