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

It’s all coming to an end; one last home game this season for the Canes

Jamie Kellner

St. Louis Blues (44-29-7) vs Carolina Hurricanes (35-31-14)

Saturday, April 8, 2017 - 7:00 pm ET

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 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 Carolina Hurricanes will take the ice one last time at home tonight as the visiting St. Louis Blues make their only appearance in Raleigh this season. The Canes won 4-2 in St. Louis back on January 5th.
  • After having such great momentum during their franchise record 13-game point streak, the Hurricanes have crashed hard. The team has lost three straight very ugly games, including a 3-0 shutout at the hands of the Islanders on Thursday night. The Canes need to find their mojo and finish the regular season on a positive note, especially for the fans at home.
  • Justin Faulk will play in his 400th career game tonight. Faulk has led the Hurricanes in scoring by a defenseman this season with 17 goals – a new Hurricanes record and a career high for him.
  • Jaccob Slavin continues to pace the Canes in takeaways at 81 total steals. That high number has him second in the entire league in takeaways. Having truly become Carolina’s number one defenseman, Slavin will be looked to in order to shut down the Blues top line.
  • Jeff Skinner will try to extend his career high goal total tonight. Sitting at 35 tallies on the season, Skinner has surpassed his career high and has been the Hurricanes’ best offensive forward all season.
  • The Canes called up Sergey Tolchinsky yesterday and sent Andrew Poturalski back to Charlotte. Tolchinsky has tons of offensive talent but being undersized has hurt his transition to the professional rinks. We’ll see if he can add a spark to the now anemic Hurricanes offense.
  • Both Lee Stempniak and Jay McClement were drafted by St. Louis and made their NHL debuts with the team during the 2005-2006 season. McClement played 449 games with the organization while Stempniak played 233.
  • Tonight will mark the final Homegrown Series night at PNC Arena. Local beer from both Appalachian Mountain Brewery and Bold Rock Cider will be on tap outside section 101. The Pseudo Cowboys, a local rock group, will be performing during intermissions. Tonight’s food selection in a grilled pimento cheese sandwich with fried pickle chips on the side, this can be found outside section 109. The festivities also include a free poster for the first 1,000 fans and a limited edition t-shirt for sale at The Eye. All information regarding the homegrown series can be found here.