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Carolina Hurricanes vs. Minnesota Wild: Game Preview and Storm Advisory

The Hurricanes take on Victor Rask and the Wild tonight as they try to get back on track after a loss on Thursday night.

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Jamie Kellner

The Hurricanes host Victor Rask and the Minnesota Wild tonight in his first game back in Raleigh since being traded for Nino Niederreiter back on January 17th.

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 and final matchup between the two teams this season. The Hurricanes earned a 5-4 overtime win in the first matchup between the two sides in October.
  • Sebastian Aho tallied four points (2g, 2a) in Minnesota, including the overtime winning goal. Justin Williams earned three points (1g, 2a) including the game tying extra-attacker goal in the waning minutes of the third period.
  • Tonight’s game is Victor Rask’s first game back in PNC Arena since being traded for Nino Niederreiter. With a goal against the Lightning on Thursday, Niederreiter has recorded 24 points (12g, 12a) in 27 games for Carolina this season. That’s a massive improvement over his 23 points (9g, 14a) in 46 games with Minnesota.
  • After recording an assist on Thursday, Brett Pesce has set new career highs in goals (6), assists (19), and points (25) this season.

Storm Advisory

  • Why has Nino Niederreiter been such a good fit with the Canes? He’s getting opportunities now that he never had before. A must read from Michael Russo. [The Athletic ($)]
  • Brady Tkachuk was challenged to a floss off.
  • After a long NHL career to date, Justin Faulk finds himself at the threshold of the NHL playoffs. [ESPN]
  • More on the signing of Stelio Mattheos and the path that led him to his first pro contract. [Brandon Sun]
  • The Charlotte Checkers have clinched a spot in the AHL playoffs!
  • Braden Holtby won’t be visiting the White House this year.
  • This... is a stat.

Stalking the Standings

Last night was relatively quiet other than a Wild win over the Capitals. The Islanders take on a team battling for their lives in Philadelphia tonight in a matchup that could set the Islanders back to third in the Metropolitan.

  • Metro 1: Washington Capitals: 75 GP, 94 points, 39 ROW, 103 point pace
  • Metro 2: New York Islanders: 74 GP, 91 points, 38 ROW, 101 point pace
  • Metro 3: Pittsburgh Penguins: 75 GP, 91 points, 38 ROW, 99 point pace
  • WC 1: Carolina Hurricanes: 73 GP, 87 points, 38 ROW, 98 point pace
  • WC 2: Montreal Canadiens: 74 GP, 85 points, 37 ROW, 94 point pace
  • 9th: Columbus Blue Jackets: 74 GP, 84 points, 39 ROW, 93 point pace

Tonight’s Rooting Guide:

  • No overtime in Flyers vs. Islanders and a Flyers win
  • Sabres over Canadiens
  • Stars over Penguins