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

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

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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