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Carolina Hurricanes vs. Toronto Maple Leafs: Preview and Storm Advisory

The Hurricanes take on a hot Maple Leafs team tonight in Raleigh.

Jamie Kellner

The Hurricanes and league leading Maple Leafs face off tonight without Auston Matthews in the mix. Carolina will try to win two straight games for the first time in nearly a month.

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 #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

  • Victor Rask has been medically cleared for contact and was a full practice participant yesterday. It is unlikely he plays tonight, but he isn’t far away, and Rod Brind’Amour made it clear that he intends on getting Rask into the top nine very soon. (Update: never mind, Rask was activated from the injured non-roster list this morning and will likely make his season debut tonight.)
  • Tonight’s matchup is the first of three between the two teams this season. The Leafs will be in Raleigh again on December 11th and the Canes will be in Toronto in April.
  • The Maple Leafs took the season series last year with a 2-1-0 record and took one matchup by a lopsided 8-1 score.
  • Curtis McElhinney played 32 games over two seasons with the Maple Leafs and was a fan favorite in Toronto. The Canes picked him up on waivers just before opening night.

Storm Advisory

  • Gritty has penciled himself in as the 2018 Time Person of the Year. [Sports Illustrated]
  • Sara Civian jumped on the Canes Corner Podcast to talk Canes hockey. [WRAL]
  • The Oil made a coaching change.
  • Here’s the Charlotte Checkers injury update:
  • Sebastian Aho’s desire to win and strong work ethic may make him a good candidate for future captaincy. [NHL]