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Carolina Hurricanes vs. Washington Capitals: Game 5 Preview and Storm Advisory

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The Canes return to Washington all tied up for Game 5 down a few of their most important forwards.

Jamie Kellner

The Canes have climbed back into this series, holding serve at home against the reigning Stanley Cup Champions. They now visit Washington for what will surely be an emotionally charged Game 5 in enemy territory.

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

  • Rod Brind’Amour has talked about the team’s “next man up” mentality. They will likely need contributions from three non-NHL regulars in Saku Maenalanen, Patrick Brown, and newly called up Aleksi Saarela.
  • Saarela was called up yesterday, likely in response to the Jordan Martinook lower-body injury. The 22-year-old forward posted 30 goals in Charlotte this year. The working assumption is that Martinook is out and that Saarela will draw in tonight, but we’ll know more after today’s morning skate at 11:30 am. (Maybe. It is the playoffs, after all.)
  • Petr Mrazek was dominant during the Hurricanes’ two home games, allowing just one goal against and earning his fourth shutout win in the playoffs. Since surrendering three goals in the first period of Game 1, Mrazek has stopped 86 of 91 shots against. The team will certainly need him tonight as they take on the Caps in DC.
  • Warren Foegele has had himself a series thus far. The rookie has posted five points (3g, 2a) in four games thus far. His go ahead goal just 17 seconds into the first period of Game 4 set a franchise record for fastest game opening and period opening goal in franchise playoff history.
  • A somewhat controversial Foegele hit on T.J. Oshie sent him crashing into the boards in Game 4. He exited the game immediately, and Capitals Head Coach Todd Reirden later said that Oshie would be out “for quite some time.” Former playoff hero Devante Smith-Pelly was recalled by the Capitals, and it is likely that he will draw in tonight.

Storm Advisory

  • Playoff officiating is inconsistent, to put it lightly. [ESPN]
  • Rookie coaches are enjoying the chess match that is the NHL playoffs. [SI]
  • John Isner was spotted in the Canes locker room after the Game 4 win in Raleigh. Reminder: Petr is six foot one.
  • Plenty of goalies had something to say about the controversial goaltender interference calls last night. [Sporting News]
  • Parity is the name of the game in the NHL playoffs. [National Post]
  • Steve Yzerman finally made his return to Detroit as he was hired as the General Manager of the Detroit Red Wings yesterday. [NHL]

Playoff Storyboard

Here’s what happened last night.

  • The Maple Leafs took down the Bruins in Boston last night by a score of 2-1 as they took a commanding 3-2 lead in the series. Auston Matthews lead the way for Toronto with the first goal of the game and his fourth of the postseason in the third period. The series will go back to Toronto for Game 6, where the Leafs have a chance to close on home ice.
  • The Colorado Avalanche ended Calgary’s season early last night in a blowout win as they took the series 4-1. The Flames never seemed to find their footing in this series as they became the second No. 1 seed to fall this season — it’s the first time that both top seeds have fallen in the first round in NHL history. The Flames just couldn’t hang in the series without contribution from their top line scorers. Something to think about: