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Carolina Hurricanes vs. Toronto Maple Leafs: Game Preview and Storm Advisory

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The Hurricanes take on the Toronto Maple Leafs tonight in Raleigh in Micheal Ferland’s return from a concussion.

The Hurricanes will try to pick up a crucial two points tonight against the high octane Toronto Maple Leafs in the second game between the two teams this season.

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 marks the second of three matchups between the Hurricanes and Leafs this season. They will meet for the final time in Toronto in April.
  • The teams met on November 21st in Raleigh in a game ripe with story lines. Curtis McElhinney saw 32 shots and stopped 30, while the Hurricanes set a franchise record for shots in a period with 29 in the first frame en route to a 5-2 victory on Thanksgiving eve.
  • Andrei Svechnikov looked dominant in that November game against the Leafs, recording eight shots on goal in 15 minutes of ice time as well as an empty net goal.
  • The Hurricanes activated Micheal Ferland from injured reserve yesterday and expect him to play tonight. He missed the last four games with a concussion.
  • Curtis McElhinney is currently sidelined with a lower body injury he suffered in practice on December 6th. Although it sounded like a short term issue, he did not practice with the team yesterday.
  • Either Sebastian Aho or Teuvo Teravainen has earned a point on 31 of the 70 Hurricanes goals this season. That’s incredible considering they’ve played on the same line the entire season.

Storm Advisory

  • The Hurricanes’ charter plane had to make an emergency landing in Tulsa on Saturday morning after passengers smelled burning plastic on their flight back from California. [News On 6]
  • The New York Rangers would love to have Brett Pesce or Jaccob Slavin. [Blueshirt Banter]
  • Steven Stamkos was the first player from the 2007 Draft to hit a big milestone.
  • Crazy stat of the day:
  • Cory Schneider is in a bit of a slump. [Yahoo]
  • Yikes: