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Carolina Hurricanes vs. Anaheim Ducks: Game Preview and Storm Advisory

The Hurricanes take on the Ducks on Hockey Fights Cancer night before a three game West Coast road swing.

Jamie Kellner

After a full day of drama yesterday, the Hurricanes face off against the Ducks in Raleigh looking to continue trending upwards.

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 annual Hockey Fights Cancer awareness night. The broadcasters and team personnel will wear special Hockey Fights Cancer ties during the game, and the team will wear special Hockey Fights Cancer lavender jerseys during warm ups.
  • In case you missed it (really?), the Hurricanes placed Scott Darling and Valentin Zykov on waivers yesterday. If they both clear, they’ll report to the Charlotte Checkers. We’ll know at noon today if anyone has put in a claim.
  • Tonight marks the first of two games between the teams this season. The second matchup will be in Anaheim next Friday.
  • The Ducks won the season series last year, posting a 2-0-0 record. The Hurricanes managed to secure one point out of a possible four in the series.
  • Head coach Rod Brind’Amour has the best record through his first 24 games behind the bench in franchise history.
  • Tonight’s game is the first before a three game road swing on the West Coast. The Canes will take on the Kings, Sharks, and Ducks again next week.

Storm Advisory

  • The Hurricanes have announced details pertaining to the Canes Bash. [NHL]
  • Calvin Pickard, another former Leafs goaltender who hasn’t seen quite the level of success that Curtis McElhinney has, was claimed off of waivers.
  • Erik Karlsson was agitated by a reporter’s question about his return to Ottawa.
  • Very interesting stuff:
  • Karl Alzner has reportedly generated a bit of trade interest since clearing waivers. This is somewhat relevant to Carolina given the current waiver situation.
  • The conference-leading Buffalo Sabres (seriously!) own four first round picks over the next two drafts.