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Carolina Hurricanes at Boston Bruins: Game Preview and Storm Advisory

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The Hurricanes face off against the Boston Bruins tonight in their second game on a four game road trip.

Carolina Hurricanes Vs Boston Bruins At TD Garden Photo by Jim Davis/The Boston Globe via Getty Images

The Hurricanes come off of what may be their best performance of the year in Pittsburgh to take on the hot Boston Bruins tonight in a building the Canes have historically performed horribly in. What could possibly go wrong?

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 77-99-21 record, including an abysmal 35-55-9 record in Boston.
  • The Hurricanes won the 2016-17 season against the Bruins with a 2-0-1 mark, winning both of the games in overtime.
  • The Canes have earned a point in six of their last eight games against the Bruins, going 5-1-2 in that time.
  • Jordan Staal dominated last season with three points (1g, 2a) in two games played against the Bruins.
  • Cam Ward, who is expected to start tonight, is 4-0-1 in his last five matchups against Boston spanning back to March of 2016.

Storm Advisory

  • It was fun while it lasted, Aleksi Saarela: the Canes sent him back to Charlotte yesterday and activated Marcus Kruger from injured reserve. [Hurricanes]
  • The Carolina Hurricanes alumni game is coming up a week from today:
  • The Hurricanes soon-to-be owner Thomas Dundon made his fortune betting on himself. Can he use the same strategy to succeed in Carolina? [News and Observer]
  • New York Rangers forward Chris Kreider has been ruled out indefinitely as he will undergo surgery for a blood clot in his right arm. [NHL]
  • Canes beat writer Chip Alexander published ten takeaways from the team’s strong 4-0 performance in Pittsburgh on Thursday night. [News and Observer]