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Carolina Hurricanes vs. Colorado Avalanche: Game Preview and Discussion

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The Hurricanes take on the Colorado Avalanche tonight on the second leg of a back-to-back set.

NHL: Carolina Hurricanes at Colorado Avalanche Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

The Carolina Hurricanes come off of a much needed win last night to take on the Colorado Avalanche in their seventh game of the extended eight game home stand.


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

  • Brett Pesce scored just 14 seconds into last night’s tilt against the Canucks. His goal set a record for the fastest goal scored by a Hurricanes defensemen in franchise history.
  • The Hurricanes trail all-time with a 48-71-23-1 record against the Avs, including a 30-26-13-1 record at home.
  • Tonight is the second game of the two game season series between the teams, the Canes fell to the Avalanche on November 2 by a score of 5-3 in Colorado.
  • The Avalanche swept the Canes last season with a 2-0-0 record. (Carolina was 0-1-1).
  • The Canes have won at least a point in four of their last six against Colorado. They are 3-2-1 in that span.
  • The Avalanche have struggled on the road recently, going 1-4-1 in their last six away from home.

Lines and Rosters

With the Hurricanes coming off of a game last night and the NC State Wolfpack taking on UNC in PNC Arena (which is why tonight’s game starts at 8:00), the Hurricanes will not take a morning skate. The only info we’ll get on lines will come in a Bill Peters interview later today, but its a safe bet that things will stay mostly the same coming off of a win. The only change you can expect is Ward in net. Here are your projected lines:

Sebastian Aho - Jordan Staal - Teuvo Teravainen

Brock McGinn - Victor Rask - Justin Williams

Jeff Skinner - Elias Lindholm - Phil Di Giuseppe

Joakim Nordstrom - Derek Ryan - Lee Stempniak

Jaccob Slavin - Brett Pesce

Klas Dahlbeck - Justin Faulk

Noah Hanifin - Trevor van Riemsdyk

Scott Darling

Cam Ward

Scratches: Haydn Fleury (Healthy)


Colorado Avalanche

The Avalanche come off of a loss to St. Louis earlier this week to take on the Hurricanes in the first leg of a back-to-back set on the east coast. They will faceoff against the Sabres tomorrow night. Here’s what you can expect the Avs to look like in tonight’s tilt:

Gabriel Landeskog - Alexander Kerfoot - Colin Wilson

Jt Compher - Tyson Jost - Mikko Rantanen

Gabriel Bourque - Carl Soderberg - Matthew Nieto

Nail Yakupov - Dominic Toninato - A.J. Greer

Nikita Zadorov - Erik Johnson

Anton Lindholm - Tyson Barrie

Samuel Girard - Patrik Nemeth

Semyon Varlamov

Jonathan Bernier

Scratches: Nathan MacKinnon (Upper Body)