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Carolina Hurricanes vs. Washington Capitals: Game 4 Preview and Storm Advisory

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The Hurricanes and Capitals clash in the electric PNC Arena playoff atmosphere for Game 4 in what could be the most pivotal matchup of the series.

Jamie Kellner

The Hurricanes take on the Capitals tonight in Raleigh in the biggest game of the series thus far. With the game score at 2-1 in favor of the Capitals, a win for either side would dramatically shift the series narrative.


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

  • Game 3 in Raleigh was a sellout. Tonight’s will almost certainly be another one, so expect an electric atmosphere again tonight. In preparation, the earlier the better in terms of making your way to the arena. Find the rundown on tonight’s schedule of events, promotions and giveaways on the Canes Promotions Page.
  • The Hurricanes fed off of that atmosphere on Monday night and throttled the Caps, winning by a score of 5-0. The Canes dominated possession, posting a Shot Attempts Percentage of 71.95%.
  • Petr Mrazek picked up his fourth playoff shutout win. He’s only won one NHL game in the playoffs that wasn’t a shutout.
  • Calvin de Haan has been medically cleared to play. It’s just a matter of when he feels ready to step in at this point. He participated in a full practice yesterday, and Brind’Amour mentioned that it was his best practice since the injury.
  • Micheal Ferland and Andrei Svechnikov are both ruled out tonight. Ferland is “not close” to being back, and Svechnikov is in the concussion protocol. Both will most likely miss more time after tonight. Patrick Brown was called up on Tuesday and will likely make his first NHL playoff appearance tonight in response to the two injuries.

Storm Advisory

  • How did “next year” become “this year”, and now that the Hurricanes have reinvented hockey in North Carolina, what’s next? [ESPN]
  • Alex Nedeljkovic has been recognized as the AHL’s best goaltender!
  • Tom Dundon was on the Canes Corner Podcast to talk all things Canes, including whether it was his idea for the team to wear their black jerseys in the playoffs. [WRAL Sports Fan]
  • Justin Faulk was nominated for the King Clancy Trophy by the Hurricanes:
  • And here’s a list of all of the nominees from each team the NHL. [NHL]
  • The Selke Trophy finalists were also announced yesterday.
  • One of the best players in the KHL, Nikita Gusev, is excited to join the Golden Knights in their playoff run. [NHL]

Playoff Storyboard

Here’s what happened last night:

  • The Bruins took on the Leafs in Toronto in Game 4. Just when it looked like the Bruins had ran away with it, the Leafs stormed back to within one goal, but it wasn’t enough. The Bruins took the game and evened the series at 2-2. This is going to be a good one.
  • The Stars dominated the Predators in an extremely one-sided affair as they took down the Predators by a score of 5-1 in front of their home crowd. The series is all knotted up at 2-2.
  • The Flames had a 2-0 lead, on the strength of goals from old friends Elias Lindholm and Derek Ryan, but the Avalanche roared back. Mikko Rantanen tied the game with 2:50 to go and then won it at 10:23 of overtime, giving the Avs a 3-2 win in Game 4 and a 3-1 lead in the series. The Flames return home for a must-win Game 5, and if the Avs can finish them off, it will be the first time in NHL history that the top seeds in both conferences failed to advance out of the first round.