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The Canes are still alive - barely - and head to St. Paul for a rematch of a win in Raleigh three weeks ago.

NHL: Carolina Hurricanes at Minnesota Wild Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

Carolina Hurricanes (35-29-14) at Minnesota Wild (46-25-8)
Tuesday, April 4, 2017 - 8:00 p.m. ET
Xcel Energy Center - St. Paul, Minnesota
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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 Steve Mason
Category Cam Ward Steve Mason
Record 26-22-12 32-20-5
ES Save % .910 .919
GAA 2.69 2.66

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 Canes’ final trip outside the Eastern time zone this season heads to Minnesota to face a Wild team that has been in a tailspin over the past month. The Wild are essentially locked into second place in the Central, leading the Blues by seven points with three games to go, but a 5-11-2 skid since March 1 has them reeling.
  • These two teams met at PNC Arena on March 16, a 3-1 Carolina win that was their first win in the series in nearly five years. The Canes haven’t won on the road against the Wild since their previous win in the series, a 5-3 victory on March 17, 2012.
  • That win in March was Eric Staal’s 998th career NHL game. He hit the thousand-game mark three nights later in Winnipeg, but the Wild delayed the celebration to tonight so that the former Hurricanes captain would have his former team (including his brother) on hand to join him. Staal’s parents are making the trek down from Thunder Bay, Ontario, to watch the game tonight, and there will be a pregame ceremony and presentation of the traditional silver stick.
  • The Canes’ Michael Smith has a neat retrospective of Staal’s career in a Canes sweater that’s well worth your time today.
  • Staal remains atop the Hurricanes honor roll of most goals scored since relocation, but he could have a new player chasing him after tonight. Jeff Skinner’s 33 goals, including his excuse-me robbery of Elias Lindholm on Sunday in Pittsburgh, have pulled him into a tie with Jeff O’Neill at 176 goals, and Skinner will be all by himself in second place with a goal in the final four games of the season. He has a long way to go to catch Staal’s 322, though.
  • The Canes, somehow, remain alive for a playoff spot after last night’s results. The Senators’ shootout loss to the Red Wings gives them 92 points, and gives Carolina a glimmer of hope. The only way left for the Canes to make the postseason is to win out and Ottawa to lose out in regulation, and for the Canes to overtake the Lightning and Islanders in the process. (So you’re saying there’s a chance.)
  • If you missed the news yesterday, Bryan Bickell is likely to make his return to the NHL tonight, five months after being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Andrew Poturalski has also earned his first NHL callup and will take the ice tonight as well. The Canes sent Phil Di Giuseppe and Lucas Wallmark to Charlotte to open roster spots for the two newcomers.