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Carolina Hurricanes at Vegas Golden Knights Game Preview

The Canes look to keep the momentum of their comeback win going tonight as they face the Golden Knights on the Strip.

Carolina Hurricanes v Vegas Golden Knights Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images

The Hurricanes’ Western road trip continues tonight as they move up the road from Glendale to the Strip and a date with the Vegas Golden Knights for the second time in just over a week.

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

  • Despite your presumed best efforts to eradicate last week’s clunker from your mind, the Canes and Knights are meeting for the second time in eight days. Vegas topped Carolina coming out of the all-star break and bye week 4-3 in a game that was never as close as the score indicated.
  • Tonight is the Knights’ first game back at home after an eight-game road trip that ended with a 7-2 trouncing of the Panthers on Thursday night, in which Mark Stone recorded a five-point night.
  • Malcolm Subban was in net for Vegas last week in Raleigh while Marc-Andre Fleury served a suspension for skipping the All-Star Game, but Fleury should face the Canes tonight, fortunately without this milestone looming in the background:
  • The Knights are the only team that Jordan Staal and Justin Williams have never scored against in their NHL careers. Perhaps they could take some pointers from Ryan Dzingel, of all people, who has four points (3g, 1a) in five career games against Vegas.
  • Speaking of Williams, he will face his junior hockey coach, Peter DeBoer, tonight. DeBoer is 4-2-1 with Vegas since taking over for the fired Gerard Gallant on January 15.
  • James Reimer, who (if you’ll excuse the momentary editorial comment) should damn well better start tonight, is 5-0-1 in his last six starts dating back to January 7 and 11-2-1 since November 16.
  • Teuvo Teravainen will play in his 300th game with the Hurricanes tonight. The team leader in assists (41) and points (52), Turbo is the fourth player in franchise history to post three straight 40-assist seasons. Not bad for a guy who was a throw-in by the Blackhawks to dump Bryan Bickell’s contract in 2016.
  • There are a good number of Canes fans who have made the trip out west for tonight’s game (including Cody and his wife), so if you’re there, shoot us a selfie on Twitter or Instagram and say hi!