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Carolina Hurricanes vs. Minnesota Wild: Game Preview and Storm Advisory

The Hurricanes take on the Minnesota Wild tonight in Raleigh as they try to build on a solid win against San Jose on Thursday night.

Jamie Kellner

The Hurricanes take on Eric Staal and the Minnesota Wild tonight on Star Wars Night at PNC Arena as they try to build on an impressive win against the Sharks on Thursday night.

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 Wild meet for the second and final time this season. The Hurricanes picked up the first meeting in a 4-2 overtime win on November 16th.
  • Eleven different Canes recorded a point in the series opener, with goals scored by Joel Edmundson, Brock McGinn, Warren Foegele, and Andrei Svechnikov.
  • Sebastian Aho has recorded eight points (2g, 6a) against Minnesota in seven career games against.
  • Petr Mrazek has been very solid at home in Carolina. He stopped 28 of 30 shots against San Jose, and blanked the Sharks in the shootout frame to improve to 16-6 in career shootouts. Mrazek has saved 70 of 91 shootout attempts in his career, which comes out to a .769 Save Percentage — good for fifth-highest career shootout percentage since the NHL introduced the competition in 2005-06.
  • Andrei Svechnikov tallied a goal and an assist against the Sharks on December 5th, for his team-leading 11th multi-point game of the season. Svech ranks tied for eighth among all NHL skaters in multi-point games so far this season.

Storm Advisory

  • What would Ovechkin do if he broke the all time goals record?
  • The Canes poked a bit of fun at Mrazek yesterday after the incident with Joe Thornton on Thursday night. (Rod Brind’Amour professed ignorance yesterday at practice on who the culprit was, but frankly he wasn’t all that convincing.)
  • Coach K and Rod Brind’Amour rave about the great fans in the triangle area.
  • Ottawa’s Nikita Zaitsev is disputing a child custody dispute after his ex-wife shared a troubling video yesterday. [Sporting News]
  • Christmas tree jerseys!
  • Jack Hughes is not participating in the World Junior Championships.