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Carolina Hurricanes at Detroit Red Wings: Game Preview and Storm Advisory

The Hurricanes make their long-awaited return to the ice tonight, and pick up where last regular season left off.

Carolina Hurricanes v Detroit Red Wings Photo by Dave Reginek/NHLI via Getty Images

Hello? This thing on? Hurricanes hockey is back! For the first time since ending their 2020 playoff run in the bubble with a game five loss to the Boston Bruins, the Hurricanes will begin the 56-game sprint known as the 2021 regular season in Detroit tonight.

In a bit of an ironic twist, the Canes will begin this regular season where they ended last year’s before the NHL hit pause at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, a 5-2 Hurricanes win at Little Caesar’s Arena.

Tonight will begin a season like no other, let’s break down the matchup:

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

  • Tonight’s game will be the the first of eight matchups between the Hurricanes and Red Wings this season. As part of the NHL’s new shuffled alignment for the short season, each team will only play in division, with the Hurricanes facing the seven teams in the new Central Division eight times apiece.
  • The Hurricanes went 3-0 against the Red Wings last season with the aforementioned 5-2 win to close out the regular season, a 7-3 win in Raleigh on Nov. 1, 2019 and 2-0 win in Detroit on Nov. 24, 2019.
  • It’s likely we’ll see Petr Mrazek against his former team in net to kick things off, but we’ll get an official announcement on a starting goalie and lines out of the Hurricanes’ morning skate later. Mrazek went 2-0 against Detroit last year with a .912 save percentage and 2.50 goals against average in two starts last season.
  • The Red Wings are obviously coming off an abysmal season, finishing dead last in the 2019-20 regular season, and not much is expected of them this year. But this isn’t a team the Canes are taking lightly, with Detroit featuring some young weapons such as Dylan Larkin, Tyler Bertuzzi and Anthony Mantha. More than anything, they’re ready to drop the puck after a long layoff and unusual training camp.
  • Jaccob Slavin on tonight’s game: “I think they’ve done a pretty good job in the offseason with some of the moves they’ve made. Obviously they’re a young team with a lot of skill. They’ve got a lot of good weapons on the team. I think you’re looking for a team that’s just going to be competitive. We’ve just got to out-work them and out-compete them. I think at the end of the night, it’s just going to be the team who competes better and executes to the best of their ability with it being the first game everyone’s played in a while. It’s all about compete.”

Storm Advisory

  • Get to know the Hurricanes’ taxi squad, which will be with the team in Detroit:
  • With the Canes Sharing an AHL affiliate with Nashville this year, here are the players the Predatros’ organization will be sending to Chicago: