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Carolina Hurricanes vs. Philadelphia Flyers: Game Preview and Storm Advisory

The Carolina Hurricanes take on the Metropolitan Division rival Flyers for the second time this week.

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Jamie Kellner

The Carolina Hurricanes take on the division worst Philadelphia Flyers tonight after a win over the same club on New Year’s Eve.

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 game tonight is on Fox Sports Southeast instead of the usual Fox Sports Carolinas.
  • Tonight’s matchup is the second of four games between the two teams this season. The Canes took the first matchup on New Year’s Eve by a convincing score of 3-1.
  • Jordan Martinook’s goal at 0:06 of the second period vs. the Flyers on Monday night marked the fastest goal at the start of a period in franchise history, beating out Ron Francis’ record of eight seconds.
  • Curtis McElhinney played his 200th career NHL game on Monday night. The 35-year-old made his NHL debut in October of 2007 and has posted a career .910 SV% and a 2.81 GAA.
  • Speaking of 200, Petr Mrazek’s next appearance will mark his 200th game in the show. The 26-year-old has recorded a .910 SV% and a 2.65 GAA, as well as 15 shutouts.
  • Andrei Svechnikov scored his 11th goal of the year on New Years Eve and now leads the 2018 Draft class and ranks second among all rookies in goals. Svechnikov has taken 106 shots this season, which is nearly 20 more than any other rookie in the league.
  • If you missed it yesterday, Sebastian Aho earned his first All-Star Game nod. Teuvo Teravainen could join him in San Jose through the Last Man In fan vote, which opens today at noon. Vote early and often!

Storm Advisory

  • The Canes were mentioned on a list of teams that could turn things around in 2019. [The Athletic ($)]
  • The Capitals are as superstitious as ever. [NBC Washington]
  • The Canes and Micheal Ferland were mentioned in 31 Thoughts. [Sportsnet]
  • Here’s a Czech interview of former Hurricanes GM Ron Francis. [iSport]
  • The Hurricanes rebuild will be expedited by Charlotte’s success. [NHL]
  • The bad news: Martin Necas’ World Juniors are over after the Czechs were eliminated yesterday. The good news: it came at the hands of the good ol’ U.S. of A., which means Jack Drury may yet earn a medal. [TSN]