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The Carolina Hurricanes face off against the Eastern Conference worst Ottawa Senators tonight on Star Wars Night.

Jamie Kellner

The Hurricanes and newly acquired forward Nino Niederreiter take on the Senators tonight on home ice as they look to get back on track after a flat loss in New York on Tuesday night.


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

  • Tonight’s matchup is the second between the two teams this season. The Canes took the January 5th matchup by a score of 5-4 in overtime in Canada.
  • The Canes will visit the Senators in February for the third and final time this season.
  • The Hurricanes are an impressive 21-6-5 in their last 32 games against Ottawa, including a 16-0-2 record in their last 18 home games.
  • Warren Foegele tallied a goal and an assist in his NHL debut against Ottawa last March, becoming just the fifth player in franchise history to earn a multipoint game in his NHL debut.
  • Justin Faulk is one point away from sole possession of the franchise scoring record for defensemen. He is currently tied with Dave Babych with 240 career points.
  • Petr Mrazek is 6-0-2 lifetime against the Senators, and is likely to start tonight assuming the leg tweak he suffered at practice yesterday isn’t serious, which it doesn’t seem to be.

Reading Assignments

  • Just in case you missed it while at work yesterday, the Hurricanes traded center Victor Rask for winger Nino Niederreiter from the Minnesota Wild. [Canes Country]
  • Nino bid adieu to Wild fans:
  • The Hurricanes recalled goalie Alex Nedeljkovic as Curtis McElhinney is sidelined with a lower-body injury:
  • Some perspective on the trade. [Pro Hockey Talk]
  • Mark Armstrong “interviewed” Don Waddell, who sounded suspiciously like...uh, Mark Armstrong:
  • Some players are upset the World Cup of Hockey has been cancelled. [ESPN]
  • Some of the NHL’s high-profile Original Six teams are bottoming out. [USA Today]
  • The NHL has developed an app to help coaches track stats live during the game. [ESPN]
  • Here’s a look at some of the other players that could be traded before the trade deadline. [CBS Sports]
  • Trade fever is growing quickly around the NHL and Thursday’s trade may have just been the beginning. [Yahoo Sports]
  • Bebe Rexha will perform at the NHL All-Star Game. [The Mercury News]
  • The Lightning, Predators and Jets are among the favorites to make the Stanley Cup Final. [ESPN]
  • Think the Hurricanes might be a little pumped for Star Wars Night?
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