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Carolina Hurricanes vs. Vegas Golden Knights: Game Preview

The Hurricanes come off of a deflating overtime loss to the Arizona Coyotes to take on the slumping Golden Knights.

NHL: Carolina Hurricanes at Vegas Golden Knights Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The Hurricanes take on the Vegas Golden Knights tonight in Sin City on their second game of a long four game Western Conference road trip, one night after coming back from 3-0 down against the Coyotes but falling in overtime on a Michael Grabner game-winner.

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 marks just the third matchup between these teams. The Knights won the season series last year in their inaguaral season, with the Canes picking up a shootout win in Vegas last December - one of just 12 losses the Golden Knights suffered on home ice last season.
  • This is the first of a two game series this season. The teams will meet a final time in PNC Arena in February.
  • These teams seem to be very similar statistically this season. Both are generating very strong shot attempt numbers; in fact, they are the two best CF% teams in the league. The Knights seem to be struggling in goal as well with both Marc-Andre Fleury and Malcolm Subban posting below average numbers.
  • With a scoreless night in Glendale, Sebastian Aho’s streaks of consecutive games with points and assists have come to an end at 12 games. He posted 17 points (4g, 13a) in an electric start to the season.
  • Rod Brind’Amour shook up his forward pairings last night, most notably moving Andrei Svechnikov up onto Aho’s wing. It paid off, with the rookie breaking an eight-game goal scoring drought by scoring Carolina’s second goal.
  • Of Carolina’s 38 goals this season, 16 have come from players who were not on the roster last season.