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Carolina Hurricanes vs. Dallas Stars: Game Preview and Storm Advisory; Jordan Staal Activated from IR

The Hurricanes take on the Stars for the second time in a week tonight as they try to reclaim a playoff spot, and get a key contributor back in the lineup.

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NHL: Carolina Hurricanes at Dallas Stars Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

The Hurricanes take on the Dallas Stars tonight in Dallas as both teams try to keep pace with their respective playoff race. After 32 games on the shelf, the Canes will welcome Jordan Staal back to the lineup tonight following his activation from injured reserve.

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 Stars are meeting for the second and final time this season. The Canes won the first matchup between the teams with a 3-0 shutout at PNC Arena on February 16th.
  • After a win against the Panthers in Florida on Thursday, the Hurricanes have recorded a record of 32-23-6 on the season. The Canes reached 70 points through 61 games, which is the second-fewest games needed to reach the milestone in franchise history. The last time the Hurricanes exceeded the 70 point threshold through 61 games was 2005-06 season.
  • The Canes have posted an 8-3-0 record thus far in February. It’s only the second time in franchise history that they’ve recorded eight wins in the month of February.
  • Nino Niederreiter has recorded 15 points (9g, 6a) in 15 games with the Canes since being acquired for Victor Rask on January 17th. Niederreiter is averaging nearly four more minutes of ice time per game with the Canes than he was with the Wild before being traded.
  • Jordan Staal is back. The Canes center, who has missed 32 games with aftereffects of a concussion, was activated from injured reserve this morning and will rejoin the lineup tonight. His acumen in the faceoff circle has been missed, and the Canes will need to juggle their lineup to accommodate Staal, but this could be the Canes’ biggest trade-deadline acquisition - and it cost them nothing. Check the press release here.

Storm Advisory

  • Notes from Cory Lavalette on the Hurricanes after a win against the Panthers. [NSJ]
  • How Canadian trade deadline coverage has evolved. [The Athletic]
  • Matt Duchene was traded to the Columbus Blue Jackets.
  • Trade alert!

Stalking the Standings

The Canes were kicked out of a playoff spot last night as the Columbus Blue Jackets took down the Senators with their newly acquired center Matt Duchene.

Updated Standings

Rooting Guide

  • No overtime in Capitals vs. Sabres and a Capitals win.
  • A Blues win over the Bruins.
  • Sharks over the Blue Jackets.
  • The Maple Leafs over the Canadiens.
  • The Flyers over the Penguins.
  • The Canucks over the Islanders.