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Carolina Hurricanes vs. Los Angeles Kings: Game Preview and Storm Advisory

The Hurricanes take on the worst team in the Western Conference following a quiet trade deadline day.

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Jamie Kellner

After a characteristically quiet deadline day, the Hurricanes take on the slumping Los Angeles Kings in Raleigh as they kick off a brief two game home stand.

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 Canes and Kings are meeting tonight for the second and final time this season. The Kings shut out the Canes 2-0 at Staples Center on December 2nd.
  • The Hurricanes have posted a 9-3-0 record so far in the month of February, marking the most wins and points in the month in franchise history. The team has won 17 games and earned 35 points since the new year — second best in the NHL in that time frame.
  • Curtis McElhinney made 24 saves and recorded his second shutout of the month on Saturday night in Dallas. Mrazek and McElhinney have combined for four shutouts in February, breaking a Hurricanes franchise record for most shutouts in a month.
  • Jordan Staal made his anticipated return to the lineup against Dallas. He had been out since December 22nd with a concussion that he sustained earlier in that month.
  • Justin Williams will be mic’d up tonight.

Storm Advisory

  • There’s some new artwork on the outside of PNC Arena.
  • Around nine thousand elementary school students showed up to Canes practice yesterday.

About 9,000 elementary students from WCPSS and Durham and Chatham counties gathered at PNC for a “Cool School Field...

Posted by Wake County Public School System on Monday, February 25, 2019
  • And here’s more photos from the event.
  • Just shortly after the trade deadline, Eric Staal agreed to a two-year contract with the Minnesota Wild. [NHL]
  • NHL Trade Deadline Grades from the Athletic. [The Athletic]
  • Here’s a chronological trade deadline review in case you couldn’t keep up yesterday. [SI]

Stalking the Standings

The Canadiens and Sabres both lost in regulation last night — that’s huge for Carolina’s playoff chances. The Canes’ opponents tonight played extra hockey last night in Tampa Bay, which means they will need to take advantage of tired legs tonight.

Updated Standings

  • Metro 1: New York Islanders: 61 GP, 79 points, 106 pt pace, 33 ROW
  • Metro 2: Washington Capitals: 62 GP, 75 points, 99 pt pace, 31 ROW
  • Metro 3: Columbus Blue Jackets: 61 GP, 73 points, 98 pt pace, 35 ROW
  • WC 1: Montreal Canadiens: 63 GP, 73 points, 96 pt pace, 31 ROW
  • WC 2: Carolina Hurricanes: 62 GP, 72 points, 95 pt pace, 32 ROW
  • 9th: Pittsburgh Penguins: 62 GP, 72 points, 95 pt pace, 31 ROW
  • 10th: Buffalo Sabres: 62 GP, 66 points, 88 pt pace, 25 ROW
  • 11th: Philadelphia Flyers: 62 GP, 65 points, 86 pt pace, 27 ROW

Rooting Guide for Today:

  • A Flyers win over the Sabres, but most importantly no overtime.
  • The Senators over the Capitals.
  • No overtime in Penguins vs. Blue Jackets.
  • The Red Wings over the Canadiens.