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

The Hurricanes are back in action tonight after making that popular quick jump from...uh...Winnipeg to Tampa.

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Jamie Kellner

The Hurricanes come off of their first regulation loss of the Rod Brind’Amour era at the hands of the Jets to take on another top team in the league on enemy turf.

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

  • Tonight’s game is the first of three between the Hurricanes and Lightning this season. The teams will meet again in Tampa in January and then finally in Carolina in March.
  • The Lightning won last year’s season series with a record of 2-0-1, with the Canes picking up an overtime win at PNC Arena on April 7th.
  • The Hurricanes’ hot 4-1-1 start is tied for the second best through six games in franchise history.
  • The Canes lead the league in shots per game this season with 42.3. They’ve outshot their opponents in all but one game this season.
  • Jordan Staal and Dougie Hamilton lead the Canes in shots on goal with 22 each.

Storm Advisory

  • Former Hurricanes Elias Lindholm has gotten off to a hot scoring start in Calgary this season. [The Athletic ($)]
  • The Canes stopped by Topgolf (naturally) yesterday for some friendly competition. [Hurricanes]
  • Kenya’s only ice hockey team hansn’t had another team to play — Tim Hortons wanted to fix that. [NHL]
  • Auston Matthews is having a historic start to the season.
  • In what will surely stir up some controversy, Mike Matheson was suspended two 2 games for an uneccessary finish to his check on Elias Pettersson on Saturday.
  • The Senators presented a special tribute to the late Ray Emery last night.