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Carolina Hurricanes vs. Arizona Coyotes: Game Preview and Storm Advisory

The Hurricanes take on the Coyotes in the desert tonight as they look to pick up their first points of the road trip.

Arizona Coyotes v Carolina Hurricanes Photo by Gregg Forwerck/NHLI via Getty Images

The Hurricanes take on Taylor Hall and the Coyotes tonight as they try to get the Western Conference road trip on track and climb back towards a 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 Canes and Coyotes are meeting for the second and final matchup between the two teams this season. The Canes picked up a 3-0 shutout against the Coyotes in PNC Arena on January 10th. Warren Foegele, Lucas Wallmark, and Martin Necas each scored in the win, while Petr Mrazek picked up the shutout with 32 saves.
  • The Canes own a 9-2-1 record against Arizona in their last 12 matchups. They’re 6-1-2 all-time in Gila River Arena.
  • Jaccob Slavin has posted eight assists in nine career games against the Coyotes.
  • Jordan Martinook likely won’t play tonight, but was spotted catching up with friends from his former club yesterday. Martinook was drafted by the Coyotes in 2012 and spent four seasons with Arizona, playing 247 games and tallying 65 points.
  • Sebastian Aho picked up a goal at St. Louis on Tuesday to extend his goal streak to three games and his point streak to four games. He’s five games shy of 300 career NHL games played, and he’s potted the fifth-most goals by any skater through their first 300 NHL games in franchise history. He’s scored a team-leading 27 goals through the first 53 games, and ranks tied for eighth in the NHL in goals this season.
  • In James Reimer’s last four starts, he has stoped 134 of 140 shots faced (96.7%). He’s 10-2-1 in his last 1 starts, with a .930 save percentage and a 2.19 goals allowed average. He’s 5-3-0 against the Coyotes all-time, with a .929 SV% and a 2.04 GAA.

Storm Advisory

  • It’s Trevor van Riemsdyk’s time to shine, with Dougie Hamilton out and free agency waiting at the end of the season. [North State Journal]
  • Andrei Svechnikov approves of the trend that he started.
  • Trade alert!
  • The clock has struck should-the-GM-be-fired o’clock in Buffalo. [Die By the Blade]
  • This week’s NHL power rankings see the Hurricanes taking a tumble. [CBS Sports]