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Carolina Hurricanes vs. Philadephia Flyers: Game Preview and Storm Advisory

The Carolina Hurricanes take on division rival Flyers tonight in a New Year’s Eve matchup.

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Jamie Kellner

The Carolina Hurricanes take on a similarly struggling Flyers team tonight in Raleigh as they both fight to avoid last place in the Metropolitan Division.

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 teams are meeting for the first of four matchups this season. The Flyers took the season series last year with a record of 3-1-0. The Canes picked up just three points in four games.
  • Sebastian Aho, Jordan Staal, Justin Williams, and Teuvo Teravainen all tallied four points in four games last season.
  • Jordan Staal did not practice yesterday as he continues to recover from a concussion. Jordan Martinook took the day off from practice but should be available to go tonight.
  • Petr Mrazek played 17 games for the Flyers last season after landing there at the trade deadline. He recorded a 6-6-3 record, a 3.22 GAA, and a .891 SV%. ‘
  • Justin Williams is looking to play in his 1,200th career NHL game tonight. He will join Patrick Marleau, Joe Thorton, Matt Cullen, and Zdeno Chara as the only active players to reach the mark, and will become just the 110th player in NHL history to hit the 1,200 game milestone.
  • Both Mrazek and Curtis McElhinney are looking to play in their 200th NHL game tonight.
  • The Canes are playing on New Year’s Eve for the 17th time in franchise history and the 16th time since relocation. The Canes last played on New Years Eve in a 2016 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Storm Advisory

  • More on the developing dumpster fire that is Dallas Stars public relations [The Athletic ($)]
  • And the NHLPA took exception to Lites’ comments [ESPN]
  • Jaccob Slavin made an appearance at the Harlem Globetrotters game yesterday. [Facebook]
  • Trade Alert(s):
  • And here’s some early analysis of the move:
  • Fun fact: Brandon Manning, the defensemen that the Oilers just traded for, was the defenseman who broke Connor McDavid’s collarbone just a few weeks into his rookie season.