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Carolina Hurricanes vs. Edmonton Oilers: Game Preview and Storm Advisory

The Hurricanes take on Edmonton tonight in a battle of two underwhelming hockey teams.

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Jamie Kellner

The Hurricanes come into the game tonight nine points out of a playoff spot and down a defensive stalwart in Noah Hanifin, who is out after suffering a concussion Saturday.

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 in the all-time series, posting a 25-36-14 record against the Oilers. However, they’ve been above .500 at home, going 16-13-7 against Edmonton since the teams joined the NHL in 1979.
  • The Canes are looking to sweep the Oilers in a season series (that includes more than one game) for the first time since the 1997-98 season.
  • Carolina won 5-3 in Edmonton on October 17 behind 48 saves from Cam Ward, the second-most saves he has made in a game in his career.
  • Jeff Skinner (11 points in 11 games) and Jordan Staal (14 in 13) have each averaged a point per game against the Oilers in their careers. Staal tallied a goal and three assists in October’s win.
  • Sebastian Aho and Teuvo Teravainen are each carrying five-game point streaks into tonight, while Jaccob Slavin has scored goals in each of his past two games.
  • Get ready to see a whole lot of Connor McDavid tonight. The Oilers superstar has played at least 25 minutes in a game seven times this season, including 26:31 against the Canes in October.
  • You might recall that these two teams met in the 2006 Stanley Cup Final.

Storm Advisory

  • Does anyone really know what goaltender interference is anymore? Maybe the general managers know and can sort out the mess at this week’s meetings. [ProHockeyTalk]
  • Patience is beginning to pay off for rookie defenseman Haydn Fleury as he finds himself in an important top-four role for the Canes. []
  • Ty Rattie, overnight sensation for the Oilers? [The Athletic $]
  • Did the governor of Washington state accidentally drop the name of the potential Seattle NHL franchise? [BarDown]
  • Finally, not even remotely related to NHL hockey, but c’mon, who doesn’t love a good underDOG story?