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Carolina Hurricanes at Florida Panthers: Game Preview and Storm Advisory

The Hurricanes look to play spoiler in Florida as the Panthers try to chase down the last Wild Card spot.

Jamie Kellner

The Hurricanes take on the Florida Panthers tonight as the season winds down in disappointing fashion for the 9th year in a row. The opposing Panthers sit seven points behind the New Jersey Devils in the WC2 spot with two games in hand.

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 lead the all-time series record with a 58-42-16-1 record, including a 20-26-11-1 record in Sunrise.
  • Tonight’s game is the third and final of the season between the teams. The Canes have taken the first two games, one in November and one in December as they look for the season sweep tonight.
  • The Canes won the season series in 2016-17 with a 2-0-1 record, marking their first season victory over Florida since 2013-14.
  • The Canes are a perfect 11-0-0 against the Panthers when scoring three-or-more goals since January of 2011.
  • Jeff Skinner had a hot four points (3g, 1a) in two games against Florida last season.
  • The Panthers were barreling down the stretch with a ton of momentum as they charged towards the playoffs earlier this season, but they’ve recently slowed down. They were beaten down by the Bruins by a score of 5-1 on Saturday night and have posted just a 5-4-1 record in their last ten games. They need a win tonight to keep up with the Devils.

Storm Advisory

  • If you missed it, Pension Plan Puppets ran an April Fool’s joke at the Hurricanes expense yesterday, announcing that their young Assistant GM Kyle Dubas had been hired by Carolina. [Pension Plan Puppets]
  • The NHL draft lottery is oftentimes very unfair. A few ESPN hockey writers talk about how to fix it. [ESPN]
  • It’s becoming increasingly common for players to reach the 1000 game milestone with just one team. [Associated Press]