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Carolina Hurricanes vs. Florida Panthers: Preview and Storm Advisory

The Hurricanes take on the Florida Panthers tonight as they try to stay perfect on the season.

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Carolina Hurricanes v Florida Panthers Photo by Eliot J. Schechter/NHLI via Getty Images

The Canes travel to Sunrise, Florida tonight as they take on their second Florida opponent of the season. Carolina is looking to retain first place in the Eastern Conference tonight as they search for their fourth straight win, which would be the second time in franchise history that they’ve accomplished that feat to start 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

  • The Hurricanes and Panthers are meeting for the first of three matchups this season. the Panthers will be in Raleigh twice in November and December.
  • The Hurricanes swept Florida last season with a 3-0-0 record in the series. They are an impressive 7-1-1 in their last nine games against the Panthers.
  • Dougie Hamilton has posted 11 points (5g, 6a) in 18 career games against the Panthers.
  • The Hurricanes acquired James Reimer from the Panthers this summer in exchange for Scott Darling and a sixth round pick.
  • Rod Brind’Amour comes into tonight’s game with a head coaching record of 49-29-7. Brind’Amour has already become the fastest Hurricanes coach to reach 20, 30, and 40 wins. Tonight he looks to become the fastest in team history to reach 50 wins as well.

Storm Advisory

  • There are high expectations for new Checkers Head Coach Ryan Warsofsky. [WSOC (video)]
  • Former Hurricanes goaltender Michael Leighton is hanging up the skates after nearly two decades in the league. [The Athletic]
  • Newly appointed Alternate Captain Jaccob Slavin is adapting to fatherhood and new responsibility in Carolina. [NHL]
  • The five biggest surprises of the NHL’s opening week. [NBC]