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Carolina Hurricanes at Chicago Blackhawks: Preview and Storm Advisory

The Hurricanes will try to snap an awful five game losing streak tonight in Chicago.

Jamie Kellner

The free-falling Hurricanes take on a mediocre Chicago Blackhawks team — and longtime backstop Cam Ward — in Illinois tonight.

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

  • ICYMI, the Hurricanes recalled Phil Di Giuseppe and Clark Bishop from Charlotte. Nicolas Roy, who played six games and logged zero points in Raleigh, has been reassigned to the Checkers.
  • Tonight is the first game in the season series between the teams. The Hurricanes will host the Blackhawks next Monday in Raleigh to complete the series.
  • The Hurricanes had the edge last season in the series, earning a 1-0-1 record. and three out of four possible points.
  • Tonight’s game is the first between the two teams since Cam Ward signed in Chicago last summer. Chicago’s starting goaltender is unconfirmed as of this morning, but I’d imagine that we’ll see Cam at least once in these two meetings.
  • It’s the first game behind the Blackhawks bench for new coach Jeremy Colliton. The former NHL player and coach of the Blackhawks’ AHL affiliate was tapped to replace the fired Joel Quenneville on Tuesday.

Storm Advisory

  • What if the NFL brands were replicated in hockey?
  • Jakub Voracek is not happy about Ubergate. [NBC Sports]
  • Milan Lucic was fined the maximum amount possible.
  • Antii Raanta has been placed on IR after being labeled day-to-day with an injury. [NBC Sports]