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

The Hurricanes take on Washington in Raleigh for the second time in a week as they look to pick up another win against the division rival Capitals.

NHL: DEC 28 Capitals at Hurricanes Photo by Jaylynn Nash/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The Hurricanes take on the Capitals in PNC for the second time in less than a week, as they continue their quest to catch up with the top teams in the Metropolitan Division. The Hurricanes are tied for sixth in the NHL in points percentage, but still find themselves in a Wild Card spot.

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 Capitals are meeting for the third time this season. The Canes will close out the season series with a visit to Capital One Arena on January 13th. The Canes lead the season series by a record of 2-0-0 in 2019-2020. The Capitals have picked up one point in the two games, a Hurricanes overtime win in the second game of the season.
  • The Canes picked up a 6-4 win last Saturday against the division rival in PNC Arena. Capitals Public Enemy No. 1 Warren Foegele posted three points (2g, 1a) including a shorthanded goal, while Ryan Dzingel tallied two assists.
  • Sebastian Aho is historically hot against Washington, picking up 17 points (8g, 9a) in 14 career games against the Caps.
  • The Hurricanes closed out a solid calendar year with a win over Montreal on New Year’s Eve. During the year, the Canes compiled a record of 54-26-4 for 112 points, which marked the second-most wins and tied for the third-most points recorded by an NHL team in 2019 — also setting a franchise record for both wins and points in a full calendar year.
  • The Hurricanes will be facing Ilya Samsonov in goal tonight — a decision made in advance by Capitals Head Coach Todd Reirden.

Storm Advisory

  • The Hurricanes welcomed service puppies in training into the locker room yesterday, and the results were predictably adorable.
  • This is pretty incredible.
  • A few trades went down yesterday, all part of maneuvering required for the Sabres to add a forward.
  • Justin Bieber apparently accepted a challenge from Jordan Binnington for a head-to-head shootout. [CBS Sports]