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Carolina Hurricanes vs. New York Rangers: Game Preview and Storm Advisory

The Carolina Hurricanes look to keep pace in the playoff race as they take on the Rangers tonight in Raleigh.

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Jamie Kellner

The Canes take on Henrik Lundqvist and New York tonight for the second time this month as the Rangers come to Raleigh for the final time this season.

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 Rangers are facing off for the fourth and final time this season. The Canes currently hold a series lead with a 2-1-0 record.
  • The Canes won the first matchup of the season in Raleigh in October by a score of 8-5. The Rangers tallied a landslide 6-2 win against Carolina in New York on January 15th. The Hurricanes shut out the Rangers on February 8th as they snapped a streak of 16 consecutive losses in Madison Square Garden.
  • The Hurricanes earned a 3-1 win against Philadelphia on New Year’s Eve. They’ve posted a record of 16-5-1 since then. That’s tied with the St. Louis Blues for the most points and most wins by a team in the NHL over that frame.
  • The Canes have also scored a league high 82 goals in those 22 games, thanks to an 11.7% shooting percentage — a vast improvement over their 6.5% through the first 37 games of the season.
  • The “Bunch of Jerks” shirts will be available at The Eye today by puck drop. Come out and support your favorite band of jerks!

Storm Advisory

  • This is a wild story that broke overnight: David Glenn reports that Tom Dundon is coming to the rescue of the nearly-bankrupt Alliance of American Football with a $250 million investment. [The Athletic ($)]
  • Marian Hossa opened up about the skin condition that ended his career and more in an awesome feature story. [The Athletic ($)]
  • Speaking of David Glenn, he had Rod Brind’Amour on his radio show yesterday (Skip to the 26 minute mark) [Hipcast]
  • ICYMI, this happened.
  • Coach Tortorella doesn’t play around.

Stalking the Standings

The Hurricanes are still on the outside looking in (barely). Yesterday:

  • Most importantly, the Lightning flattened the Blue Jackets. That kept the Hurricanes within one point of the third spot in the Metro, despite the Blue Jackets’ game in hand.
  • The Capitals took down the Kings out in California last night.

And let’s look at points percentage of the teams in competition with the Hurricanes for a playoff spot:

  • Metro 2 Capitals: 60 GP, 73 pts, .608 pt%, 100 points projected
  • Metro 3 Blue Jackets: 58 GP, 69 pts, .594 pt%, 96 points projected
  • WC1 Penguins: 59 GP, 69 pts, .585 pt%, 96 points projected (30 ROW tiebreaker)
  • WC2 Canadiens: 59 GP, 69 pts, .585 pt%, 96 points projected (29 ROW)
  • 9th Hurricanes: 59 GP, 68 pts, .576 pt%, 94 points projected
  • 10th Sabres: 58 GP, 63 pts, .543 pt%, 89 points projected
  • 11th Flyers: 59 GP, 63 pts, .540 pt%, 88 points projected

Six of these teams play today, so lets take a look at who to root for in tonight’s matchups:

  • Lightning over Flyers
  • Devils over Penguins
  • Panthers over Sabres
  • Root for no overtime in the Blue Jackets vs. Canadiens matchup
  • And in case you need a reminder — root for the Hurricanes to beat the Rangers tonight in Raleigh!