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Carolina Hurricanes at Chicago Blackhawks: Game Preview

The Hurricanes take on the Blackhawks tonight in their first game without a General Manager.

NHL: Carolina Hurricanes at Chicago Blackhawks Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

The Hurricanes look to stave off the distractions and get a win tonight against a damaged Blackhawks team.

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 trail the series all-time with a 31-33-10 record, including a 12-20-4 record on the road.
  • ICYMI (really?), Ron Francis was moved to a new role in the organization last night.
  • Tonight is the second and final matchup between the two sides this season. The Blackhawks won the first matchup on November 11th in PNC Arena in overtime.
  • The Canes have earned a point in four of their last five games against Chicago, dating back to December 27th, 2015.
  • Scott Darling played three seasons with the Blackhawks, recording a 39-17-9 record and tallying a .923 SV% and a 2.37 GAA in that span. He is slated to start tonight in net against his former club.