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Carolina Hurricanes vs. Boston Bruins: Game Preview and Storm Advisory

The Hurricanes take on the Bruins tonight in Raleigh in their last home game before a long four game Western Conference roadie.

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Jamie Kellner

The Bruins visit Raleigh for the first time this season as Hurricanes look to get back on track after a tough loss at the hands of the Islanders (again).

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 tilt is the first of three games between these teams this season. The Canes will host the Bruins again on December 23rd and face off in TD Garden on March 5th. Both of the later games will feature the Hurricanes wearing their Hartford Whalers alternate jerseys.
  • The Bruins dominated the season series last year with a 3-0-0 record, with the Hurricanes picking up only one point via overtime out of the possible six.
  • Teuvo Teravainen led the team against the Bruins with five points (2g, 3a) in the three games last season.
  • With an assist on Sunday night against the Islanders, Sebastian Aho has tied Ron Francis’ franchise record season opening point streak at 11 games. Aho has been catalyzing play on his line, assisting Micheal Ferland on five of his six goals and all three of Teravainen’s goals to date.
  • Jordan Staal has been extremely hot in the faceoff circle, ranking first in the NHL in faceoffs won (158) as well as faceoff percentage (62.2%) among centers who have taken more than 120 draws.
  • Jaroslav Halak is confirmed in net tonight for the Bruins:

Storm Advisory

  • I jumped on The Hockey 411 podcast the other day and chatted about a decent start to the season in Raleigh. [TheHockey411]
  • How would the NHL change with a soft salary cap? [The Athletic ($)]
  • Kevin Weekes gets it:
  • Our fellow SB Nation site Pensburgh is hosting a donation-based pledge drive in response to the tragic shooting at Tree of Life Synagogue.
  • Tom Dundon was spoken highly of by Forbes. [Forbes]
  • The NHL has entered a partnership with MGM Resorts to be the league’s official sports betting partner. []
  • So this means you’ll be able to make prop bets on Corsi numbers and distinct kicking motions from your seat, right? Well...not exactly. [NBCS Washington]
  • And this is pretty awesome.