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Carolina Hurricanes vs. Vancouver Canucks: Game Preview

The Hurricanes are in Vancouver tonight as they take on the Canucks in the second matchup of a five game road swing.

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The Hurricanes look to remain perfect on the long road trip tonight as they take on the Canucks on the West Coast.

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 Canucks faceoff for the first of two matchups this season. The Canucks will visit PNC Arena on 2/2.
  • Vancouver is one of the two NHL teams (along with Edmonton) that the Canes have never earned an overtime win against.
  • The Canes swept the season series 2-0-0 last year, and own a 4-1-0 record in their last five games against Vancouver. Last season was the Hurricanes’ first win on the road against the Canucks since 1999, at the start of the Canes’ third season in North Carolina.
  • Canucks forward Micheal Ferland posted 40 points (17g, 23a) in 71 games with the Hurricanes last season. Ferland, who signed a five-year free agent contract with the Canucks in July, has appeared in just 14 games thus far this season, and left Vancouver’s Tuesday night matchup in the second period with an apparent upper body injury. His status for tonight is unconfirmed.
  • Sebastian Aho scored a pair of goals in Edmonton on Tuesday, marking his 100th and 101st career goals. At 22 years old, he became the youngest player in team history (since relocation) to reach the 100 goal mark.