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

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The Hurricanes kick off 2018 tonight by facing one of the best teams in the NHL.

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The Hurricanes will look to build on a very successful December tonight as they begin a very tough January schedule tonight by welcoming the Capitals to Raleigh, their first matchup of three in the next ten days against the Metropolitan Division leaders.

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 Hurricanes trail all-time with a 60-82-23-1 record against the Capitals, including a 32-38-1 record at home. The Capitals took last season’s series with a record of 3-1-0.
  • The Hurricanes have earned at least a point in three of their last four games against Washington in PNC Arena.
  • Sebastian Aho (2g, 4a) and Teuvo Teravainen (2g, 4a) led the team with six points each in four games against the Capitals last year. Aho also earned his first NHL goal as well as his first three point performance against Washington last November.
  • Jordan Staal has been hot against the Capitals lately, tallying seven points (3g, 4a) in his last six games against the Metropolitan foe.
  • Tonight marks Justin Williams’ first game against his former team. He played two seasons with the Capitals before returning to Raleigh this season.
  • Who will be in net for the Hurricanes? Bill Peters: “We’re going to have one.” Got it.

Storm Advisory

  • Lee Stempniak is nearing his return to the ice after a series of injuries kept him out of the lineup for nearly half the season. [Hurricanes]
  • Team USA announced its roster for the 2018 Olympics on Monday and there are a couple of familiar names on defense. [USA Hockey]
  • After Bobby Butler made the USA roster we were lucky enough to see this great moment on video.
  • John Tortorella went back on his defining “Safe is Death” coaching mantra as a response to the team’s sloppy play of late. [The Athletic ($)]
  • Ever wonder what it’s like to have the Sedins as your linemates? [Sportsnet]