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Carolina Hurricanes vs. Pittsburgh Penguins: Game Preview and Storm Advisory

The Hurricanes come into the first game of a back-to-back set in PNC Arena with a matchup against the red hot Penguins.

Jamie Kellner

The Hurricanes come off of a deflating loss to the Red Wings on Thursday night as they try to make something of the holiday home stand with back-to-back games in Raleigh this weekend.

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

  • The Hurricanes face the Penguins in the first of four meetings between the two sides this season. The Canes will be in Pittsburgh on February 5th and March 31. The Penguins will be back in Raleigh on March 19th.
  • The teams split the season series 2-2-0 in 2017-18. Carolina won the first two meetings and the Penguins won the last two.
  • Sebastian Aho has been hot against Pittsburgh in his young career, tallying seven points (3g, 4a) in seven games.
  • Micheal Ferland took a puck to the back of the leg off the stick of Andrei Svechnikov yesterday in practice. He left practice early as a result but was reportedly all good to go for tonight’s tilt.
  • Svechnikov scored his 10th goal of the season on Friday on a beauty of a shot. His 10th tally ties him with Brady Tkachuk for second-most goals by a rookie so far this season.
  • With the goal, Svechnikov is riding a four-game point streak, while Calvin de Haan and Justin Faulk are building on three-game point streaks of their own.

Storm Advisory

  • Dan Carcillo has a message to share about the NHL.
  • Andrei Svechnikov may very well be the best rookie in the league. But can he win the Calder? [N&O]
  • The IIHF introduced a new late hit rule that will be in play at the upcoming World Junior Championships.
  • “The new owner of the Carolina Hurricanes is celebrating the franchise’s past. Hartford Whalers fans aren’t sure how to feel about that.” [NYT]
  • Ice making is underway at Notre Dame Stadium in preparation for the annual Blackhawks outdoor game. [South Bend Tribune]
  • Roberto Luongo is nearly 40, but he’s hungrier than ever for a postseason run. [CBC]