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Carolina Hurricanes vs. Colorado Avalanche: Game Preview and Storm Advisory

The Hurricanes take on the Avalanche tonight in Denver as they try to keep up with the Eastern Conference Playoff race.

NHL: Carolina Hurricanes at Colorado Avalanche Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

The Hurricanes take on their third Central Division opponent in a row tonight as they visit Denver for their second and final matchup of the season against the Avalanche.

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 game is the second of two matchups between the Hurricanes and Avalanche this season. The Avalanche defeated the Hurricanes by a score of 3-1 in Raleigh on October 30th.
  • After a brutal 8-1 loss in front of a Friday night home crowd, the Hurricanes bounced back on Saturday night with a big win in Nashville.
  • Petr Mrazek is an impressive 2-0-2 with a .948 SV% and 1.28 GAA against the Avalanche in his career. However, since he started Saturday’s win in Nashville, it seems probable that Curtis McElhinney (3-4-1 career against Colorado) will get the call tonight.
  • With a win over his former coach Peter Laviolette on Saturday, Rod Brind’Amour became the fastest coach in franchise history to cross the 80 points threshold — in six games fewer than it took Laviolette.
  • The Hurricanes are now 22-7-2 in their last 31 games. That’s tied for most wins and second most points by any NHL team since New Year’s Eve.

Storm Advisory

  • Haydn Fleury has been suspended for one game, which he served in yesterday’s Checkers win over Lehigh Valley.
  • Josh Wesley is proud to be back in his birthplace of Hartford with the Wolf Pack. [Courant]
  • Scott Hartnell texted Justin Williams before Saturday’s ceremonial puck drop, and Williams had some words for Roman Josi.
  • McElhinney is voicing his opinion on the controversial Saturday night goaltending interference call.
  • Sebastian Aho is excited for the IIHF World Championships.

Big goals are key to big success.

Posted by 2019 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship Slovakia on Sunday, March 10, 2019

Stalking the Standings

The Penguins defeated the Bruins last night, which propelled them into the third spot in the Eastern Conference. With the Penguins idle tonight, a win would leapfrog the Hurricanes back over Pittsburgh. It’s also important to keep an eye on the Columbus Blue Jackets, who take on the New York Islanders tonight.

  • Metro 1: Washington Capitals: 69 GP, 89 points, 106 pt pace, 37 ROW
  • Metro 2: New York Islanders: 68 GP, 85 points, 103 pt pace, 35 ROW
  • Metro 3: Pittsburgh Penguins: 69 GP, 83 points, 99 pt pace, 35 ROW
  • WC 1: Carolina Hurricanes: 68 GP, 81 points, 98 pt pace, 36 ROW
  • WC 2: Columbus Blue Jackets: 68 GP, 79 points, 95 pt pace, 37 ROW
  • 9th: Montreal Canadiens: 69 GP, 79 points, 94 pt pace, 34 ROW
  • 10th: Philadelphia Flyers: 68 GP, 74 points, 89 pt pace, 31 ROW

Tonight’s Rooting Guide

  • No overtime in Islanders vs. Blue Jackets and maybe an Islanders win. But mostly no overtime.