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Carolina Hurricanes vs. St. Louis Blues: Preview and Storm Advisory

The Hurricanes will try to pull themselves up by their boot straps as they take on the slow-starting Blues tonight in St. Louis.

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Jamie Kellner

The Hurricanes look to kick a four game skid tonight as they take on a similarly slumping Blues team in the third game of a long four game road trip through the Western Conference.

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 first game in the two game cross-conference series between the Hurricanes and the Blues. They’ll play again in early March in Carolina.
  • The Blues dominated the series with a 2-0-0 record last season. Overall, the Canes have not had much success in their history against St. Louis, going 29-41-5 with five ties.
  • Here’s a good or bad statistic, depending on how you look at it: the Canes have more shots on goal through 14 games (585) than any team since shots were first recorded in the 1955-56 NHL season. Despite this, the team is still 26th in the league in goals per game.
  • The Hurricanes are fourth in the NHL in total hits (353) thus far this season, a drastic improvement over last year’s finish at 27th in the league.

Storm Advisory

  • He is not without fault, but Gary Bettman has brought a lot to the league in his 25 years as the commissioner. [The Athletic ($)]
  • Adidas had some fun with original six jerseys in NHL 19. [ESPN]
  • ICYMI, Petr Mrazek is day-to-day with a lower body injury. [NHL]
  • Brian Boyle had an emotional hat trick on Hockey Fights Cancer night in Pittsburgh. [ESPN]