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Carolina Hurricanes at Washington Capitals: Game Preview and Storm Advisory

The Hurricanes face the Capitals tonight in Washington, somehow still alive for a playoff spot.

Jamie Kellner

The not-playoff-bound Hurricanes take on the playoff-bound Washington Capitals tonight in DC in what might be the Canes’ last stand of the season.

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 61-83-24-1 record, including a 29-44-11 record in DC.
  • Tonight’s matchup is the last in the season series between the teams. The Hurricanes have posted a 1-1-1 record in the first three games. Interestingly, all three of those games came in the span of 11 days in January.
  • The Caps took last season’s series by a record of 3-1-0.
  • Sebastian Aho (2g, 4a) and Teuvo Teravainen (2g, 4a) led the team last season with six points in the four game series against Washington.
  • Since the 2005-06 season, the Canes are 31-3-6 when they score three or more goals against the Capitals.
  • The Capitals are on fire of late, winning their last five straight and picking up just one loss in their last ten games.
  • Thanks to the Devils’ overtime loss to the Penguins last night, the Canes still technically remain alive for a playoff spot, but they need to win out and have the Devils fail to earn a point in any of their remaining games. (So you’re telling me there’s a chance...)

Storm Advisory

  • Sidney Crosby scored his second goal of late with a baseball swing as the Pens topped the Devils, clinching a playoff spot for the Caps and keeping the Canes alive...barely. [NHL]
  • An accountant signed to an amateur tryout played goalie for the Chicago Blackhawks for 14 minutes last night, and he actually played pretty well. [NHL]
  • And Greg Wyshynski of course had a little fun at Ron Francis’ expense when said Blackhawks emergency goalie stepped in and made a few saves last night.
  • Josh Ho-Sang isn’t happy with how the Islanders have handled his season. [ProHockeyTalk]
  • Once upon a time in Springfield, Massachusetts...