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Carolina Hurricanes vs. Pittsburgh Penguins: Game Preview and Storm Advisory

The Hurricanes kick off their season-long five game road trip tonight as they take on the division rival Penguins in Pittsburgh.

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Jamie Kellner

The Hurricanes try to rebound after a bitter loss against the Flames on Sunday as they take on the Penguins tonight for the second 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

  • Tonight’s matchup is the second of four between the teams this season. The Penguins blanked the Canes by a score of 3-0 in the first matchup of the season on December 22nd.
  • The Hurricanes have a relatively solid record against the Penguins all-time: 62-67-7 with 11 ties overall, 27-35-4 with six ties on the road. However, since Mike Sullivan took over as Penguins coach in December 2015, the Canes have struggled, going just 3-9-1 in that time.
  • The Hurricanes recalled Haydn Fleury yesterday in preparation for their longest road trip of the season. Their five game swing will take them through the Metropolitan and Atlantic Divisions as they try to keep pace with their hot month of January.
  • Sebastian Aho tallied a goal and an assist on Sunday against Calgary, becoming the fastest Hurricanes player to reach 60 points since Eric Staal in 2005-06. Aho has posted 34 points in 25 games (17g, 17a) since December 7th.
  • Hard as this may be to believe, Sidney Crosby is just two games away from tying Mario Lemieux’s Penguins record for games played with the team. Tonight will be Crosby’s 914th game; Lemieux holds the club record at 915.

Storm Advisory

  • So, Deadspin wrote about us? [Deadspin]
  • Ferland was once again mentioned by Pierre LeBrun.
  • After much speculation, it didn’t happen in the Super Bowl. But it did happen in Dallas!
  • Raleigh Youth Hockey Association and the Carolina Eagles have announced a merger, ending a long-running compartmentalization of youth travel hockey in the Triangle.
  • Eric Tulsky and Hurricanes’ Hockey Ops are hiring!
  • How did Hurricanes players choose the numbers that they wear? [The Athletic ($)]
  • Hurricanes military appreciation jerseys are available now!
  • The Hurricanes partnered with US Blind Hockey Federation and Morehead School for the Blind for a hockey clinic at PNC Arena yesterday.