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Carolina Hurricanes vs. New York Islanders: Game 4 Preview and Storm Advisory

The Hurricanes look to end the series tonight as they take on the Islanders in PNC Arena in Game 4.

Jamie Kellner

For the first time this postseason, the Hurricanes have a chance to finish a series on home ice. They take on the Islanders tonight with a dominating 3-0 lead in Raleigh in front of what is sure to be a rocking barn.

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

  • Curtis McElhinney became the oldest goaltender in NHL history to make his first career playoff start on Wednesday night. He made 28 saves to secure the win. Since entering in relief of the injured Mrazek in Game 2, McElhinney has stopped 45 of the 47 that he’s faced for a .957 Save Percentage and a 1.28 Goals Allowed Average.
  • Jaccob Slavin has posted 11 assists in this postseason, which establishes a new franchise record for assists in one postseason by a defenseman. His nine assists in the Washington series set a franchise record for assists in one playoff series, and his 11 assists are tied for the fifth-most in a single postseason by a Hurricanes skater.
  • Speaking of guys stepping up offensively — Warren Foegele’s incredible aerial assist in Game 3 was his eighth point (5g, 3a) in this postseason. He leads all NHL rookies in postseason goals and points.
  • The Canes have won five consecutive playoff games. That’s the second-longest postseason winning streak in franchise history. They enter the game tonight looking to pick up a sweep in a seven-game series for the first time in franchise history.
  • The Hurricanes have won 38 out of their last 55 games dating back to December 31st. Incredible.

Storm Advisory

  • Ron Rivera knows what’s up. He’ll also be on the warning siren tonight!
  • Former Capitals defenseman and fan favorite John Erskine was severely injured in a highway accident early Wednesday morning. [RMNB]
  • Here’s a great thread about the Hurricanes’ power play.
  • What’s different about this season’s Hurricanes? [Sportsnet]
  • The Rangers have agreed to a contract with former Hurricanes prospect Adam Fox.
  • Over 200 women are set to sit out the upcoming professional season. [The Ice Garden]
  • ICYMI, 125.2 dB is pretty loud, right?
  • If there’s a Game 5, it will be at 7 pm on Sunday on NBCSN.

About Last Night

  • The Boston Bruins retook home ice last night as they downed the Blue Jackets by a score of 4-1, evening the series score at 2-2.
  • The Avalanche picked up a shutout win at home to knot up the series and avoid falling into the dreaded 3-1 hole. Nathan MacKinnon continues to make his presence felt as he scored in his third straight game.