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Carolina Hurricanes vs. Nashville Predators: Game Preview and Storm Advisory

Just a point out of a wild card spot, the Hurricanes take on the streaking Predators in Nashville tonight.

NHL: Carolina Hurricanes at Nashville Predators Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

The Hurricanes are back in action tonight as they take on the Predators in enemy territory and look to pick up some points after disappointing loss to an injured Oilers team on Sunday.

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 face Nashville tonight for the second and final matchup between the teams this season. The Canes fell to the Predators in a 3-0 shutout o November 29th. Petr Mrazek made 29 saves and Carolina outshot Nashville 31-28.
  • Mrazek is 8-10 in nine career games against the Predators, recording a .927 Save Percentage and a 2.33 goals against average.
  • Sebastian Aho picked up three points (2g, 1a) in his 300th career game on Sunday vs. Edmonton. His 33 goals through 58 games this season is second in team history. Only Eric Staal recorded a quicker pace through the first 58 games of the season.
  • Andrei Svechnikov registered an assist vs. Edmonton and extended his point streak to seven games. This marks the second-longest point streak of his career, trailing a nine game point streak he recorded in November. His 54 points (23g, 31a) have already surpassed his offensive totals from last season.
  • In the 11 games since Dougie Hamilton’s injury, Jaccob Slavin has tallied eight points (1g, 7a), and his average ice time per game his increased by over three minutes to a team high of 25:01.

Storm Advisory

  • Dougie Hamilton was happy to receive his All-Star jersey signed by Canes fans.
  • Canes owner Tom Dundon says that many questions remain about the newly announced outdoor game, including the opponent. [WRAL Sports Fan]
  • The Hurricanes have their mothers along with them in Nashville today on the annual Mom’s Trip:
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Moms trip with a few UNH boys.

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First Mothers Trip! Great time in Nashville

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The #Canes and their moms ❤️

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  • NC State’s club women’s hockey team competed in its first official game over the weekend! [Technician]
  • Some bad news regarding former Hurricane Micheal Ferland.
  • And that likely played into the Canucks making a big deal to acquire Tyler Toffoli last night. [Yahoo Sports]