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Carolina Hurricanes vs. Ottawa Senators: Game Preview and Storm Advisory

The Hurricanes come off of the All-Star break to take on the Senators as they look to fight back towards playoff position.

Jamie Kellner

The Hurricanes take on the struggling Senators tonight in PNC Arena, starting a run that will see them play eight straight games and 10 of their next 11 on home ice.

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

  • Sebastian Aho is reportedly almost ready to draw back into the lineup:
  • The Hurricanes lead all-time with a 52-34-13 record against Ottawa, including a very impressive 31-11-6 record at home.
  • Tonight marks the first of three games between the two teams this season. They will play again on March 24th and 26th.
  • The Senators won last season’s series with a 2-1-0 record (Carolina: 1-1-1).
  • The Hurricanes have dominated in recent years, winning six of the last eight regular season series against Ottawa.
  • The Canes have earned at least a point in 22 of their last 28 games against the Sens, posting a 17-6-5 record in that span dating all the way back to the 2008-09 season.
  • Cam Ward is a very impressive 15-8-3 against the Senators in his career, including a .920 SV% and a 2.36 GAA.

Storm Advisory

  • Noah Hanifin was interviewed by his sister this past All-Star weekend. [NHL]
  • Good friends Noah Hanifin and Jack Eichel competed on camera in “a battle of composure.” [NHL]
  • Hurricanes’ prospects Warren Foegele and Valentin Zykov both shined in the AHL All-Star Classic last night. [Checkers]
  • Scott Darling spoke out regarding new ownership in Raleigh, as well as his recent slump on the ice. [NBC Sports]
  • Noah Hanifin and fellow 2015 first round draft pick Zach Werenski outline the struggles of being a rookie defensemen.
  • Jaromir Jagr cleared waivers and was assigned from the Calgary Flames to his hometown team HC Kladno (which he owns) of the Czech Republic yesterday. His NHL career was nothing short of legendary. [NHL]
  • Episode 27 of Canes Cast featured - guess who? - All-Star Noah Hanifin. [Hurricanes]
  • The NC State Club Hockey team took down UNC Club Hockey last night in the Backyard Brawl by a score of 6-5. We will have a full recap in this week’s Local Hockey Spotlight on Thursday.