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Carolina Hurricanes vs. Ottawa Senators: Game Preview and Storm Advisory

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

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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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