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Coyotes at Hurricanes: Game Preview, Notes, Statistics, How to Watch

One of the weirdest home and home series ever for the Hurricanes kicks off tonight with Arizona in town.

Jamie Kellner

Arizona Coyotes (22-34-7) at Carolina Hurricanes (25-25-10)
Friday, March 3rd, 2017 - 7:30 pm
PNC Arena – Raleigh, NC
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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 Arizona Coyotes make their only trip to Raleigh this season tonight. In what is possibly the oddest home and home series for the Hurricanes this decade, the Canes will follow the Coyotes west and play in Glendale on Sunday.
  • Victor Rask has points in 4 straight and has gained his confidence back after a very long unproductive streak in February. Look for him to try and make it 5 straight tonight.
  • No word on Jeff Skinner’s condition other than he did not experience concussion like symptoms after being sent back to Raleigh while the Hurricanes where in Florida. It’s unknown if he will play tonight but stayed tuned throughout the afternoon as we gather more information. The Canes could really use his offensive presence as there was a very noticeable hole left without Skinner in the lineup.
  • Carolina has won 5 straight games over the Coyotes, so we’ll see if they can push that to 6 and 7 straight over the next two games. With the Coyotes coming off a bad loss in Buffalo last night expect back up goalie Louis Domingue to get the nod and for the Coyotes to be mad.
  • The Hurricanes lead the league in takeaways with 632 and Jaccob Slavin leads all NHL defensemen with 60 takeaways. For a team that does so well getting takeaways, the offensive possessions following the steals must become better for the Hurricanes to succeed.
  • Jay McClement is set to play in his 900th NHL game tonight. McClement scored a shorthanded goal Wednesday in Tampa and is a major contributor to the league leading penalty kill unit.
  • It’s a crap shoot as to who is in goal tonight. Our bet is on Cam Ward since Eddie Lack played in Wednesday’s loss to Tampa Bay. That being said, neither goaltender played overly well in the two losses past regulation this week so we’ll see who Bill Peters decides to go with. With both guys signed through next season, and Ron Francis going public with the need to address goaltending, both Ward and Lack are truly playing for their jobs for the rest of the season.
  • So far this week the Hurricanes decided they wanted to try and hibernate in Florida for the remainder of winter, only to be quickly exiled back to Raleigh. Coming off two straight losses past the scheduled distance, expect a small crowd tonight and do not be surprised to see a Hurricanes team that lacks effort or desire to play hard. Sadly it is that time of the year for the Canes where the wins no longer matter and a lot of the players are making golf or vacation plans for mid-April. Hopefully Peters and company can motivate the players to come out and play hard for the home crowd.