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Carolina Hurricanes vs. Detroit Red Wings: Game Preview and Storm Advisory

The Hurricanes take on the Red Wings in Detroit as they try to shake off a three game losing streak.

NHL: Carolina Hurricanes at Detroit Red Wings Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

The Hurricanes have had a hot and cold season thus far, picking up points in their first five games then losing in regulation in their last three. They’ll look to get back on pace tonight with a matchup against the worst team in the Eastern Conference.

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 this season. The teams will meet in PNC Arena on November 10th and December 20th.
  • Detroit took the series last season, going 2-1-0 with one win apiece in each arena.
  • Justin Faulk led the Canes with three assists in the three games last season.
  • Sebastian Aho, who is tied for fifth in the NHL in points (4g, 9a), extended his point streak to eight games with an assist on the lone goal on Saturday afternoon.
  • Aho sits just three games behind Ron Francis for all-time long season opening point streaks. Francis registered a point in the first 11 games with the Whalers in 1984.
  • Micheal Ferland has scored a goal in three consecutive games, and now leads the team in goals scored with 5.

Storm Advisory

  • The Predators seem to be having fun with former Hurricanes bench boss Peter Laviolette.
  • Keith Primeau is biking through Isreal to benefit disabled veterans.
  • The team has not made this official yet, but Rod Brind’Amour said yesterday after practice that Scott Darling will be heading to Charlotte for a conditioning stint, indicating that he may be back with the big club by the end of the week. The Checkers play in Utica on Wednesday, and Darling could play that game and return to the Hurricanes in time for Friday’s game against the Sharks. Once the team makes it official, we’ll have more information to pass along.
  • An AHL game between the Rockford Ice Hogs and the Tuscon Road Runners saw a net knocked off of its moorings at least eight times, and that isn’t unusual in the minors. [InGoalMag]
  • Former majority owner of the Islanders, Charles Wang, has died at 74. [NHL]
  • Cam Ward on the receiving end of a Lightning onslaught? Sounds familiar.
  • But one of those 49 saves was a real beauty: