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Carolina Hurricanes vs. Los Angeles Kings: Game Preview and Storm Advisory

The Canes take on the Los Angeles Kings with a two game win streak on the line.

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NHL: Carolina Hurricanes at Los Angeles Kings Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The Carolina Hurricanes wrap up the two game season series against the Los Angeles Kings tonight as they finish their eight-game homestand and attempt to keep up in the unforgiving playoff race.

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 trail all-time with a 31-34-11 record, including a 19-13-6 record on home ice against the Kings.
  • Tonight marks the second and final matchup between the sides this season. Their first came on December 9th, a game the Hurricanes lost in overtime.
  • The teams split the two game series last season with each side winning once in regulation.
  • The Canes fought back from a two goal deficit in the third period during an otherwise underwhelming west coast road trip in December to force overtime.
  • Knock on wood: The Canes have been perfect on the penalty kill in seven games since January 30th, going 17-for-17 in that time. They rank first in the NHL since January 23, only allowing one shorthanded goal.
  • The Canes have earned a 4-2-1 record in the first seven matchups of their season-high eight game homestand.

Storm Advisory

  • Head coach Bill Peters was on Sirius XM yesterday making an appearance on Stellick and Simmer’s Morning Show, where he talked about, among other things, why Scott Darling’s struggles aren’t entirely his fault. [Sirius XM]
  • The Olympics pose a huge opportunity for NHL ex-pats Brian Gionta and James Wisniewski, who may sign with an NHL team following the Games. [AP News]
  • The Hurricanes are set to host a Cool School Field Trip as part of the Readvolution campaign. Eleven Wake County schools will attend practice on Wednesday. [Hurricanes]
  • The best young forecheckers in hockey are turning to stick checks as opposed to physical play in the constantly evolving NHL. [The Athletic ($)]
  • Scott Darling has been rocking a new mask recently. Here’s a closer look and some background. [DAVEArt Facebook]
  • Don Waddell’s only NHL game as a player came in 1981 with the Kings. The uniform he wore that day had a crazy path back to its owner. [LA Kings Insider]
  • What Winter Olympic sport would Hurricanes players most want to compete in? (Since they’re not allowed to compete in the sport they play professionally, of course.) [Hurricanes]
  • What strategy should the Metro teams employ at the trade deadline? [ESPN]
  • Checkers head coach Mike Vellucci’s puppy was officially introduced to the sport.