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Carolina Hurricanes vs. Washington Capitals: Game Preview and Storm Advisory

The Hurricanes take on the Capitals tonight on the second half of a home-and-home, and in search of a better performance.

Jamie Kellner

The Hurricanes faceoff against the Metropolitan Division leading Capitals for the second time this week as they try to avoid getting swept in the home-and-home series and look to hold on to their playoff spot.

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 is Carolina’s fourth and final matchup this season against the Washington Capitals. The Capitals lead the season series with a record of 3-0-0 (Canes 0-2-1).
  • A Hurricanes win tonight would ensure that they don’t lose control of the WC1 playoff spot. The Canadiens sit just one point behind the Hurricanes and are in action tonight against the Blue Jackets.
  • The Capitals dominated the Hurricanes on Tuesday night in Washington. The Canes scored just one goal in the contest and looked considerably outgunned by the reigning Stanley Cup Champions.
  • With a goal against Washington, Dougie Hamilton became just the seventh defenseman in franchise history to score 15 goals in a season. He will play in his 500th NHL game tonight, becoming the fifth member of the 2011 draft class to hit that milestone.

Storm Advisory

  • The Canes game Tuesday night was the highest-rated regular season Hurricanes game in the Raleigh market in over ten years, posting a 1.4.
  • This is pretty cool.
  • The incredible story of Darcy Kuemper and the Arizona Coyotes. [SI]
  • Someone needs to bubble wrap Mats Zuccarello.
  • Craig Anderson recorded his 13th 35 save shutout earlier this week.

Stalking the Standings

The Canadiens take on the Blue Jackets tonight in Columbus in what will probably be the biggest game for both teams’ playoff hopes (not to mention a big impact on the Canes’ own chances). Also, we’re big time Winnipeg Jets fans tonight.

  • Metro 1: Washington Capitals: 77 GP, 98 points, 104 pt pace, 41 ROW
  • Metro 2: New York Islanders: 77 GP, 95 points, 101 pt pace, 40 ROW
  • Metro 3: Pittsburgh Penguins: 77 GP, 95 points, 101 pt pace, 40 ROW
  • WC 1: Carolina Hurricanes: 76 GP, 91 points, 98 pt pace, 40 ROW
  • WC 2: Montreal Canadiens: 77 GP, 90 points, 96 pt pace, 39 ROW
  • 9th: Columbus Blue Jackets: 76 GP, 88 points, 95 pt pace, 41 ROW

Tonight’s Rooting Guide

  • No overtime in the Blue Jackets vs. Canadiens game. I can’t stress this enough. Anything but a three point game.
  • The Jets over the Islanders.