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Carolina Hurricanes vs. Nashville Predators: Game Preview and Storm Advisory

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The Hurricanes take on the slumping Nashville Predators tonight on Black Friday in Raleigh.

Jamie Kellner

The Hurricanes take on the Nashville Predators tonight as they try to bounce back after another Metropolitan Division loss.


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 are playing at home on Black Friday for the third consecutive season. Tonight marks the 26th Black Friday game in franchise history, with the team owning a 15-8-2-0 record. The Canes are 4-4-0 on Black Friday in PNC Arena.
  • The Canes will be donning their black alternate uniforms for the fourth time out of 15. Since debuting their third jerseys last summer, the Hurricanes own a 19-4-2 record in the black thread, including a 3-0-0 record this season.
  • The Hurricanes and Predators are meeting for the first of two matchups this season. The Canes will round out the season with a visit to Bridgestone Arena in February.
  • The Canes have won six consecutive games against the Predators and are 10-2-1 in their last 13 games against Nashville.
  • The Canes swept the 2018-19 series with a 2-0-0 record. Sebastian Aho recorded four goals in the two game series, including a hat trick in the first matchup.
  • Dougie Hamilton has 12 points (3g, 9a) in 14 career games versus Nashville, while Aho has seven points (4g, 3a) and Ryan Dzingel has six points (1g, 5a) in six games against each.
  • The Hurricanes swapped out fourth-line centers on Friday morning, sending Eetu Luostarinen to Charlotte and recalling Clark Bishop from the Checkers. It’s the first recall of the year for the Checkers’ captain, who made his NHL debut last season and appeared in 20 regular-season games and two in the playoffs.

Storm Advisory

  • Former Hurricanes forward Valentin Zykov cleared waivers after serving his PED suspension and has been assigned to the AHL.
  • Tracing the steps back to a Bill Peters pregame outburst in Carolina. [Triangle Sports Network]
  • The Hurricanes donated a lot of birds this Thanksgiving.
  • Former Hurricane Jiri Tlusty weighed in on Bill Peters yesterday.
  • Akim Aliu released a statement yesterday addressing the recent Peters open letter.
  • Quinn Hughes has reached quite a milestone.