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Carolina Hurricanes vs. Tampa Bay Lightning: Game Preview and Storm Advisory

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The streaking Hurricanes take on the hottest team in the NHL tonight in Tampa Bay in the final game of their three game road trip.

Jamie Kellner

The Hurricanes ride a five game winning streak into a matchup against a dangerous Lightning team who have lost only eight games in regulation all 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

  • It’s another Fox Sports Southeast broadcast tonight. Click here for the channel listings. Tonight is also a Cool Bars night, coastal style, at the Carolina Ale House in Jacksonville.
  • Tonight’s matchup is the second of three games in the 2018-19 season. Tampa Bay won the first matchup by a score of 4-2 on October 16th at Amalie Arena. Martin Necas scored his first career NHL goal in the loss.
  • The Lighting will be in Raleigh for the last game of the season series on March 21st.
  • The Hurricanes have won five games in a row for the first time since November of 2016. The Canes have outscored opponents 21-13 in that span, thanks partially to the power play operating at nearly 42% efficiency.
  • All 19 skaters that have dressed for the Canes during the five game run have recorded at least a point, led by Sebastian Aho with six points (1g, 5a).
  • Tonight the Canes will open their ninth of 17 back-to-back sets this season. The Canes are currently 3-3-2 in the first game and 4-3-1 in the second game over the first eight back-to-back sets this season.
  • Saku Maenalanen scored his first career NHL goal in New York on Tuesday. He became the fourth Hurricanes player to score their first NHL goal this season (Andrei Svechnikov, Martin Necas, Clark Bishop).
  • Jordan Staal has now missed eight straight games due to a concussion, compounding on the stretch of time that he was out tin December.
  • After being recalled as insurance for Tuesday’s game, the Canes returned Dan Renouf to Charlotte yesterday.

Storm Advisory

  • The Hurricanes were featured twice in Elliotte Friedman’s 31 Thoughts yesterday. [Sportsnet]
  • Here’s an in depth look at growing the NHL across the American South. [ESPN]
  • Adidas and the NHL unveiled eco-friendly jerseys for the year’s NHL All-Star game in San Jose. [NHL]
  • Summer coaching changes have proven big across the NHL. [Sportsnet]
  • The Capitals did a pretty cool thing.
  • Maybe Raleigh could learn something from Columbus.