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Carolina Hurricanes vs. Vegas Golden Knights: Game Preview and Storm Advisory

The Hurricanes come off of the long break to take on the Vegas Golden Knights in Raleigh.

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Jamie Kellner

The Hurricanes take on the Golden Knights as they come out of a 12 day break. The Canes will look to shake off the cobwebs and pick up an important two points against a struggling Knights club.

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 will be wearing their black alternate jerseys for the 10th time this season. They enter tonight’s matchup with a 6-2-1 record in their black threads this season, and a 22-6-3 record since their introduction prior to the 2018-19 season.
  • The Hurricanes and Knights are meeting for the first of two matchups this season. The Canes will visit T-Mobile Arena next Saturday to close out the season series.
  • Tonight’s matchup is the fifth all-time meeting between the two clubs. The Canes own a 2-2-0 record in the series, including a 1-1-0 record in North Carolina.
  • Both Jordan Staal and Justin Williams have yet to score a goal against Vegas since their inaugural season in 2017-18. A goal by either veteran would earn them the status of scoring at least one goal against all 31 NHL teams.
  • Through 50 games this season, the Hurricanes have posted a 29-18-3 record for 61 points. This marks a seven-point improvement over the team’s record through 50 games last season. The team has posted their second-most wins and points through 50 games in franchise history.

Storm Advisory

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