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Carolina Hurricanes vs. Winnipeg Jets: Game Preview and Storm Advisory

The Hurricanes are in action for the last time before the All-Star break tonight as they take on the Jets in Raleigh.

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Carolina Hurricanes v Winnipeg Jets Photo by Darcy Finley/NHLI via Getty Images

The Hurricanes take on the Jets tonight as they try to build on an electrifying Sunday night shootout win against the Islanders. The Hurricanes enter the game in the second wild card spot in the East, with both the Flyers and the Maple Leafs hot on their tail.

Vital Statistics

Category Hurricanes Blue Jackets
Category Hurricanes Blue Jackets
Record 21-7-3 13-13-7
Goals/Game 3.23 2.54
Goals Against/Game 2.48 3.12
Shots/Game 31.52 28.70
Face Off Win % 54.4% 46.2%
Power Play % (Rank) 30.6% (1st) 14.8% (26th)
Penalty Kill % (Rank) 82.9% (9th) 74.0% (26th)
ES Corsi For % 53.04% 46.16%
ES PDO 100.96 99.42
PIM/Game 07:21 06:43

Goaltender #1

Category James Reimer Joonas Korpisalo
Category James Reimer Joonas Korpisalo
Record 12-4-1 8-10-5
Save % 0.909 .900
GAA 2.68 2.98

Goaltender #2

Category Alex Nedeljkovic Elvis Merzlikins
Category Alex Nedeljkovic Elvis Merzlikins
Record 7-2-2 5-3-2
Save % .930 .912
GAA 1.96 2.91

Game Notes

  • The Hurricanes and Jets are meeting for the second and final matchup this season. The Canes picked up a 6-3 win against the Jets in Winnipeg on December 17. Andrei Svechnikov scored his second lacrosse-style goal of the season, and Sebastian Aho picked up a pair of goals to reach the 20-goal mark.
  • Justin Williams made his NHL season debut on Sunday against the Islanders. At 38 years old, Williams is the eighth-oldest player in franchise history to appear in a regular season game. He joins six other current NHL players in the 38-plus club; can you name them all?
  • Williams scored his fifth career-shootout-deciding goal on Sunday in his debut. It marked his first shootout goal since 2013, and his first shootout deciding goal since 2011.
  • Jake Gardiner played in his 600th career NHL game vs. the Islanders, and became the 23rd skater and 14th blueliner from the 2008 draft class to reach that milestone.
  • With a goal on Sunday, Andrei Svechnikov has earned 43 points in 49 games, and sits just one goal behind the 20 goal milestone. The Canes are 22-7-0 when he records a point, and are 6-11-3 when he is held scoreless.

Storm Advisory

  • The 2020 NHL Player Poll was published yesterday. The Hurricanes aren’t mentioned much, with the exception of one rather hilarious aside. [The Athletic]
  • Why is the NHL so different defensively this season? [TSN]
  • John Forslund jumped on the David Glenn show yesterday, and talked about why the loss of Dougie Hamilton could be a blessing in disguise for the rest of the roster. [Hipcast]
  • Well, alright then.
  • Goaltending makes no sense.