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Carolina Hurricanes vs Colorado Avalanche: Preview and Game Discussion

The Hurricanes look to bounce back at home against a strong Avalanche team.

Jamie Kellner

The Hurricanes look to get back to their winning ways in a Saturday matinee against the Colorado Avalanche. The Avs are coming off a strong 5-3 win against the New Jersey Devils, capped off by a hat trick from Gabriel Landeskog. Mikko Rantanen also had a four point night (one goal, three assists). Stop the Avalanche’s first line and you may stand a chance. If not, could be a long Saturday afternoon.

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

  • This is the first of two meetings between the two teams this season. The second game will be on March 11th.
  • This will be Clark Bishop’s first NHL game. The forward had one goal and two assists in the Checkers first four games of the season.
  • Down in Charlotte, Martin Necas was named first star of the game in the Checkers 4-3 shootout win after a clutch shootout goal.
  • The Canes did not hold a morning skate this morning.
  • The Hurricanes are 49-71-21 all time against the Colorado Avalanche franchise. That history dates back to the Whalers years, when Hartford and the then-Quebec Nordiques were rivals in the old Adams Division.
  • Today’s game is the first home game played during the State Fair since 2002, and you can save some cash by doing both. If you’ve been to the fair, take your fair ticket to the box office to get lower-level seats for $40, and once the game is over you can show your Canes ticket at a fair gate for 40% off ($5.40 adults, $2.40 kids age 6-12).
  • Lastly, former Hurricanes forward Tuomo Ruutu was in town yesterday morning for Canes practice, which gave us an excuse to use one of the more unexpected photos in the archive: Ruutu and Darcy Tucker (!) going toe-to-toe at the then-RBC Center in 2010.

Lines and Rosters

Here’s Carolina’s projected lines this afternoon:

Michael Ferland - Sebastian Aho - Teuvo Teravainen

Warren Foegele - Jordan Staal - Justin Williams

Jordan Martinook - Lucas Wallmark - Andrei Svechnikov

Brock McGinn - Clark Bishop - Valentin Zykov

Jaccob Slavin - Dougie Hamilton

Calvin de Haan - Justin Faulk

Trevor van Riemsdyk - Brett Pesce

Curtis McElhinney (confirmed)

Petr Mrazek

Here’s who will lead the way for the Avalanche today:

Gabriel Landeskog - Nathan MacKinnon - Mikko Rantanen

Alexander Kerfoot - Tyson Jost - Colin Wilson

Matt Nieto - Carl Soderberg - Matt Calvert

Sven Andrighetto - Vladislav Kamenev - Gabriel Bourque

Samuel Girard - Erik Johnson

Ian Cole - Tyson Barrie

Nikita Zadorov - Patrik Nemeth

Philipp Grubauer (confirmed)

Semyon Varlamov