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Carolina Hurricanes vs. Washington Capitals: Game 7 Preview and Storm Advisory

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The Canes take on the Capitals in Washington with their season on the line in the franchise’s first Game 7 in ten years.

Jamie Kellner

It comes down to one more game. The Carolina Hurricanes will try to finish off the Washington Capitals tonight in DC in a game that will be the Canes’ first visit to a Game 7 since Scott Walker’s famous goal to beat the Boston Bruins in 2009.

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

  • With the early equalizing goal for the Hurricanes on Monday night, Warren Foegele potted his fourth goal of the series. Foegele has posted six points (4g, 2a) in six games so far this postseason. His impact on the series has been immeasurable.
  • Dougie Hamilton had himself a two point night (1g, 1a) after receiving a lot of criticism for his play in Game 5 of this series. Hamilton’s six points (3g, 3a) in six games is a career high for him in a playoff series.
  • Lucas Wallmark has been an outstanding 44 out of 70 (62.8%) on his faceoff draws this series. He has contributed to a 53.2% faceoff win percentage through the first six games of this postseason.
  • Rod Brind’Amour had some really awesome things to say about his group as they prepare for Game 7.
  • The Canes are 6-1 in their last seven games when facing playoff elimination. The franchise is going into Game 7 for the eighth time in their history, owning a 4-3 record in the previous seven. However, the team is 4-0 in Game 7’s since relocating from Hartford.
  • “Mr. Game 7,” Justin Williams, has scored 27 points (15g, 12a) in his 23 career games when facing playoff elimination — the most among active NHL players. His teams have posted a 7-1 record in Game 7 appearances when he was in the lineup. His only loss was a shutout to the Penguins two seasons ago, when he was with Washington. That was also the only Game 7 of his career where he was held off the scoresheet.

Storm Advisory

  • How do Jordan Martinook and the Canes get ready for Game 7?
  • The Dallas Stars had some encouraging words for the underdogs.
  • And so did Petr Mrazek!
  • The Hurricanes organization is the last one in the playoffs at the NHL, AHL, and ECHL levels.
  • The King Clancy Trophy Finalists were named yesterday.

About Last Night

  • The Bruins downed the Leafs in seven games for the second year in a row last night with a 5-1 victory. Despite the large deficit, Toronto stuck in it for most of the game; the final two Bruins goals were into an empty net. This series was so close — it felt like whichever team had home ice would have moved on. The Bruins did, and face the Blue Jackets in the second round beginning Thursday.
  • And that was just the appetizer for an all-timer of a nightcap. The Sharks were down 3-0 with half of the third period left to play. Joe Pavelski took a scary series of hits off of the faceoff and went down awkwardly on his head. He was helped off the ice and the officials awarded the Sharks an exceptionally generous five minute power play. Over the course of the five minute major power play, the Sharks stormed back with four goals to take a 4-3 lead. But the Knights wouldn’t go down that easy. Jonathan Marchessault scored a few minutes later in an empty net situation to send the game to overtime, and 18 minutes later Barclay Goodrow sent San Jose to the second round with the game-winner and a date with the Avalanche.