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Carolina Hurricanes vs. Vegas Golden Knights: Game Preview and Storm Advisory

The Hurricanes come off of a nine day break to take on the defending Western Conference Champions in Raleigh.

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Jamie Kellner

Welcome back! The Hurricanes look to build on a strong month of January tonight as they take on the Vegas Golden Knights in Raleigh in a return to action after nine days off.

Vital Statistics

Category Hurricanes Bruins
Category Hurricanes Bruins
Record 8-6 11-5
Goals/Game 2.79 3.31
Goals Against/Game 2.71 2.06
Shots/Game 30.9 34.3
Faceoff % 49.1% 53.3%
Power Play % (Rank) 10.0% (14) 31.9% (1)
Penalty Kill % (Rank) 70.8% (14) 85.7% (4)
ES Corsi For % 55.61% 51.66%
ES PDO 101.2% 101.0
PIM/Game 8:38 6:30

Goaltender #1

Category Petr Mrazek Tuukka Rask
Category Petr Mrazek Tuukka Rask
Record 5-5 11-5
Save % .894 .939
GAA 2.73 1.96

Goaltender #2

Category Curtis McElhinney Jaroslav Halak
Category Curtis McElhinney Jaroslav Halak
Record 3-1 0-0
Save % .943 N/A
GAA 1.70 N/A

Game Notes

  • Unfortunately, Jordan Staal looks to be out for an extended period of time recovering from concussion.
  • The Canes recalled Haydn Fleury from Charlotte yesterday. He’s posted four points (1g, 3a) in 13 AHL games. (Update: And then they reassigned him this morning. Your guess is as good as ours.)
  • Tonight’s matchup is the second and final between the two teams this season. The Golden Knights shut out the Canes 3-0 in Vegas in November.
  • Former Hurricanes prospect Valentin Zykov is expected to draw into the lineup for Vegas tonight.
  • Curtis McElhinney will return to the active roster tonight with the Hurricanes after missing a few games with a lower body injury.
  • Tonight is the free game of the night on, so you can watch from out of market even if you don’t subscribe to the package.

Storm Advisory

  • Kevyn Adams got a cool promotion:
  • How does a dressing room change after a big trade acquisition? [The Athletic ($)]
  • Gov. Roy Cooper was on with Adam and Joe, mostly to talk about the Virginia Tech/ECU football spat, but near the end he also weighed in on the potential of a Canes outdoor game. [WRAL Sports Fan]
  • Head Coach Rod Brind’Amour joined the Power Play on Sirius XM.
  • Eric Staal is facing a summer of uncertainty as his contract with the Wild ends and his future is unclear. [The Athletic ($)]