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Carolina Hurricanes vs. Florida Panthers: Game Preview and Storm Advisory

The Hurricanes try to improve on a solid home stand with a Black Friday match up against the Florida Panthers.

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The Hurricanes look to improve to 4-1-1 on their six-game homestand with a win tonight over a struggling Panthers team.

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 is the Panthers’ only visit to Raleigh this season. Later this season the teams will play twice in Sunrise in the span of a little more than a week, with the Hurricanes visiting on February 21 and March 2.
  • The Canes have won more home games against Florida than against any other franchise, going 31-10-2 with two ties in their history at home against the Panthers. True to form, Carolina won both home games last season, on their way to a 2-1 record in the season series.
  • Longtime Hurricanes tormentor Roberto Luongo has struggled of late. He’s posted an .818 save percentage and a 3.07 goals allowed average on the season, the worst GAA he’s recorded since his rookie season.
  • The Canes are putting together a decent home stand thus far, posting a 3-1-1 record thus far. Tonight’s results will determine whether or not the stretch marks a change in pace for the team.
  • With an empty net goal on Wednesday night, Andrei Svechnikov has recorded 9 points (5g, 4a) in 21 games this season. His five goals is tied for fifth among rookies.
  • Panthers coach Bob Boughner was once a Hurricanes defenseman, spending 43 games with the franchise in the 2003-04 season. For exactly one month, he was teammates with current Canes captain Justin Williams, from 1/20/04 when Williams was acquired to 2/20/04 when Boughner was flipped to Colorado.

Storm Advisory

  • Will the Canes and Leafs reach the next level in trade talks? [The Athletic ($)]
  • Here’s a look inside the locker room and Brind’Amour’s speech after a big win against the Maple Leafs on Wednesday:
  • The Oilers were involved in what looks like to be a pretty good trade for them:
  • Things just got harder for the struggling Penguins:
  • Interesting words from Babcock:
  • Canes Black Friday specials!!
  • This is pretty awesome.