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Carolina Hurricanes vs. Chicago Blackhawks: Game Preview and Storm Advisory

The Hurricanes face off against the Blackhawks for the second time in a week tonight looking to pick up a desperately needed win in Cam Ward’s homecoming.

Jamie Kellner

The Hurricanes take on the Blackhawks tonight in PNC Arena in Cam Ward’s first game back in Raleigh since signing with the Blackhawks last summer.

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 second and final between the two teams this season. The Hurricanes pulled off a win in Chicago on Thursday night.
  • The Hurricanes recorded 52 shots on goal in regulation on Saturday night against the Red Wings, but could only convert three of them to goals. The team is first in the league in shots for, 24th in the league in goals for, and dead last in shooting percentage.
  • Sebastian Aho hasn’t scored a goal in twelve games after an electric start to the season. Despite a goal drought, he’s logged an impressive ten assists in that time frame.
  • After a shootout loss on Saturday, the Hurricanes have won just three of their last ten. They desperately need a win tonight in Raleigh to get this homestand back on track.
  • Tonight’s game is Cam Ward’s first game back in PNC Arena since his departure from the club this offseason.

Storm Advisory

  • Willie O’Ree, first black player in the NHL, has paved the way for generations of players on his way to his Hockey Hall of Fame induction. [NHL]
  • A few Hurricanes players took part in a sled hockey game in PNC Arena yesterday.
  • “A lot has happened in the 13 years I was there that I’m forever grateful for. It will be fun to be home for a little bit.” - Cam Ward [Hurricanes]