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

The Hurricanes come off of five days rest to take on another Metropolitan opponent in the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Jamie Kellner

The Carolina Hurricanes take on the surging Pittsburgh Penguins tonight in Raleigh after an extended break. The Canes come off of disappointing showings in their last few games and need to bounce back to keep up in the 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 62-65-17-1 record, including a 35-30-8 record at home against the Penguins.
  • Tonight’s matchup marks the fourth and final of the season between the two teams. The Canes won the first two matchups, but lost most recently on January 23rd in Pittsburgh.
  • A win tonight would ensure a season series win for the Hurricanes. The last time the Canes won a series against the Penguins was in the 2009-10 season.
  • Jeff Skinner has been hot recently against Pittsburgh, scoring a goal in three of his past five matchups against the team.
  • Sebastian Aho has also made his presence known, tallying six points in six career games against Pittsburgh (3g, 3a). He’s tallied four points in the last two games played against the team.
  • The Penguins come into this game red hot, winning their last five contents and going 8-1-1 in their last 10.
  • Despite a lackluster weekend and an entire week off, the Hurricanes still sit just one point out of a playoff spot, trailing the Blue Jackets by one point with one game-in-hand.
  • Tonight is another Homegrown Series night, featuring a bologna burger, pecan pie and this shirt for sale. Come hungry!

Storm Advisory

  • Hurricanes forward Sebastian Aho and New York Islanders defensemen Sebastian Aho actually have a lot more in common than just their names (Our Aho is still better though). [Sports Illustrated]
  • Charlotte Checkers leading scorer Andrew Miller has been sidelined for a month with an injury. [Checkers]
  • I went on The Hockey 411 podcast yesterday to talk about the Hurricanes leading up to the trade deadline.
  • Roberto Luongo delivered an incredibly moving speech prior to Florida’s win over the Capitals last night.
  • The Rangers sent Michael Grabner to the Devils last night for a second round pick and defensive prospect Igor Rykov. [NBC Sports]