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Carolina Hurricanes vs. Edmonton Oilers: Game Preview and Storm Advisory

The Hurricanes return to PNC Arena tonight after a successful road trip and try to keep it moving against a struggling OIlers club.

Jamie Kellner

The Hurricanes take on Connor McDavid and the Edmonton Oilers tonight as they try to pick up two points and keep the ball rolling against one of the worst teams in the Western Conference.

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

  • The Hurricanes and Oilers are meeting for the second and final time this season. Carolina won the first meeting in January by a score of 7-4 in Rogers Place, in a game where Lucas Wallmark, Andrei Svechnikov, Sebastian Aho and Jaccob Slavin all posted three points.
  • The Hurricanes have posted a 14-5-1 record for 29 points over their last 20 games, which is the most points and most wins by an NHL team during that stretch. The Canes have also scored a league-high 76 goals in those 20 games, and have posted a shooting percentage of 11.8%.
  • The Hurricanes recently closed five game road trip in which they went 4-1-0. That’s their best result from a five game roadie since 1998.
  • After a win against the Oilers on Wednesday night, the Penguins hold the second Wild Card spot with 67 points. The Canes sit three points behind them with the same amount of games played.
  • Jordan Staal skated with the team yesterday at practice in a yellow no contact jersey. That’s great news considering that it looked like he may not return at all this season.

Storm Advisory

  • Tonight is a Homegrown Series night, as well as the Canes’ first Prescription Drug Takeback Night. [Hurricanes]
  • Micheal Ferland can’t ignore the constant trade speculation surrounding him with the deadline looming. [N&O]
  • More on Ferland, plus thoughts on Teuvo Teravainen post-contract and Staal finally back on the ice, in Cat5 this week. [NSJ]
  • Rod Brind’Amour joined Adam and Joe on Wednesday to talk Canes hockey. [WRALSportsFan]
  • Jaccob Slavin joined the NHLPA’s player Q&A this week.
  • Seth Jones followed his own path to the NHL. [NHL]
  • Tonight’s rooting guide: Rangers over Sabres; Wild over Bruins. The Canes are three points behind the Blue Jackets for third in the Metro and three behind the Penguins for the final wild card spot.