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Carolina Hurricanes vs. Calgary Flames: Preview and Game Discussion

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The Carolina Hurricanes take on the Calgary Flames this afternoon in a Sunday matinee.

The Hurricanes will look to right the ship this afternoon after a heart-wrenching regulation loss decided in the waning seconds of the Capitals game on Friday night. Tonight is the team’s last game before the league mandated bye week.

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

  • The Carolina Hurricanes trail all-time in the series with a 22-42-8 record, including a 14-16-5 record at home.
  • Today’s matchup marks the second game of the two game season series against the Flames. The Canes picked up a win in Alberta in October by a score of 2-1.
  • The Hurricanes and Flames split the 2016-17 season series, with both teams picking up a win in enemy territory.
  • Noah Hanifin led the team with four assists in two games against Calgary last season and he set a single-game career-high in both assists (3) and points (3) in October of 2016.
  • Jeff Skinner has been hot against the Flames, registering 11 points (4g, 7a) in 11 career games.
  • The Canes have earned at least a point in seven of their last nine games against Pacific Division opponents this season (3-2-4).
  • Jordan Staal is riding a 5 game point streak into tonight’s game (3g, 3a).
  • Today is Teacher Appreciation Day, so make sure you are on your best behavior or else you will get your name on the board.
  • And some breaking broadcast news: Tripp Tracy has been sidelined by the flu bug sweeping through the Canes’ locker room, so Shane Willis will join John Forslund on the broadcast today,

Lines and Rosters

Carolina Hurricanes

The Hurricanes played on Friday night without Brett Pesce, who was injured on Thursday in Washington while participating in the morning skate. Pesce has been placed on IR and will miss at least today’s game.

Derek Ryan was also out on Friday after being boarded by Tom Wilson and suffering an upper body injury. Furthermore, both Elias Lindholm and Joakim Nordstrom were out of Friday’s game with an illness. Their status is unknown for now, but we’ll keep you updated as we get closer to game time update: both will play today, but Ryan will not be in the lineup again.. Here’s what you can expect this afternoon:

Sebastian Aho - Jordan Staal - Teuvo Teravainen
Brock McGinn - Victor Rask - Justin Williams
Jeff Skinner - Lucas Wallmark - Elias Lindholm
Joakim Nordstrom - Marcus Kruger - Lee Stempniak

Jaccob Slavin - Justin Faulk
Noah Hanifin - Trevor Van Riemsdyk
Klas Dahlbeck - Haydn Fleury

Scott Darling
Cam Ward

Injuries and scratches: Josh Jooris (healthy), Phil Di Giuseppe (healthy), Derek Ryan (upper body), Brett Pesce (IR)

Calgary Flames

Johnny Guadreau - Sean Monahan - Micheal Ferland
Matthew Tkachuk - Mikael Backlund - Troy Brouwer
Sam Bennett - Mark Jankowski - Garnet Hathaway
Curtis Lazar - Matt Stajan - Andrew Mangiapane

Mark Giordano - Dougie Hamilton
T.J. Brodie - Travis Hamonic
Brett Kulak - Michael Stone

Mike Smith
David Rittich