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

The Hurricanes will look for revenge against the worst team in the league tonight in Denver. 

Carolina Hurricanes v Colorado Avalanche Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images

Carolina Hurricanes (26-26-10) at Colorado Avalanche (14-44-3)
Tuesday, March 7th, 2017 - 9:00 pm ET
Pepsi Center – Denver, Colorado
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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 Carolina Hurricanes will look to exact some revenge tonight as they face off with the league-worst Colorado Avalanche. These two teams met on February 17th in Raleigh where the Avs defeated the Canes 2-1 in overtime.
  • The Canes are now 9-0-0 when only allowing 1 goal this season. Coming off the heels of allowing Arizona to score only one goal Sunday it is clear the secret to the Canes success is to not give up goals… as if we didn’t already know that.
  • Bill Peters has yet to announce a goaltender for tonight but do not be surprised if Eddie Lack gets the nod after a very good response in his play Sunday. Lack faced controversy last week after he was called out by Peters, but played very well against the Coyotes. Cam Ward however seems to be failing at his job as of late so the goaltending situation is up for grabs.
  • Jaccob Slavin has points in 4 straight games, which is a career best. All 4 points have been assists but three of those were his shots that got tipped in out in front. Slavin has stepped up this season and truly challenged Justin Faulk as to who is the number one guy on defense. He leads all NHL defensemen and ranks 2nd overall with 64 takeaways this year.
  • Carolina is just 8-16-8 on the road this season while Colorado is a whopping 8-21-2 at home this year. So we’ll see who wants to add number 9 to their respective records tonight.
  • Victor Rask has points in 5 of his last 6 games and ranks 2nd on the team with 37 points. If the team should succeed tonight look for Rask and other leaders such as Jeff Skinner or Jordan Staal to be big contributors.
  • Colorado ranks 2nd in the league in faceoff percentage at 53.3% while the Hurricanes rank 5th overall at 52.5%. The faceoffs could play a vital role especially late in the game.
  • At one point this season both Matt Duchene and Gabriel Landeskog were rumored to be targets of Carolina’s. While we will never know had the Hurricanes stayed in the playoffs race if Ron Francis would’ve pulled the trigger on such a big deal, many in the media believed the Hurricanes stood the best chance at landing either of the two guys. It should be nice to watch those two guys play and think about what could have been.
  • This could be a very ugly game. You have the worst team in the league versus another bad team who is atrocious on the road. The formula for success for both teams is to simplify their games and get pucks on net. Whichever goaltender makes the timely saves will likely steal the game for their team.