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Carolina Hurricanes vs. Tampa Bay Lightning: Game Preview and Storm Advisory

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The Hurricanes take on the Lightning as the longest homestand of the season reaches its midpoint.

Jamie Kellner

The Hurricanes look to bounce back from a frustrating loss to the Capitals on Friday night as they take on last season’s Presidents’ Trophy winner in Raleigh, looking to notch a season sweep over a team that won 62 games last season.


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 Lightning are meeting for the third and final time this season. The Canes have picked up two wins against Tampa thus far this season (the Lightning earned one point in an OT loss). A win tonight would be the first time the Hurricanes swept the Lightning in a season series since 2008-09, when the Canes won all six of their matchups with the then-division rival.
  • The Hurricanes have played exactly half of the season. Their 24 wins and 50 points is second best through 41 games in franchise history.
  • Carolina’s game against Washington on Friday was a sellout of 18,680, marking the team’s third consecutive sellout and sixth of the season. The attendance has increased by 24.9% over last season through 19 home games.
  • Andrei Svechnikov has earned at least a point in 20 out of the 24 Hurricanes wins this season. The Canes are 20-6-0 when he earns a point, and have compiled a record of 4-9-2 when he’s held off the score sheet. He tallied two assists in Friday’s loss to Washington, and picked up his team-leading 13th multipoint game of the season.

Storm Advisory

  • Charlotte Motor Speedway threw its hat in the ring for a Winter Classic.
  • How Justin Williams became a three-time Stanley Cup Champion. [Sportsnet]
  • Colin White found an unusual way of scoring yesterday — unfortunately it’s not allowed.
  • And the Lightning response:
  • It’s probably a good thing we’re past Christmas, because NHL officials aren’t exactly on the Winnipeg Jets’ Christmas card list:
  • On a more positive note, any time you can cross an item off your bucket list, it’s a good day :) Way to go, boss!