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Carolina Hurricanes vs. Tampa Bay Lightning: Game Preview and Storm Advisory

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The Hurricanes take on the dominant Tampa Bay Lightning tonight in enemy territory as they look to reclaim the Wild Card 2 spot from the Pittsburgh Penguins.

NHL: Tampa Bay Lightning at Carolina Hurricanes James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

The Carolina Hurricanes take on the league best Tampa Bay Lightning looking to bounce back after one of their worst games of the year last weekend in Boston. Last time a lopsided loss was the catalyst for a four-game winning streak; could history repeat itself?


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 lead all-time series against Tampa Bay with a 51-48-19-1 record, including a 20-28-10 record in Florida.
  • Tonight marks the second of three games between the former division rivals; the first came on October 24th when the Lightning dominated by a score of 5-1. The last game in the series will also be the Canes’ last game in the regular season, coming on April 7th in PNC Arena.
  • Sebastian Aho left Saturday night’s 7-1 routing in Boston after entangling his skate with a Bruin and twisting his right leg awkwardly in what looked like it could be a serious leg injury. While he did not return to the game, he was declared to be day-to-day by the team and participated in a normal practice routine yesterday.
  • The Hurricanes take on the league’s best team tonight in a game of consequence. The Penguins have overtaken the Canes in the WC2 playoff spot with 47 points, but picking up a point or two tonight would vault the Canes back over Pittsburgh.

Storm Advisory

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