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Carolina Hurricanes at Minnesota Wild: Game Preview and Storm Advisory

The Hurricanes take on Eric Staal and the Wild in Minnesota on the first leg of a three game road trip.

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Jamie Kellner

The Hurricanes take on Eric Staal and the Wild in their second matchup of the season. The team sits two points out of a playoff spot and desperately needs points to keep up in the 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 Canes lead all-time with a 10-7-6 record against the Wild, including a 3-6-4 record in the State of Hockey.
  • Tonight marks the second and final matchup between the teams. The Canes bested the Wild in their home opener on October 7 by a score of 5-4 in a shootout.
  • The teams split last season’s series, both winning on home ice.
  • The Canes have earned at least a point in four of their last five against Minnesota.
  • Jeff Skinner led the team with a hot four points (2g, 2a) in two games against the Wild last season. He’s earned seven points (3g, 4a) in 10 career games against Minnesota.
  • Justin Faulk is a native of the area, growing up in South St. Paul, MN.
  • Minnesota forward Eric Staal is the Hurricanes’ franchise leader in nearly every meaningful category. He played 909 games in a Carolina jersey.

Storm Advisory

  • The Hurricanes visit to Minnesota allows the Staal family to connect during a difficult time. [The Athletic ($)]
  • The Hurricanes were one of the teams who joined the NHL in February for “Hockey is for Everyone” Month. [Hurricanes]
  • Chip Alexander asks if the Hurricanes have what it takes to secure a playoff spot in the high stakes atmosphere. [N&O]
  • The Hurricanes are running out of time to go on a run. [N&O]
  • The NHL officially announced the dates for next year’s global games, with two games being played in Finland. [NHL]