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Carolina Hurricanes vs. Tampa Bay Lightning: Game Preview and Discussion

The Hurricanes take on last season’s Presidents’ Trophy winner in Raleigh tonight as they try to build on a solid start to the season.

Jamie Kellner

The Hurricanes take on the Lightning with a familiar face in goal this afternoon on the second leg of their first back-to-back of the season.

Vital Statistics

Category Hurricanes Blue Jackets
Category Hurricanes Blue Jackets
Record 21-7-3 13-13-7
Goals/Game 3.23 2.54
Goals Against/Game 2.48 3.12
Shots/Game 31.52 28.70
Face Off Win % 54.4% 46.2%
Power Play % (Rank) 30.6% (1st) 14.8% (26th)
Penalty Kill % (Rank) 82.9% (9th) 74.0% (26th)
ES Corsi For % 53.04% 46.16%
ES PDO 100.96 99.42
PIM/Game 07:21 06:43

Goaltender #1

Category James Reimer Joonas Korpisalo
Category James Reimer Joonas Korpisalo
Record 12-4-1 8-10-5
Save % 0.909 .900
GAA 2.68 2.98

Goaltender #2

Category Alex Nedeljkovic Elvis Merzlikins
Category Alex Nedeljkovic Elvis Merzlikins
Record 7-2-2 5-3-2
Save % .930 .912
GAA 1.96 2.91

Game Notes

  • Tonight’s matchup is the first of three matchups between the teams this season. The Lightning blanked the Hurricanes last season, taking the series in a 3-0-0 sweep.
  • Dougie Hamilton has posted 11 points (2g, 9a) in 17 career games against the Lightning.
  • The Hurricanes opened up the season with back-to-back overtime games for just the fifth time in franchise history. They picked up wins in both overtime games for the first time ever.
  • The Hurricanes are 2-0-0 to start the season for the eighth time in franchise history and are looking to improve to 3-0-0 for the second time ever.
  • Of the four new additions to the Hurricanes forwards and defense, only one - Joel Edmundson - has not shown up on the score sheet yet this season. Erik Haula is one of four players to register two points in the first two games, and is the only Hurricane to find the net in both games so far.

Lines and Rosters


The Hurricanes come off of two games in the last three games, both of which went to overtime. Their conditioning will be tested tonight as they try to pick up their third straight win against one of the league’s best. With Reimer starting last night in Washington, we will see Petr Mrazek between the pipes in front of the home crowd.

Andrei Svechnikov - Jordan Staal - Brock McGinn
Nino Niederreiter - Sebastian Aho - Teuvo Teravainen
Ryan Dzingel - Erik Haula - Martin Necas
Warren Foegele - Lucas Wallmark - Jordan Martinook

Jaccob Slavin - Dougie Hamilton
Joel Edmundson - Brett Pesce
Jake Gardiner - Haydn Fleury

Petr Mrazek
James Reimer

Injuries and Scratches: Trevor van Riemsdyk (shoulder)


The Lightning are coming off of a loss last night against the Panthers in Sunrise. Andrei Vasilevskiy got the start yesterday, so we can expect to see former Hurricane Curtis McElhinney between the pipes in Raleigh tonight.

Steven Stamkos - Tyler Johnson - Nikita Kucherov
Ondrej Palat - Anthony Cirelli - Alex Killorn
Carter Verhaeghe - Yanni Gourde - Mathieu Joseph
Pat Maroon - Gemel Smith - Luke Witkowski

Victor Hedman - Kevin Shattenkirk
Ryan McDonagh - Erik Cernak
Braydon Coburn - Mikhail Sergachev

Curtis McElhinney
Andrei Vasilevskiy