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

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The Canes take on the Penguins in a game that will go a long way toward determining potential playoff seeding.

Jamie Kellner

The Hurricanes take on the Penguins, who occupy the third spot in the Metropolitan Division, tonight in Raleigh. A Hurricanes win in regulation could narrow the gap between the two teams to just one point.


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 perhaps the biggest game of the season thus far. A win in the crucial four point game would pull the Canes to a point behind the Penguins with two games in hand.
  • The game tonight is the third of four between the two teams this season. The two teams have split the two games this season, and will meet a final time on March 31st.
  • The Penguins will play tonight without star center Evgeni Malkin. He was injured this weekend and will be out week-to-week with an upper body injury.
  • Calvin de Haan, who took a stick in the eye last week in Colorado in what could have been a very serious injury, skated with the team for the first time yesterday. He is unlikely to play tonight, but he’s very fortunate to be back on the ice so soon at all based on this:
  • After a win on Sunday against Buffalo, the Canes are 24-8-2 in their last 34 games — the second most wins and points in the NHL in that frame. Seven out of their remaining 11 games are in PNC Arena.

Storm Advisory

  • Alison Murdock went from Lightning Fantasy Camp player to the only female full time Zamboni driver in the NHL. Here’s how she did it. [ESPN]
  • Yesterday was team photo day at PNC Arena.
  • And a couple members of the leadership group paid homage to their coach during the event.
  • Torts was interested in hearing John Forslund’s opinion on the Storm Surge a few weeks ago.
  • And here’s his spot on the David Glenn Show (airs at the beginning of the hour). [DG Show]
  • Hurricanes’ prospect Aleksi Saarela was given a two-game suspension by the AHL yesterday. [Checkers]
  • Carolina’s top defensive prospect Adam Fox was awarded All-ECAC Hockey First Team honors after an incredible season at Harvard. [GoCrimson]

Stalking the Standings

Most of the direct competition is in action tonight. The most important game is of course the one on Edwards Mill Road, but it’d be nice to get some help from former Hurricanes coach Bill Peters and his dominant Flames tonight in Alberta.

Metro 1: New York Islanders: 72 GP, 91 points, 104 pt pace, 38 ROW

Metro 2: Washington Capitals: 72 GP, 91 points, 104 pt pace, 38 ROW

Metro 3: Pittsburgh Penguins: 73 GP, 88 points, 99 pt pace, 38 ROW

WC 1: Carolina Hurricanes: 71 GP, 85 points, 98 pt pace, 38 ROW

WC 2: Columbus Blue Jackets: 72 GP, 84 points, 96 pt pace, 39 ROW

9th: Montreal Canadiens: 72 GP, 81 points, 92 pt pace, 35 ROW

10th: Philadelphia Flyers: 72 GP, 78 points, 89 pt pace, 33 ROW

Tonight’s Rooting Guide

  • No overtime in Flyers vs. Canadiens, and a Flyers win.
  • Bruins over Islanders
  • Flames over Blue Jackets
  • Devils over Capitals