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Carolina Hurricanes vs. Florida Panthers: Game Preview and Storm Advisory

The Hurricanes take on the Panthers in Raleigh tonight in a quick stop at home following the long Western Conference road trip.

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Florida Panthers v Carolina Hurricanes Photo by Gregg Forwerck/NHLI via Getty Images

They’re back home again! Coming off a two week journey that covered more than 7,000 miles, the Hurricanes make a one-game stop back in Raleigh tonight. The Canes look to build on an exceptional road trip tonight as they wrap up the season series against Joel Quenneville’s club.

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 third and final matchup this season. The Canes lead the series with a 2-0-0 record this season — posting a 6-3 win in Florida on October 8th, and a 4-2 win in PNC Arena on November 23rd.
  • The Canes have been dominant against the Panthers recently, going 9-1-1 in their last 11 games against, including five straight wins.
  • The Hurricanes wrapped up their five-game road trip with a 3-1 win in Colorado, taking nine points (4-0-1) out of a possible 10 for the first time in franchise history. The Canes have picked up eight points on a five-game roadie three times in franchise history.
  • Between Andrei Svechnikov (15g, 21a), Teuvo Teravainen (7g, 28a), Sebastian Aho (21g, 13a), Dougie Hamilton (12g, 22a), the Hurricanes are the only NHL team so far this season with four skaters who have each posted at least 30 points.
  • Through 35 games this season, the Hurricanes rank fifth in the NHL on the power play (23.6%), and second in the league on the penalty kill (85.8%) — good for second in the league in combined special teams.
  • Panthers forward Noel Acciari has scored a hat trick in back to back games, bringing his goal total for the year up to 11 — a career best through just 31 games.

Storm Advisory

  • Jake Gardiner opened up about his last season in Toronto, and ultimately how he ended up in Raleigh. [The Athletic]
  • And some more Gardiner talk.
  • “The Svechnikov” is gaining the attention of NHL goalies. [NHL]
  • All of us at CC send our congratulations and best wishes to Jeff Gravley, who is leaving WRAL after 31 years and anchored his final sportscast last night. Here, the Oxford native reflects on his career at the station he grew up watching. [WRAL]