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Carolina Hurricanes vs. Washington Capitals: Preview and Game Discussion

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For the first time this season, the Canes will take on the defending Stanley Cup champion and current Metro division leader.

Jamie Kellner

The Hurricanes take on the Metro leading Capitals tonight trying to right the ship. They come into tonight’s matchup having lost five of their last six games, earning only three points in that span.


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 first of four games between the Capitals and Hurricanes this season. They will meet again on December 27th in Washington and a twice in March.
  • The Hurricanes took the season series last year against the Stanley Cup Champions with a record of 2-1-1.
  • On Fridays We Wear Black: the Canes will be wearing their alternate black jerseys tonight for the sixth time this season.
  • With an assist last night in Montreal, Lucas Wallmark has now tallied ten assists in his last 18 games after going assist-less in his first 12 games this season.

Lines And Rosters

The Canes have not released any information with regard to tonight’s lineup, so the reported lines are repeated from last night’s game. We will update them as soon as more information is made available. Last night the Checkers reported that Alex Nedeljkovic could be receiving a call-up, but as of now no transaction has taken place, so the assumption is Petr Mrazek and Scott Darling will be the two goaltenders on the roster. Update 5:30 pm: Scott Darling has been announced as tonight’s goaltender, making his first start for the Canes since being placed on waivers and assigned to Charlotte. Darling played and won two games in net against the Caps last season, limiting Washington to one goal in each outing. Haydn Fleury has been diagnosed with a concussion after being hit by a puck in last night’s game; Trevor van Riemsdyk will return to the lineup in his place.

Jordan Martinook - Sebastian Aho - Teuvo Teravainen
Andrei Svechnikov - Lucas Wallmark - Justin Williams
Janne Kuokkanen - Victor Rask - Brock McGinn
Warren Foegele - Clark Bishop - Phil Di Giuseppe

Jaccob Slavin - Brett Pesce
Calvin de Haan - Justin Faulk
Trevor van Riemsdyk - Dougie Hamilton

Scott Darling
Petr Mrazek

Injuries and Scratches: Micheal Ferland (upper body), Haydn Fleury (concussion), Curtis McElhinney (lower body), Jordan Staal (IR concussion)


Tom Wilson will return to the lineup tonight for the Caps after missing three games with a concussion. Christian Djoos is out indefinitely after leg surgery due to an injury suffered on Dec. 11 vs. Detroit.

Alex Ovechkin - Nicklas Backstrom - T.J. Oshie
Jakub Vrana - Evgeny Kuznetsov - Tom Wilson
Brett Connolly - Lars Eller - Devante Smith-Pelly
Dmitrij Jaskin - Nic Dowd - Travis Boyd

Michal Kempny - John Carlson
Dmitry Orlov - Matt Niskanen
Jonas Siegenthaler - Madison Bowey

Braden Holtby
Pheonix Copley

Injuries and Scratches: Andre Burakovsky (healthy), Christian Djoos (leg surgery), Brooks Orpik (knee), Chandler Stephenson (healthy)