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Carolina Hurricanes vs. Vancouver Canucks: Game Preview and Discussion

The Hurricanes finish off a homestand on Super Bowl Sunday by taking on the Canucks this afternoon in Raleigh.

Jamie Kellner

The Hurricanes are back in action on Super Bowl Sunday as they take on the Canucks in a matinee matchup. The Canes are looking to pick up their first win since returning from their extended All-Star break and get back into an Eastern Conference playoff 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 Canucks are meeting for the second and final time this season. The Canucks picked up the first game between the two teams this season with a 1-0 overtime win at Rogers Arena on December 12th. The Hurricanes outshot the Canucks 43-26, but couldn’t find a way to solve Jacob Markstrom.
  • The Hurricanes are 4-1-1 in their last six games against the Canucks.
  • The Canes are playing on Super Bowl Sunday for the eighth time in franchise history, and they enter today’s matchup with a 1-4-1 record with one tie in those games. Today’s game marks the third consecutive year in which the Hurricanes played at home on Super Bowl Sunday — the Hurricanes lost the last two in regulation.
  • If the Canes are to win today, they’ll be looking to their big guns, and fortunately Sebastian Aho and Teuvo Teravainen have both been productive historically against Vancouver. Both players have eight points in their career, Aho in seven games and Teravainen in team against the Canucks.

Lines and Rosters

The Hurricanes are coming off of a disappointing loss on Friday night against the Golden Knights. Brind’Amour confirmed that James Reimer will get the start this afternoon in his first appearance since January 19th. Lines rushes would indicate that Ryan Dzingel is the extra forward today, but Brind’Amour was undecided as of yesterday.

Nino Niederreiter - Jordan Staal - Teuvo Teravainen
Andrei Svechnikov - Sebastian Aho - Warren Foegele
Brock McGinn - Erik Haula - Justin Williams
Jordan Martinook - Lucas Wallmark- Martin Necas

Jaccob Slavin - Trevor van Riemsdyk
Jake Gardiner - Brett Pesce
Haydn Fleury - Joel Edmundson

James Reimer
Petr Mrazek

Injuries and Scratches: Dougie Hamilton (IR leg), Ryan Dzingel (healthy)

The Canucks are coming off of a big win in New York as they took down the Islanders in overtime yesterday afternoon. They come into Raleigh for the second leg of a three game East Coast swing, which they will round out on Tuesday in Boston. Here’s how they’ll line up today:

Tanner Pearson - Bo Horvat - Loui Eriksson
J.T. Miller - Elias Pettersson - Jake Virtanen
Antoine Roussel - Adam Gaudette - Brock Boeser
Tim Schaller - Jay Beagle - Brandon Sutter

Alexander Edler - Troy Stecher
Quinn Hughes - Chris Tanev
Oscar Fantenberg - Tyler Myers

Thatcher Demko
Jacob Markstrom