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Carolina Hurricanes vs. Washington Capitals: Game Preview and Storm Advisory

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The Hurricanes take on the Washington Capitals tonight in the first half of a home-and-home series against the Metropolitan Division leader.

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The Carolina Hurricanes continue their grueling January schedule tonight as they take on the Washington Capitals in the first leg of a home-and-home.

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 Petr Mrazek Tuukka Rask
Category Petr Mrazek Tuukka Rask
Record 5-5 11-5
Save % .894 .939
GAA 2.73 1.96

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

  • Tonight marks the second of four games between the Metropolitan Division foes this season. The Hurricanes lost the first on January 2nd in PNC Arena in overtime. The third matchup of the year will come tomorrow night in Raleigh.
  • The Hurricanes trail all-time with a 60-82-24-1 record in the series, including a 28-44-1 record in Washington. The Capitals won the 2016-17 series with a 3-1-0 record.
  • Nothing is guaranteed, but this home-and-home series was targeted as the return date for Lee Stempniak, who Ron Francis revealed yesterday (link below) suffered a broken collarbone during his rehab stint in November. Stempniak could make his season debut tonight.
  • With a loss on Tuesday to the Lightning the Hurricanes have lost four of their last five games.
  • Jordan Staal has earned seven points (3g, 4a) in his last seven appearances against the Capitals.
  • Since the 2005-06 season, the Hurricanes are 30-2-6 when they score three or more goals against Washington.
  • Tonight’s game is the first back in the District of Columbia for Justin Williams. The veteran forward played two seasons with the Capitals before returning to Raleigh this summer.

Storm Advisory

  • The handing over of ownership in Carolina could lead to big changes for the franchise. [News & Observer]
  • Former Hurricanes first-round draft pick Ryan Murphy has found his fit on the Iowa Wild. [AHL]
  • The halfway point of the season is upon us. How has the Eastern Conference fared and how will they finish? [The Athletic ($)]
  • Ron Francis appeared with Adam and Joe yesterday to discuss the team’s performance thus far. [WRAL Sports Fan]